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My Best Photos of Maldives
Maldives is the stuff of dreams: spearmint blue water, powdery sand, swaying palm trees and ridiculously dreamy resorts. Perfect for a Maldives Photo Gallery.
Having visited many island nations – Fiji, Hawaii, Mauritius, the Philippines, and more – I’m pretty hard to impress when it comes to beautiful beaches and pristine islands. But the Maldives definitely swept me off my feet with its extraordinary beauty.
Unknown to many, Maldives isn’t just one big island; the Indian Ocean nation is actually made of 1,200 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls. These small islets are spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making it one of the most disparate countries in the world. It’s also the flattest country in the world, with its lowest point at 2.4m above sea level.
With the islands sprawled across such a big area, it’s no wonder most people who visit end up only seeing one or two islands. We spent most of our time at on Furanafushi island, home to the private island resort Sheraton Maldives. Located in the North Male Atoll just 15 minutes away from the airport, it’s one of the most accessible, well established and popular resorts in the country.
Our days were spent swimming in the turquoise waters just steps from our overwater bungalow, or chilling out on the big, comfortable beachfront day beds where Baby Kaleya would be lulled to sleep by the sea breeze. But there was a lot to do besides just beach bumming — we also went island hopping, cruising with dolphins, scuba diving and learning about Maldvian culture in the capital city Male. Evenings were even more magical as we dined under the stars with the sand between our feet. It was pure bliss simply being there, enjoying this laid back island life.
To give you a peek at how beautiful the Maldives is, here are 20 of our photos of the Maldives. Be warned, they might make you want to pack your bags and go there now!
Maldives Photo Gallery
Seeing the 1200 islands that make up the Maldives from the air
Our resort Sheraton Maldives as seen from the plane
One of the 1200 islands that make up Maldives
Landing in paradise
Turquoise water right beneath our feet
The lagoon at Sheraton Maldives
The romantic water bungalows at Sheraton Maldives
Enjoying island life in Maldives
Chilling by the lagoon
Spending lazy mornings on the beachfront daybeds
Clear spearmint blue water all around the island
The cocktail bar Anchorage bar at Sheraton Maldives
Dining with the sand between our feet
Snorkeling off the beach
The water is so warm in the Maldives that you can scuba dive without a wetsuit
Seeing a turtle is quite common in Maldives
One of the many lion fish we saw while scuba diving in Maldives
Swimming right beneath our water bungalow while the baby sleeps
You can’t get any nearer to the water
Blissful to have the water right beneath our feet
Admiring the view from our water bungalow
Soaking up the sun in our own outdoor deck
The first thing we see every morning is this view
The water is just steps away from our water bungalow
The Shine Spa is an island on its own
A special pool in the spa exclusive for guests
A baby pool perfect for families
The enormous open roofed bathroom at our beachfront cottage
Baby Kaleya loves the big bed and the warm welcome
One of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen, right from our deck
How to get there:
How can you create a Maldives photo gallery of your own? The only international airport in the Maldives is Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Numerous airlines fly there directly from Europe and other parts of Asia. Our flight from Singapore to Male cost only US$320 return.
Sheraton Maldives provides a mandatory speedboat transfer for all arrivals, and the transfer service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The cost for the combined roundtrip transfer service from/to the airport is US$136 per person (inclusive of service charge & GST).
What to do there:
The resort’s water sports center organizes plenty of activities on a daily basis, from snorkeling excursions and fishing trips to dolphin cruises and capital city tours. Each activity takes 2-3 hours and costs $50-70. Check here for the full list of activities. They also provide free rental of snorkeling gear.
The dive center offers leisure dives, introductory dives as well as PADI open-water courses for those interested in getting certified. Each dive costs US$97 (including equipment) and they can be booked directly with the hotel. For more info, head on their website for more details.
Where to eat:
There are seven restaurants and lounge bars on the island with flavors for every taste. Feast is their buffet restaurant with resort-style decor and a daily international breakfast and dinner spread. Anchorage bar is your go-to cocktail bar with stylish daybeds and awesome views, while Baan Thai is the elegant dining spot to go to when you’re craving some southeast Asian fare.
Sea Salt is possibly the most intimate and elegant restaurant on the island, serving up fresh from the sea food prepared at the live cooking stations. We had an outrageously good seafood platter chocked full of fresh tuna, seabass, octopus, crab and even lobster, paired with a crisp white wine. Our favorite restaurant of them all is Sand Coast which offers casual, al fresco dining right on the beach. Its menu has a great mix of Maldvian, Chinese and Western cuisine – I highly recommend the lamb shank and coconut sambal.
Daily rates range from US$375 for a deluxe room to US$1,200 for a water suite. Our water bungalow is priced at US$625 per night. These rates include breakfast at Feast Restaurant. Check the full list of their rates.
Disclaimer: Our stay was made possible by Sheraton Maldives, but all opinions expressed above are my own.