The Maldives – A Perfect Hideaway
When I told my friends and family I was travelling to the Maldives as a single person they thought I was crazy. The Maldives has a reputation of being a romantic destination for honeymooners and there are indeed resorts that do just cater for couples but there is also much more to see and do than just relaxing on one of the many gorgeous beaches.
The Maldives lies in two rows of atolls in the Indian Ocean, just across the equator. The country is made up of 1,190 coral islands with only 200 inhabited and with a small proportion used for agriculture. To get to the islands from the mainland you have two options, either speedboat or sea plane depending on which island you are travelling to. I had a 30 minute exhilarating speedboat ride to my island which was one of the best ways I’ve ever arrived at a hotel!
Given the geographical make-up of the islands scuba-diving and snorkelling are two of the top activities available and both are definitely worth trying given the rich and vibrant life among the reefs. However, it will surprise most people to know that the Maldives is also a favoured destination for surfers. The island I stayed on, Hudhuranfushi, is incredibly popular with surfers from all over the world who return regularly and say it’s as good if not better than some of the more well know surf destinations we have all heard of.
The purpose of my visit was to relax and wind down from a hectic city life, so the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear sea were on my agenda. The island I stayed on was tiny and you could walk around it in its entirety in about 15 minutes. There are no vehicles on the island other than golf carts and bicycles used by the staff so no traffic noise or fumes!
Most of the accommodation on the island are individual villas on the beach or over the water. Mine was on the beach with its own secluded outside shower. There’s something quite liberating about showering outside! Needless to say I spent most of my time on one of the amazing beaches where the lagoon like sea was refreshing and relaxing. There was also a pool with a swim up bar which was a plus if I felt like a change!
There was also a lot of entertainment on offer in the evenings which varied from musical performances from local bands to BBQ’s on the beach. The sunsets in the Maldives are breath-taking so if a meal on the beach is your thing you can do that too either as a couple or with other diners.
I would definitely recommend a visit as the location and people are amazing. Sitting at an average of just five feet above sea level (with 80 percent of the Maldives less than three feet above the encroaching waves), many scientists predict that rising water levels could submerge the chain by the turn of the century so go and visit before this paradise is lost forever.