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50 Things We Love About the Maldives

50 Things We Love About the Maldives

I’m still undecided if the Maldives is my favorite country I’ve traveled to, but it’s certainly the most beautiful. It’s a country we were both quick to fall in love with.

So to kick off our #MaldivesMonth here on Besudesu Abroad, we wanted to start by telling you 50 Things We Love About the Maldives. Plain and simple– just like the islands themselves.

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1. Water so crystal clear that you can see up to 50m away

2. Maldivian hospitality

3. Perfect white powdery sand

4. Watching ghost crabs skitter across the sand

5. Waking up each morning to a beautiful sunrise

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6. Enjoying equally beautiful sunsets at night over a glass of champagne

7. 60 mph winds creating blue waves of glowing phytoplankton

8. The smell of lemongrass and coconut everywhere

9. Allowing the crashing waves to lure you to sleep

10. Watching spinning dolphins

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11. Snorkel safaris

12. Exploring local islands

13. Just doing nothing

14. Being greeted by sharks on our arrival

15. Nature’s Zen garden

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16. Seeing an overwhelming amount of stars at night

17. Listening to the sound of fish scraping against coral

18. Riding in a sea plane

19. Nature walks through the jungle

20. A Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean

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21. Tasting local flavors of fresh seafood and spicy curries

22. Enjoying your own private beach or atoll

23. Maldivian storms

24. How colorful local areas become during voting season

25. Sipping cocktails like there’s no tomorrow

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26. Being in one of the few countries that has NO McDonalds– but they do have a Burger King

27. Massages on the water pavilion

28. Riding in a dhoni

29. Hearing fruits bats chatter amongst themselves

30. Open-air bathrooms

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31. Our gecko friends

32. Not having clocks in our hotel rooms or around the island

33. Watching a wave of fish jump out of the water like fireworks

34. Male’s small but interesting skyline

35. The nice ocean breeze

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36. Being disconnected from the digital world

37. The graffiti covered walls on local islands

38. Learning how to correctly pronounce the Maldives and other Dhivehi words

39. Being on a large island, but rarely seeing other people around

40. Watching sting rays get excited over food

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41. Multiple rainbows throughout our stay, including a double rainbow

42. Places that emphasize sustainable and eco-tourism

43. Candlelight dinners under a canopy in the rain

44. Hearing prayer calls in the capital

45. Fresh hibiscus flowers covering our bed

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46. Kayaking over coral reefs

47. Seeing more types of fish in person than I knew existed

48. Catching glimpses of sea turtles from our boat

49. Walks along the sand bank at low tide

50. Promising to someday return

What would YOU love about the Maldives?

 

15 comments

  1. Wow! The Maldives looks and sounds absolutely incredible! Would love to visit one day :)

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  2. Gorgeous!!!
    I’ve been hoping to plan a trip to the Maldives myself. This makes me want to book my tickets today! :)
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  3. WOW those are great photos! i live in India and can’t wait to make a trip to the maldives!! awesome
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  4. I like Maldives too.

  5. It looks like paradise! Your photos really capture the beauty of the place, and I love that sunset shot!
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    • Thanks Audrey! It was the perfect place to spend a week just relaxing– so different from Hong Kong! haha

  6. Gorgeous! I sooo need to get to the Maldives for a total relaxation vacation. The photos are great!
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  7. First of all, your photos are amazing and they would be the first reason to fall in love with Maldives! Secondly, waking up each morning to a beautiful sunrise is my dream come true next February so I hope to make it there!!
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    • Aw, thanks Agness! Let me know if you need any help planning… I don’t think it’ll fit under your $25 dollars a day, but you can certainly do it for cheaper than most people expect.

  8. Sounds magical! I can’t wait to hear more. The Maldives have been high on my list since as long as I can remember. I’m most drawn to private islands and snorkeling :) As well as food, people, rainbows, eco-tourism, and well, pretty much everything you mentioned above.