Travel Edition: Maldives

January 28, 2016


A couple of years ago, my sister and I made a trip out to Maldives to see the beautiful beaches and fell in love with the dreamy landscape.  The incredibly soft sand between your toes, crystal clear water, blue skies, amazing friends we made and unforgettable experiences… need I say more? 

This beautiful destination, off the coast of the Indian Ocean wasn’t an easy place to get to, neither is it the  most affordable, but was 100% worth it.  Life is too short to say no to great things and fabulous experiences.

Eek! Showing my bare-face so early on my blog >.<

I started off pretty pasty though, huh?

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My sister and I lounged on the beach, took in the sun and went on a couple of excursions to other islands/resorts.  We met some amazing travellers on this trip and to this day, we still stay in touch.

One afternoon, while visiting a nearby island, our guide noticed dolphins swimming by. He quickly ushered us all back onto the yacht and drove ahead of them at a safe distance.  About 10-15 dolphins then swam side to side with us for a few minutes and went their way.  It was really special.


I once took my snorkelling set on one of those excursions to one of the small deserted islands.  The guide recommended that we walk into the water, but cautioned to avoid touching or stepping on the coral reefs.  The reefs were so close to shore and the water was so still, you didn’t need to be a strong swimmer to see a ton of fish. You’d walk waist deep to be surrounded by billions of fish.  The water in Maldives is so shallow and still. On every island we visited, the Indian ocean was warm enough to step in and not feel chills travel up your spine.

I’ve been to the second largest dive site in the world, have snorkelled in various spots in Thailand, Bali, Dominican Republic and Cuba.  Maldives has so far been the most beautiful spot for snorkelling by far. Not just because at some of the islands you’ll many different species of schools of fish swimming around you before you’re even chest-deep, but because the water is so clear and the corals are so beautiful.

The local food was actually tastier than any American or Chinese food they’d try to whip up, especially something as simple as tuna salad. On one evening, our friends from Singapore went out night fishing with one of the local guides. They caught 9 fish in total. When they returned, our chef ended up cooking all the fresh fish and made a feast for a small group of us.


The following 2 pictures are by a friend that I met there from Singapore.  He loves photography and shared these beautiful images of the Maldivian night sky.



If you ever get a chance to go, make friends with the locals and ask questions.  Maldives is more than just one island.  It’s an incredible experience.  Go island hopping, snorkelling, diving and ask about night fishing.

At that time, I was just dating my now husband. He didn’t join us on this trip, but we plan on going together in the near future.  Maybe after we visit Bora Bora and Fiji though.

To this day, my sister and I reminisce of Maldives.  I love to travel, either alone or with friends.  (I’m extroverted and pretty much start talking to everyone.  I credit that to all the team sports I played as a kid.)

Travel Goals – Visit Bora Bora and Fiji over the next couple of years.  What is the best beach or travel experience you’ve ever had?  What are your own travel tips?

Tips for Travelling to Maldives

  1. Beware of buying or accepting water at the airport.  It’s incredibly expensive and can cost as much as $10 for a bottle of water.  If you drink water like a fish are going through the capital city Male, you can buy a few bottles and try to take it with you.  It’s about $1-2 per bottle there. Much more affordable than $5-10 per bottle when you’re drinking water all week on a desserted island.
  2. Do your research before you go.  Most islands require you to take chartered flights to the resorts or take private speed boat rides, which could set you back another $250-$500 roundtrip.  There are no ferries to small luxury resorts because they’re private, so there are no other options.
  3. If you do not do full-board or all-inclusive, bottled water can be as expensive $10 a bottle, drinks can be very pricey.  Some resorts don’t let you leave the dining room with it, so they can price gauge you.  The food isn’t always great, and some luxury resort will charge $50-100 for just a main course, and doesn’t mean it’ll actually be very satisfying.
  4. When you choose to take speed boat to your resort, there can be some room to haggle if you get more people to ride with you.  It’s hard when you’re arriving and you can get lucky if you find others getting off the place and are taking speed boat, but easier when you’re leaving to go home.  What initially costs $160-$200 for a speed boat to a resort, can sometimes be reduced to something as low as $15-$20 if you meet others on resort and split the cost by heading back to the airport the same day.  Trying to find people to do this with in advanced is hard, even in travel forums, but much easier when you’re there.  Sometimes front desk can coordinate this, or if you’re extroverted like I am, you can ask as you meet people.  I had a flight within an hour of a girl I met in a group of 10 people, so I joined them and left an hour earlier than planned.  It saved me $150.  That’s money in the pocket I got to spend on a nice dress or some accessories.
  5. If you’re on a luxury resort, the prices of excursions are not easily negotiable. If you try to go with a group of people, definitely try.  Some of the other islands are quite different (sand, snorkel, more desserted, etc.), so ask around if possible.
  6. If you don’t have a Go-Pro or a XiaoYiMi, get one.  It’s so beautiful, you’ll wish you captured everything you’d seen and done.  However, some resorts and excursions let you rent these cameras for a fee.  If you like to travel though, best to get your own and save in the long run.

