There is no competition when it comes to natural beauty. The diversity on Earth among people, places, cultures and languages add to the beauty of this planet. Every country has its own charm that sets it apart from other countries. The summer destinations across the globe have some similar characteristics like: being tropical, by the mighty blue ocean with hot tropical weather. St Lucia in the Caribbean and Maldives in South Asia more or less stand on similar grounds. Yet each of these island countries have their own distinct aura and feel. Let’s get analytical and dive into a not-so-comparative study of these two countries.
St Lucia is a small, quaint island country in eastern Caribbean. The current island formation is a result of the volcanic eruptions throughout the years, making the country’s geographical features unique. Surprisingly, the locals of this island regard the country as a woman and tourists often visit her for a winter holiday. The capital city of Castries is located in the northern part of the island. The grandeur of St. Lucia is unmatched as each side of her coast has something new to unravel. Explore the majestic Pitons or dive into the blue seas, St. Lucia always welcomes you with her warm embrace. The island has a mild and mellow atmosphere, the people have a softer approach towards everything.
The nation recognizes English as her official language plus the majority of the population also speaks Kweyol. For transactions in St Lucia, the most widely accepted currency is the East Caribbean Dollars and the US Dollars.
How to Get There
Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) located in Vieux Fort is the main gateway to St. Lucia
Places to visit in St. Lucia
Although the island might be small, all her coasts and her central region differ from each other. The scenic beauty of the island is quite versatile and hence can’t be boxed in one category.
The most iconic natural landmarks of St. Lucia are the Gros Piton and the Petit Piton. These two volcanic plugs inspired locals to brew a refreshing light beer named Piton. Choose to hike around this UNESCO World Heritage Site exploring its exotic flora and fauna or sail around in the shadows of the Pitons. Its significant size and its location by the sea makes it an epic place to go on a venture.
2. The Pigeon Island
Although the northern part of the island is a bit far from the airport and a bit tricky to access, if you get an opportunity to visit the Pigeon Islands, do take it. The beautiful island displays a perfect mix of its robust and fragile sides. The history of the place traces back to colonial times and contains ruins of Fort Rodney. While walking past the ruins and the cannons it will give you a glimpse of what it was like protecting the island in the 1700s. Witness the fragile sides of St Lucia as you dive into the crystal clear waters, strolling through the vibrant coral reefs and fishes.
By far the most famous town of St Lucia, Sourfriere is a small town situated at the base of Piton. Its name is derived from the evident smells of sulphur emitted by the volcanoes. The town square of Soufriere is the best place to engage with locals and get a deeper look into the island’s culture, history and lifestyle. There are beautiful cafes, restaurants and gift shops in the town area. If one wants to wander off in nature, there are Botanical Gardens, natural rainforest and gushing waterfalls surrounding the town.
The best time to visit St Lucia are the winter months of January and February. The unique aspect that sets St Lucia different from Maldives is that the island is a winter destination.
The creme de la creme of the Indian Ocean, vacation in Maldives is the most heavenly experience one could imagine. The country has more than 1000 islands out of which only a handful of 200 islands are inhabited. The 26 Atolls of Maldives hosts some of the world’s best luxurious hotels, resorts and water villas. This is where luxury is redefined with a gentle touch of nature. The capital city of Male is highly commercialised yet strives on sustainability and green practices. The unforgettable seaplane transfer Maldives is bound to leave you speechless with panoramic views of the mighty blue ocean, pristine white sand islands and lush green palm trees.
Since Maldives is one of the top summer destinations in the world, currency widely used for transactions is the local Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR), US Dollar, British Pound and Euro. The shopping malls and the restaurants often accept international credit cards as well. Make sure to convert your currency in the local currency at the airport for street shopping and local vendors.
How to Get There
Velana International Airport Male (MLE) is well connected to other countries.
Seaplane/boat/cruise transfer from Male to your desired island or destination.
Places to Visit in Maldives
1. Bioluminescent Beach
Maldives has one of the most unique nature’s wonders of bioluminescence. This unusual natural phenomenon makes the sea waters glow in a soft blue neon light at night. The sparkly waters under a starry night are some of things that one should definitely consider visiting. Have the most romantic night beach walk along with your loved ones enjoying this nature’s wonder in Maldives.
2. Male Atoll
A mandatory capital city visit of Male Atoll can always brighten up your Maldives itinerary. This stunning capital city is a hub for adventure, culture, cuisine and many more. One can engage in day tours, beach walks, cruises, skydiving, scuba diving and museum visits in Male. One of the most recommended places in Maldives are the exquisite cafes and underwater restaurants.
3. A Water Villa stay in Maldives
The accommodations in Maldives are well known for their world class amenities and services. Water Villas in Maldives is one of the most recommended places to stay due to its unique over-the-water architecture. It offers the tourists to get up close with marine life and snorkel through the coral reefs.
The best time to visit Maldives is between the months of November to April when the climate is not too harsh with mild temperatures and showers.