Guest Post by: Maldives Dreamer
The Maldives has always been on my bucket list. Ever since I started traveling at 18 years old, I knew I had to visit the Maldives one day. Although I knew very little about this place – one thing was certain; the beauty was absolutely breathtaking and unlike anything I had ever seen. Hundreds of tiny islands dotted around in the turquoise Indian Ocean. Unique and remote. Deserted. So many shades of blue and turquoise. White beaches. Lush jungle. Peace and quiet. Barefoot luxury. That is perfection in my book!
When I finally visited for the first time in 2010, it was all I ever dreamed of. No actually – it was even better! The Maldives is such a magical place that I find it hard to put into words. Time stands still, you feel completely alone in the world (in a good way!), there is no one else around, the beaches are empty, there is no noise, no traffic, no rush, no stress. Just you and your loved one. Sitting on a beautiful beach watching the ocean, listening to the gentle waves, toes in the sand, enjoying the view of the amazing lagoon. It doesn’t get much better than that! I have always loved the beachlife and being close to the water. There is just something about having your feet in the sand all day long – I never get the real holiday feeling without it. With the Maldives consisting of 99 % water you are always close to the ocean, and the beach is never more than a few steps away.
Along with the obvious beauty of the Maldives, there is another reason why it attracts almost 1 millions tourists every year: the spectacular underwater world. The coral reefs here are world class, and you can’t visit the Maldives without popping your head under water. For divers and snorkelers, the Maldives is the holy grail and the marine life is so rich and plentiful that it will blow your mind. Please note that all islands don’t have reefs, and some reefs are better than others, so pick your island wisely to get the best experience possible. I have snorkeled in many amazing locations like the Red Sea, Thailand, and Mexico, but nothing comes close to what I have seen in the Maldives. Close encounters with turtles, rays, sharks (harmless!) and hundreds of tropical fish. And the best part: you don’t have to go on a boat trip or excursion to experience all this. It is right on your doorstep – literally. You walk down to the beach, put on your snorkel and mask, swim a few meters out in the water – and there you are! The reefs are called house reefs because they are so close to the islands. I can snorkel for hours everyday without getting tired; there is just so much to see. You can also visit specific locations (by boat) to see the famous manta rays or the whale sharks – which are the biggest fish in the world! I have been lucky enough to see two whale sharks, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.
To sum it up, the Maldives is the perfect destination for beach lovers, nature lovers, divers, snorkelers, photographers or just anyone that wants jaw dropping beauty in a peaceful and remote location with amazing marine life. For me, it is the perfect turquoise paradise!
P.S. The Maldives doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. Yes – there are many 5 star luxury islands that will cost you an arm and a leg, but there are also many affordable islands. You just need to do your research and know where to look. I have written an article about budget islands on my blog. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
All the best,
About Irene from Maldives Dreamer
My name is Irene, I’m 28 years and from Norway. I have always loved traveling, especially to warm, tropical destinations, and in 2010 I discovered the Maldives and fell in love with it. I have been back 5 times now together with my fiancé, and we’re returning for a 7 week honeymoon this summer. I’m the author behind the blog Maldives Dreamer where I blog about all my trips to the Maldives and share my knowledge about the different islands I’ve visited. I’m also passionate about photography, and share my pictures from this beautiful paradise along with the magical underwater world. Please have a look at my blog and let me know what you think. You can also find my blog on Facebook and Instagram.