South Asia


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Destination Overview

Maldives honeymoons were created for island lovers. Couples who love the barefoot life, who love being together where the only footprints in the sand are their own, who love to relax on magical beaches, who love to do water sports by day and luxuriate in the ultimate creature comforts by night will truly enjoy honeymooning here.

It’s like living an island dream. Your room may be on stilts above the water. You’ll be surrounded by swaying palms and a turquoise sea. Tranquility reigns. It’s never crowded or noisy as this is Asia’s smallest nation. Male, the capital is only 1.24 miles long and less than a mile wide. Divers and snorkelers love it here because of the warm water temperatures, abundant marine life and high visibility. Unspoiled natural beauty abounds in the water as well as on land…

The country is comprised of 1,200 islands floating in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, just off the southern tip of India 400 miles from Sri Lanka. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited, and a typical honeymoon will take you to more than one of them. You can make a pristine island “your own” for a day then return to the comfort of your romantic hotel at night to enjoy a spa treatment, linger over a delicious dinner, listen to the waves and stargaze to your heart’s content.

This is the kind of serene honeymoon haven where magical memories are made every day. Come to the Maldives and let some of them be your own!

About Maldives

At a Glance

Activities center around the water. The country is known for excellent sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and fishing. In the capital, you can visit the National Museum and stroll through beautiful Sultan Park. Cruises will take you to see other islands.

Here are a few of the most popular things to do:

  • GO ISLAND HOPPING: Take a boat ride or a cruise to see other islands. It’s pure pleasure in the Maldives. Your concierge can arrange it.
  • SEE THE RICH MARINE LIFE: Coral reefs, exotic tropical fish and other amazing underwater sights can be seen on boat rides or dive excursions.
  • SWIM WITH THE SHARKS: This is an exciting way to spend a day! Docile whale sharks populate the area. You don’t have to worry about being attacked.
  • TAKE A NIGHTTIME FISHING TRIP: This is an experience you won’t forget! Moonlight shimmers on the water. Bright stars glitter in velvet skies. Romance is rampant. You might even catch a fish!
  • VENTURE INTO A QUIET VILLAGE: Stroll the sandy streets of a quiet village hand in hand. Visit local craft workshops and watch the day’s catch being unloaded on the dock. You’ll discover the “real” Maldives!
  • PAMPER YOURSELVES AT A SPA: Luxuriate with a spa treatment for two. You’ll love it!
  • WORK ON YOUR SHORT GAME: Golf is a special treat in this country where land is at a premium. The Par 3 course at the Kuredu Resort offers 6 holes with an average length of 55 yards.
  • TRY A LOCAL BEER: It’s non-alcoholic!
  • DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY: There is some nightlife in this quiet place! Dance till dawn in your hotel disco or at one of the island bars. Sometimes, you’ll be dancing under the stars.
  • SHOP IN THE CAPITAL: You’ll get a good view of daily life. Souvenir shops line the two major streets, Chaandee Magu and Majeedhee Magu. The local fish market is as photogenic as they come.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which month is the best month to visit the Maldives?
The best month to visit Maldives depends on your preferences and honeymoon needs. The high season runs from December to April, with dry weather and plenty of sunshine, making it an excellent time for water activities such as diving and snorkeling. Keep in mind, though, that this is also the busiest and most expensive time to visit. If you prefer fewer crowds and lower prices, you may consider visiting during the low season from May to November. During this time, there may be occasional rain showers, but the weather is generally warm and pleasant.

Are the Maldives visa-free for US citizens?
Yes, Maldives is visa-free for US citizens. US citizens can enter Maldives for up to 30 days without a visa.

Can you fly direct to Maldives from US?
There are currently no direct flights from the US to the Maldives; however, several airlines offer connecting flights from major US cities to Maldives through hubs such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Doha.

How many days in the Maldives is enough?
The number of days to spend in the Maldives depends on your travel preferences and honeymoon budget. If you’re looking for a relaxing beach honeymoon, 5-7 days may be enough. However, if you want to explore more islands or participate in activities like diving, you may want to stay for longer.

What is better the Maldives or Bora Bora?
Maldives and Bora Bora are both beautiful destinations with turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, but they have different experiences to offer. Maldives has more varied marine life and more options for water activities like diving, while Bora Bora is known for its overwater bungalows and romantic ambiance.

What can I combine the Maldives with?
The Maldives can be combined with other destinations in the Indian Ocean such as Sri Lanka, Seychelles, or Mauritius, as well as with other countries in Asia or the Middle East. Many honeymooners also choose to stop over in Dubai or Abu Dhabi on their way to or from the Maldives.

What Caribbean island is most like the Maldives?
The Caribbean island that is most like Maldives in terms of natural beauty and clear waters is probably Turks and Caicos. However, Maldives has a unique culture and atmosphere that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

What should I avoid in the Maldives?
In Maldives, it is important to respect local customs and laws. Avoid wearing revealing clothing in public places outside of resorts, and do not consume alcohol in public as alcohol is only available on resort island. It is also important to be aware of the marine life and avoid touching or disturbing coral or wildlife while snorkeling or diving.

Fast Facts

  • AREA CODE: 960
  • LANGUAGE: Dhivehi. English is widely spoken.
  • CURRENCY: Rufiyaa
  • ELECTRICITY: 230 volts, 50 Hz
  • TEMPERATURE: Average year round temperature is 86 degrees F.
  • RELIGION: Sunni Islam.
  • WHEN TO GO: Peak season is December-April. Off Season is May-November.
  • GETTING AROUND: Seaplanes are Maldives’ taxis. The most popular way to get around is by boats called “dhonis” or “vedis.” There is ferry service from the airport island to Male, the capital.