If there is one spot in the entire world that everyone HAS to visit at least once, it is the Maldives. Now I might be biased because we spent our honeymoon there, but take a look for yourself to see why we left our hearts in these || G O R G E O U S || islands.
The capital of the Maldives, Male, is located in the Indian Ocean, just hours away from the tip of Southern India where we got married. The Maldives (country) is made up of 26 atolls (you can think of them like states), each comprised of hundreds of coral islands (similar to cities). We chose to stay at the Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa resort (meaning "reef above water") in the Meemu Atoll, which is about 90 miles south of the capital city. Getting to the island required hopping on a sea plane - an unforgettable experience in and of itself, flying over the hundreds of islands laying so pristine in the ocean below.
Both of us cannot stop raving about our time on the islands - from the complete seclusion to the kindness of the staff, we spent one blissful week completely unplugged from the happenings of the rest of the world. The white sand beaches and the overwater bungalow we indulged in are forever stamped in my memory. I learned how to swim in the wild ocean, we basked in the pure sunshine from sunrise to sunset, and danced with dolphins deep in the ocean. Below are a few of the hundreds of pictures we took. Till next time, Maldives ♡
Where We Stayed: Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa, overwater bungalow. We went with the all-inclusive package so food & drinks were included (excursions + the sea plane ride were extra)
What We Did: Snorkel, Island Hop, Dolphin Watch
For tips on how to plan your Maldives vacation, scroll to the bottom of this post!
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If you're planning your own trip to the Maldives, here are a few things to consider:
- Choose the resort you want to stay at wisely. We ran across the phrase "one resort, one island" in our research which was spot-on. Basically, this means that each resort takes up an island so if you aren't happy with the (lack of) things to do/amenities, then you are out of luck.
- Unless you plan to stay on the main island, transfer costs from the main Male airport to each resort island are extra. Some are close enough that you can take a speedboat, but others (like ours) require a sea-plane ride. These costs are extra so be sure to factor that into your budget.
- We chose to go with the all-inclusive package at our resort, otherwise food/drinks would have added up pretty quickly.
- We loved staying in the over-water bungalow & would highly recommend it if you are going to the Maldives. Our bungalow had a sitting area with a glass bottom floor so we could see the fishes (or Brandon) swim by :)
Lastly, we found the following links to be a helpful start to our research into the Maldives. Are there any more you found that we should add?
- TripAdvisor (overview of Maldives/general information)
- Conde Naste Traveller (mid range hotel suggestions)
- Oyster (all-inclusive hotel suggestions)
- Affordable over-water bungalow suggestions here & here & here
We hope you have the chance to visit these magical islands! ♡