It’s hard to find words that would describe how glorious the islands in the Maldives truly are. I guess one can only go to see for themselves these beautiful islands scattered around the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is home to the top best beaches in the world and we are here to testify the magnificent beauty of these beaches from our honeymoon trip. (And yes the cover photo was taken by us and not from the internet, hehe)
Video from the drone recording us in the Maldives and Phuket, Thailand
Getting to the Maldives
Flights to the Maldives are often expensive, around $1200 – $1500 USD per person from the US. Luckily, we used United Miles (97k points roundtrip, per person) to book business class flights on the famous Singapore Airlines to the Maldives for merely few hundred dollars of fuel surcharge for both people. Not too shabby, eh?
However, AirAsia now flies to Maldives from many cities in Asia! You can visit Asia then take a flight to Maldives, it might be cheaper that way, and allow you to visit multiple places in one trip, rather than just going to one place for so much money. Search for flights on AirAsia’s website and see what options you have.
However, this post will not discuss the extensive details of the flight booking using miles so if anyone is curious of this technique it can be discussed in a private message. Just know that it is feasible to get to the Maldives using frequently flyer miles. The Maldives is made up of hundreds of smaller islands in which most of the inhabitant islands are turned into resorts for vacationers. The Maldives International airport is located on the Hulhule Island which is closeby to its capital island Male. To get from one island to another is through the means of water taxi or seaplane depending upon the distance. Most seaplanes don’t operate after sundown therefore if your flight land after dark, you’re required to stay on Male, the capital island until the next day to get transported to the resort island. And that is what exactly happened to us! Our Singapore Airline flight landed at 9pm and we were required to book a hotel on Male for a single night stay until the morning transportation to our resort island. Male itself is a bit rundown city with not so much attractions besides the old town mosques. We arrived at the airport then took the water taxi to Male, the capital island, for a night stay until the next morning transportation by boat to our resort.
We booked the all-inclusive over water bungalow package at the Meeru Resort & Spa for $600 per night for both people. This is quite expensive for what we normally would pay for hotels when on travel, so we only stayed 3 nights here. Although compared to resorts in Hawaii that people go for honeymoon, this is not bad at all.
As mentioned before, getting to the resort islands in the Maldives required transportation via speedboat or sea plane depending how far these resorts are relative to the airport. We paid $160 per person roundtrip transfer to the Meeru Island from the airport island which took about one hour on the speedboat. Sea planes transfer would be around $350 roundtrip for even further resort islands.
There are plenty of excursions and activities on the Maldives including fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, island hoping, sunset cruise, spa, and plenty of water sports. However, each activities will come with a hefty price tag as we’re talking about the Maldives here. These are all awesome and fun activities which we would recommend someone visiting the Maldives do. But for us, this was the last destination of our honeymoon adventure so we wanted to relax at the beach and just chill for the 3 days we are there since we have done some of the water sports at other destinations.
There are diverse sea life on the Maldives and they can all spotted near shore such as baby sharks could swim right up to shore where you are swimming but don’t worry they are harmless according to the staff on the resort.
The Maldives is truly magical and serene for all honeymooners or couples wishing to visit. We had the most amazing time in the Maldives and will never forget the beautiful beaches, white sand, blue warm water, sea life, and gorgeous sunset. The Maldives sure stand out as having the best remarkable beaches on this planet.