This freezing winter, escape to the Maldives
Everything you need to know about planning your vacation to the tropical island
Maldives is well-known for many things, including its unique culture, immaculate beaches and abundant foliage.
The country is identical to famous tropical destinations such as Bora Bora or Fiji, but much closer to home.
But the good news for Bangladeshis is that they can travel to Maldives with almost one tenth of the cost for Bora Bora or Fiji.
With the wedding season at its peak, the famous honeymoon destination Maldives is now more popular than ever.
November through April are also the best months to visit Maldives as the skies are clear and seas are calm.
These are the best tips and tricks to plan your trip to Maldives.
How to go
There are currently many airlines which offer flights to Maldives from Bangladesh.
Local carriers offer direct flights to Maldives as well which significantly brings down the cost of travel.
These flights take around 4.5 hours to reach, making the timing very suitable.
Finding the perfect flight requires quite a lot of research.
Finding flights with appropriate timing, price and amenities is a tedious and time consuming task.
Doing the whole thing online significantly simplifies the process, like GoZayaan.
Booking flights online means less hassle for the traveler.
All the options are visible from one platform.
To ease the pressure of travel costs, 0% EMI is also available on the platform.
GoZayaan now also has a very user-friendly app to bring convenience in the pocket of every traveler.
Finding the best hotels
Maldives is a collection of around 1,200 islands.
There are mainly two types of islands for travelers- local islands and resort islands.
While Maldives may not seem like a budget destination, it is very easy to find hotels within budget with a little bit of research.
Maafushi, Ukulhaus, Dhigurah etc are some of the most affordable and popular local islands in Maldives.
The view is breathtaking with turquoise blue waters and crystal clear white sands.
Local islands also offer a variety of water sports and activities within an affordable range.
The most popular stays in Maldives are the luxurious overwater villas.
It is best to take a complete package for these resorts rather than booking each element separately.
Most people book the resort including meals and transfers.
As Maldives is an island nation, all resorts have to be reached by speedboat or seaplane.
For this reason, having transfers included with resort bookings is a cost saver.
A great solution to finding the best resort to stay at can be GoZayaan.
The website has a large array of luxurious resorts as well as budget hotels.
It is possible to completely customize any trip to the travelers liking.
For the most cost optimized trip, people often prefer to stay at a luxury resort for one or two days and spend the rest of the trip exploring various local islands.
This is a great way to learn about Maldivian culture and get the best value for money at the same time.
Activities to explore
Maldives is home to a diverse array of water sports and activities.
The crystal clear sea water and diverse marine life makes Maldives one of the peak destinations for many water related activities.
Scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, water skiing, skydiving, jet-ski, parasailing, fly-boarding, paddle boarding etc are some of the more thrilling water activities available in Maldives.
Exploring the ocean floating above clear blue waters is an unmatched experience for many.
For more relaxing activities travelers can book sunset cruises, island hopping trips or indulge in spa experiences by the sea.
Dolphin watching or kayaking are also some of the less adventurous activities available in the country.
Maldives is a dream destination for many.
With November to April being the travel season in Maldives, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to Maldives.
This article has been published in partnership with GoZayaan