Maldives: Essential Guide

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Stunning beach in the Maldives
Stunning beach in the Maldives - © David Ponce - Fotolia.com

Maldives: guide with beaches and towns to visit and the best activities to do.

To begin with we will say that La República de The Maldives It is a beautiful country composed of a wonderful chain of small islands located in the Indian Ocean southwest of Sri Lanka and India, south of Asia. The atmosphere of these islands is totally paradisiacal, which is why thousands and thousands of tourists come every year.

Its population barely exceeds the 300.000 inhabitants, being its capital (Malé city) which is the most populated city of these islands, with an amount of more than 100.000 inhabitants. The activities of which its economy is sustained are: Fishing, Tourism, the construction of boats and some crops such as coconut, corn and sweet potatoes.

According to history, these islands began to be inhabited between the V centuries to. C. by inhabitants from India and Sri Lanka, who began to live on trade between Arabs, Chinese, Malaysians and Indonesians and other peoples.

In the eleventh century the Arab culture arrived on the islands and then in the middle of the 15th century they were not saved from the invasion of the Portuguese, but they were expelled by the Arabs. It is not until 1965 that The Maldives proclaim independence, after a Sultanate which is rejected by the people.
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The climate

To talk a little about Climate of Maldives It must be said that the Maldives It is considered one of the flattest countries in the world and that these are near the equator, therefore the climate is stable, as is the temperature, which ranges between 30 ° C and 31 ° C.

But the heat is not so violent, because the sea breeze makes it less strong. The rainy seasons are between May and October.

And the relatively dry temperature is between October and March.

Now we are going to the big question which is quite important and the one that interests us the most: What is the ideal time to travel to the Maldives?

Obviously it would be somewhat inconvenient to travel between the rainy months, not only because of the rain but also because of the strong winds, that is why the ideal time to travel to the Maldives is between December and April.

Airports and Flights

Let's compare and mention the price of flights from some Spanish-speaking countries to the Maldives:

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.One round trip ticket, per person, Madrid - Male has a price approx. between the € 600 $ and € 1000, the price variation is dependent on the class in which you travel.
Mexico: Round trip, Mexico City - Male, has a price of € 1,763 approx.
Argentina: Round trip, per person, Buenos Aires - Male, € 2,360 approx.
Colombia: going and back, per person, Bogotá - Malé, € 2,868 aprox.
Venezuela: Round trip, per person, Caracas - Male, € 9,864 approx.
Peru:
Round trip, per person, Lima -Malé Lima € 7,255 aprox.
Ecuador: Round trip, per person Quito - Malé € 3500 aprox.
Bolivia: Round trip, per person, La Paz - Malé € 3,711 approx.
Chile: Round trip, per person, Santiago de Chile - Malé € 3,070 aprox.
Paraguay: Round trip, per person, La Asunción - Malé € 2,419 aprox.
Uruguay: Round trip, per person, Montevideo - Malé € 2,596
Brazil: Round trip, per person, Brasilia - Malé € 2,930 approx.

There are 5 airports in the Maldives:

1) Malé International Airport.

2) Gan International Airport.

3) Hanimaadhoo Airport.

4) Kaadedhdhoo Airport.

5) Kadhdhoo Airport.

And the main airlines are: Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways.

Sites to be visited

Spectacular wildlife of the reefs in Maldives
Spectacular wildlife of the reefs in Maldives - © Jose Hernaiz - Fotolia.com
It's a bit difficult to talk about Places of interest in the Maldives, because the truth is that in an island full of paradisiacal sites, the destinations are endless, but here I will leave a number of sites that according to tourists, are preferred and which you have to visit if you go on vacation to the Maldives:

Ari Atoll in Maldives: Something incredible in the islands of the Maldives are their crystal clear water, which is because they are far from pollution because they are in the middle of the ocean.

This is a great advantage and together with the fauna and the underwater environment it makes incredible the conditions for diving. That is why the Ario Atoll is without a doubt the place you should visit if you want to dive.

The Kandholhu Island Resort hotels, Madoogali, Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, One & Only Reethi Rah, Mirihi Island Resort and Filitheyo Island Resort (or all those by the sea)

As we said before, the Maldives has crystal clear waters and shallow waters, which are also suitable for Snorkerl. (Diving activity at shallow depth, with the help of a tube) The excellent sites to practice this activity are those mentioned in the title.

In addition to these sites, you will find many others where you can perform typical activities of the island such as: Fishing, excursion to an uninhabited island, paragliding, surfing, kayaking, etc.

Gastronomy

Another amazing beach on the island of Velasaru in Maldives
Another amazing beach of Velasaru Island in Maldives - © Mr.Papeete - Fotolia.com

This topic of gastronomy is very important, so I did not want to leave it out. It is obvious that the gastronomic culture of these islands is composed of fish, but for those who do not like seafood dishes, we must say that international dishes are quite frequent in restaurants, as well as high quality fruits such as: papayas, mangoes, pineapples and other tropical fruits of very good quality .

El traditional dish It is a kind of curry of dried fish very spiced, which is accompanied by legumes. Other typical dishes of the area are: rihaakuru, a tuna pasta to eat with bread; rosji, a bread without yeast; El garudia, fish soup with rice, pepper and lemon; huni hakuru folhi, coconut cake, sugar and flour, we could continue mentioning if there were not so many Maldivian dishes.

As for the typical drinks from there, we have to mention some drinks like The national drink "raa", palm juice and alcohol; Another interesting and typical drink is kaashi kiru. Speaking of drinks we must mention them as a recommendation, that if you have the great joy of visiting the Maldives, consider mineral water in your budget, as it is not advisable to drink tap water, even if you are in the most expensive hotel.