If you are planning a honeymoon abroad but you have not chosen your destination yet, we recommend spending it in the romantic Maldives.
The Maldives is famous for being one of the top tourist destinations for honeymooners. It is distinguished by the clear sky, the soft sand beaches and the beauty of marine life. Also, English is a widely spoken language in the Maldives, so it will be easy to deal with people. However, planning a honeymoon in a foreign country is not easy. Therefore, we offer you a full guide for the honeymoon in the Maldives.
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About the Romantic Maldives
Holiday for the Luxury Traveler
The Maldives is a popular destination for those looking to treat themselves to a luxurious vacation. Prices start at $ 500 per day. If you intend to spend your honeymoon in the Maldives, this price is suitable for a romantic, unforgettable vacation.
Visa Upon Arrival
The Maldives is one of the most beautiful honeymoon countries after India, Dubai, Singapore, Bali, and Thailand. But you don’t need to do many procedures long before traveling to obtain a visa.
The Maldives allows you to receive the visa immediately upon arrival and it is valid for 30 days without any additional costs. So, you can travel any time without prior arrangement as long as your passport is valid for at least six months and you have enough money for the vacation.
A Plane or a Ship to Reach the Romantic Maldives
The Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, consisting of 26 islands and located in the north-central Indian Ocean. This means that it’s possible to travel to the Maldives by either the plane or the ship.
If you prefer traveling across the sea, you can travel to the Maldives by sea through the large ships available for this trip. The number of these ships reaches 69.
If you prefer the plane, it’s good to know that the price of travel tickets has become acceptable recently. Oftentimes, ticket prices do not exceed $100 from most countries and directed to Malé International Airport in the Maldives.
When arriving in the Maldives, you can choose from 129 resorts, 12 hotels, 132 yachts and 488 guesthouses. For a better experience, you can always contact one of the tourism agencies in the Maldives.
How to Navigate the Maldives
The Maldives is made up of 99% water which has made navigating a unique and costly experience too.
Hence, you can move by regular planes, seaplanes or boats to reach the resort. Seaplanes are the most expensive. Boats are the cheapest and easiest.
What are the Best Times of the Year to Visit the Maldives?
The dry season runs from November to May. During this period, the Maldives is visited by many tourists which makes the resorts more crowded than usual.
If you are planning to visit the Maldives during this period, keep in mind that the resorts will not only be crowded but also two times more expensive than the rest of the year.
Even during heavy rains, it is still easy to enjoy the trip. Hotels host many interesting activities, such as cooking lessons, games and movies. You can also enjoy good food. Don’t worry, no matter your wedding date, you can always go to the Maldives and enjoy your time.
Always Beautiful Weather in the Romantic Maldives
The Maldives is characterized by beautiful weather even in the rainy season. Due to its tropical location, even during the dry season, you may be surprised by the rain. And vice versa, you might be surprised by dry weather during the rainy season, but don’t let the weather disrupt your trip to the Maldives.
No matter what time of the year you intend to visit the Maldives, you can have good weather.
Choose the Right Resort
The Maldives provides about 140 resorts that vary in price and style. Each resort has a different program of its own within the honeymoon plan. The program explains the activities you can take, the proposed services and meals. Therefore, choosing the right resort is the most important step of any trip to the Maldives.
It is always better to spend the whole vacation in one resort since you don’t want to waste time, unless you will spend a long time there.
Private and Public Islands
There are two types of islands in the Maldives, either private or public. Public islands are known as “local islands” and they are the islands where the local people live and they have many shops and even groceries. Private islands have high-priced luxury resorts.
Leave Your Shoes at Home
Most of the beaches of the romantic Maldives have never been touched before by shoes. You don’t need to bring too many shoes as you will only use them on the plane.
Double Check With the Resort
you should check with your resort if it supports not wearing shoes as most resorts encourage “barefoot” stay. Obviously, most people are not used to it. Spending several days or a week without shoes is a new and special experience.
You Can Always Borrow Shoes in the Romantic Maldives
If you need shoes for exercise or any other purpose, the resorts have shoes specifically to borrow.
What About Trips?
Cruise Trip in the Romantic Maldives
If you are not a fan of staying all the time in a resort, you should try live cruises where you can enjoy the distinctive sea in the Maldives while spending a honeymoon. You can take a cruise on a ship to remote islands and distant beaches.
Taking a trip on a seaplane can be costly but worth it, as you can enjoy sightseeing and lakes, shallow and fishing villages. It will be a different experience during your honeymoon. We will recommend some place to visit in the following paragraphs.
Make Sure to Enjoy the Beauty of Nature
Ari Atoll is a large lake located among a group of coral reefs and islands. It is one of the most visited areas for tourists for its pure water and diversify of aquatic life, like the whale fish. You can dive in, but you need to stay there for more than a day to be able to explore the aquatic life.
