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The Maldives is an archipelagic Asian country located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and India. It consists of a narrow chain of coral atolls which house around 1,200 islands made up of coral reefs and sand bars. It is a popular tourist destination, in part thanks to its natural beauty. Much of the landscape is flat with many beautiful sandy beaches and crystal-clear seas that surround the country. The tropical monsoon climate experienced in the region means that temperatures remain high year-round and December to April sees long hours of sunshine. Monsoon season lasts from May to November which can bring heavy rainfall.
It is estimated that over a million tourists visit the Maldives every year, and it’s easy to see why. With beaches that offer the perfect place to relax and enjoy your time in this island paradise, the islands make for the perfect destination to unwind on a relaxing getaway. Visiting the beaches on Vaadhoo Island at night means you’ll get to see the incredible Sea of Stars, whereby phytoplankton lying on the sand glow and make it look like the ocean is made up of stars! The Maldives’ location in the Indian Ocean means that water-based activities are popular, such as water sports, diving and even swimming with sharks! Immersing yourself in the Maldivian way of life is a must while visiting. Rent a scooter and explore Male, the capital of the region, and see its architectural wonders, bustling markets and wonderful restaurants and street vendors selling authentic Maldivian cuisine. A holiday to the Maldives allows visitors to experience a beach holiday while also taking in the culture and experiences that it has to offer, meaning you can have the best of both worlds on your holiday.
Holidays to the Maldives are popular amongst couples, with many choosing it as their honeymoon destination or for a romantic couple’s getaway. Its picture-perfect scenery and abundance of activities provide plenty of chances to spend time with your loved one before spending the evening enjoying a candlelit dinner on the beach under the starry night sky.
Although there are currently no direct flights from Ireland to the Maldives, a number of airlines offer connecting flights. Abbey Travel will organise your package holiday to the Maldives with flights, accommodation and any extras you may need such as transfers and travel insurance. Enquire about your holiday to the Maldives today.