The Maldives appear like hundreds of pearls gently bobbing in the water, with soft white sands that effortlessly blend into the gleaming blue sea. Palm trees sway in the breeze, creating a sense of tranquillity unlike anywhere else, and hotels and resorts compete for the most luxurious and relaxing ways to pamper their guests. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a hotel without a spa in the Maldives! This glossy destination has held the top spot on many holiday wish lists for decades, and it won’t be budging any time soon. Quite simply, there’s nothing like holidays to the Maldives.
Language: Dhivehi/English widely spoken
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
English speaking: English widely spoken
Local Time: GMT+5
Airport name: Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Flight time: 12 - 14 Hours
Distance to city centre:
Transfer options: Transfers from the airport can be arranged when making your way through the booking process in the Extras section. However, to individual islands you may have to book a ferry or seaplane separately, depending on where you are staying in the Maldives.
The Maldives are all about connecting its visitors with the sea, and with such stunning shores, this really isn’t difficult to do. Whether you snorkel your way around the rainbows of coral, or take a guided diving trip, there are endless opportunities to discover the underwater world of the Maldives. Make sure you look into liveaboard cruises if you’re serious about diving during your stay, with many of the cruise ships visiting the top scuba diving spots in the area. Or, if you get a chance, accompany local fishermen on a deep-sea fishing trip and get an insight into the everyday lives of the islands’ peaceful community.
There are plenty of things to do above the Indian Ocean, too. As you arrive in the Maldives you’ll most likely be greeted at the airport in Male, and it’s here where your cultural experience begins. The thriving capital is densely populated and is often considered the throbbing heart of the archipelago. Whether you’re content with meandering around the tall and colourful buildings, immersing yourself in proceedings at the Grand Friday Mosque or fancy perusing rare exhibits in the National Museum – Male is where you’ll find the hive of activity during your holiday in the Maldives.
After days of relaxing and lazing in hammocks, all of which comes so naturally when you’re in such a heavenly location like the Maldives, it’s only right to get the adrenaline pumping again for an hour or two! Hop on a jet-ski safari and discover hidden coves and reefs on the way, or test your nerve with a parasailing experience or windsurfing lesson. Not only are water sports a fun activity for anyone to enjoy, they’re also a great way to take in the Maldives’ awe-inspiring scenery whilst you’re there. The perfect way to make the most of this island paradise!