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The Best Islands for your Maldives Vacation

Planning your next vacation to the Maldives? Not sure where to start? Check out this travel guide to get insight into some of the best Maldives islands, resorts and activities. You will be soaking up your dream vacation in no time.


At one time or another, we have all had that memorable screensaver. Think dreamy turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, clear blue skies and private villas on the water. It is simply paradise.

The Maldives is exactly what you might expect this screensaver to feel like in real life. The islands (or atolls as they are known in the Maldives) are calling your name, so what are you waiting for? Excited to explore the Maldives sea and have an adventure in the water? Longing for a quiet romantic getaway or an all-inclusive vacation? Or maybe you’re a budget traveller and looking for ideas and inspiration? We’ve got it all for you in this Maldives travel guide.

Maldives Islands: A Tropical Paradise!

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Quick Facts about the Maldives

The Maldives is a tropical nation located just below India and Sri Lanka and comprised of nearly 2,000 small islands, however not all of the islands are inhabited. Visitors are drawn to the Maldives Islands for the beautiful, endless beaches, remote water villas and water-sports, mainly snorkelling and diving. All Maldivian resorts are on their own island, making this a unique and truly personal vacation.

What is the weather like in the Maldives?

Being so close to the Equator, the annual weather averages but March is typically the hottest month with an average temperature of 29°C and the coldest is January with an average of 27°C. The Maldives weather breaks ups the year with two monsoons: winter and summer. The winter monsoon is hot and dry and begins around October. This period brings sunny days, blue skies and less frequent rains. The summer monsoon is rainy and windy and often starts in May but peaks around July/August. This period is filled with more heavy rains and strong winds.

When is the best time to go to the Maldives?

The best time to book your vacation to the Maldives is during the winter monsoon dry season, from October until April.

Is alcohol permitted in the Maldives?

The Maldives is a 100% Muslim population. Therefore, alcohol, revealing clothing, bathing suits and public displays of affection are illegal. However, it is important to note that on resort islands, these rules do not apply. But keep in mind when arriving at the airport (Male) and if you take any day trips to a local island to respect and abide by these local laws.
To avoid any hassles, leave your alcohol, pork products, tobacco products and any religious texts at home.

What is the average cost of a trip to the Maldives?

Depending on where you are travelling from and where you are staying, a vacation on a Maldives island can suit any budget. Flights from Canada range from $1000 – $2000 per person. However, this does not include the cost of a seaplane transfer which can cost up to $600 return.

Accommodation has a wide range from $200 – $2000 and your overall costs depends on the location of your room or villa. The more private and closer to the ocean, the pricier it gets. Additionally, all-inclusive does not always mean everything is included, so when booking your stay, look closely at what is included and ensure you are buying a package that works for you.

If you want to do any excursions or activities such as snorkelling and diving, then you will want to budget for this. The cost of diving and snorkelling varies between resorts and whether you need to rent equipment. Diving can cost roughly $600 without equipment and $800 with equipment rental. While renting snorkelling equipment costs roughly $10 per day/per person.

Is there a tsunami threat in the Maldives?

While strong winds and storms can impact the Maldives, generally, it is not a hurricane or typhoon region. Besides the 2004 Sumatra earthquake, the Maldives islands have not experienced any tsunamis. The Islands are not located on a geological system at risk, and in fact, it is reassuring to know that the Maldives atolls form a natural protection against tsunamis due to their slopes. But in case of imminent danger, resorts have special procedures to ensure the safety and security of all guests.

How to Get to the Maldives

International flights to the Maldives arrive into the capital city, Male Hulhule Airport. Depending on your flexibility with dates, you can find good flight deals from Canada.

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Transport to the Maldives Islands

If you are travelling to stay on a resort island, you then have the choice of taking a boat, seaplane or domestic flight, depending on the distance. If your resort requires a seaplane, ensure you communicate the date and time of your arrival ahead of time as seaplanes only operate during daylight hours, so if you arrive after sunset, you may have to stay in Male one night before transferring to your island. While seaplanes are more costly, the experience is sure to offer an amazing view of the islands and marine life below!

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The Best Maldives Islands: Where should you go?

For the Romantic Couple: Emboodhu Finolhu Island

If you are dreaming of your next romantic getaway with your special someone, look no further than the luxurious, Taj Exotica Resort and Spa. This stunning resort is situated in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. You will feel all your worries cast away as you lounge on your private beach, indulge in a massage, laze away by the pool and walk along the shores at sunset.

Additionally, each restaurant offers a romantic ocean experience, or you can opt for private, in-room dining for optimal alone time with your significant other. Whether you are newly-weds or married for 50 years, this resort and island is sure to kindle a fire in your relationship.

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For the Marine-Life Lover: Rasdhoo Atoll

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A close encounter with marine life is an unforgettable experience. For those travellers that are hoping to watch some underwater wildlife, it is best to go somewhere with easy access to coral reef around the island. Stay at the Kuramathi Maldives Resort which offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the Maldives due to its unparalleled access to more than 20 local dive sites and encounters with hammerhead sharks (one of the few remaining places in the world), manta rays, turtles, barracuda, schooling fish and more.

They have an experienced, multi-lingual diving team that can assist beginners who want to get certified or experienced divers who want a challenge.

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For Young Families: Laamu Atoll

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Looking to make memories with your kids? The Six Senses Laamu Resort is a family-friendly resort and offers Family Beach Villas with a personal pool and private access to the beach. All villas can accommodate two adults and two children under 12 years old. This resort also offers 50% off on food for children between six to 11 years and complimentary food for children five years and below.

On site they have a children’s club with a wide range of activities and games and babysitting services are available upon request. Furthermore, there are several family-oriented activities such as cinema under the stars, snorkelling and treasure hunts!

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For the Budget Traveller: Maafushi Island 

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If you are looking to take a vacation in the Maldives without breaking the bank, a guesthouse may be your best option. It will make your dream vacation less out of reach while nurturing your adventurous side. You will get a better chance to meet the locals and experience the beauty and awe of this part of the world without paying the resort prices.

Arena Lodge Maldives offers guests comfort, relaxation, clean amenities and access to several water activities. Going on a dream, paradise vacation does not need to be attached to a high price tag.

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For the Ocean Lover: Milaidhoo Island

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Regardless of what island you visit in the Maldives, you are certainly bound to have extraordinary ocean views. The Milaidhoo Island Maldives Resort offers a selection of water pool villas, beach pool villas, beach residences and ocean residences for those who simply want to enjoy the natural, crystal turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

The bathrooms have tubs that look out on to the water and infinity pools that look as if they are blended into the sea. If that’s not enough ocean for you, there is also a restaurant located on a boat in a lagoon. You will never be far from the sweet sound of waves and smell of salt water.

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