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FIYA Magazine by Villa Air: The Ultimate Guide to Bucket List Experiences in the Maldives

We're constantly looking for bucket-list experiences to explore in the sunny side of life.

A visit to the Maldives itself is a bucket-list experience for many. From honeymoons to anniversaries, the Maldives is one of the most romantic destinations to explore. The country, however, is not just for the lovebirds to explore. Maldives islands and resorts have the experience to create unforgettable memories for every type of traveller. Villa Air recently showcased some of the perfect bucket-list destinations to visit to craft your Maldives experience. In the latest Villa Air inflight magazine issue, travellers can read about experiences for friends, families, couples, and even solo travellers!

Exploring the Local Islands with FIYA Magazine

Although Maldives resorts are popular for their beautiful and luxurious villas, there is something uniquely beautiful about local islands. You’re getting a budget-friendly experience without compromising on the white sandy beaches, azure waters, or even the lush greenery. If anything, local islands bring a touch more culture and vibrancy. From the friendly islanders to exploring something unique to each island, local islands are their own unique experiences. Here are some of the beautiful destinations, as recommended by the magazine for travellers to explore:

  • Maafushi – This is truly one of the most popular local islands. Located near Male’ City, Maafushi is a vibrant island filled with art, culture and beautiful hotels to explore. While one side of the island feels more like a resort, travellers can also explore the local side!
  • Fehendhoo – Tucked away in Baa Atoll, Fehendhoo is the perfect place to explore crystal-clear waters. In addition to being extremely beautiful, this small island has some of the friendliest locals you could meet!
  • Dhigurah – Dhigurah features those beautiful powdery beaches we all dream of visiting. While you’re on this island, you can also book an excursion to amazing destinations like Hanifaru Bay!
  • Thulusdhoo – This island is a surfer’s dream destination! the laid-back vibes and amazing surfing spot make this destination a surf enthusiast’s paradise. If you’re a cat lover, Thulusdhoo also houses some of the most adorable cats you’ll meet in the Maldives.
  • Huraa – Huraa and Thulusdhoo are both located in close proximity to each other. So if you’re looking for an island hopping experience, a stay in Huraa and a day visit to Thulusdhoo will make for the perfect trip.
  • Gulhi – This small island is perfect for anyone looking for an island near Male’ that isn’t too packed with tourists. Gulhi is the perfect place to interact with some locals and enjoy peaceful days by the beach.

Every Traveller Must Have These Experiences!

If you’re looking to explore the most scenic islands of the Maldives you must visit Baa Atoll! The Atoll is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve homing to some of the most vibrant coral reefs and aquatic wonders of the world. If you watched ‘Love in the Maldives’ you already know a trip to Vaavu Atoll is a must. This one is for adventure travellers. From dolphin watching to shipwrecks, everything in Vaavu is an adventure. And as we all know, an Excursion is an absolute must. Whether you’re visiting a resort or a local island, try to book at least one excursion trip. It could be sunset dolphin watching, fishing or even island hopping. There is something quite magical about this experience.

Don’t Miss out on these Resort Experiences

If you’re looking for a romantic and unforgettable resort experience, book a stay at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll. This beautiful resort offers a beach bubble, perfect for creating lifelong memories. This intimate retreat setting feels like a glamping experience in the Maldives. Couples can enjoy the starlit nights of the Maldives and enjoy private beach dinners and breakfasts!

While you’re in the Maldives, book a romantic photoshoot with IM Studio. Whether you’re looking to create reels or capture the perfect picture, IM Studio elevates your experience. Go home with the perfect memories from your trip by booking with the amazing team that always delivers.

Whether you’re visiting Anantara, Soneva, CROSSROADS, SO/ Maldives or even Finolhu, don’t miss out on the overwater villa experience. A stay in an overwater villa in the Maldives is truly unique. You’re surrounded by the most beautiful waters and views one cannot forget!

If you’re taking a Villa Air flight to your next destination, dive into these bucket list experiences with the FIYA Magazine!

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Qatar Airways Introduces ‘Discover Doha by Air’ Tours

The destination management company for Qatar Airways, Discover Qatar has announced the launch of its exclusive air tour. ‘Discover Doha by Air’ is an endeavour that further builds on the magic of exploring Qatar. Discerning travellers are now presented with the opportunity to explore breathtaking landscapes and iconic landmarks from the comfort and convenience of a light aircraft.

‘Discover Doha by Air’ promises travellers an extraordinary fusion of adventure, thrill-seeking, and exploration. Each of the air tours is well-planned and prepared to comfortably accommodate eight passengers. Travellers are presented with an air-conditioned cabin of a Cessna 208 Caravan, a single-engine light turboprop utility aircraft, designed with large windows that are ideal for aerial viewing. The onboard headphones at Discover Doha by Air will allow travellers to clearly hear the pilot’s in-flight commentary during the experience.

The flight duration on the Discover Doha by Air experience is 45 minutes. The aircraft is set to take off from Doha International Airport Premium Terminal. From there, the flight will fly over Al Thumama Stadium, Aspire Zone and Education City. Then the flight will move towards Lusail Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium and Thakira Mangrove Forest. The journey continues to flybys over The Pearl Island, Al Safliya, Katara Cultural Village as well as West Bay.

Guests are invited to embark on an unforgettable journey around Doha’s skies, soaring above remarkable landscapes and cultural treasures, on the Cessna 208 Caravan. At Discover Qatar, we are continiously working to curate our offerings to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, saus the Senior Vice President of Discover Qatar – Steven Reynolds.

The first tour of the ‘Discover Doha by Air’ experience is scheduled for Thursday, 27th June 2024. Prices start at QAR 710 for adults and children over two years of age. Additionally, children under two years of age can fly free of charge as well.

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