Reasons why you don’t need a tour operator for planning Maldives trip
Maldives is an archipelago of hundreds of small islands. A trip to Maldives is something where once you land on your resort, you enjoy the island as a whole. The water activities and the neighboring islands are additional delight if you wish to. Hence, there is no such sight-seeing or any roadways involved in the trip.This is why you really don’t need someone else for planning your Maldives trip. Once you book your hotel, flights and cover your transfers from airport to the island in your package, you are ready to head to Maldives. Let’s see how easy is planning Maldives trip all by yourself.
Your hotel is your island.
For the trip to Maldives, you need to select your resort first on your vacation dates. Each resort is an island in itself. Depending on the options available in the resort you can choose whether you want to book a beach villa or a water villa. (My recommendation would be you book a water villa. That is the fun of Maldives!) For a budgeted trip, you could go for a beach villa followed by water villa for last two days.
For resort booking, check both, the resort’s site and other travel websites. Chances are you may find great deals on the latter. Moreover, you may end up getting more discount on any of the above than what a tour operator would propose. But this depends on season as well as the occupancy at that point of time.
Once you finalize the resort/ island, you have done 50% of the job. The next major thing remains is the flight to Male. Male international airport is itself on another island. Once you book, you need to share your dates with the resort representative. This will help them book your transfer from airport to island.
Speed boat /sea plane transfer
The harbour is just a road cross distance away as you exit the airport. This is the main reason you really don’t need a tour operator for planning Maldives trip. Mostly, all resorts have their counter at the airport. The representative of the resort would be waiting for you at the airport as per your scheduled flight timings. They will welcome you and assist you with your luggage to the port. They also take care of putting your luggage in the speed boat/ sea plane. This directly lands on the jetty station of the resort.
They do the pick-up and drop, both as per your scheduled arrival and departure. The cost of the same is mostly over and above the accommodation cost. My recommendation would be go for a package which includes speedboat transfers and meals. Then you really don’t need to worry about anything on your beautiful and private island.
Choice between Sea plane or a speed boat?
Each resort has its own speed boat (private and shared) and mostly a sea plane facility too. Through this facility, they escort you from airport to their island. Although the sea plane is expensive, it’s a different experience. But if you are done with long hours of flight journey, just opt for a speed boat transfer. You would any way see a lot of Indian Ocean on your flight journey to Male airport. Ofcourse, speed boat also becomes an adventurous activity if the Indian Ocean is notorious in its own ways.
Cruise or a resort in the Indian Ocean
Depending on your choice of vacation that you would prefer, you could either select to go on a cruise or a resort which has its own area of land. Water activities like snorkeling, sea diving, etc. will be available in both the options.
Well, the above picture is a true capture of Indian ocean while enjoying the speed boat. You can decide on the various activities directly once you reach there. Beach hopping, submarine travel, snorkeling, sea diving, feeding stingrays, etc. are some readily available options. So head to Maldives by your own crisp and clear itinerary.