Why I’m Visiting The Maldives In 2017


1. To experience a plane landing on water

There is honestly nothing quite like a journey in a sea plane! Taking off from and landing on the azure blue ocean that makes up most of the Maldives is something you won’t forget in a hurry.

On my first ever seaplane journey, not five seconds after arriving in the Baa Atoll, a huge reef shark swam right past my window – what a way to land!


2. To see some of the clearest waters on Earth

Honestly, water doesn’t get much more magically blue than it does in the Maldives!

Whether you are viewing it from above, diving head first into the crystal clear depths or just enjoying the view from the white sand beaches – this patch of the ocean is one that will be sure to impress and amaze even the harshest of critics.


3. To swim with sea turtles

On my last trip to the Maldives, I had an incredible encounter with some glorious sea turtles, but did some serious damage to my middle-ear in the process! I am determined to hang out with sea turtles again, but hopefully this time doing so won’t result in me hurting myself.

I just need to remember to equalise when freediving!


4. Because of global warming

There is a staggering amount of evidence to suggest that global warming will cause a marked increase to sea levels in the near future, possibly even as soon as in 20 years!

When this happens, low-lying countries like the Maldives may all but disappear, so I am seizing every opportunity to see this wonderful country – while I still can.

5. To experience the most incredible hospitality

It honestly doesn’t matter if you are staying in a 5* luxury island hotel, a local guesthouse or a basic hotel next to the airport, the hospitality is just plain wonderful.

Maldivian people (and the many Sri Lankan people living and working in the Maldives) are some of the kindest you’ll ever meet!


6. To marvel at the wonders below the surface

Parrot fish, moray eels, reef sharks, lobsters, octopuses, sting rays and so much more all await anyone who visits the Maldives. There is a truly unbelievable amount of sea life condensed into such small reefs, meaning that you can see a huge variety of marine animals with minimal effort – who wouldn’t want that?!


7. To experience unparalleled luxury

Though I do mostly budget backpacking, I gotta admit, when opportunities for a fancy schmancy hotel or resort stay present themselves, this traveller has a hard time turning them down – especially when they are in the Maldives!

Over-water villas, hammocks in the ocean and hanging out on boats next to pods of dolphins while sipping champagne… it may be excessive, but it is in the most incredible possible way.


8. To get away from the hustle and bustle

If you are sick and tired of busy cities, heavy traffic and the hectic nature that can be day to day life, what better way to unwind than running away to a tropical island paradise for a little while?


9. To see manta rays and maybe even a whale shark

We have already covered the incredible aquatic life that awaits anyone who ventures to the Maldives, but there are a few gigantic creatures that are a little harder to find.

Visiting from June through November gives you the chance to spot massive manta rays and other-worldly whale sharks! If you are lucky enough to spot these creatures, getting into the water and swimming with them will undoubtedly be an experience beyond your wildest dreams.

10. Because it’s one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been

Before I visited the Maldives, I thought it was just a few pretty islands suitable for honeymooners and honeymooners only – but I was so incredibly wrong.

The Maldives is a place for anyone with an adventurous spirit, a love of the ocean and the desire to make themselves really and truly marvel at the wonders that exist on our planet.

I can’t fricking wait to go back.


For more inspiration and information about Maldives holidays, and to find out why Emirates have named the Maldives one of their top travel destinations for 2017, visit Emirates Holidays.

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76 thoughts on “Why I’m Visiting The Maldives In 2017

    1. It is amazingly clear! Stay tuned for even more posts about the Maldives – they should start appearing in the next week or so πŸ™‚

  1. Wow! Maldives is so dreamy! I agree about Global warming. It’s one of the reasons I want to go back to Venice. So i can appreciate it more before that happens. I guess I got to put Maldives on the list too! Lol

  2. That’s awesome! Kudos to you for traveling to the Maldives solo. When one thinks of the Maldives, one thinks of couples on their honeymoon.. But you’ve given me inspiration to try it solo!

  3. You took my breath way on this Monday morning…”Amazing” may not be the right word…I need to find a better one. Truly stunning pictures…….I wish to make it there one day.

  4. where are you staying? when are you going? My best experience in the Maldives was the mantas at Hanifaru bay. First time I went there was about 50 of them, it was just out of the world. Beautiful Maldives!

    1. It depends where you are travelling, the main airport is pretty typical (landing on land) but to get to many of the resorts you will need to travel via seaplane. So cool!

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed your posts about your previous trip to the Maldives. I do hope you’ll share some of your return trip as well. I have to tell you, your pictures and descriptions have very much so encouraged me to find some time to head that way myself. Hopefully soon!

  6. Do you know much about scuba diving the area? Im looking for the perfect spot to go diving around sept-oct and youve got me thinking about Maldives now!

    1. I haven’t done scuba there myself, but I know tonnes of people do and absolutely rave about it. There are more dive centres than you can poke a stick at in the Maldives!

  7. So many good reasons to visit this incredible place! Especially number 4 (though sad) is very true…
    Wish you a good time there!
    xx Eliane

  8. hey I was glancing through travle blogs and your blog caught my eye so I checked it out and I love it! it is very inspirational for what im going to do. I am actually going to go cross country through America and a little bit of canada. so this is extremly inspirational to me so just keep posting!

    1. Thanks so much Rhiannah – it is always lovely to hear that people enjoy my work! I hope you make it to the Maldives one day very soon πŸ™‚

  9. Hey there Ellen, for some reason I don’t have much of a travelling desire – maybe it is laziness or perhaps I simply don’t have the level of your inquisitive nature, or perhaps it is simply that after many years of travelling around the globe for business that both Bryan and I like to steer clear of Airports these days and refer to do driving trips around Australia ! Anyway I would like to do something out of the box for a special birthday coming up for Bryan and am thinking of the Maldives, so have read and re-read your blogs and postings which have almost convinced me of my decision. Have you ever used Luxury Escapes ? They have something on special at the moment (or almost minute in fact as the deal expires very soon ) Looks like we can’t go wrong – this will probably be our last overseas trip apart from an odd trip to Las Vegas (which is always on the agenda) or a local Asian sojourn occasionally, as we are both getting a little “aged” LOL – anyway will keep you posted. Love following you, gorgeous wee one ! Vicki Stokes.

  10. Gorgeous photos ! While many independent travelers dismiss the Maldives as too expensive or as a luxury tourist trap, you just blow these misconceptions out of the water. I really want to see some of the clearest waters on Earth πŸ˜‰ Honestly, water doesn’t get much more magically blue than it does in the Maldives, right !

  11. heyy girl! Love your post! I would LOVE to experience those same things as well! How many times have you been diving? I have never been but its something I want to do more often as I get older. I’m majoring in biology so to experience things like this would be amazing and life changing! Hope you have a fun and safe trip!

  12. Maldives looks great and amazing. This looks like the perfect place for spend the honeymoon for newly married couple. Thanks for the informative and inspiring article about Maldives, keep these coming. Cheers.

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