Explore the Maldives

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The spectacular Maldives is breathtaking paradise that consists of a double chain of 26 atolls in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Here, surrounded by deep blue water, flourishing coral reefs and powder white beaches, this destination is a utopia for sipping on delicious cocktails whilst lounging in a hammock or, for those slightly more active, exploring the many marvels the surrounding waters have to offer such as the vivid coral reef – just a stone’s throw away.

 

WHY VISIT?

  • Paradise on earth, that’s the best and the easiest phrase to describe Maldives
  • Maldives is considered one of best places for sun, sea and sad in the world.
  • Maldives is the lowest country in the world. Its ground level is averaged at 1.5 meters (4 feet 11 inches), and its highest point, a certain spot on the Vilingii Island, stands at 2.3 meters (7 feet 7 inches), is the lowest on the planet.
  • Experience exceptional sightings of dolphin and whales. You will have the opportunity to view anywhere from 1 500 to 2 500 individual whales and dolphins – at any given time of the year. There are 10 to 12 different species of whales and dolphins that call the coral reefs of the Maldives home.
  • Maldives population is just over 350,000 of Arian race and the people are considered one of friendliest people in the region.

CLIMATE

YEARROUND

The average temperature stays around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

Maldives has two distinct seasons; dry season (northeast monsoon) and wet season (southwest monsoon), with the former extending from January to March and the latter from mid-May to November.

 

FAST FACTS

Best Time to Travel                                                                                

The best time to visit is during the dry season (December to April)

before the wet season (south-western monsoon) hits in May to November.
Scuba divers and should visit in April when the waters are at their clearest.

 

Traveling with Children

This is a wonderful destination for children to experience.

 

Guest Safety

The Maldives is a very safe destination to visit. As with travelling to any foreign area, it is wise to keep your belongings close and guarded at all times and is advised that you check with your travel agent.

 

Flying to the Maldives

The main airlines flying in from Europe are the UK, German and Italian charter flights, which fly direct.

 

Language

English is widely spoken in the Maldives.

 

Currency 

USD

 

Wildlife

Excellent assortment of whale and dolphin species. Diverse marine life on coral reefs.

 

Geography

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With the highest point at approximate 8 feet above sea level, the Maldives is known as the lowest country in the world. Acting as a natural barrier against the sea and protecting them from the storms and high waves, each atoll is surrounded by a reef composed of coral debris and living coral. Some islands have its own reef, acting as home for countless colorful underwater life. Due to high levels of salt in the soil, vegetation is limited to a few plants near the beach. However, the limiting agricultural potential is supplemented by the abundance of marine life found in the sea, which make up about 99% of the Maldives.

Getting to the Maldives

Maldives_airport_The main airlines flying in from Europe are the UK, German & Italian charter flights which fly direct.

Main scheduled services from Europe are those airlines flying direct: Sri Lankan Airways out of Heathrow and British Airways out of Gatwick; and those flying via their main hub: Qatar Airways via Doha, Emirates via Dubai and Oman Airways via Muscat. Sri Lankan also have some flights via Colombo.

The Sri Lankan timetable changes throughout the year, so it is important to check whether the flight you are booked on is ‘non-stop’ ou not. From Asia there are flights from Singapore on Singapore Airlines, amongst others.

 

FLIGHTS

SCHEDULED FLIGHTS

Male International Airport is serviced by international flights from Europe, Middle East, Singapore, Sri Lanka and other regions. You will need to take a sea plane or a speed boat to reach your resort from Male Airport.
The trip can range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the location of your resort.
If you plan to stay at two different resorts that are not part of the same group, you will need to make your way back to Male Airport before being picked up by the other resort.

 

SHUTTLE/CHARTER FLIGHTS

Once you land into the airport in Male, you will be shuttled to your resort either by sea plane or a speed boat depending on what you have already opted for with your travel agent or resort.

 

Travel Advise

seaplanes_MaldivesMaldives is a wonderful destination to combine with the Cultural and Wildlife highlights of neighboring Sri Lanka OR a Tiger Safari in India.

While the high season Is between November to April, Maldives is an all year destination, with some great offers between April to September.

 

Currency

The currency accepted in Maldives is only USD.

 

Photography

Public computer access may not be available during your holiday. If you are shooting digital and plan to take a large number of photos, be sure to bring enough memory cards or your own computer equipment/image tank onto which you can download your pictures. Make sure your camera gear is properly protected from any potential rain or humidity. If you are using a point-and-shoot camera, store it in a heavy, zip-top plastic bag whenever not in use to protect it from the elements and to keep it in working order. Most hotels also have waterproof disposable camera’s to buy for underwater photography.

 

Passports and Visa requirementsvisaseal

Visitors to the Maldives do not require a visa prior to their arrival in the country.

A free 30 days tourist visa  will be issued to all bona-fide visitors upon arrival provided that they fulfill the  following conditions:

  • Should possess a passport with at least 6 months validity travel document (that is valid for the duration of the stay)
  • Should have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives
  • Should have enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or a confirmation of reservation in a tourist resort or a hotel

Honors Holidays will also email you a reservation confirmation letter for pax travelling, please simply show the letter to officer at the immigration counter.

 

What the Experts Say

  • Being a strict Islamic country, no alcohol is allowed to be carried into the country. You can only consume alcohol in your hotel.
  • Choose a resort that has good house reef.

FAQs

WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE IN MALDIVES?

Maldives is a chain of tiny Atolls. Each atoll has one property only. Most of the properties on these Atolls are luxurious and high-end resorts. Since there is nothing other than the resort you are staying in on the atoll, it is advisable to choose a property that has more than one restaurant as an option to eat. Also the restaurant standards must be high. You will not have a second option to try from.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MALDIVES?

So if you are looking for some extra hours of fun in the sun, then you should visit Maldives during the months of December to April, which are dry seasons. This is high time season for the resorts and hotels as they enjoy great demands at these times.

Visit Maldives during the winter season

The winters are pleasant with sunny weather and cool ambience. Christmas is the busiest and best time to visit Maldives. You can enjoy land sports like beach volleyball, board games, sauna and table tennis.

However, the time between May and November is also a best time to visit Maldives as the skies remains cloudy, humidity remains high and there are more chances of rainfall.

This is the best time for divers and snorkel-lovers to visit Maldives. As there is increased water clarity and better visibility for divers, so the water sports like jet-skiing, windsurfing, diving and snorkeling can give an amazing experience to all tourists in the Maldives.

IS MALDIVES A GOOD FAMILY DESTINATION?

Maldives is a great family destination, however most of the hotels do not allow children as it’s considered more as a romantic destination and honeymooners. So if you are planning on visiting Maldives please choose the right property that welcomes children.

ARE THERE SPECIAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS WHEN TRAVELLING TO MALDIVES?

Sunburn/sunstroke is not uncommon. The Maldives straddle the equator and the intensity of the sun is often underestimated. It is possible to suffer quite severe sunburn even when it is cloudy. It is therefore advised that a high factor sunscreen (at least factor 30) is used at all times. When snorkeling, it is sensible to ensure that all exposed areas are thoroughly coated with waterproof sunscreen, and the wearing of a T-shirt or rash vest is advised.

Dehydration can be another problem associated with the intense heat and humidity. Visitors should not underestimate the need for increased water intake during the day. Tap water on the islands is produced by a desalination process. Whilst it is safe to drink, many people do find it unpalatable. Bottled water is readily available, but is usually charged for.

IS THE TAP WATER SAFE TO DRINK?

Tap water is not safe to drink in Maldives but bottled mineral water is available in your hotel.

CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD?

Yes you can use your credit card in your hotel. Most credit cards are excepted in Maldives.

WHERE CAN I CHANGE CURRENCY?

The only place you can change money other than the airport is your hotel.

IS TIPPING EXPECTED AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?

Tipping is very common among travelers visiting the Maldives. Even if you don’t tip, you will not be discriminated against, as tipping is not compulsory. Taxis drivers are not tipped.