Updated: May 20, 2022
Are the Maldives so attractive as they appear in the magazines and travel brochures?
We had the pleasure to explore the Maldives and I can say that I felt like paradise found.
The water is crystal clear , the beaches are pure white and the accommodation is very luxurious, especially if you choose for a water villa, like we did.
We had chosen to stay on Dhaalu-Atoll which is about 40 minutes flight-time with a seaplane from the international airport of Malé, Capital of the Maldives.
If you stay on an Atoll closer to Malé, it’s possible to take a boat as well. But as we went for the full experience, we loved taking the seaplane.
Your gateway to Paradise
Trans Maldivian Airways is the world’s largest seaplane fleet. Upon arrival in Velana International Airport, Malé, you are welcomed by representatives from your hotel resort (if you booked via the hotel, they provide you with a transfer and assist you all the way).
First your luggage will be put on a scale. Make sure that it doesn’t exceed 25 kg!
Which includes 20 kg of checked-in luggage and 5 kg of hand luggage per person. This might be different from the international flight to Malé, so if you need to take the seaplane to arrive in your hotel take this into account when packing.
Tip! Be aware that the seaplane only operates between sunrise and sunset, so check the timings of your international flight, if you arrive after sunset you will need to book a hotel in Malé for one night.
You will be transferred by bus to the terminal of the seaplane, where you can enjoy the lounge area and have some free breakfast/lunch and drinks.
The experience on the plane was amazing, the views from above on the different atolls are spectacular.
Maldives: where to stay
The Republic of Maldives is the smallest Asian country by land area and therefore also the least populous. With a chain of 26 different atolls containing 1192 coral islands there are a lot of islands to choose from.
We have chosen for Dhaalu Atoll and more specific for the Sun Siyam Vilu Reef. The resort was amazing and especially our water villa where we could go snorkeling from our terrace straight into the crystal-clear sea. There are 3 restaurants on the island, the main restaurant Aqua, and 2 specialty restaurants The Spice (Indian/Italian) and Well Done. They also have an excellent wine cellar, where you can join some wine-tasting events.
Want something extra? Try ‘destination dining’: you can choose between al fresco breakfast at sunrise to a sunset dinner on the most private corner of the island.
Another plus for this resort is the fact that the reef starts at a few meters from the beach, so it’s paradise for snorkelers (like me) but also for Scuba diving.
What to do?
Apart from the facilities in the resort, you can also book some extra excursions or take diving classes.
At the sports center you can rent: snorkeling equipment, kayaks, SUP boards, Jet ski, catamaran (with captain) & surfing equipment.