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.
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Where to Go in 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 often a domestic flight and boat transfer).
Few places on earth can rival the Maldives for the beauty and variety of its coral reefs and unsurprisingly the vibrant marine life draws visitors from afar. The snorkelling is some of the best in the world and if you opt for a resort with a house reef you can explore the colourful underwater world directly from the beach! Most hotels also have professional drive schools offering introductory dives to internationally recognised diving qualifications for adults and children aged 10 and above (some offer the chance for younger children to try with 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.
The Maldives is a little slice of heaven for the whole family and there is truly something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a larger resort with a wealth of activities, from surfing to wakeboarding, canoeing to paddle boarding, or low-key, laid-back luxury we can help choose the right resort for you.
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When to go
Thanks to its location on 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.
Flights: BA and Virgin operate direct flights from Gatwick Airport to Malé International Airport on Hulhule Island several times a week with a journey time of around 10 hours (please note these may not operate outside of Winter) . Flights are also operated by Middle Eastern Airlines such as BA's Partners Qatar via Doha, Emirates flying via Dubai and Sri Lankan Airlines via Columbo making it easy to combine a stay in the Maldives with a stopover in Dubai or a tour of Sri Lanka. From Male airport you will need to take a take a sea plane or a speed boat to reach your chosen resort in which case, you should choose to arrive in the morning.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 610 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives
Time Zone: GMT+5
Capital City: Malé
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