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Maldives

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The Maldives, incorporating 1,200 low-lying, palm-fringed islands arranged over 20 atolls, represents the ultimate in ‘toe in the sand’ luxury: even the sea-plane pilots fly bare-foot! Viewed from above, this treasure trove of tiny land masses, sparkle like aquamarine teardrops against the deep blue lagoon backdrop which makes up over 99% of its territory.

Maldives

These are exciting times for visitors to the Maldives as more remote atolls are being opened to tourism. A ‘one island one resort’ concept is championed, with hotels accessed by speed boat or sea plane (and for more remote atolls, plane and boat) after your international flight lands in Male.

Few places on earth can rival the Maldives for the beauty and variety of its coral reefs and unsurprisingly the vibrant underwater marine life draws visitors from afar. All resorts have professional drive schools offering introductory dives to internationally recognised diving qualifications for adults and children age 8 plus (some offer the chance for children age 5 and above to try on diving equipment on the surface).

In addition to thousands of species of fish, manta rays, sharks, dolphins and turtles, the Maldives other above-the-water inhabitants include fruit bats, hermit crabs and herons.  This really is a wonderful destination for nature lovers.

 

when to go

Thanks to its location not far from the equator, visitors can enjoy year-round temperatures of approximately 30 degrees, with a small drop at night. May – September is the rainy season, but this is generally confined to bursts later in the day. The delightful temperature of the sea remains fairly constant around 28 degrees so that it is possible to dive without a wet suit.

climate

travel essentials

Flights: BA operate flights from Gatwick Airport to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (also known as Malé International Airport) on Hulhule Island several times a week with a journey time of around 10 hours. Whilst outbound flights are overnight, flights return during the day. Alternatively daily flights can be booked with Middle Eastern Airlines such as Emirates, flying via their hubs.

Time Zone: GMT+5 hours

Health: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives/health

FCO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives

where to stay in Maldives

  • Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

    Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Constance Halaveli

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Constance Moofushi

    Constance Moofushi

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Hideaway

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • JA Manafaru

    JA Manafaru

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Jumeirah Vittaveli

    Jumeirah Vittaveli

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Kanuhura

    Kanuhura

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Lux* South Ari Atoll

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Niyama Private Islands

    Niyama Private Islands

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • OBLU By Atmosphere At Helengeli Island

    OBLU By Atmosphere At Helengeli Island

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Six Senses Laamu

    Six Senses Laamu

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars
  • Soneva Fushi

    Soneva Fushi

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars

Maldives suggested itineraries

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