Memories that Last a Lifetime: A Guide to Honeymooning in Maldives
Pristine white beaches, clear blue waters and overwater shacks make Maldives a dreamy destination perfect for couples and honeymooners.
An ideal tropical getaway, with clear blue skies, turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, Maldives is a paradise for honeymooners. A destination synonymous with romance and bliss, Maldives is known for its idyllic overwater villas, picturesque beaches, sparkling seas, vibrant marine life and splendid sunsets. It's no surprise that the small island nation in the Indian Ocean has become a go-to honeymoon destination. Maldives is made up of more than 1,192 coral islands scattered throughout the Indian. And to add to that, the abundance of luxury resorts can make travel planning seem like a daunting task. Here is a comprehensive guide to your perfect tropical honeymoon among the coral atolls of Maldives.When to Visit Maldives
The weather in the islands remains quite constant throughout the year. It is mostly hot and humid and the prominent seasons are the wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs from November to April. It is the best time to visit the islands as the skies remain clear, the sun shines brightly on the beaches and underwater visibility is higher. The wet season is between the months of May and October. There is not much to do on rainy days except drinking, working out and scuba diving. The shallow waters are also filled with hammerhead sharks during the incessant rains and visibility underwater drops severely.
How to Get Around
With more than a thousand islands and several hundred atolls, road transportation is limited to urban areas such as Male and Addu. The main mode of transportation here is by boat or seaplane. You can also ride a dhoni, a traditional Maldivian sailing vessel to go around island hopping. These are also available on a charter basis. Boats and ferries are the most preferred forms of transportation among tourists and locals alike, as they are quite cost-effective. However, most seaplanes and ferries are not operational during nighttimes.Places To Visit In Maldives For Honeymoon
The idyllic islands are a perfect spot for romance. With plenty of sun-kissed beaches lined with palm trees and overwater shacks from where you can jump straight into the ocean, Maldives has a lot for the newly wedded.1. Reethi Beach
Reethi Beach or Fonimagoodhoo on the small island of Baa Atoll is one of the best beaches on the island to relax with your loved one. White sands, shimmering waters and lines of palm trees, this island has everything Maldives is known for. There are also a number of private spots and cafes where you can relax and indulge in the local cuisine. Watching the sunset over the horizon while strolling along the white sands in one of the most romantic experiences you can have in Maldives.2. Hulhumale Beach
The Hulhumale Beach on the Hulhumale Island is an ideal spot to sunbathe with your better half while watching the waves crash into the pristine white sands. The artificial island, created to decongest Male, is not frequented much by locals and budget travellers. It has since become a haven for honeymooners seeking a private beach experience.3. Lily Beach
One of the cleanest and most alluring beaches in Maldives, Lily Beach is the private beach of the Lily Beach Resort and Spa. The clear blue waters, unstained white sands and exceptional services make it one of the best beaches for couples on honeymoon. You can go for Ayurvedic couples massages at the spa and indulge in premium food and spirits. The resort also offers water sports activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling around the coral reefs and underwater scooter rides.4. Bikini Beach
While most beaches in Maldives have a strict dress code, Bikini Beach on Rasdhoo Island is an exception. The beach is closed off by a perimeter of coconut tree leaves so that you can enjoy your tropical honeymoon the way you want. The beach gives you gorgeous views of the horizon and is abundant in flora and fauna. You can laze around, walk the shoreline or take part in the water sports and activities on the sandy beach.5. Baros Island
Dotted with small isolated beaches of white sands jetting out of the turquoise waters, Baros Island is a honeymooners’ paradise. This island also has some of the best tidal waves in Maldives. You can laze around watching the waves or have a cozy picnic on one of the beaches. The island is perfect for couples who seek tranquillity and serenity along with unhindered privacy.6. Kurumba Beach
Located in the North Male Atoll, within striking distance of the international airport, Kurumba Beach is another popular destination for couples and newlyweds. Dotted with palm and coconut trees and blooming tropical gardens forming a canopy overhead, this vibrant beach was the first private beach in the country. You can go for a healing ritual at the Veli spa or take yoga lessons on the beach. There are also various dining options including Indian, Continental and local Maldivian cuisines.7. Male Island
The capital and the gateway to Maldives, Male is the most populous island in the country. Dotted with luxurious resorts and budget hotels alike, this is the place where you can experience the true Maldivian way of life. Being the commercial center of Maldives and hosting the country’s only international airport, Male Island also has artificial beaches, water sports, luxury hotels, top-class restaurants and the main marketplaces.8. Manta Point
Manta rays and whale sharks frequent the warm waters around Maldives during the dry season. They can be spotted around the islands of Baa Atoll and Addu Atoll. A few miles into the ocean lies the Manta Point, where Manta Rays can be sighted in hundreds. There are regular excursions to spot whales and manta rays from the resorts around Maldives.Enchanting Things to Do in Maldives
Apart from the pristine beaches and tropical climate, Maldives has a host of other romantic attractions that can make your honeymoon the most memorable trip of your lives.1. Hop Around Islands
Exploring the coral atolls and the hundreds of islands aboard a traditional dhoni is a treat in itself. With hundreds of islands, many of which are uninhabited, you can go from lazing private beaches to socializing with the vibrant crowds on the same day. It is also a great way to soak in the local Maldivian culture and gorge on the local cuisine. This experience is one that the high-end luxurious resorts cannot provide.2. Have a Candlelight Dinner on the Beach
When you’re honeymooning in the Maldives, you can relish on an amazing culinary experience on the beach. With cultures colliding in this tiny island nation, the platter has been evolving to cater to tastes from around the globe. The candlelight dinner is a must-do delight for all couples on their honeymoon. Dig into global and local cuisines under the stars as the seas hum along whimsically in the background.3. Stroll around the Bioluminescent Beaches
Bioluminescence is a phenomenon very common in the islands on the Indian Ocean. Phytoplankton present in these waters light up and create a mystical view of the shoreline. It is definitely one of the most surreal sights you will ever come across. Walking around these bioluminescent beaches with your better half is a romantic experience no couple can afford to miss.4. Dine at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
The first of its kind, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the only eatery in the world where you can dine while watching the vibrant marine life in their natural habitat. Situated on Rangali Island, it offers a 270-degree view of the ocean life and European cuisines along with mixed drinks and wines.5. Listen to Live Jazz
The Jazz Cafe in Male is one of the liveliest hangouts of the city. The cafe offers a full menu with dishes from India, South East Asia and Europe along with live, cheerful jazz music.6. Let Your Hair Down Underwater
Head down to Subsix and party till dawn at the popular submerged dance club. Indulge in delightful food as you watch schools of fish swim by. The lighting sets the tone at night and lights up the depths of the Indian Ocean. If you’re lucky you can even spot exotic species such as butterflyfish and damselfish right from the dance floor.Things to Remember
● Maldives is a predominantly Islamic country and there are certain rules you must follow while honeymooning in the coral atolls. Going out topless, consuming alcohol and public displays of affection are generally frowned upon and should be avoided in public places. You can certainly laze around topless and drink spirits in your resort but doing it in public is a big no-no. ● Maldives also has a zero littering policy so avoid littering on the beaches and waters. ● Refrain from touching turtle shells and corals as these are fragile species and protected on the island. ● Carry a lot of cash as the only ATMs in the country are on the island of Male. ● Last but not least, carry plenty of sunscreen.Final Words
With stunning private beaches and picturesque resorts and a host of activities you can only indulge in here, Maldives is one of the dreamiest honeymoon destinations in the world. Come experience the wonder and romance that Maldives is known for and you will leave with a pocketful of memories that will last a lifetime.