We claim it: 2022 is the year travel restarts – and with that, we’re all talking about destinations reigniting our love of travel. Whether it’s relaxation, adventure or everything in between, there’s nothing quite like embarking on your first vacation after a long time. No matter what type of globetrotter you are, a trip to the Maldives is definitely something you won’t regret.

Open to tourism since 2020, part of its appeal lies in the awe-inspiring scenery. Tourists are invited to bask in a tropical paradise where they can leave their worries behind, as well as rekindle their wanderlust by seeing what the Maldives has to offer.

After being almost (mostly) locked down at home or maybe hesitating to travel, it’s time to get up and see what awaits us once again. That said, here are the top reasons why traveling to the Maldives should be at the top of your bucket list in 2022.

1. There’s never a shortage of dazzling secluded beaches

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The Maldives has about 1,200 islands scattered over more than 870 kilometers. Additionally, it adopts a “one island, one resort” concept, in which each resort has its own private island. That said, there are plenty of beaches to choose from, each offering fun activities suitable for all types of travellers.

Those who love water sports will definitely have fun with wakeboarding, parasailing, surfing and kayaking. Most resorts in the Maldives offer equipment for hire, so you can easily have something to look forward to. How’s it to get your adrenaline fix on vacation?

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Another splendid way to enjoy the islands and beaches would be to opt for an overwater bungalow. After all, that’s what the Maldives are most famous for! Believe us, these have a way of making you feel like you have all the time in the world. Imagine magnificent villas with open terraces and stairs leading directly to the ocean. Some even come with glass floors!

2. Its aquatic wonderland will leave you in awe

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Not to be outdone, the underwater world is equally breathtaking. Think coral reefs teeming with vibrant colors, as well as fascinating sea animals of all shapes and sizes. Say hello to majestic creatures like tiger sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, coral reef dwellers and more! How not to want to explore them?

If you’ve always wanted to try underwater walking, the Maldives is the best place to start. Imagine being able to stand on the immensely deep ocean floor and observe aquatic fauna up close! Alternatively, you can also snorkel, whether you are an expert swimmer or not.

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Or better yet, why not go all out with scuba diving lessons? It is especially ideal if you are taking a long trip to the Maldives. Seasoned divers can also choose to stay on a liveaboard between the months of December and May, when the ocean waters are calmest and therefore offer great visibility.

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3. Traveling there is quite safe and convenient

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Did you know that not all foreign tourists entering the Maldives will need to self-quarantine or take a PCR test? Nonetheless, the country has health and safety protocols in place for everyone’s peace of mind. For starters, all tourists are required to pass temperature checks and health screenings upon arrival.

The Maldives is also implementing physical distancing measures in public places. Some islands specifically only welcome vaccinated travelers, while non-vaccinated travelers also have accommodation options that take everyone’s safety into account. For the full guide to Maldives travel requirements, click here.

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Other than these rules and regulations, accessibility alone is reason enough to take a trip to the Maldives! This is especially true for travelers from Southeast Asia. There are direct flights to the capital Male from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

4. It’s like a haven in the middle of returning from the trip

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It’s no secret that the pandemic has taken the need for uncrowded destinations to an all-time high. And while the Maldives remains a popular vacation spot, its island resorts offer socially distanced travel, making you feel like you have the place all to yourself.

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Let’s go back to what we said earlier about the unique “one island, one resort” concept. With these scattered islands and accommodations, travelers enjoy more open-air spaces and uninterrupted views that welcome a sense of security. Invigorate your soul as you stroll along tranquil stretches of pristine white sand, or gain some well-deserved privacy with the resorts’ personalized dining experiences.

After all, going on vacation in the middle of returning from travel means being able to explore destinations – while being confident and reassured that everything will be fine!

5. There are affordable options that are easier on the wallet

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Some of you might feel intimidated at first by the cost of a trip to the Maldives. Well, what if we told you that there are more than enough budget options available? For starters, some islands offer budget accommodation, such as guesthouses and boutique hotels.

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You’ll find most of them in the local towns, where you can really experience what it’s like to live in this beautiful country. Sure, they don’t quite resemble remote luxury hotels, but what you’ll get in return is a more immersive experience of local culture and lifestyle! And if anything, it gives you more reason to keep traveling to the Maldives again and again.

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6. They prioritize sustainability and safeguarding ecosystems

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There’s something to exploring destinations that are known for their eco-forward initiatives and sustainability efforts. As a traveler, this assures you that they are doing the things necessary to ensure the protection and conservation of a destination’s natural beauty and wildlife diversity, two things that should never be taken for granted. After all, the pandemic-induced travel disruption has proven to us that “traveling better” is just as important as traveling often.

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That said, the Maldives aims to give you the opportunity to vacation with purpose. As the lowest country on earth, it is more susceptible to sea level rise, damage to coral reefs and other adverse effects of climate change. Fortunately, many resorts have stepped up their game with initiatives such as open beach cleanups, coral regeneration programs, educational snorkeling with trained marine biologists, eliminating single-use plastic, and more.

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So what is a trip to the Maldives? To that, we say it’s time you took the vacation you deserve. See you later!

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