If you enjoyed this post or have any additional tips for when I visit again, I’d love to hear from you – please comment below!

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  • Crissy January 28, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I love this post!! I’ve been dying to go to the Maldives for ages now but I never knew that there were so many things to wary of! So thank you for the useful tips! I will have to revisit this when I finally get a chance to go. It seems like you had such a lovely vacation (the photos are amazing)! Thanks for sharing your experience with us! You’ve inspired me to start planning a trip!


    • miki January 28, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Crissy! You’d love it. Sometimes there are some amazing flight deals that come up. You can fly over from Singapore, so keep your eye out for flights to Asia. I hope you’ll visit soon. 🙂 Xo, Miki

  • sofaundermapletree January 29, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I’d love to go. Sounds like dream (except some of the prices :)).

    • miki January 30, 2016 at 12:12 am

      Not the most affordable, but there sometimes you can find an amazing deal depending where you are. I found a couple of flight deals that were too good to pass up, so hopefully one day you’ll get an amazing deal, too! 🙂

  • Tazhiana January 31, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I love this post! I’ve always wanted either a destination wedding at the Maldives or to go there for my honeymoon, and this post has just sold me even more. Off to grab the SO and make him read this too. Great post and beautiful pictures!

    Tazhiana |

    • miki January 31, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      I hope you end up marrying there! I’d love the see the pics! I actually met a Singaporean couple who was engaged during this trip and they were thre for their engagement shoot. A few people have gotten married on a tiny little island nearby. You can do it the luxurious way with a bunch of guests, or privately on a very tiny island (literally, with just a palm tree and about 100 ft of sand). Thanks for visiting & for your lovely comment. 🙂

  • Sally. January 31, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    This looks like a dream vacation, the water looks so beautiful and you’re so lucky to get the chance to swim with dolphins! I’d love to go somewhere like this one day! Also the fish look so delicious.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    • miki February 1, 2016 at 12:02 am

      The fish was really good. Can’t beat freshly caught fish, right? I hope your next vacation is incredible, too. 🙂

  • Rae-Emily January 31, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Looks beautiful! It must have been an incredible experience. I seriously need a holiday now!

    • miki February 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

      It was great. Hope you get to take one soon! 🙂

  • jointyicroissanty February 1, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Nice pics!


    • miki February 1, 2016 at 12:13 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  • carsla February 1, 2016 at 12:21 am

    amazing photos! what a serene setting. (: ♥ | xoxo

    • miki February 1, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Thanks! Yeah, It’s like being in a dream. 🙂 Xo, Miki

  • The Fashion Panda February 1, 2016 at 2:16 am

    That place looks amazing ! Is so wanna go there 🙂
    Enjoy !

    • miki February 1, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thanks! Hope you do! Xo, Miki

  • Ella Pinto February 1, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I really wanted to curse at this post because the Maldives have always been on my to vist list and your pictures look absolutely delicious. I want it so much! GAHHHHHHHHHHH love and hate you for this <3

    I think they only thing keeping me from going really is the prices of everything but one day I know I'm going to get myself on a plane and go to the Maldives. Might have to blame you for it thought :p

    Thank you for sharing this with us!
    Ella x

    • miki February 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Haha. I would apologize in advanced for your future visit except I know you’ll have an incredible time!! 🙂 I hope you find a great deal, too. Hopefully, you’ll find such a great fight sale that it’ll make up for the luxurious, yet pricey hotel! I can’t wait to see the pictures. Xo, Miki

  • Julia Hickman February 1, 2016 at 10:44 am

    This looks like it was an amazing trip! Would love to make it there one day 🙂 The beach and the food look awesome 🙂


    • miki February 1, 2016 at 11:07 am

      You’d absolutely love it and never want to leave. 🙂 I hope you get to go soon! Xo, Miki