Powdery sands, turquoise lagoons and cool breeze greet you wherever you go within the 1,200 islands in The Maldives. Most tourists spend 5 days in this archipelago while certain travellers prefer to stay here for months. If you are confused as to how many days are sufficient to visit Maldives, here are some things to consider.
#1 Staying at Maldives water villas?
Private island resorts in The Maldives usually offer two categories of rooms – overwater villas and beach villas. Often called bungalows and suites, the villas sometimes include a kitchenette, private pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and separate bedrooms. Most Maldives vacation packages offer 4-nights-5-days’ trips with 2 nights each in a beach villa and a water villa.
If you only want a luxury holiday, 5 days should be enough to explore the entire island, snorkel on the house reef, relish lavish meals and use all the complimentary services like gym, sports facilities and water sports activities. You will even have time for a sandbank dinner date, sunset cruise on a dhoni – traditional Maldivian wooden boat, relaxing couple spa and floating breakfast.
#2 Touring on liveaboards in Maldives?
Liveaboard trips here range from 4 to 15 days. Depending on the Maldives tour package you’ve booked, you’ll sail across atolls and be able to do multiple dives. These diving opportunities will not only give you a glimpse into Maldives’ marine biodiversity but also let you bask in the 5-star hospitality of the yachts.
Liveaboards offer multiple activities to do in Maldives like spotting turtles, swimming with dolphins, observing manta rays at cleaning stations, exploring undersea caves, watching whale sharks and trophy fishing. Even if you spend 2 weeks at sea, you are unlikely to get bored.
#3 Exploring the local islands or have a budget to stick to?
If you wish to stay on a local island and understand Maldives’ history and culture after an all-inclusive resort holiday, you should plan for at least 3 more days after your 5-day private villa vacation. 8 days is a good time to enjoy the best of both worlds (private and public islands).
However, if you’re on a budget, yet want to experience a high-end resort but cannot afford to pay for too many nights, even a 4-day trip to a private island is doable. Choose one of Maldives’ beach bungalows for 2 nights and upgrade to a water bungalow on the final night.
Nevertheless, the most cost-effect way to see this country is to stay in guest houses in The Maldives, especially on an inhabited island that is not too far from Malé – the capital city of The Maldives. If you spend 3 days to a week on a local island, you can even complete a PADI scuba diving certification!
The answer to ‘how many days are sufficient to visit Maldives’ is different for different people. However, after your first trip, you will agree that this is one country that you’ll want to visit again and again! Let Samudra Maldives help you with the planning, accommodation and activities once you make up your mind.