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An aquatic paradise, holidays to the Maldives offer visitors the ultimate island hideaway with generally just one hotel per island. Enjoy a sense of pure escapism combined with barefoot luxury and boutique accommodation. A Maldives holiday is all about beachcombing, watersports and dining with the sand between your toes!
Each of these idyllic coral islands are small and intimate and offer a real sense of romance. These islands are your perfect destination to spend a dream Maldives honeymoon. Treat you and your partner to a luxury water villa or perhaps a suite with private plunge pool.
The Maldives are among the world’s top scuba diving destinations, with warm crystal clear waters teeming with colourful marine life including elusive oceanic giants, the manta ray and whale shark.
We offer a diverse collection of Maldives holidays, from exclusive spa retreats to larger luxury hotels with family-friendly facilities. Our collection also includes hotel resorts for those looking for luxury all inclusive Maldives holidays. Each island offers its own unique character and charm. Evening entertainment is generally very low-key and, although all hotels serve alcohol, you are prohibited from bringing alcohol into the Maldives.
The best weather tends to be from November through to April. May and June can be more unsettled, with higher rainfall and choppy sea conditions, although a day without sun in the Maldives is very rare!
The journey to most resorts will be by speedboat, although a few of the islands are serviced by seaplane during daylight hours.
If one destination is not enough you can combine your holiday to the Maldives with a breathtaking trip to India with one of our Multi Centre holidays.
Contact our Indian Ocean travel specialists for more information about your next holiday to these beautiful islands.
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A number of airlines fly to the Maldives, including Emirates and British Airways who operate flights daily to Male International Airport. The flight takes around 9 hours when flying from the UK and from here you can transfer by seaplane or boat to all of the island resorts.
Male International Airports - Olhuveli: 45 mins
Male International Airports - Cco Palm Dhuni Kolhu: 30 mins (seaplane)
Male International Airports - The Residence: 25 - 70 mins depending on transfer choice
Male International Airports - Six Sense Laamu: 50 mins
Male International Airports - Jumeirah Dhevanafushi: 70 mins (domestic flight and speedboat)
Things to See and Do in Maldives
The Maldives are made up of over 1000 islands, 200 of which are inhabitated, so there are plenty of places to explore and hidden treasures among the coves and greenery to discover.
- Witness the majestic whale sharks in their natural habitat, as well as manta rays and dolphins, on a wildlife watching tour.
- Watch the turtle eggs hatch on a number of the islands' beaches, particularly on Kuredu, where at certain times of the year you can accompany volunteers to the shore wheer they help the baby turtles get to the ocean.
- Over 2,000 species of fish, including clownfish, call the waters surrounding the Maldives home, head out on a snorkelling or diving excursion to see the colourful underwater community here.
- When the sun sets grab your fishing rod and head down to the ocean with an experienced fishing guide to see what underwater catch you can find.
- See the Maldives from the water on the back of a jet ski, throwing caution to the winds as you weave in and out of the islands.
- Get a birdseye view of this beautiful region and see areas not accessible by foot on a paragliding excursion.
- Head out on a couples surfing trip, adding some romance to the sport, surfing at sunset is both heart rate increasing and romantic!
Health and Safety in Maldives
The Maldives are a very safe set of islands with the most common safety issue here being diving related, however you should be aware of protests and demonstrations which take place especially in the capital of Male. We advise you check if there are demonstrations planned before travelling. Although petty crime does occur here in the markets and crowded tourist areas, simply keeping your valuables safe and on you at all times should eliminate any risk of this.
Food and Drink
The choice of food and drink on offer at many of the resorts and hotels is impressive, with most catering for all tastes and with varying menu and board options. However alcohol is forbidden outside of resorts for religious reasons and you cannot bring alcohol into the country.
Visas are issued on arrival and are valid for up to 30 days from date of issue.
We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for the Maldives before travelling. click here for the latest information from the foreign office.
The local currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR) and credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted on most of the islands.
220 - 240 Volts - adaptors can be purchased before travel or from your resort.
The most commonly spoken languages here are English and Dhivehi.
Customs and Public Holidays
Public holidays are similiar to the UK although they also include Muslim festivals. The working hours here 9am until 3pm and many shops, banks and offices close at this time.