Janet recently stayed in some over water bungalows, a dream come true!
In May of 2019, I went to the Maldives for 11 days.The Maldives are considered the most beautiful islands in the world. Located in the Indian Ocean, this magical archipelago consists of more than 1000 coral islands. The beaches, lagoons, corals reefs and marine life of Maldives has an extraordinary beauty that I can’t express in words. It is one of the most amazing places that I have experienced in my travels.
Maldives is home to 70 different types of corals and abundant marine life. I swam with Manta Rays, snorkeled seeing so many different fish like clownfish, angelfish, tiggerfish, parrot fish, black and white tip sharks.
I stayed one week on the local islands during Ramadan, it was great to see how the local people live and their customs. I also experienced some of the local cuisine. Mas Huni is a famous tuna salad with coconut that is traditionally eaten for breakfast with chapati bread. The fresh, spicy dish is made with tuna, coconut, chili, and onion, blended, seasoned and served with chapati bread. The fish curries were amazing, always served with rice and poppadoms, so good.
Of course a visit to the Maldives is not complete until you stay at an over water bungalow on one of the resort islands. A short seaplane flight to Resort Island, the view from the air was an experience all on its own.
Relax and do nothing or do more snorkeling, just walk down the stairs of the water bungalow and jump in, some of the best snorkeling was just off the house reef. In the morning, coffee on the deck, watching the water and the batfish that greeted us at the bottom of the stairs to the bungalow every morning was the best way to start the day. In the evening, watching the beautiful sunsets from the sunset bar was the best way to end the day.
The Maldives does not need to break the bank, decent guest houses on the local islands averaged $48 USD per night, over water bungalows can be averaged at $470 USD a night all-inclusive including three meals a day including alcohol, snorkeling gear and one excursion. I did travel in the off season as well which did help, and saw rain only once for about 10 minutes.
I would love to help you book your dream vacation to the Maldives and now have first hand experience that can make it a once in a lifetime trip for you!