The Maldives are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls in the Indian Ocean. They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia. The dominant economic sector in Maldives are tourist resorts and dive resorts designed primarily for divers.
Luxury tourist resorts are for guests seeking romance, quality services in an idyllic location. Wellness resorts are designed for solo travelers as well as couples. Overwater bungalows while breathtaking, can have downsides too, like some aren’t that private, long distance from the main resort amenities, dank-smelling bathrooms to poorly-lit jetties. Frequent Maldives visitors prefer a bungalow with a private Beach.
When considering where to go, factor in transport time and costs from the airport, in Malé the capital and largest city. The Maldives is a Muslim country. There is no alcohol available in the cities and towns. Homosexuality is also highly frowned upon and illegal in the country. Women are barred from wearing bathing suits or revealing clothing in the towns and cities.
The Maldives are the stuff dreams are made of, from bright sun, transparent blue lagoons, house reefs teeming with fish, low waters with baby reef sharks and rays, and white sand beaches that stretch out into nothing but miles and miles of turquoise waters and blue skies. Dusit Thani Maldives in the Baa Atoll is home to a bioluminescent stretch of sea. During certain times of the year, this resort’s beach comes alive with light at night giving off a starry-sky look in the dark waves. Just about every resort in the Maldives is on its own island. Most of the islands are extremely small, so you’ll be around the same people all the time. There are no malls, movie theaters, or food, drink, and entertainment options outside of your resort. If you want to unplug in the lap of luxury, and want nothing but sea, sun, and sand as far as the eye can see the Maldives is for you.
Baa Atoll in the Maldives is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll is one of the Maldives’ most famous marine sites. It’s believed to be the only place in the world to view Manta Rays spectacular cyclone feeding. During the west monsoons, large amounts of plankton wash into this funnel-like lagoon, attracting as many as 200 Manta Rays. The atolls are all coral reefs hundreds of kilometers away from any major landmass. The best time for scuba diving is from January to April, when the sea is calm, the sun is shining and the visibility can reach 30m. Water is warm throughout the year and a 3mm shorty or Lycra dive skin is plenty. Snorkeling in the Maldives is plentiful around many of the atolls with abundant marine life.