The Maldives are an archipelago of beautiful low lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean. Located about 700 kilometers south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometers south-west of India, Maldives is one of the most popular and coveted beach destinations in the world. Every year, thousands of tourists come here for their vacations, and none of them left the islands disappointed. Boasting an incredible natural beauty: soft sandy beaches with crystal clear waters full of fish and marine life, blue skies, lush vegetation, numerous colorful birds and friendly animals, Maldives is a dream for honeymooners first, but for those who enjoy water sports, families and history buffs as well.
Maldives National Museum, Esjehi Art Gallery, Grand Friday Mosque, Fish Market of Maldives, Maldives Artificial beach, Kurumba Village, Seenu Atoll, and Naifaru in Maldives are the most popular tourist attractions in Maldives; nevertheless the main reason, this corner of paradise is visited by so many tourists each year is its astonishing nature, that is why the main activities are birds watching, waters sports, animal spotting and walking.
As mentioned above, Maldives is an archipelago, and a quite big one - it comprises 1190 coral islands. Only 200 of these amazing beautiful islands are inhabited, of which 88 are populated with affordable Maldives hotels, ready to offer you a dreamlike vacation experience. The most popular islands are Male – the capital city of Maldives, Seenu Atoll, Naifaru and Thinadhoo.
If you dream of a quiet vacation, then you must choose a remote island, which are often harder to reach, but believe me, it deserves all the efforts. There are two major airlines as the Trans Maldivian Airways and Maldivian Air Taxi operating sea planes which you can use to travel to one of your Maldives hotels or resorts located on a remote island. Their offices are located on the international airport where you can book your plane. One easy way to book airline is hire a travel agent to make arrangements for you or your resort may be able to book it for you.
Velassaru Island is a private coral island in the turquoise sea 25 minutes by speedboat from Malé airport; it provides tranquil atmosphere and urges you to forget everything else is one of them. You will find here peace and serenity, wonderful beaches and some of the finest Maldives hotels and resorts. Velassaru Maldives is the most popular hotel here and will meet all your desires. One of the ways to reach here is through a speedboat, but the best way to reach the Island is to take the airport pickup service at the Velassaru Maldives resort for a surcharge which is very convenient and it will bring you straight to the island. You can also save money by choosing a local ferry called dhoni but you are never sure about their immediate availability. The Velassaru Maldives resort is spread over the Velassaru Island and offers super spacious guestrooms, sitting areas and lounges with beautiful views over the Indian Ocean. The staff is friendly and there are more than one dining areas and bars. There is a private beach, pool, cinema area, a library, currency exchange, medical service, laundry service, steam room, fitness center and even internet in this remote island; all of these services and facilities makes Velassaru Maldives one of the most visited Maldives hotels.
A similar resort located on another remote island as part of the Northern Male Atoll is the Bandos Island Resort & Spa. There are six types of guestrooms of which deluxe, garden villa, Jacuzzi beach and pool villa, standard rooms and water villa, having different designs, facilities and architecture. There are also six different restaurants build on different locations having different menus. Maldives is equally beautifully from outside as it is from undersea and you are welcome to take the undersea tour at the resort.
The most buzzing with activity island remains the Male Island but it isn’t less picturesque and spectacular, more it has a plenty of affordable Male hotels, amazing dinner and even shopping options. Book you room in one of affordable Male hotels such as the Traders Hotel Male Maldives located on the Ameer Ahmed Magu Street and take the cab to travel around the city. You should try the famous Sala Family restaurant known for its Thai and Italian food offered in two separate outlets; the local is located few blocks away on the same Male atoll. Traders Hotel is fairly affordable and has easy access to all parts of the Male city, also it offers all major facilities such as rooms and suites, two different restaurants and a bar, lobby, outdoor pool and much more.