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Government Realises It Cannot Achieve 1.5 Million Tourist Target

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Government has officially dropped the ambitious 1.5 million tourist target this year alleging opposition of tarnishing the image of the country.

Photo Courtesy: Maldives Tourism
Photo Courtesy: Maldives Tourism

  • Tourism minister Moosa Zameer said the government has been forced to revise 1.4 million target–the same as last year
  • He paints opposition’s criticism as the primary reason behind the failure
  • He says opposition portrayed Maldives as prone to a terrorist attack which has deeply affected tourist arrivals
  • He, however, downplayed the effects Al Jazeera documentary which exposed mass corruption
  • The number is too high to achieve even after government’s enhanced budget in promoting tourism

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You Can’t Go To Maldives And Not Visit These 7 Places

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Maldives is endowed with stunning white-sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The country holds a great allure for tourists across the world with 1200 islands and 26 atolls. Exotic islands, magnificent reefs and shiny-sandy beaches, there is no dearth of attractions here.

ALSO CHECK: Things To Do In Maldives To Know About Its Culture

And if choosing from so many attractions gets tough for you, here we bring a quick list of 7 most beautiful places to visit in Maldives.

Malé: The Largest City

Located on the southern edge of Kaafu Atoll, Malé Atoll was earlier called ‘Mahal’ as it was the house to the ‘Royal Dynasties’ and now it is popular as the King’s Island. The city has a tropical monsoon climate due to which rains occur through most months of the year.

Major Attractions: The Grand Friday Mosque, Malé Fish Market, Malé’s National Museum and Tsunami Monument
Activities To Do: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Underwater Scooters
Where To Stay:  Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, Hotel Octave, The Beehive

Sun Island: Nature’s Pristine Beauty

Sun Island, set in the magnificent island of Nalaguraidhoo, is adorned with beautiful beaches, stunning tropical flowers and bountiful greenery. With its extremely charming beaches, sparkling blue waters and wonderful resorts, the island is perfect escape for honeymooners.

Activities To Do: Diving, windsurfing and snorkelling, relaxation at sauna and spa, Island Divers
Where to stay: Sun Island Resort & Spa, Holiday Island Resort & Spa, LUX* South Ari Atoll etc.

Banana Reef: Best Diving Site

Located in North Malé Atoll, Banana Reef is known as one of the best diving sites in the world. Shaped like a banana, the reef has lively marine life, fantastic corals, amazing cliffs, overhangs and caves.

Major Attractions: Maldive Victory, Hulhumalé, Alimatha Island, Biyadhoo Island, Manta Point
Activities To Do: Underwater activities, including scuba, Jet skiing in the reef; snorkelling,
Where To Stay: Coco Bodhu Hithi, Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas are the luxury accommodations that will keep you happy and comfy.

Alimatha Island: Perfect For Family Vacation

Located in Vaavu Atoll, Alimatha Island sits on the eastern edge of Maldives. The island is perfect to indulge in activities like diving, snorkeling and boating. It is apt to for a family vacation and honeymoon. Along with sun-kissed beaches, the island also comprise Ayurvedic massage centre, spa, bars and restaurants to entertain and energise tourists.

Major Attractions: Miyaru Kandu, Fotte Kandu (Govt. sanctioned protected sites); Alimatha Aquatic Resort
Activities To Do: Diving, snorkelling and canoeing
Where To Stay: VOI Dhiggiri Resort, Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, Fun Island Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives 

Artificial Beach: Apt For Swimmers

An open area, Artificial Beach is situated in North Malé Atoll. It is perfect to visit for swimmers, though remember to check the clothes you’re wearing (do it according to locals). It hosts various water sports, and carnivals.

Major Attractions: Shark Point, Manta Point, Nassimo Thila, Kani Corner
Activities To Do: Swimming, Peaceful walks
Where To Stay: Isola Guest House, Huraa East Inn, Ocean Cottage, Eriyadu Island Resort & Spa

HP Reef: Enjoy Colourful Marine Life

HP Reef, located in North Malé Atoll, is a protected marine location where you can witness presence of marine creatures. You can see beautiful, small, harmful, colourful fishes, multi-hued corals, caves and overhangs as the sea here has vivacity of marine life. Swimmers and divers are only spring into waters when it is completely secure.

Major Attractions: Marine life
Major Activities: Photography and Diving
Where To Stay: Lily Beach Resort & Spa,  SeaHouse TopDeck, The Somerset Hotel, Hotel Jen Malé Maldives – nearby hotels.

