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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.


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Sun Safaris Says

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.

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Safari Lodges within Maldives


Kanuhura's interior design is furnished with fine local silk and cotton with coloured fabrics of magenta, burnt orange, soft pinks and warm custard yellows. Kanuhura has class with villas and suites nestled in lush gardens, on the water's edge or alongside the turquoise lagoon.

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One & Only Reethi Rah

Surrounded by the wonders of the crystal blue ocean, One & Only Reethi Rah offers a high level of style, choice and personalised exploration. It is a luxury resort surrounded by more than 12 white sand beaches.

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Anantara Kihavah Villas

Anantara Kihavah Villas is a Maldives luxury resort. The resort has expansive space that opens on to brilliant tropical nature, featuring private pools, high ceilings and timber interiors.

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Manafaru Beach House

Manafaru Beach House is a five star resort. The resort is located in the remote Haa Alifu Atoll in the northern Maldives. Other than the islands around Male, no speedboats or other guests pass through the tranquil waters of Manafaru Beach House.

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Naladhu Maldives

Naladhu which means “beautiful island” in Maldivian, is Anantara’s sister island. Naladhu offers breathless moments on the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

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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.

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Velassaru Beach Resort

Velassaru Maldives is inspired by local architecture. There are seven rooms which guests can choose from. The resort is ideal for romantic couples and honeymooners.

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Coco Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi is located on the private island, Bodu Hithi. The surroundings of the resort are covered in white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and plenty of vegetation.

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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.

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Meeru Island Resort

Meeru Island Resort is the only resort on Meerufenfushi Island, Maldives. The rooms at Meeru Island Resort are a combination of chalet-style and bungalows. There are 286 rooms which are designed to suit the needs of a variety of guests.

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Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

The resort is located on the private island of Dhuni Kolhu, in the Baa Atoll. The resort offers 5 dining options and 5 star spa and fitness amenities for guests who feel for relaxation and getting in shape.

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Chaaya Lagoon

Chaaya Lagoon, a resort that's situated near Male. Chayaa Lagoon has 80 accommodations to choose and offers activities which include diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and canoeing.

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Veligandu Island

Veligandu Island Resort is located against the Beach of Veligandu Island in Ari Atoll. Guests are welcomed to the resort with a complimentary fruit platter and a bottle of wine to set the mood of a tropical holiday.

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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.

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Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi

A resort of decadent amenities, beautiful views and a unique culture, this is Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi. The resort is situated in the Noonu Atoll of Maldives and is the ideal location for guests to relax and unwind.

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Paradise Island

Paradise Island Resort & Spa is an attractive resort with a variety of strategically placed restaurants and popular sports, both land and sea. Beautiful scenery at the resort includes white sand beach and a clear lagoon.

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Kuramathi Island Resort

Kuramati Island Resort offers accommodation for all guests such as couples, families, honeymooners and a group of friends. The spa at the resort offers the perfect opportunity for guests to indulge and unwind .

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Constance Moofushi Resort

Constance Moofushi Resort is a five star graded resort within the Maldives set on a secluded island. The resort not only provides luxurious accommodation but top of the range dining and premium refreshments.

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Kuredu Island Resort

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.

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Four Seasons Resort

Four Seasons Resort is located on an island in the Maldives offering not only accommodation but a variety of activities such as the Surf School, Island Spa and visiting the island of Landaa Giraavaru.

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Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort

Located on the shimmering turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Olhuvi Beach & Spa Resort is a luxury resort. The beautiful designed villas lean over the waters, providing magnificent views of the Indian Ocean.

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Soneva Fushi Resort

Soneva Fushi Resort is a luxury resort with 65 accommodations offering beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. The rooms at the resort are fully equipped with necessities during their stay. There are plenty activities to including diving, snorkelling and sailing.

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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.

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Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli is a luxurious resort located on the beautiful white sand beaches of Maldives. The resort offers a range of accommodation and is ideal for honeymooners, families and individual couples.

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Conrad Maldives

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

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Maldives Activities

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.

Maldives Seasons and Climate

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 to 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.

Top Destinations

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.

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