The Maldives is an Indian Ocean island country long considered a paradise. The Maldives is renowned for being one of the best tropical beach vacation destinations in the world. But the Maldives is a country with its own unique history and culture. It’s not all beaches and swimming, and the cultural side of the Maldives is part of the country that few visitors get to see with their all-inclusive resorts.

One of the best ways to explore the Maldives is to go island hopping on a guided tour. A week is a good amount of time to get a sense of the Maldives, get a taste of the country’s culture, relax on the beaches and snorkel in the coral reefs. More than a million people flock to these beaches each year from around the world, and there’s plenty to see.

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The Maldives – The tropical island paradise in the Indian Ocean

The Maldives are a chain of 26 atolls. While the territory covers approximately 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles), most of it is sea, with only 298 square km or 115 square miles of land. Being atolls, the islands are very low, with the average elevation being only 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) and the highest natural point being only 2.4 meters.

The Maldives is a place of stunning white sand beaches with an amazing underwater world. Some consider the Maldives to have some of the best beaches in the world. They are remarkably consistent and are among the whiter than white powdery sand beaches with bright blue water to be found (bring a good pair of sunglasses).

Underwater, the story is the same. The Maldives has some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world, with many coral walls, underwater caves and an impressive amount of brightly colored tropical fish. Observe manta rays, turtles, sharks and even whale sharks.

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Take an 8-day island-hopping tour of the Maldives

An 8 day island hopping tour delves into the real country of the Maldives and explores many of the highlights of some of the most important islands. The tour departs from Hulhumale and arranges everything in advance, so visitors can expect a hassle-free island hopping.

Clients can choose to travel in a small group or privately.

During the tour, guests will meet local residents, go snorkeling, learn about the islands, and simply soak up the laid-back atmosphere of the islands.

  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Price: From $999.00

The tour includes some meals, all accommodation, transportation, some activities, and a guide. International flights and travel insurance are not included in the package tour.

Visiting the Maldives is easy and tourists are granted a 30-day visa upon arrival.

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8 Day Island Hopping Itinerary

Day 1 :

Arrive at Male International Airport and transfer to Hulhumale Guest House.

Day 2:

Set off with the guide and visit the capital before beginning the island-hopping adventure by taking the ferry to Guraidhoo Island in South Male Atoll.

Day 3:

Go by speedboat and explore the nearby coral reefs and make the first underwater encounter. Keep an eye out for turtles, sharks and many other marine species. The afternoon is free and there are options for surfing, diving and other water sports.

Day 4:

Visit a local family and experience local Maldivian life. Explore Guriadhoo with the guide and enjoy optional water sports. Interact with locals in the community and stop at a local cafe and follow the traditional ‘hedika’ – Maldivian savory and sweet short meals served with black tea.

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Day 5:

Transfer to the island of Maafushi and installation in a guest house. Explore the island and take a cruise in search of dolphins.

Day 6:

It’s a free day. There are plenty of water sports and beaches to enjoy.

Day 7:

Take a ferry to Gulhi Island and head to Bikini Beach or snorkel. Relax in the local cafes and soak up the atmosphere.

Day 8:

Board the ferry again and arrive at Male International Airport at 10:00 AM.

It is also possible to explore the Maldives on a self-guided tour, but an organized tour has the advantage of being hassle-free and worry-free.

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