The Maldives is defined by the white-sand beaches dotted with thatched chalets overlooking turquoise, warm waters. The republic includes over 1000 islets, only 200 of which are inhabited. This is the ultimate destination for diving, snorkelling and luxurious beaching in year-round warmth.
Maldives. A picture perfect destination.
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 the 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 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.
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.
How to Get There
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.
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, surfboards, 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.
Kurumba Village Resort
Kurumba Village Resort is the very first private island resort in the Maldives. Kurumba offers compelling and diverse experiences amidst a stunning island setting. The resort is just 10 minutes by speedboat from the airport and Malé.
Bandos Island Resort
Bandos Island Resort & Spa is located in the Northern Male Atoll. The surroundings of the resort are beautiful with plenty of lush vegetation and clear water beaches. The resort contains modern amenities and is the perfect location for watersports.
Full Moon Resort
Full Moon resort is located in North Male Atoll of Maldives and offers 5 star rated restaurants and 3 bars. Fitness fanatics can look forward a gym and tennis court at the resort. Pamper and relax at the spa to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.
Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort
Resting on a luxurious island of pure white sands, clear waters of the beautiful Indian Ocean is Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort. The resort offers a variety of accommodation which suites the different guests that visit the resort.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
A resort of unique style, indigenous artwork, and world renowned architecture awaits guests. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a 6 star resort offering three types of accommodation such as beach villas, over water villas and spa water villas