Utheemu Ganduvaru: Walk Through The History

Utheemu, located in the Northern part of Maldives,  is a small island that resembles a small green jellyfish. It is a place of great historical significance – birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, revered  in Maldivian history for chasing away Portuguese intruders.

Major Attractions: The home of Sultan Mohamed, Ancient Cemetery, New Mosque, Beach North shore
Where To Stay: Amra Palace Laamu, J Resort Alidhoo, JA Manafaru, The Barefoot Eco Hotel

Things To Do In Maldives To Know About Its Culture

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With 1200 islands and 26 atolls, Maldives indeed holds a great attraction for tourists. However, it’s not only about exotic islands, magnificent blue seas, shiny-sandy beaches, and reefs; just look a little closer and you’ll discover a lot more. This is a place where you can spend time with locals while travelling, seek out the islands’ history, and eat the authentic Maldivian cuisine.

Here is a list of things you should do to know about the genuine culture of little slice of paradise.

Take Public Ferry

ferry

Avoid seaplane transfers while heading to resort from the airport. If you travel by ferry, you get enough chance to engage with local people, as well as the chance to witness the beauty of the islands closely. It’s a real adventure, also allows you to spot some beautiful dolphins.

Enjoy Afternoon Tea

afternoon tea

Get into any near-by coffee shop or cafe between 3 and 5 pm and you’ll find a feast of bite-sized savoury and sweet delights known as hedika. These savouries are filled with vegetables, egg, tune and chilli, while the sweet treats include French toast, pancakes and sponge cake. Pair them up with a mug of black tea – in a true Maldivian style.

Explore Islands’ History

Islands' History

There are more than 1200 islands and each of them has it’s own history. Though humanly visiting all the islands in a few days is not possible, knowing the history of some of them might increase your knowledge about the place.

Visit ancient mosques, Buddhist stupas, and shrines to know about the island. Also, visit these attractions with a local and hear the story of how the Maldives converted from Buddhism to Islam. At the northern atolls, there is Utheemu, home of the revered national hero Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, which is a must-visit.

Dance To Boduberu

Boduberu

Boduberu or big drum is performed by a group of people, which includes three drummers and a lead singer. They are accompanied by a small bell, a set of drums also known as a bodu beru, and an onugandu – a small piece of bamboo with horizontal grooves.

Shake a leg on the tunes, but remember once you start dancing, you can only stop when it’s over.  The songs tell stories of heroism, romance or satire.

Eat Like Local

Maldivian food

Maldivians are known for their friendliness and hospitality.  Make some effort to interact with them, and they might invite you for a dinner. Or visit a restaurant where they serve authentic Maldivian cuisine. They eat with their fingers and once you learn the art, it will definitely work as a great ice breaker!

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Maldives

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With several attractive and pleasant tropical destinations all over the world, oblivious travellers often overlook the Maldives. It’s not only about the staggering beauty of the place, it has much more to offer.

And just so that you know the importance of the place, here are 5 reasons why you should visit the Maldives and experience the exquisiteness of this amazing island. Get out of the vicious circle of Sitting.Wishing.Waiting, it’s time to pack your bags and experience something unforgettable.

Defines Paradise

paradise

The crystalline blue waters rolling quietly against isolated stretches of immaculate white sand – the Maldives offer a peaceful haven. The breeze rusting through the leaves is only hurdle in the postcard perfect location. While travel enthusiast can visit this place round the year, rain is common between the months of November and April.

Fabulous Underwater Life

underwater

Appealing blue waters are home to some of the most lively and vivacious sea life of the world. Most of the resort islands enjoys a personal reef that are well-located for snorkelling, although remote places to snorkel and dive are conveniently accessible by boat.

Fish Head and Banana Reef are the most popular and world-class diving destinations, while the White Wale submarine put forward an astonishing reef tour to visitors where they can see more than 1000 varieties of marine life.

Offers Unique Culture

culture

Besides picturesque landscapes, the islands are also rich in a warm and exotic culture. Mainly  dominated by the populations of Sunni Muslims, the local culture is an eclectic mix of Sinhalese, Arab and South Indian influences.

The capital city of Maldives, Male’ is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful cultural attractions, including Presidential palace, The National Museum, Male’ Fish Market, the Grand Friday mosque and Sultan Park. Though Maldivians speak English mostly, official business is usually conducted in the native language of Dhivehi.

Culinary Pleasure

curry

If you want to experience the authentic Maldivian experience, visit local restaurants. Though the Maldives offers a tempting variety of international cuisines, traditional eateries offer dishes largely based around fish that are spicy and are cooked in coconut. You can’t miss the Maldivian curry that tastes like a richer version of Singapore curry.

