Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. This array of little islands offer the perfect place to unwind and relax on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail in hand. The Republic of Maldives is a geographical marvel with thousands of fish swimming around the beautiful corals, providing divers with unbeatable visions.
The Maldives lies in the Indian Ocean, just north of the equator. The start of its 1192 coral islands is located about 700km south of Sri Lanka. Only about 200 of the islets are inhabited, while 90% is made up of sea. Under 100 islands in the republic are developed as resorts, leaving the rest uninhabited or used for agriculture and other livelihood purposes.
The underwater life surrounding these islands is superb. Quite astonishing is the population of whales and dolphins in the area. Whale watching in the Maldives can mean seeing a number of the 10-12 species of whales and dolphins that gracefully roam the clear waters in and around the coral gardens.
The Maldives islets encompass a territory of over 90 000 sq km, making it one of the world's most geographically dispersed countries.
The official location of this archipelago is between the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, 400km south-west of India. It's position is on top of an underwater 'mountain range' called the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge.
Maldives is a Mecca for surf enthusiasts, who travel here in search of the the best wave, while honeymooners come to the luxury resorts for the most romantic experiences of their lives.
Maldives is also one of the most well-known places in the world to see the Whale Shark, whose enormous lengths of up to 10m can be seen gliding through the waters filtering plankton.
Kuredu Island Resort is famous for its beauty and variety of marine life. The resort consists of bungalow and villa styled accommodation which aims to satisfy the different types of guests staying over. Plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and activities fill the resort.
The Maldives has a variety of land and sea activities to choose from, depending on how guests would prefer to spend their beach island holiday. Diving is one of the popular activities to take part in, as the water is clear enough to spot the plethora of passing fish. Over 3000 coral reefs lie beneath the azure surfaces, and provide homes to over 1000 species of fish.
A destination where there is more sea than sand, the Maldives is the perfect location for water sports. Sports centres can be found on a number of the islands, which offer and organise a variety of water sports and activities for both adults and children. The centres are well equipped with masks, snorkels, surf boards, and dive gear. Maldives is a Mecca for surf enthusiasts from all over the world.
The best way to experience the Maldives is to visit an island where the locals live. The local islands tend to be modern with brightly painted homes and plenty of fishing villages. Fishing, especially at night, is a popular activity within the Maldives. Spas are known for their world-class treatments.
The Maldives is hot all year round. Temperatures average between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius, meaning that even in the wet months, the air is warm. There is a lot of rain in the Maldives and the ‘dry season’ by no means indicates dry weather.
Between the months of November to April, there is significantly less rain compared the rest of the year. This is called the dry season (northeast monsoon), and the weather is characterised by long, sunny days, calm air and ideal beach conditions. The temperatures average between 25 and 29 degrees, peaking to 30 in April.
From May until October, the winds change and bring about the wet season. This is the southwest monsoon season and it brings heavy rains and high winds, but the temperatures remain at about 28 degrees. The clear blue skies are replaced with steely grey ones and the sea becomes slightly rougher, but there is something quite unique about walking on the beach and swimming in the rain.
Anantara Kihavah has 4 different types of rooms such as Beach Pool Villas, Over Water Pool Villas, and Over Water Pool Residence. All the villas are nestled on the sand and are complemented with Thai silks, rich earthy colours and elegant wooded accents.
One & Only Reethi Rah is set on one of the largest islands in North Malé Island, with endless white sand coves and turquoise waters. All of the resort’s villas offer beautiful ocean views and direct access to the lagoon. This resort is the ultimate holiday experience for those seeking the ultimate luxury experience.
Manafaru Beach House faces onto the beautiful beaches and colourful coral reeds, however unlike other resorts Manafaru is surrounded by a tropical jungle with indigenous fauna and flora. Manafaru Beach House owns 2 private islands in the area, which can be used for private functions, such as weddings or a romantic island dinner.
The Maldives is located about 700km south of Sri Lanka and east of the African continent. The republic is a neat string of 1192 islets in the middle of the tropics in the Indian Ocean. There is only one international airport, which is located in Male, the largest and capital city of Maldives.
Geographically the airport is on an island separate to the capital and the only means of getting to Male mainland is via ferry. These ferries run every 15mins and are at almost no cost at all.
Sun Safaris will arrange flights for their guests from Cape Town International or OR Tambo International (Johannesburg) to Male via Dubai, as there are no direct flights.
Once guests have arrived in Male, they will connect with Maldivian Air Taxi, which conducts the transport between the islands and resorts. Sun Safaris will arrange for their guests to take an air taxi directly to their booked accommodation.