Nestled between Indonesia and Africa on the Indian Ocean rests the smallest Asian nation. The Maldives consists of a group of 26 atolls and over 1,200 coral islands and attracts tourists from all over the globe with its cobalt water, pristine beaches and serene landscapes. The Maldives resembles a jigsaw puzzle of sandbars between the azure waters and is home to a rich marine ecosystem.
Most of the islands in the country are inhabited, while the geographical area makes the surrounding water a rich source of nutrients. This combination is ideal for a thriving marine life. A wide assortment of species is found in the Maldivian waters, making its coral reefs popular with scuba divers and marine biologists from around the world.
How to Plan a Winter Holiday to the Maldives:
The Maldives is home to over 400 luxury hotels including overwater bungalows, beachfront villas and 5-star resorts. The peak tourist season in the area is between the months of November and April. The average temperature fluctuates between 28 and 32 degree Celsius throughout the year, although the winter months are the driest.
The Maldives is famed for being a honeymooners’ paradise. However, there is a lot to the country than simply lazing around. The resorts offer a host of adventurous activities to keep you on the edge. Starting from scuba diving to windsurfing, snorkeling or taking an aerial overview of the land aboard a seaplane.
The best time for scuba diving is between February and March as the water starts to warm up, drawing in additional marine life. The nutrient-rich Maldivian water is like the Whole Food for the ecosystem, which is fed by the currents of the Indian Ocean. It is no surprise that the coral reef is home to a variety of tropical fishes, reef and whale sharks, manta rays, eels and sea turtles. Two of the most popular dive spots include Kudarah Thila and Broken Rock.
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If a trip to the Maldives is on your bucket list this year, we recommend booking your accommodation and flight as early as possible. Things tend to get expensive very quickly at the last minute, leaving a huge hole in your wallet. OVHolidays is a specialist in Maldives luxury resorts, and offers some of the biggest discounts and best package deals.