Scattered in the azure tropical waters of the Indian Ocean are some 1,200 coral islands, of outstanding natural beauty. This is the Maldives. Around 100 islands have been developed into resorts, all with the same concept of a single resort on each island. However, they differ greatly in their character and degree of development so choosing the right island is not always an easy task. Having personally stayed at over 60 resorts, we have the first-hand experience to help make this decision. The incredible beaches, vast marine life, easily accessible snorkeling and laid back island environment make the Maldives an ideal location for an unforgettable holiday. The climate is ideal too, with temperatures consistently between 26 and 32 degrees Celsius and a similar water temperature.
Located around 300 miles off the south west coast of India, the Maldives are a collection of around 1200 coral islands of which 200 are inhabited, about 110 have been developed into resorts and around 800 remain uninhabited. The Maldives are the ultimate paradise islands, one of those rare places that exceed your expectations. Beaches of white talcum powder sand, crystal clear water in every shade of blue and the most amazing display of marine life on the planet. It has long been favoured as a romantic Honeymoon destination but it is so much more than that. Many of our clients return year after year to enjoy a guaranteed dose of complete No News No Shoe'srelaxation mixed with fabulous diving and snorkeling. We strongly believe that the Maldives offer a perfect holiday for families too; a safe, clean environment for children to play, very easy access snorkeling to experience incredible marine life and easy going island life allowing the entire family to relax and enjoy a stress free holiday together. Our first Maldives holiday was with our two young boys aged four and six and was very special – we have been returning ever since. With personal experience of over sixty resorts, we are ideally placed to help you find your perfect island.
- Malè – the capital of the Maldives
- Fuvahmulah – in Gnyaviyani Atoll
- Hithadhoo - in South Province
- Kulhudhuffushi - in Haa Dhaalu Atholhu
Main International Airports:
- Velana International Airport, Malè – located on Hulhulè island
- Gan International Airport – located in Addu Atoll in the south of the Maldives
- + 9 regional domestic airports
Malè is the capital of the Maldives, located on its own small island opposite the international airport.
GMT + 05:00 although some resorts operate at GMT + 06:00
Around 10 hours
Rufiyaa, although most resorts use US$
230v, 50 Hz. Sockets type D & G
To experience idyllic, tropical island life, there is simply no better place than the Maldives. You'll find beaches of fine, white sand, turquoise lagoons and stunning marine life, which in many resorts is visible only a few metres from the shore. The accessibility of coral house reefs is one of the key factors which distinguish the Maldives from other marine rich areas in the world where snorkeling and diving can only be undertaken from a boat. Choose the right island and you can experience the coral reef and array of marine life including turtles and rays, literally a few metres from the shore. The number and variety of fish is simply amazing.
Every resort has a professional dive school offering a variety of diving excursions and courses. For beginners interested in becoming qualified divers, it is possible to complete a PADI or equivalent course during your stay. Introductory dives for children can be organised from age eight in some resorts. The Maldives is widely recognised as one of the top places in the world to dive. The Maldives is also a great place for Watersports and resorts will usually have a dedicated Watersports centre. Typically this will include windsurfing, kayaking and catamaran sailing. Some resorts are known for excellent surfing on nearby breaks.
Relaxation and pampering doesn't come any better than in the Maldives and you'll be spoilt for choice for accommodation options ranging from simple beach villas just a stone's throw from the shore, to mind blowing luxurious over water suites with every facility and gadget that you could dream of. Family friendly accommodation is also becoming more widely available with a growing number of resorts offering inter-connecting rooms or villas with two or more bedrooms. Virtually every resort now has a Spa to aid your relaxation – some of the more impressive are even underwater or suspended amidst the tree tops. The Maldives is a dream destination and whatever your reason for going, we're sure your expectations will be blown away..
The first Underwater Cabinet Meeting was held in the Maldives in 2009 to raise awareness of climate change.
Held annually on 26 July, celebrates the Maldives freedom from the British in 1965. Parades and festivities are held throughout the islands.
Parades held in Malè on 11 November to celebrate the day the Maldives became a republic for the second time in 1968.
Being a nation of predominantly Sunni Muslims, Ramadan is celebrated every year by fasting during daylight hours and shorter working hours. Resorts are rarely affected by Ramadan in the Maldives.
Eid immediately follows Ramadan and is a time of great feasting, lasting for around three days.
Ideally from December – April which is the dry season. However, prices are cheaper from May –November and you are unlikely to have a holiday ruined by continual bad weather. Rain tends to be in reasonably short, sharp bursts, often through the night.