Do you love crystal water beaches, natural beauty, sunny days and diving in the sea? The Maldives with its clear waters and vivid colours offers all of it at a very reasonable budget. My husband surprised me with a holiday to the Maldives in November which by the way is the best time to visit Maldives weather wise. Before leaving make sure you have: a lot of sunblock + sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and swim suite along with all the trip clothing. Get your currency converted to Maldivian Rufiyaa or US dollars both work equally well, and you are good to go. After almost four hours of flight from Dubai, we arrived at Velana International Airport AKA Malé International Airport early morning and got 30 days visa on arrival upon showing valid passports and hotel reservation.
We took a taxi to the Hotel Lonuveli in Hulhumale which was a small beach view hotel with clean rooms and complimentary breakfast. After freshening up, our first day at this natural paradise officially started. We took an on foot tour of Hulhumale and visited local markets, followed by a local water taxi to visit Maldives’ capital Malé, one of the smallest capitals in the world.
We took a walk along the pier, two blocks in two covers almost all the sights. The oldest mosque in the island and an old tower nearby are carved out of coral. There are some royal tombs beside the mosque; opposite is the president’s residence, few steps away is Grand Jumma Mosque with exceptional architectural design, further ahead was the Tsunami Monument which was quite small than expected.
Next morning a speedboat took us to quiet and exquisite Cinnamon Dhonveli resort for two days. It offered mystical scenery with a variety of water sports such as snorkelling, kayaking and surfing…. you name it. As a food lover, I can’t help mentioning buffet lunch and dinners catering live cooking and more than 50 dishes and ample range of sweets….
Last day we took a walking tour of Himafoshi island inhabited by locals only, played beach volleyball with them, visited a big souvenir shop (best for shopping) and around noon time departed to spend rest of the day on a yacht with a group of cheerful tourists in the middle of the sea. Dived in deep-sea witnessing enchanting and diverse corals, enjoyed a musical meal on the boat watching dolphins and a beautiful sunset.
At night we departed for home from this natural paradise with a heavy heart and a promise of a revisit.
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