Cheap flights to Maldives
Flights to Maldives
The Maldives are like a necklace of coral islands floating in the stunning Indian Ocean. Luxurious and romantic, the soft white beaches are a haven for divers and honeymooners.
The most southerly island, Addu Atoll, is one of the best diving spots. Novice divers can take advantage of one of the many dive school on the islands. Divers with more experience, and courage, can visit Mushimasmingili Thila to swim with grey reef sharks in the Ari Atoll. Non-divers can have an equally unforgettable experience in a whale submarine to explore the underwater world without ever getting wet. Those into fishing will be in their element with snappers, barracuda and groupers all up for grabs.
Hulhumale town is a beautiful tranquil place to explore while the tiny capital, Male, boasts local workshops of beautifully made arts and crafts and lively markets selling delicious fresh produce. Away from the major resorts, Male is a window into real life in the Maldives. The 17th century mosques, the National Museum with its curious artefacts, the lush green Sultan’s Park and the lively and rather aromatic Fish Market are all worth exploring.
Anyone with the desire to live like Robinson Crusoe for a day (and a night) can escape to one of the Maldives’ uninhabited islands as part of an island hopping tour. A boat cruise on a wooden dhoni is both romantic and traditional, with food served and music played on board as it navigates the peaceful waters by sunset. Hop over to the island of Villigili to see locals enjoying a game of cricket or a picnic under the palms or take to the waves at Dhonveli for wet and wild windsurfing.
With luxury resorts, over-water bungalows, village home stays and dive hotels, everyone is catered for in the Maldives. A truer tropical paradise would be hard to find.
The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is located just 1.5 miles from Male on the island of Hulhule. The only way to reach Male is by seaplane or ferry. The ferry operates a 24 hour service which takes just 10 minutes. Taxis are then available for hire from the ferry terminal to Male.
What you need to know
Currency: The Maldivian Rufiya
Visas: UK nationals require a visa to enter the Maldives. A tourist visa valid for 3 days is obtained on arrival in the Maldives on presentation of a valid return ticket. Passports must be valid for a period of six months from the date of entry. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: There are very strong anti drugs laws on the Maldives with offences carrying severe penalties including life imprisonment. Respect local Islamic customs, traditions, dress codes and laws, particularly around religious holidays and holy sites. Alcohol may be bourght and consumed by those over 18 in hotels and resort restaurants and bars. As a Muslim country, no alcohol should be taken outside the resorts or drunk on the street in public. A smoking ban is in force in all indoor public places across the Maldives.
Best Time to Visit
With a year round tropical climate, the Maldives are wonderful to visit anytime. While the southwest can see more rain in June and July than other parts of the island, temperatures rarely drop below 25 degrees. Monsoons can occur from May to November with strong winds and rainfall but most are short and sharp eventually giving way to blue skies and tropical heat. December to April is the hottest period with the most tourists, visiting to escape the bleak UK winter.
To this deeply Islamic country, Ramadan is fervently adhered to and celebrated in August or September, depending on when it falls. National Day in February or March sees processions and parades throughout the island as does Independence Day in July, one of the most important days in the calendar. It is celebrated with food and dance and music. The best food of the year is reserved for Eid, when Ramadan ends and the eating begins – and usually lasts for at least three whole days! Fisherman’s Day is celebrated in December with markets and events that commemorate the importance of fishing to the people of the Maldives. Finally, December means one more thing; the Whale Shark. This spectacular creature of the sea is celebrated and at the same time awareness is raised of the importance of its conservation and of its significance to the South Ari Marine Protected Area.
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