#An unforgettable journey
Dreamed, hoped for, expected, even fantasized, for diving, rest, relaxation, love, well-being... Whatever the reasons for a trip to the Maldives, it is impossible to be disappointed. Everything contributes to the dream: beauty above and below sea level, the kind kindness of the population, the quality of service attentive to the smallest detail, the supreme tranquility that reigns there, the magic of the landscapes, a weather under the sun exactly and, as a bonus, total safety. From low-budget travel to the most eccentric stay, everything is done to make your dream of a tropical paradise come true. The Maldives, a destination to be enjoyed at least once in your life.
A blue dream :
As soon as the plane begins its descent towards the Maldives archipelago, it is the blue, in all its shades, that grabs the newcomer. The dictionary defines blue as "one of the seven fundamental colours of the spectrum, between green and indigo". But there's blue and blue! The Maldives is the land of blue that is endlessly available: light blue, sky blue, horizon blue, lavender blue, natter blue, periwinkle blue, royal blue, navy blue, slate blue, green blue, petroleum blue, turquoise blue, duck blue... from the translucent shores to the dull opacity of the deep abyssal. The variations are sublime, conducive to tranquility and meditation. Few hotels do not have villas on stilts, in which you can enjoy breathtaking views of the infinite blue from every room, and even from your bathtub. Warm (28°C on average all year round) and translucent, the waters represent for many a space of dreams that only ends when they land in the European fog. The lucky ones who regularly return to the Maldives do not fail to mention the hypnotic enchantment still intact of these great blues.
Sunshine at will
With annual temperatures between 25°C and 30°C, the Maldives offers an idyllic climate. Forget your little wool, if not for the plane. Here, the sun is generous all year round, the most favourable months being from December to April; at that time, eight hours of sunshine per day are almost guaranteed.
The land of idleness
Isn't it wonderful to be able to spend a holiday without feeling like you have to do something? To lie, without feeling guilty and carefree, in the shade of a coconut tree or simply enjoy the comfort of a bungalow? Is it just a coincidence that it is the inventors of the word "idleness", the Italians, who are the most numerous tourists to the Maldives? The kind of destination where you only go to relax, enjoy the time that passes, forget all your worries by relaxing as much as possible.
Despite the bleaching of the coral in 1998, the Maldives continues to receive regularly the highest international awards for the quality of its seabed, perfect for diving. The concentration of elasmobranchs (a family of rays and sharks), in particular, is exceptional and the coral comes back to life by re-colouring the ocean.
A safe destination
In the Maldives, there is no need to worry about security problems: traveller attacks are an unknown concept and theft is extremely rare, almost all of which can be attributed to indelicate tourists. Politically, the country enjoys good stability and sanitary conditions are excellent. If you have to be suspicious of anything, it will be sunburn!
An impeccable hotel service
Whether you choose a cheap or the most exclusive hotel, the tourist services are excellent. The staff is generally extremely professional, pleasant, smiling, helpful, attentive, discreet and efficient. Cleanliness is never lacking, whether on the islands or in the interior of hotels. The well-functioning organisation is rarely broken, transfers are carried out smoothly despite a geography that does not serve logistics. The ideal place to spend a worry-free holiday.
A wide range of water sports
Water sports enthusiasts will be served and can slide at will on the turquoise waters. Almost all lagoons offer optimal conditions for a very safe practice of water activities, which can be enjoyed all year round with equal pleasure. In addition to snorkeling (flippers-masking-tuba) of course, you can also practice non-motorized sports such as canoeing, windsurfing, catamaran and motorized sports such as water skiing, jet-skiing, or banana boat. Surfing, kitesurfing and wakeboarding enthusiasts can also find their happiness in the Maldives, thanks to constant breaks in some exceptional sites.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette