Myself and Vincent would like to tell you a crystal water, blue sky and sunny weather story. A story from our friends family, who visited Maldives some time ago with their two kids. Well, one is more a teenager, than a kid. They spent 9 days in Maldives and loved it.
This is supposedly a honeymoon destination, our friends went about 14 years too late for that, and with two kids. Punks not dead! It’s fine to go with kids to Maldives. At least in their resort there weren’t that many honeymoon couples, actually. There was no special entertainment for kids, but hey, water that you can spend full day in, snorkeling and sand. And if you get bored, play board games with your kids! iPad is convenient for that. There are some resorts that have special “kid activities”, and there are others that explicitly do not allow kids. But overall, if your kids like water you should be good to go.
Where to go?
The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometres, making this one of the world's most dispersed countries. So picking where to go was tough. Our friends do not like hotel/resort type of holidays, so they were looking for more airbnb-style of resort. However, there was not much of that in Maldives. Picking a resort in Maldives mostly depends on your budget and other factors - whether you want to dive or snorkel, how much entertainment options you want, whether you’re bringing kids etc. etc. They wanted a smallish resort, that’s kinda “midrange” in terms of prices, has good reviews and has a decent house reef. Upon some searching, picked Gangehi kinda randomly. For a teenage kid, the resort marine biologist team was very interesting - both the lectures on sea creatures, and the ability to snorkel or dive with them. Their basic impressions on the resort were -
Good: nice, small, clean, good reef, nice beach area for small kids.
Neutral: food was a mixed bag (some very good, some meh).
When to go?
July is very much a non-season in Maldives – it’s the rain season, and the temperature is colder by a whopping 2 degrees! This leaves it at 31C in the day, and 28C in the night.:) The upside of going there off-season: fewer people around, and apparently prices somewhat lower. They lucked out in that almost all the rain was during the nights; over whole week got maybe 15 minutes of rain in the daytime.
How long does it take to go to Maldives?
For them it was a drive to Vilnius, 2.5hr flight to Istanbul, and an 8hr flight to Male, and from there a ~30 minute seaplane flight to the resort.
What to do in Maldives?
Just enjoy yourself, read, sleep, eat, do nothing! Splash in the water and walk around, watch an occasional bird, stingray or little shark, build castles made of sand, go on a boat trip to other island or to see dolphins and of course make pictures of everything. Oh and the sunsets were more than amazing...
How much does it cost to go to Maldives?
It costs about 10 000EUR for 4 people in total. Which makes 2500EUR for each person. Not a budget destination for sure, but I heard from many people that it is well worth it.
What would your recommend to others?
Spending 8-9 days in a single place is stretching it. The amount of photos they took make it sound like there’s a lot of things to do, but you can do all that in two days. If you’re really prepared for a “do nothing” style vacation, then it’s fine. If you are not used to that, do a whole trip shorter or split it up in two different islands, plus perhaps a two-day guesthouse stay at a local (non-resort) island for a change.
Thank you Aras, Aiste, Marta and Stela for sharing this travel experience!