Combine Tropical Beaches and Native Island Culture with a Maldives Holiday
The Maldives Islands are famous for its stunningly beautiful turquoise seas, white sand beaches and overwater bungalows. With the Huvafen Fushi and Medhufushi island resorts and its round-the-year pleasant weather, the Maldives has long been a favored location for holiday packages. However, the Maldives can offer much more than a relaxing day on a tropical white sand beach – with 1,192 islands to explore, a fascinating native culture and ample opportunities for watersport activities like boating and snorkeling, this charming country is the perfect place for an exciting and entertaining tour holiday!
And UK-based international tour operator Encounters Travel has just the right offering – the amazing Maldives Magic tour is the world’s first tour of the Maldives Islands. Over eight days, you will discover the Maldives’ stunning natural beauty, experience the country’s rich traditions and witness the contrast between the capital Malé’s urban lifestyle and the peace and quiet of a deserted “picnic island”. With small groups of no more than 14 travelers, knowledgeable and well-versed Maldivian guides and an incredible amount of extras to customize your tour should you wish to combine it with scuba diving or longer boat cruising, for example, Encounters Travel guarantee that you’ll be having the time of your life in the beautiful Maldives.
Fabulous Maldives Island Hopping And A Memorable Active Holiday
On the exciting Maldives Magic tour, you’ll quickly realize why the Maldives is the quintessential island nation – in fact, the word “atoll” itself comes from Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives! Arriving at Maldives Airport (Malé International Airport, MACL ), you will be guided to your comfortable guesthouse on the island of Hulhumalé and you’ll have time to make yourself at home in this tropical paradise where the beach is never more than a few minutes away. If you arrive before the evening, you may even pay a visit to the capital Malé… and enjoy a non-alcoholic cocktail (alcoholic drinks are available in hotels), while viewing the scenic sunset over land and sea from the highest point in the Maldives.
Day two will reveal Malé’s charm and spirit with a dedicated tour of the Maldivian capital. You will learn more about Maldivian culture and religion by entering the 17th-century Friday Mosque with its minaret made from coral stone, browsing the ancient artifacts of the National Museum and strolling the verdant gardens of the Sultan Park. Explore this fascinating town of 100,000 people who have densely urbanized the entire capital island and see how regular Maldivians go about their everyday lives.
In the afternoon, you will depart from Malé by ferry, your next destination the picturesque traditional island of Guraidhoo (famous for its dive sites). To see the capital skyline in all its glory, make sure you sit on the top of the ferry… and be on the watch for dolphins on the way!
The next day will introduce you to the traditional culture of the Maldives in the most direct and engaging way possible. You will have a typical Maldivian breakfast with a local family before going on a tour of the charming little island of Guraidhoo – visiting the mosque and the school and learning about traditional sailing and fishing at the boatyard where locals build their dhoni sail boats. Then you may relax at the beach before you are taken to a secret location, a deserted sand bank, for more watersport fun, before enjoying a castaway style dinner inspired by Robinson Crusoe!
Day four continues with the theme of swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing: this time on a nearby uninhabited picnic island that is all yours to relish. In between you will be served a delicious Maldivian-style barbecue lunch, and on your return to Guraidhoo you will attend a dinner with a Maldivian family, trying more specialties of island cuisine. Be prepared to use your hands, as Maldivian dining typically does not make use of silverware!
Underwater Marvels And Traditional Drum Beats
The Maldives is a heaven for sea life lovers, and the next day of the truly magical Maldives Magic tour proves this completely. You will travel to the scenic island of Maafushi in the morning and spend the first half of the day snorkeling the breathtaking coral reefs surrounding this atoll. Explore an alien world of underwater beauty guided by experienced professionals! The afternoon will be free for you to spend as you like and take advantage of the island’s facilities. For dinner, you will be presented with a traditional music show accompanied by the sound of the mighty bodu beru drums of African origin. Dance the night away… or let others do the work and sample seafood dishes as you enjoy the music!
Next afternoon you will embark on an adventurous boat trip on a traditional dhoni boat. Just picture yourself marveling at the magnificent sunset (perhaps even catching a glimpse of a leaping dolphin!) while learning about the Maldivian custom of tuna fishing. If you’re into it, you may even try your luck at fishing traditional-style and enjoy a barbecue seafood dinner that you can proudly say you caught yourself!
Day seven, your final full day before heading home or continuing your tour with an extension via Malé, is a free day for you to explore gorgeous Maafushi as you desire. Whether you prefer diving, snorkeling or just lying at the beach, Maafushi is just the right setting. In the afternoon, you can visit a café on the island to try the sweet and savory local cuisine and unwind with a cup of black tea in hand.
On day eight, you will be transferred to Maldives Airport. If you opted for some extra adventure or relaxation time in the Maldives, here is where it kicks in – options range from a three-day safari tour on board a dhoni boat to a luxurious resort stay with three different resorts to choose from.
You’re a fan of adventure vacations thinking about discovering a perfect holiday destination from a different angle? Then hop on the magnificent Maldives Magic tour from Encounters Travel and discover the nature and culture of the gorgeous Maldives!
Where is Maldives: A Maldives Map
The Maldives is a serene archipelago surrounded by the warm waters and colorful coral reefs of the Indian Ocean. The flight from Trivandrum, southern India to the Maldives airport is less than 90 minutes, so it is very easy to take a holiday in the Maldives from India.
Maldives Weather: What is the Weather Like in the Maldives
The distance from the Maldives to the equator is only 287 miles – 461 kilometers so the Maldives climate is very warm all year round. The temperature is consistently between 28 and 32 C – 78 to 89 F. The driest season is between December and April. This is also the best time to visit if you are going diving or snorkeling, as the water visibility will be best then. That means prices are slightly lower than other times of the year.