Sai (a type of tea), Raa (toddy tapped from palm trees) are the two must-have beverages here.

Secluded Luxury Vacation

vacation

Maldives’ economy is largely based on tourism. At the island travellers can enjoy ultra-luxurious accommodations. Resorts, yachts, private villas are all available for the tourists. These accommodations are well-versed with latest amenities, including spa centres, under-water sports and more. It may not offer most inexpensive accommodations, however the price is right for your high-end vacation.

5 Most Beautiful Places You Must Visit

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With 1200 islands and 26 atolls, Maldives has a gift of incredible beauty and magnificent nature. This island country offers exotic islands, shiny beaches, alluring blue seas, splendid reefs and several water sports. The Maldives attracts people from all over world as it is mostly dominated by water sports and it is perfect for nature lovers. The island country is all beautiful and if this confuses you to make must-visit places while on trip, here is a quick list of 5 most beautiful places to visit in Maldives.

Malé

One of the largest and liveliest cities of Maldives, Malé is situated on the southern edge of Kaafu Atoll. It was once known as ‘Mahal’ as it was the home of the ‘Royal Dynasties’. Malé is still popular as the King’s Island. Tourists can see the real Maldives far away from the resorts and pools at Malé. Consistently moderate temperature throughout the year makes this place suitable to visit anytime.

What to see: The Grand Friday Mosque, Malé Fish Market, Malé’s National Museum, Tsunami Monument
What to do: Scuba Diving and Snorkelling, Underwater Scooters, Dive Club Maldives
Best places to stay:  Hotel Octave, The Beehive, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa

Nalaguraidhoo Island

Popularly known as Sun Island, it is located in South Ari Atoll. Festooned with beautiful beaches, tropical flowers and lavish greenery, Sun Island attracts a huge number of travellers wanting to bask in the nature’s pristine beauty.

With its charming blue waters, serenity, beautiful and sparkling beaches, the island is the perfect escape for honeymooners.

Best time to visit: March to April – the summer season, suitable for water sports.
What to do: Diving, Windsurfing and Snorkelling, Island Divers
Where to stay: Sun Island Resort & Spa, LUX* South Ari Atoll

Banana Reef

For the diving enthusiasts, Banana Reef is the best location. Located in North Malé Atoll, it was very first diving spot in Maldives that got recognition for licensed diving and training.

The reef, shaped like a banana, is packed with lively marine life, astonishing cliffs, incredible corals, and caves.

What to see: Hulhumalé, Maldive Victory, Biyadhoo Island, Alimatha Island, and Manta Point
What to do: Scuba, Snorkelling, Jet Skiing In The Reef
Where to stay: Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Coco Bodhu Hithi, Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas

Alimatha Island

Perfect for a family vacation, Alimatha Island is situated on the eastern edge of Maldives. Azure, crystal clear water makes the island appropriate for diving, snorkeling and boating. Go for some volleyball matches in the sun-kissed beaches or relax at the Ayurvedic massage centre, spa.

What to see: Miyaru Kandu, Fotte Kand; Alimatha Aquatic Resort
What to do: Diving, Snorkelling and Canoeing
Where to stay: Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, VOI Dhiggiri Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, and Fun Island Resort

Artificial Beach

Perfect for swimming enthusiasts, Artificial Beach is situated in North Malé Atoll. It is an open area, but has some restrictions over clothing as per the local law. The beach hosts quite a lot of carnivals, peaceful walks and water sports and the evenings turn musical as different groups gather to jam and perform.

What to see: Shark Point, Manta Point, Nassimo Thila, Kani Corner
Where to stay: Huraa East Inn, Isola Guest House, Eriyadu Island Resort & Spa, and Ocean Cottage

3 Seaside Activities You Should Try On Your Next Vacation

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Rightly called as the Paradise Island, the gorgeous side of the Maldives unveils powdery white sands on ethereal beaches. Maldives offers a lot of adventurous kicks for tourists. There is so much to see, do, and discover at nearly every turn. Besides enjoy unique dining experience and spending a night at underwater bedroom, there are a lot to do. So without further ado, here are 3 seaside activities that will make your vacation unforgettable

Night Snorkelling

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience night snorkelling while in Maldives. This will be your chance to explore a world of sea creatures you that you aren’t able to see during the day time. Spend your night beneath the surface in utter amazement and wonder.

Seabob Cayago Water Rocket

The Seabob Cayago Water Rocket will for sure make your trip remembering. It’s another way to explore the insanely beautiful underwater world that Maldives. Though this latest trend is quite pricey, it will help you go through the water while no real tiring effort on your part is needed.

