Thoughts of Maldives holidays evoke pictures of beautiful palm-fringed islands with great beaches, stunning coral reefs, hot sunshine and warm turquoise seas; and high prices! Well, we've devised a program of Maldives tours that see and experience a lot more of this beautiful island nation than most holidaymakers ever do, and at much cheaper prices as well.
Instead of staying in one resort, our Maldives tours visit various different local islands and stay in comfortable friendly guesthouses or onboard safari boats. We include a wide range of activities so you see the best of the Maldives' classic attractions as well as gaining an insight into the local way of life.
These include several snorkelling trips; day trips to beautiful palm-fringed picnic islands; beach BBQs; a sunset picnic meal on a deserted sandbar; several meals with local families where you can try the local cuisine; evening fishing trips with local fishermen where you can try some traditional hand and line fishing and cook your catch afterwards; and tours of Male city and various inhabited local islands.
You also have plenty of free time to relax on the beach or try some more watersports activities including a wide range of scuba-diving options, more snorkelling, sea kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and catamaran sailing. Various extension options are available to add more days on the local islands or to visit one of the Maldives' famous luxury resort islands.
All in all, our small group Maldives tour packages offer you an interesting, fun and exciting alternative to the average beach holiday at a much lower cost, and at the same time give you plenty of time to unwind and relax in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience
When a single women in her 50's, traveling from the US to Egypt, stumbles across a website offering a tour, and then they make her feel totaling comfortable about every step of the process, you know you've hit a homerun!
There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.
Took care of every single detail from prior to our arrival in Cario until we we're dropped of at the airport a week later.
Our hotels, tours, meals, and tour group we're all wonderful.
Our tour guide was wonderful!
The price was great and the people wonderful!
Dial Code: +960
Area: 298 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in the Maldives is the Indian Ocean at 0m | The highest point in the Maldives is an unnamed location on Viligili in the Addu Atholhu at 2.4m (7.88 ft.)
Population: 444,259 (2018
Government: Republic, Presidential system, Unitary stat
Language: Maldivian (Dhivehi)
The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a South Asian sovereign state, positioned in the Arabian Sea. The Maldives is made up of a chain of 26 atolls that stretch from the Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south.
The country is one of the world's most geographically dispersed countries as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population. Malé is the capital and the most populated city in the Maldives.
The Maldives archipelago is located atop Chagos-Laccadive Ridge - an expansive marine range in the Indian Ocean. Given the country's average ground elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft.) above sea level, the Maldives is the world's lowest country.
The dominant economic activity in the Maldives is fishing and it remains the largest sector. Tourism is the second rapidly growing industry. The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper middle-income economy.
The country is made up 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain. The largest island is called Gan and more than 80% of the Maldives' land is composed of coral islands.
The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate and two seasons dominate the weather: the dry season associated with the winter northeastern monsoon and the rainy season, which includes storms and strong winds.
There are a diverse variety of habitats, including reef ecosystems and shallow coast. This part of the Indian Ocean is home to 1,100 species of fish and 187 species of coral.
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The Maldives is truly a slice of heaven on earth. From sparkling blue waters to infinite beaches, from colourful coral reef palaces to vibrant local culture, the Maldives offers the chance for a coastal holiday that is relaxing, thrilling, and fulfilling all at once.