A dream destination famous for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking underwater scenery. But there is more to this unique nation, these 1190 islands spread across the Indian Ocean and circled into 26 natural atolls. They boast rich cultural traditions, a history of kings and queens, pageants, feasts and festivals, their own language and script. These unique islands are made of pure white coral sand and are grouped into natural atolls that are protected from rough seas by surrounding coral reefs. They are low lying, the highest point on any given island being no more than a metre and a half above sea level. Coconut palms, lush tropical plants, and an abundance of spectacular marine life make the Maldives an idyllic and upmarket holiday destination. The Maldives is not a budget destination. It is a country that is far away from the rest of the world, hidden away in the tropical blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The economy is tourism, and everyone there knows that you have traveled a long way to get there, and at some expense, so they ensure that your stay will be worth the effort you have made in getting there.
For scuba divers, there are 2 ways to enjoy to Maldives. Firstly, many dive tourists will enjoy the comfort, and often luxury, of staying at one of the many upmarket island resorts. Then depending on the distances from the airport and capital city of Male, guests are taken to their choice of resort by speedboat, or by a scenic seaplane flight. Once on the island, accommodation options start with garden and beachfront rooms and extend to luxury over the water bungalows, some even with their own private jacuzzi’s. Of course the resorts feature restaurants, pubs and massage spa’s, some even offer various sporting activities and kid’s clubs. For the scuba diver, there are the dive and water-sports centres, each fully equipped with top of the range facilities and equipment, and comfortable speedboats that take you to the surrounding reefs. So by choosing an island resort, you will enjoy that relaxing island life with sand between your toes, and you will enjoy the superb scuba diving each has to offer.
For the more hard core diver, the best way to enjoy the waters of the Maldives is from a liveaboard safari boat. You get to cruise to and dive all the best sites on offer, depending on the route chosen by the experienced skippers. All dives and delicious meals are included in your package, and selected drinks. Comfort is not sacrificed with your en-suite air-conditioned cabin, a spacious dining saloon and lounge area, a sun deck and dive deck or dhoni. There are also often opportunities to visit secluded islands for a beach barbeque, visit a local village to say hi and even stop off at one of the close by resorts for a sundowner and some late night dancing. A liveaboard represents the best value for a scuba diver visiting the idyllic and magical Maldives.
Resort example – Meeru Meeru
Meeru Meeru Island Resort offers a relaxing casual atmosphere. A large island by local standards, much of the island remains untouched, with its natural vegetation intact. It is certainly the resort for you if you would prefer to kick off your shoes and enjoy a casual atmosphere in which to relax. The island is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, and is the only resort on the island of Meerufenfushi. Your speedboat transfer from Hulhule International Airport is a scenic, 50 minutes ride to this Eastern most resort island in the North Male' Atoll. There are a total of 286 rooms including 20 Garden Rooms, 77 Beach Villas, 83 Jacuzzi Beach Villas, 27 Water Villas, 77 Jacuzzi Water Villas and 2 Honeymoon Suites. The island boasts 1.5km of beautiful white sand beach, a magnificent lagoon and plenty of great snorkeling. There is a sparkling clear fresh water swimming pool overlooking the beach with a children's wading pool, two lighted tennis courts, golf driving range, putting green, 9 hole Pitch and Putt Golf Course, beach volleyball, badminton, table tennis, billiards, snooker, darts, petangue, bicycles, and football grounds. There is windsurfing, sailing, kayaks and a glass bottom boat, as well as fishing excursions including morning, sunset and deep sea trips. There is also a fitness centre and of course the very professional Ocean Pro Dive Centre. There are 2 spa’s, 7 restaurants and 6 pubs offering relaxed cocktails to the more lively social gatherings.