A Dhoni Boat Sunset Cruise

Your trip to Maldives would never be completed without experience on the traditional dhoni boat. So, if you on a holiday with your honey, this will undoubtedly set the mood for a fantastic and romantic evening. Set sail just before the sunset and embark on a cruise filled with a performance of colors.

Places You Must Visit In Maldives On Your Next Trip

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With 1200 islands and 26 atolls, Maldives has a gift of incredible beauty and magnificent nature. This island country offers exotic islands, shiny beaches, alluring blue seas, splendid reefs and several water sports. The Maldives attracts people from all over world as it is mostly dominated by water sports and it is perfect for nature lovers. The island country is all beautiful and if this confuses you to make must-visit places while on trip, here is a quick list of 5 most beautiful places to visit in Maldives.

Malé

The Grand Friday Mosque

One of the largest and liveliest cities of Maldives, Malé is situated on the southern edge of Kaafu Atoll. It was once known as ‘Mahal’ as it was the home of the ‘Royal Dynasties’. Malé is still popular as the King’s Island. Tourists can see the real Maldives far away from the resorts and pools at Malé. Consistently moderate temperature throughout the year makes this place suitable to visit anytime.

What to see: The Grand Friday Mosque, Malé Fish Market, Malé’s National Museum, Tsunami Monument
What to do: Scuba Diving and Snorkelling, Underwater Scooters, Dive Club Maldives
Best places to stay:  Hotel Octave, The Beehive, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa

Nalaguraidhoo Island

Nalaguraidhoo Island

Popularly known as Sun Island, it is located in South Ari Atoll. Festooned with beautiful beaches, tropical flowers and lavish greenery, Sun Island attracts a huge number of travellers wanting to bask in the nature’s pristine beauty.

With its charming blue waters, serenity, beautiful and sparkling beaches, the island is the perfect escape for honeymooners.

Best time to visit: March to April – the summer season, suitable for water sports
What to do: Diving, Windsurfing and Snorkelling, Island Divers
Where to stay: Sun Island Resort & Spa, LUX* South Ari Atoll

Banana Reef

Banana Reef

For the diving enthusiasts, Banana Reef is the best location. Located in North Malé Atoll, it was very first diving spot in Maldives that got recognition for licensed diving and training.

The reef, shaped like a banana, is packed with lively marine life, astonishing cliffs, incredible corals, and caves.

What to see: Hulhumalé, Maldive Victory, Biyadhoo Island, Alimatha Island, and Manta Point
What to do: Scuba, Snorkelling, Jet Skiing In The Reef
Where to stay: Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Coco Bodhu Hithi, Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas

Alimatha Island

Alimatha Island

Perfect for a family vacation, Alimatha Island is situated on the eastern edge of Maldives. Azure, crystal clear water makes the island appropriate for diving, snorkeling and boating. Go for some volleyball matches in the sun-kissed beaches or relax at the Ayurvedic massage centre, spa.

What to see: Miyaru Kandu, Fotte Kand; Alimatha Aquatic Resort
What to do: Diving, Snorkelling and Canoeing
Where to stay: Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, VOI Dhiggiri Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, and Fun Island Resort

Artificial Beach

Artificial Beach

Perfect for swimming enthusiasts, Artificial Beach is situated in North Malé Atoll. It is an open area, but has some restrictions over clothing as per the local law. The beach hosts quite a lot of carnivals, peaceful walks and water-sports and the evenings turn musical as different groups gather to jam and perform.

What to see: Shark Point, Manta Point, Nassimo Thila, Kani Corner
Where to stay: Huraa East Inn, Isola Guest House, Eriyadu Island Resort & Spa, and Ocean Cottage

5 Reasons Why Maldives Is Sexiest Honeymoon Destination

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Maldives is unbelievably one of the most romantic places to make it the go-to destination for newlyweds. The Paradise Island has its gorgeous side with blue lagoons, coral islets and untouched beaches. From spending sweet private time with your better-half to exploring the adventures together, things to do in the Maldives and places to discover, it has a ton of both. So as Maldives will be full of pleasant choices, here are our reasons of why it is the sexiest destination for honeymooners.

Gaze At The Enthralling Sea-Life

Watching at the striking coral and giant whale shark with your other half is one of the most delightful things to do in the Maldives. It has profusion of stunning coral reefs and rich marine life, and is a place where you two can snorkel together along with whale, sharks and manta rays.

