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?




  1. March 12, 2015 / 8:13 am

    I would love being on a large island but barely seeing anyone around me! I am a people person, however when I am on vacation I enjoy ignoring the outside world and focusing on my family alone. So often we are influenced by outside interference, vacation is time for me to be with my littles and hubby alone:)

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:42 am

      Oh, I’m very much a people person… but there’s something so serene about being on an island without lots of people while on vacation. Pure relaxation!

  2. March 11, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    The Maldives is on the top of my travel list. I want to get there and savor every gorgeous moments and sights. I’m from the Caribbean do I understand the lure and magic in these gorgeous islands.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:45 am

      That’s awesome that you’re from the Caribbean! I’ve only been to the Bahamas, but I’d love to explore the region more.

  3. March 11, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    I love the photos you’ve shared. The scenes are absolutely beautiful! I am not one for snorkeling but I’ll go for the sea plane rides, candle light dinners and hibiscus.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:46 am

      Even just relaxing by the ocean is enough for me ;)

  4. March 11, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    It would be nice to be less connected to the digital world at times. We are so used to technology everywhere, it would be relaxing to live in a country where digital distractions and clocks aren’t everywhere you look. The Maldives sounds like a fantastic place to visit.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:54 am

      Oh definitely! As a blogger I feel like I’m online 24-7. It’s nice to disconnect every once and a while :)

  5. March 10, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Your pictures are simply breathtaking. I would love to visit the Maldives. How is it pronounced exactly? I think exploring the world is so amazing and people should do it if they can. I didn’t get a chance but I hope to expose my children to the world.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:58 am

      It’s always hard to type pronunciation, but it would be something like mall and then “deeves” rather than “dives”, like scuba dives ;)
      I also hope to expose my children to different cultures!

  6. March 10, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    All of your pictures are just breathtaking!!! I love tropical paradises like this they are perfect for relaxing and exploring!! Going to have to put this on my list of places to travel to and see!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:54 pm

      I hope you make it there one day! It’s the experience of a lifetime.

  7. March 10, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    It’s absolutely stunning. I would love to visit some day. The pictures are breathtaking! I would love to walk along the sand, and just see the sights. It looks so relaxing!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      It was incredibly relaxing!

  8. March 10, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    The photos you have taken really are stunning! I feel they really show off the beautiful landscape and beaches. I think I could just park myself at the beach and stare at the water for hours.

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      Yup, that’s basically what I did!

  9. March 10, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    I’m a scuba diver and would LOVE to make it to the Maldives. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and info. Spending most of my time in the Caribbean right now because it’s such a short flight from D.C.

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:21 pm

      Jealous! I’ve always wanted to go diving…and to the Caribbean!

  10. December 8, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    I’ve been hoping to plan a trip to the Maldives myself. This makes me want to book my tickets today! :)

    • Beth Williams
      December 13, 2013 / 2:04 pm

      Do it! You definitely won’t regret it. We’re already trying to plan a return trip.

  11. December 5, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    WOW those are great photos! i live in India and can’t wait to make a trip to the maldives!! awesome

    • Beth Williams
      December 6, 2013 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks Rachel! That’s so cool that you’re living in India. How long will you be there?

  12. December 4, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    I like Maldives too.

  13. December 3, 2013 / 11:55 pm

    It looks like paradise! Your photos really capture the beauty of the place, and I love that sunset shot!

    • Beth Williams
      December 4, 2013 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks Audrey! It was the perfect place to spend a week just relaxing– so different from Hong Kong! haha

  14. December 3, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    Gorgeous! I sooo need to get to the Maldives for a total relaxation vacation. The photos are great!

    • Beth Williams
      December 4, 2013 / 2:12 pm

      Everyone deserves a total relaxation vacation every now and again ;)

  15. December 3, 2013 / 9:59 am

    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!!

    • Beth Williams
      December 4, 2013 / 2:12 pm

      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.

  16. December 3, 2013 / 1:34 am

    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.

    • Beth Williams
      December 4, 2013 / 2:11 pm

      We pretty much loved everything about the Maldives! I really hope you get to visit there soon.