Travel to the Maldives – Episode 500

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Travel to the Maldives - Amateur Traveler Episode 500. WHat you can expect in this tropical paradise.

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Hear about travel to the Maldives Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Dombrowski of about her visit to this tropical paradise.

When asked why someone should go to the Maldives Jennifer says, “You know that screen saver that comes on when you turn on the computer for the first time and that pristine white sand beach with the palm trees that seem to be swaying at you pops up? I am convinced that those screen savers are pictures of the Maldives. It really just looks like that. You think before you go these pictures have got to be Photoshopped but they’re not. The water is that clear and the sand is that white. It’s such a gorgeous destination that… how could you not want to go?”

“There are a lot of activities. First and foremost diving. It’s a world class diving destination.”

Jennifer says “40 years ago no one had really heard of the Maldives. It is a country. It is located in the Indian Ocean southwest of India. What’s really special about the Maldives is that it’s this long chain of islands. All of these islands are geographically dispersed over a really large area. It’s actually 1,100 different islands that make up the Maldives although only around 300 are actually inhabited. The islands are very very small. For instance the island we stayed on you had to run around it 7 times to make a lap of one mile. Typically a resort will rent out an island and it’s just that resort that is located there.”

Traditionally known as just a luxury destination. Jennifer says that is changing somewhat. “The Maldives government has recently recognized that they want to open up more to budget travelers and also to travelers who are seeking a more culturally diverse experience there. So something new that they’re trying, just within the last year, is that they’ve given permits to locals to open up guest houses. These are usually a private room in the local’s house that they will rent out to you.

As we arrived [by seaplane] there were dolphins jumping out of the water as if to greet us. You can see the dark blue of the coral reef that surrounds these sandbar islands and you’re just memorized by it”. Come listen and dream about this your vacation in the Maldives.

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Show Notes
Guest Houses in the Maldives
Hotels and Resorts in the Maldives
Malé (capital)
Malé Ferry Service
Baa Atoll
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas reviews on TripAdvisor
Synanceia (stone fish)

Travel to the Maldives - Amateur Traveler Episode 500. WHat you can expect in this tropical paradise.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

8 Responses to “Travel to the Maldives – Episode 500”

Kirk Beiser


Congrats on 500 episodes. Keep them coming.

John Belyea


What a treat to listen to this week’s podcast! Not only is it the 500th (congratulations!) but also also on the Maldives, a truly remarkable place that I traveled to with my wife to celebrate our 25th anniversary exactly one year ago.

Jennifer did a great job providing an overview of this incredible destination. There were a few things she didn’t touch upon that I thought was important to share:

– the Maldives is a very strict Muslim country. While the resorts located on the small islands are permitted to serve alcohol it is strictly forbidden to bring into the country. Don’t try – it will be confiscated at the airport (they x-ray all baggage).
– Male, the capital, is not for the feint of heart or those who are claustrophobic. More than 150,000 people are crammed in on a 2.2 square mile island – the roads and sidewalks are best described as chaotic. Of course, no alcohol is available and women must dress appropriately.
– we loved our resort (Gili Lankanfushi – about 20 minutes from Male by boat) and they arranged for an afternoon trip to a nearby inhabited island (Huraa) where we toured a school, visited the mosque and met some local craftsman. We were thrilled to be able to experience the “real” Maldives.
– an overwater bungalow is the way to stay at a resort but count on spending a minimum $800US/night (you do get breakfast!). Most resorts charge well in excess of $1,000US/night.
– finally, there really isn’t any true Maldivian cuisine. Tuna is the staple food and served in as many ways as you can imagine.

Keep up the great work!

John Belyea
Toronto, Canada



Thanks John. I noticed in the pictures of Malé how tightly packed it was. Not a lot of land in this country.



Hi Chris,
My wife and I have been regular listeners for years. Congratulations on your 500th. We are looking forward to many more years! We are passionate about traveling – we usually get to go on vacation to foreign destinations about two-three times per year and we make it a habit to (re)listen to the episodes relating to our travel before (during and after) each trip.

Regarding the Maldives Episode I though your listeners would like to know that there is a less expensive (albeit less luxurious) option. My wife and I extended our 3 week trip to Sri Lanka by going on a one week ‘cruise’ on a dhoni boat (refurbished fishing boat) about three years ago. This allows one to visit more atolls (inhabited and uninhabited) and to experience some of the local islands and people away from the capital of Male. The activities on the boat reminded us of a safari schedule with 2 daily snorkelling trips each at different locations (something that spending a whole week at a single resort would not permit). The accommodations on the boat were basic but much more affordable than a $1000 US/night hotel. The meals were surprisingly good and varied given the fact that the cook had to carry pretty much all what was needed for a week (except for fresh fish caught along the way!). With all meals included I would estimate the price for a couple to be well under a quarter of that of the resorts.

Martin and Nathalie



Martin, interesting option. Have a link for it?

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