Spend Time At Glowing Beach

Located on the Vaadhoo Island, the glowing beach is a perfect spot to visit with your beloved. The beach lights up at night and due to rare glowing tides that rinse the shore at night, it shines.

Go For A Cruise Trip

Get on the cruise and live your lifetime experience. Surrounded by the island’s unparalleled beauty, the cruise takes you to inhabited islands and deserted beaches.

Underwater Romance

Take your partner on a dinner date at the Ithaa underwater aquarium restaurant. Look at some gorgeous aquamarine, spend the night here and get a delicious breakfast in the morning. Indeed, it will be a perfect night for people in love.

Ride A Dhoni

You two on the coconut palm timber cruise boat, relaxed will definitely make your day. And in the morning, swim and snorkel, have a treat of fresh seafood barbecue and watch some birds. Sounds a relaxed date, isn’t?

World’s Biggest Underwater Restaurant Coming To Maldives

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The Maldives is soon going to be a home to world’s largest underwater restaurant.

Property of Hurawalhi Island Resort which is all set to open in November, this underwater restaurant will be called “5.8 Undersea Restaurant”.

ALSO SEE | Living Like Mermaids: All About Underwater Bedroom

The restaurant has capacity to accommodate 16 guests at a time and it will allow diners to take in their marine surroundings through a transparent, domed ceiling. This unusual dining destination is set 5.8 meters below the lagoon.

underwater restaurant

This is second underwater restaurant in the Maldives, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort being the first. Ithaa opened in 2005. The destination also features the world’s first underwater spa.

The Hurawalhi restaurant is designed by the same architects MJ Murphy, who worked for Ithaa. He specialises in aquarium design.

Built in New Zealand over 10 months, the 410-tonne megastructure traveled to the Maldives by cargo ship.

Executive chef Shannon Batten will be taking care of the cuisine of the restaurant. New Zealander based chef has cooked for Bill Clinton, the British royals, Rod Stewart, Bob Geldof, Neil Young, and the Rolling Stones, to name a few.

Located in the Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island Resort and Spa features 90 villas that come with modern conveniences.

5 Kid-Friendly Hotels In The Maldives

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The Maldives sounds like a perfect honeymoon destination, but there’s also a plenty of fun to be had with your kids. Though a little less, Maldives have some high-end resorts that offer facility of kids’ clubs as well. These clubs are perfect for your child as travelling with tiny tots is one of the most difficult things to do. So we found few hotels and resorts that can keep your child entertained while you can relax:

Soneva Fushi Resort

Soneva Fushi is one the best resorts for kids as in the Maldives most of the resorts are overwater which makes them risky for kids. However, Soneva Fushi have all the rooms on the beach. They offer kids’ club and paid babysitting service. Also, kids can go on picnics, watch movies at the main bar on rainy days, or compete in swimming competitions at a free kids’ club.

There is a separate area for kids, called ‘Den’. Kids can enjoy healthy mocktails, play at lego room, pirate ship and pools.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa accommodates families with children in overwater villas. The resort has a beautiful beachfront infinity pool with shallow kids’ section and free kids’ club for Camp Safari. They organise daily kids’ activities like free non-motorized water sports, snorkels, kayaks and peddle boats. They have a separate game room that offers snooker, billiards, foosball, table tennis, and air hockey for the kids.

Their Deluxe Family Water Villas have kid-friendly perks like bunk beds, playstation game consoles, and locks to stop toddlers from crawling off the overwater patios. Paid babysitting service is also available.

Dusit Thani

At Dusit Thani, kids can enjoy at the free Baan Sanook kids’ club which has a playground for children aged between three to 11 years. Baan Sanook kids’ club offers supervised activities like face painting, crab racing, treasure hunts, and pirate hat making. It is open from 10 am to 6 pm every day.

Free water sports gear such as snorkels, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards, and the house reef are also available for kids under supervision of experts.

Kanuhura

Thanks to the kids’ club, kid-friendly restaurant menus, and kid-friendly pool, Kanahura is one of the most popular resorts of Maldives. Kids love their water sports area that has a bar serving ice cream during the day. Near the resort’s hub, there is an outdoor pool with deep areas for adults and shallow areas for kids. Beach sports and pirate games, they have it all for the younger guests. Amenities like baby cots, bottle sterilizers, and high chairs are also available for the kids.

Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives has a separate division for kids. Majaa Kids’ Club offers painting, puzzles, and movies for kids. They also have a few outdoor activities such as fish feeding. They provide extra cots for children in Deluxe Pool villas, while Garden Pool Villas have two single beds for children.

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