This must be my paradise: 5 reasons to go to the Maldives
I’ll tell you why the Maldives impresses and delights. It’s an amazing place to visit at least once. Find out why! And the best part is that all these delights are available not only to the oligarchs, but to any budget tourist.
I do not remember what exactly was howling about the singer Maxim in his hit of the era of zero years, but for most people who have successfully overcome puberty, paradise is quite specific address and is located in the Maldives. Of course, all this is a matter of taste, and for the right to be called a paradise on Earth with the Maldives many other places can compete, but, as it turns out, this archipelago has many reasons to encroach on this status. I have been to the Maldives, and despite its shortcomings, I found five strong reasons to consider the islands a true paradise. I invite you to familiarize yourself with them.
1. Underwater world
This is the main treasure of the Maldives! What impressed and thrilled me the most.
It’s hard to surprise the seasoned traveler, especially in our globalized world when everything becomes the same, but some places can do it. The Maldives with its incredibly rich underwater world will impress anyone. I had my first snorkeling experience here and I was left thrilled!
Nowhere else in the world is there such a variety of marine life in such a small area as in the Maldives. And the best part is that every traveler can see this underwater kingdom. You do not need to have experience in diving and do not need to buy expensive guided tours, because the beauty of the underwater world is available to anyone who takes a few steps off the shore and dive into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Already three meters from the shore you will meet the first inhabitants of the sea. Swim a little farther, and you’ll see more. I’ve been to three local islands: Toddu, Rasdu and Ukulas – everywhere, on any beach, you can see fish, coral and other marine life.
During the week of daily snorkeling along the shore, I saw dozens of fish of all colors and sizes, morays, huge shoals of fish, twice swam with a turtle and four times saw the queen of these waters – the shark. We had a lot of impressions! Especially from the turtle and shark. I was also very impressed by underwater cliff, sharply going deep into blue abyss – tremendous, majestic, grandiose! All in all, I was overwhelmed with emotion. This is very cool! For the sake of it all, it was worth coming to the Maldives, to spend and endure all the difficulties of a budget holiday in the islands.
The beauty of the Malagash night shark! I was lucky enough to meet one on the island of Uqulas and admire it to the full during the hunt. Photo: fishx6 / commons.wikimedia.org. A sea turtle I swam with on Toddoo Island. Photo: simonesaponetto / pixabay.com.
2. azure waters and white sand
This is something incredible! The color of the water in the Maldives and its transparency struck me even late in the evening right after arriving back at the Malé jetty. And what awaited me after, in the morning, when I saw this sea in the sunlight, in all its beauty!
I’ve seen similar water in other places (Mediterranean Sea, Philippines), but even an experienced traveler is blown away by the Maldivian sea. The rich azure color and crystal clarity are all very beautiful. The white powdery sand is also exactly as the tourist booklets promise. It’s good, you can’t say anything about it!
If all these beach and sea pleasures are important and interesting to you, be sure to go to the Maldives – you’ll get a lot of pleasant experiences. And do not listen to those smart guys who argue that the true beauty of the Maldivian sea and beaches can be found only in expensive resorts. Nonsense full! And those who paid $500 for the hotel, and those who paid only $50, get the same water and beaches – these things are the same on all islands.
Water at Rasdu Island Marina. The water at Rasdu Island Marina. The other side of Rasdu Island is just as beautiful. The famous white sand on Ukulas Island beach, where you can stay in hotels for $50 a night for two.
3. Sunsets and sunrises.
They are very beautiful here! Especially in the run-up to or in the middle of the rainy season.
Not every resort gives vacationers the opportunity to enjoy both sunrises and sunsets at the same time. Not everywhere you can see the sun going down directly into the sea. But in the Maldives, it’s all there! The islands are tiny: if you want to see the sunrise, go to the east shore at 6 am, if you want to enjoy the sunset, be on the west side at 6 pm. Few people get up early in the morning, so we meet dawns all alone. For sunsets, there are more spectators. Both are very beautiful!
Sunset on the island of Ukulas. Admiring the sunset on Toddu Island. It is beautiful when the sun goes straight into the sea.
4 – A break from civilization
In the Maldives, you will live on tiny islands that you can walk around the perimeter in an hour or two, and the big land and the metropolises with their hustle and bustle will remain somewhere very far away. Around you for hundreds and thousands of kilometers will be only the ocean and rare and the same small specks of land. You will breathe the clean air, relax in silence and tranquility, and in the evening admire the gorgeous starry sky. Being in such a place and being aware of these things is a real buzz.
This is what the Maldives looks like: small pieces of land in the middle of the azure waters of the immense ocean. In the photo: uninhabited islands of Madivaru, 1 km from Rasdu, where they go on a tour. Ukulas is one of the islands where we vacationed in the Maldives. Even the inhabited islands are very small.
5. Quiet, peaceful and safe.
The Maldives doesn’t have that awful atmosphere of the big resort towns, which personally always repulses me. There are no drunks, no nightclubs, no noise, no clingy cab drivers, callers and excursion salesmen – all this bacchanalia remains very far away. Even on the local islands, where the locals themselves are completely quiet and comfortable: people live in a quiet rhythm, tourists do not jump on, almost no transport, no entertainment venues, and no one consumes. Well, and on the island-resorts of relaxation and privacy even more – for this most people go there and then. No Gelendzhik, no Tagil, no “helo, my Friend! “. How nice that there are territories in our world, free of this outrage.
The Maldives is an island of tranquility and serenity in our hectic world.