Remember to spend romantic nights. Don’t forget to visit the glowing beach of Vaadhoo Island. The beach is famous for being lit at night due to the great view. Thus, do not miss spending a night on this beach during your honeymoon trip.
The Banana Reef
As for the area of the Banana Reef, it was called this name for its upper appearance, and the large number of coral reefs in it that resemble bananas in their shape. In this area, you can practice diving where you can see different types of distinctive fish such as: Grub Fish, Squirrelfish and Soldier Fish.
Imagine yourself sailing in clear blue waters. It is recommended to spend a day in Dhoni on your honeymoon trip. Dhoni is a cruise boat designed for a relaxing day out. You can enjoy swimming, snorkeling during the morning, grill fresh seafood and watch birds at night.
Malé is the capital of the Maldives and is famous for being one of the most beautiful honeymoon destinations in the Maldives. Among the interesting places in Mali are the Grand Maldives Mosque, Esjehi Art Gallery and Maldives Fish Market.
If you prefer to stay in calm places, you should visit Gan Island. Gan Island is known as the second-largest airport after Malé Airport, but it also has a beautiful collection of beaches famous for its glistening sand. If you do not want many tourists around, you should visit it.
Among the most important things that the capital Malé is also famous for are archaeological mosques, the National Art Gallery and the Isja Art Gallery. In addition to the Hokuru Masky Mosque or the old Friday Mosque which is one of the oldest mosques in the Maldives. It was built in the form of an ancient temple and coral stone walls. If you are interested in architecture then you should not miss this unique visit.
The National Museum
When you visit the National Museum, you will learn a lot about the history of the rulers. The museum is located in the capital, Malé, in Sultan’s Park and it was established on the National Day of the Maldives.
The Uthemu Gandrovardo Palace
Uthemu Gandrovardo Palace is one of the most famous tourist places in the Maldives. It is located on an island called Utheemu, which is an old wooden palace with a group of wood carvings. Therefore, if you are interested in this type of tourism, you should plan to visit it during your honeymoon.
Bring an Underwater Camera
There is plenty of tropical fish, turtles and even sharks on all the shores of the Maldives. Hence, it is recommended to bring an underwater camera with you so that you can take pictures with these beautiful creatures.
All of the Maldives’ islands have beautiful marine views. These islands are among the few places in the world that offer you to dive alongside sharks and manta rays.
If you are very interested in aquatic life, you should visit the islands during the month of April because the water is clear at this time of the year, and avoid visiting from August to October.
The romantic Maldives is famous for providing a variety of foods that are considered the best in the world, and there are distinct services for honeymoon couples. For example, some resorts offer a special menu for this. Others provide an opportunity for a romantic night where you can dine underwater. You can request a candlelight dinner on a private island with a dedicated waiter serving you drinks.
If you feel like relaxing and having a simple pastime, go fishing. Make your own food and cook it. You can take a night fishing trip where you can fish and then roast a romantic star-lit dinner while enjoying the beautiful atmosphere.
Health Insurance Programs
Health care is provided to Maldives’ visitors and there’s health insurance programs specifically for them. In case any health emergency occurs, you can go or call the nearest hospital to get the necessary health care. You can also call the coast guard for the marine ambulance.
There are two hospitals in the capital Malé. Abdul Rahman Don Calivan Hospital, which is a private hospital but it follows health insurance laws, and Indira Gandhi Hospital, which is a government hospital. Moreover, on Bandos Island, 15 minutes by sea from the capital Malé, there are five rooms equipped for measuring blood pressure.
Don’t Forget to Buy gifts
The Local Market
If shopping and gifting is your top honeymoon priorities, do not miss the opportunity to visit the local market on the northern waterfront. This market is one of the most important destinations for tourists from all over the world to buy gifts for its local handicrafts and souvenirs.
Near the Airport
Malé is generally known for its abundance of shops, shops and markets. You can get souvenirs in the commercial area that serve to the needs of tourists, and it is close to the airport where you can buy gifts from there in case you forgot to buy them during the honeymoon.
The Singapore Bazaar
The Singapore Bazaar is one of the most popular gift areas. It’s named after Singapore because many of its products are imported from Singapore. As for the rest of the foreign markets in Malé, it is full of fruits, vegetables and local products.
If you have some time, you should visit as many of them as you can. You will enjoy spending hours shopping between stores and learning about a different culture while buying the gifts you need. Most importantly, newly married couples can have fun in the various activities offered, such as trying the local food.
If you still have doubts that you will feel bored in the Maldives, we assure you that this will not happen. It is one of the biggest misconceptions about honeymooning in the romantic Maldives. Spending a week on an island may give the impression that it will be a boring week. Honeymoon in the Maldives, after all, is for the couple who love the ocean and the beaches. If you like the sun, water sports such as swimming, diving, windsurfing, canoeing, reading and relaxing, movie nights and cooking lessons, you will not get bored during your honeymoon.
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