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Cheap flights to Maldives

The Republic of the Maldives or Maldive Islands prides itself as being on the sunny side of life, and for anyone that’s seen pictures of their white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, you can count on this Asian country to deliver on that promise. Consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, the Maldives lies south-west of India and Sri Lanka, and is home to just under 400,000 people. Dhivehi – a unique amalgamation of Hindi, Arabic and English words – is the main language spoken, and interestingly, the former British protectorate did not emerge on the tourism radar until the 1970s.

But the Maldives made up for lost time! Today, the country is one of the most highly-desired places to visit and a trip to the Maldives is sure to leave lasting memories.

Getting around

Flights into Maldives arrive at Malé International Airport, which is situated on Hulhulé Island. Flights arrive from India, Sri Lanka, Doha, Dubai, Singapore, Istanbul, and other major Southeast Asian airports, though there are also selected charters from Europe and international flights from Milan and 2-3 times weekly direct flights with British Airways.

How do you move around Maldives? Three options prevail: domestic flights, seaplanes, or boats. The seaplanes are operated by TMA, which is a quick and easy way to hop from one island to the next, but if you have time to spare and a smaller budget, consider one of the locally-run ferries of large dhoni boats (traditional Maldivian boats). Most of the larger resorts will arrange for private speedboat transfers, so you can check-in quickly and enjoy the most of your holiday.

Marvellous Malé

The capital, Malé, is the country’s most populated town and it’s also a port of call for many travellers to the Maldives. Don’t miss a visit to the National Museum to learn more about the islands’ rich history, or a peek at the Friday prayer rituals at the Grand Friday Mosque. Close by, Mulee-aage Palace or Muliaage Palace – once the ‘Official Residence of the President of the Maldives’ – is a grand example of the Maldive’s administrative past, and while you’re in the area, you can also stop by the Munnaru (Grand Minaret of Malé).

But don’t stay in Malé for too long – there’s so much of the Maldives to enjoy! Diving and snorkelling are popular activities here, and for the more adventurous, surfing is another option, although the waves are only suitable for more seasoned surfers. The best way to embark on any of these activities? Enquire directly with one of the many tour or service providers in the Maldives.

Resort-style luxury

The only hotels that you’ll find in the Maldives are in Malé. Elsewhere, it’s resorts, resorts, and more resorts. And, resort-style living doesn’t get more superlative than it does in the Maldives. Crystal clear waters beneath see-through flooring, underground restaurants with vaulted glass-ceilings and sealife swimming around you, and 5-star service are just some of the reasons why sunworshippers and honeymooners have the Maldives at the top of their travel destination list.

Top resorts include The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, which is located in the heart of the Baa Atoll, the only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in the country. Here, you can snorkel with turtles and manta rays in a natural lagoon, and enjoy unparalleled facilities that will making leaving seem impossible. Other key resorts include Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Baros Maldives, Cocoa Island Resort, Veligandu Island Resort, Soneva Gili Resort, and W Retreat & Spa on North Ari Atoll.

Whatever your pick, you can rest assured of top-notch accommodation and luxury from the get-go. The sunny side of life? No country does it better than the Maldives, for sure.

 

Best time to visit

Avoid the monsoon periods for the sunniest holiday possible. The high season (December to April) is also the driest and therefore, a popular time for visits. And, if you’re a diving or snorkelling enthusiast, January to April are the best months for clear waters and optimum visibility.

 

Did you know?

Visitors to Maldives do not require a visa to enter the country. As long as they have a valid passport, proof of onward travel, and enough funds to be self-sufficient during their stay, entry will be granted.

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