As winter sets
in, Oceania Cruises ships are making their way to warmer climates, and Riviera isn’t the only ship visiting
breathtaking beaches. Today Nautica is in Malé, Maldives, en
route to Cape Town on one of the more diverse itineraries offered, Lands of Grandeur. The voyage takes a
full month to explore from Dubai to Cape Town and everywhere in between.
The first and
most obvious thing to mention about the Maldives is the beaches. A renowned
vacation paradise, the Maldives is a chain of coral islands located on top of a
vast mountain range in the Indian Ocean. The weather is almost always perfect,
the water is as pristine as any in the world and the beaches are stunning.
There are a couple of “beach escape” shore excursions that will take you to
nearby island paradises. These are perfect for anyone interested in snorkeling
and swimming in perfectly crystal clear blue waters or lounging in a beach
chair amidst the beautiful scenery.
The Maldives is
mostly underwater so if you want to get a good look at the spectacular atolls,
you’ll want to spend some time under the surface. You can do so without even getting
wet if you explore in the comfort of the state-of-the-art submarine offered on
the shore excursion Explore the
Underwater World of the Maldives. You will descend 120 feet below sea level
where you will enjoy thrilling, panoramic, up-close views of the colorful coral
and exotic marine life.
If you are
interested in a deeper look at the culture and the history of this island
chain, there is a City of Malé Walking
Tour that explores the capital and some of its cultural and historic landmarks,
including the Grand Friday Mosque built by the Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar in
yen, there are plenty of options at this fabulous port.