Worried about breaking the bank with your vacation? Here’s some insight into how you can while away your vacation in one of the most romantic places on Earth, without worry of a big expenditure.
Always wanted to visit the sunny islands of Maldives but worried that the trip would force you to take out a mortgage on your house? Well, thanks to the recent boom in midmarket tourism, you won’t find it hard to stay in the guesthouses and affordable safari trips on cruisers in the Maldives.
While you won’t find any guesthouses and bistros worthy of mention in the prestigious Michelin guide, you can still wander around these tiny inhabited islands where there is bound to be a café around every other corner.
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Nature’s own Jacuzzi, in the form of the glittering aqua blue seas and the white sands that impart several health benefits upon massage with virgin coconut oil… all these make a visit to the beach worthy of any high level spa.
Snorkeling is a great way to introduce yourself to the beautiful world of the Maldivian marine topology and life. Afterward, if you have a PADI license, you can go diving straightaway to world famous dive spots like the banana reef or several manta points around the atolls of the Maldives; or invest in a license that will be an asset, wherever else you decide to go vacationing.
The Maldivian dive spots are varied, some have wrecks, while the others are preliminarily shark points. Then there are the spectacular geographic formations like caves full of nudibranch or gorgonians.
If you’re planning to spend about a couple of weeks in the popular Indian Ocean tourist destination, you might want to try out safari cruises.
Cruises at Maldives Dive Travel
We have vessels of varying sizes and levels of luxury, that will cater to the needs and requirements of everyone. At the basic, we have the Stingray with rates as low as USD 1302.00 for seven nights per person. The Stingray crew usually decides on their route based on the feedback of their clients as well as the weather. In every trip, they make sure that their clients are happy with the diving, usually 3 dives a day, and also several stops at inhabited islands for shopping as well as stops at uninhabited islands for barbeques and exploring.
On the other hand, the prices for a week onboard the MV Orion starts at USD 2016.00 per person, and can take you around the northern atolls of Maldives or around the middle of the country. This luxury boat has a spa on board as well as a library, bar and Jacuzzi, as well as a wealth of multicultural dive crew.
What does this mean for you? Well, the all inclusive package will help you in spending less time worrying about things to do and what to eat or drink, and more time on actually enjoying the ever changing scenery outside, perhaps while you soak up the sun on the sun deck or work out those kinks after an invigorating dive, in the Jacuzzi.
Maldivian diving in a nutshell
Most of the diving in the Maldives are drift dives, which allow you to gently sail across the façade of the reef or pinnacle without much effort. For inexperienced divers, drift dives can be a refreshing challenge that can be undertaken with the guidance of the instructor and dive buddy.
Usually the dive dhoani drops the divers off on one side of the reef and collects them on the other end after the dive. Most dive safaris allow three dives per day, with perhaps a day of snorkeling alongside the gentle giants, Whale Sharks.
Not interested in diving?
Not to worry. There are plenty of above water stuff that you can do, like parasailing, surfing and even windsurfing. Exploring a series of isles on a reef on a jetski can give you hours of fun. Kayak rentals can lend nearly the same experience for travellers on a tighter budget.
Aside from all this, there still is the option of going game fishing, which is an adventure in itself where you try to catch the larger tuna and reef fishes, while night fishing trips can be one of the most relaxing activities in the Maldives. Most guest houses on islands offer these services, but make sure you check with them first before booking. Usually, after a week of safari cruising, tourists choose to spend a few more days in a guesthouse, getting back to speed with a community before rejoining their home metro. It’s a way to explore the tiny little bits of history secreted away in these islands, as well as reducing the culture shock of going back home from one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Easy on the Wallet – Diving Holidays in the Maldives is a post from: Maldives Blog
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