Is there anything like the Maldives?

Old Jan 11th, 2010, 09:26 AM
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Is there anything like the Maldives?

I have never been to the Maldives but the pictures are stunning. Is there anything in the Caribbean that comes close to the beauty of the Maldives?
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Old Jan 11th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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This was not posted by doodledog but rather her mother nancybaileylilly... sorry!
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No, nothing at all like the Maldives. The closest you could come would be some of the out-islands of the Bahamas or Turks & Caicos, but even they don't really compare.
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Old Jan 11th, 2010, 05:46 PM
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I'm lucky, I've been to Maldives. My all time, never changes, favorite islands in the world, like living in a postcard.

Doug is correct, while not like the Maldives, Turks and Caicos is also a favorite of mine (and Virginia's)for the following:

Bright turquoise water, gorgeous! Water's are similar to Maldives. Soft like talcolm powder sand.

Great snorkeling and scuba, although the types of fish are different at the different regions.

How they differ: T&C has miles long stretches of beaches with resorts lined up. It's ultra modren with wireless technology, cable and satelitte tvs with tons of channels, excellent restaurants in gorgeous settings. You can take excursions to other surroung T&C islands, each with it's own personality-some uninhabited.

Maldives, each resort is on it's own island, and there is nothing else on each island. It also has a Muslem background, with censorship on TV and restrictions on alcohol (Although they are allowed at most of the resorts.) You can take day trips to other surrounding islands, each with it's own personality.

Actually, Parrot Cay is similar to Maldives, only without the palm trees. It's on it's own island, and owns the entire island. There are some beach villas with private plunge pools that truly reminded me of Maldives at times.
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I have friends who travel the world and who, like me, are big fans of the Maldives. They visit tropical paradises around the world and their postcards always say the same thing: 'Bora Bora/Tahiti/Turks & Cacos/Virgin Islands/etc. are amazing...but they're not the Maldives!'

The Maldives are indeed unique for their diminutive size and their shallow atolls (among the top 10 dive destinations in the world, but probably the #1 snorkeling destination in the world).

That said, it is hard to say whether they are worth the round the world trip for regular vacations. The Asians' tropical destination tends to be the South Pacific, the North Americans' is the Caribbean and the Europeans is the Indian Ocean. The Maldives are indeed distinctive, but whether they are more distinctive enough to merit the extra 12 hours of flying for an American is hard to weigh.

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