Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll biosphere reserve is undoubtedly one of the top manta ray spots in the Maldives. Some years back it was featured on National Geographic and every year countless tourists visit resorts in that region in hope of swimming with these ocean giants.
I feel blessed to have stayed in Baa Atoll for several months and during that time I spoke to many tourists. Guests who are seeking to book resorts close to Hanifaru Bay often asks are the chances of seeing mantas there. Continue reading “This makes Hanifaru Bay the best manta spot in the Maldives”
Now the Scotland Yard has said Skripal probably got poisoned at home and they have traced the poison back to his front door. What does this tell you? The substance was not at all powerful enough to take life of the victim instantly or even near that. If Russia was behind the scandal why would they use a weak chemical? Some argue that it is to buy time to enable the spies to escape. But, that does not fit to the puzzle. If the chemical agent reacts slowly it might give Skripal time to report to police? In that case a quick death looks more workable for the (imaginary) Russian agent to escape. Continue reading “Skripal accidentally poisoned himself? Strong clues suggest so.”
Tourists having weddings in the Maldives is not uncommon. These are symbolic weddings, Maldives is a Muslim country and there are no Churches. So, the guests have their legal proceedings in their home country and then fly to Maldives to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime event. Continue reading “Wedding on Maldives resort or sandbank”
Local and international travel media is flooded with news that Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives has introduced country’s first ice rink and I am wondering if guests would actually want it. Maldives is known as a sunny destination and tourists visiting Maldives want sunshine, not the freezing winter. If guests want ice skating there is no reason to come Maldives. Continue reading “Do you actually need Ice Skating in the Maldives?”
Now the world political climate is heated up around the poisoning case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Both were found slumped on bench in Salisbury few days ago. The United Kingdom suspects Russia of poisoning both of them with a military grade nerve agent known as Novichok. Russian president Vladimir Putin has responded by calling the UK government not to make preliminary assumptions and to focus on investigation rather than putting finger on Russia. Continue reading “Did UK just use Skripal as a lab-rat to test its own nerve agent?”
This is a very general question and many people ask me about the number one factor that leads to success in business or just anything you do. I have been in leadership roles for the past 13 years and I want share my perspective about this question. Before that let me share some insight about my personal background. Continue reading “What is the number one factor for success in business? Answered 2018”
Here you can find the updated contacts for Maldives resorts. Contact details have been updated for 50 resorts for now and remaining will be completed later. The reason we wanted to compile this list was that many existing resort lists of Maldives are very much out dated. Many stakeholders trying to get in touch with resorts sometimes get telephone number of the actual person to whom the island was leased from the Tourism ministry. In Maldives tourism industry it is quite common to sell resorts and some resorts have been passed to many people. Some resorts have been taken over by international brands, in such cases the emails are often associated with the brand of resort chain. Therefore, you need updated contacts if you ever want to communicate the actual company managing the property, rather than owner of the island several years back. Continue reading “Maldives Resorts List With Contacts Updated 2018”
As you know Maldives is world famous for amazing beach holidays and scuba diving. Resorts such as Bathala Island are sell known for scuba diving. Because the house reef is one of the best in Maldives. But, there are many non-divers visiting Maldives and the only way they experience beauty of the underwater world is by snorkeling. Now there is one more way and that is semi-submarines available in few resorts, a big tourist submarine is located off Male’ if groups want to do tour.
If you are on honeymoon or family holiday with kids the underwater world is still a great attraction that is most recommended to experience. But, remember it has some risks and you have to take safety measures. Gaining some knowledge about snorkeling, reef and sea could be a good start, if are you reading this you are on the right place. Continue reading “It is safe to snorkel on Maldives reefs? Not always!”
Maldives is currently undergoing a harsh political movement and many tourists who want to visit for holiday ask me if it is really safe to visit during this unrest period. Before jumping in to conclusion let me explain you the situation and consequences. In 2018 we have a presidential election and currently it is President Abdulla Yameen in power. Ex-president Mohamed Nasheed has been charged with terrorism before he fled to United Kingdom. Yameen’s first Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed fled to UK while on the job and did not return due to hash political situation. After Jameel it was Ahmed Adeeb who become the second Vice President of Abdulla Yameen, Adeeb is charged with terrorism and currently serving his time in jail. Yameen’s uncle Maumoon Abdul Qayoom is former president who ruled the Maldives for 30 years, helped Yameen become president, is now working with the opposition parties while his son is detained for allegations of bribery to topple the government. Continue reading “Is it really safe to visit Maldives during political unrest?”
Recently I was asked by some guests to arrange a trip to a sandbank and organize a wedding proposal. Initially the guests wanted to go sandbank in the afternoon, have the proposal done, watch sunset and have a lobster dinner before coming back. Guests booked a resort for their stay and this event was planned for 3rd day of their stay. There are many factors to be considered while arranging a wedding ceremony or proposal trip to the virgin nature of the Maldives.
Since guests were staying in a resort the organizer should check with resort if the allow third parties to go there and pick their guests. Usually this is very restricted in the Maldives, but in the recent years there has been changes to the strict policies and many resorts now allow it. Some resorts do put a charge on the guest. Technically it should not be a problem as tourists could leave the resort at any time they wish. Preventing guests to leave could technically mean they are kept hostage, that is absolutely illegal. In my case the resort charged US$100 to get boat access to the resort. Continue reading “Arranging Dinner On Maldives Sandbank Is Not Easy”