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Maldives Holidays

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Make tracks for the Maldives

Located in the serene Indian Ocean, just 200 miles north of the equator, the Maldives is a true bucket-list destination. It’s formed of 26 atolls and almost 1,200 islands, and is everything you imagine it to be. Think powdery white sand, tropical coral reefs, and tranquil resorts surrounded by turquoise water.

All this combines to create one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. With its picture-perfect beaches and five-star resorts, it's unsurprising that the Maldives has become a haven for honeymooners, searching for a luxurious week of uninterrupted isolation. But holidays to the Maldives aren't just reserved for couples. Families will also love the top-notch accommodation, incredible marine life and huge range of watersports. Plus, on your Maldives holiday, you can be as active or as laidback as you like. Explore the corals in a glass-bottomed kayak, or take scuba lessons at an official PADI dive centre and swim among sea turtles. Or simply enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa before unwinding on the beach – cocktail in hand – as you watch the sun sink below the horizon.

Fishing, golfing and surfing are others things you can get up to on a Maldives holiday. Or, if you fancy a spot of culture, you can listen to local music during a bodu beru performance. Even getting to your accommodation is a thrilling experience in the Maldives. After landing in the capital Malé, you’ll have to board either a speedboat or a seaplane to transfer to your island escape.

Because most resorts in the Maldives have their own private island, you’ll find they vary somewhat in terms of size and facilities. But whether you're looking for a luxury overwater villa, a romantic hideaway or a family-friendly hotel, our experts can help plan the Maldives holiday that’s right for you.

Honeymoons

Family holidays

Diving & snorkelling

Best time to go

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Maldives honeymoons

It’s not hard to see why the Maldives is a top honeymoon destination. These tranquil islands provide the perfect antidote to the stress of wedding planning. Plus, the quality of amenities and service is famously high, meaning a Maldives honeymoon offers the ultimate in away-from-it-all luxury.

Mornings are best spent barefoot on secluded beachfronts, punctuated by refreshing dips in the sea. Return for a leisurely breakfast before hitting the spa for a couples’ massage, or simply hide away in your honeymoon suite. Spend your afternoons snorkelling on the reef, or practising yoga on the sand, before boarding a traditional dhow boat and sipping Champagne on a romantic sunset cruise.

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Dining in the Maldives is an equally fine affair. Things tend to kick off with early cocktail receptions. You can then eat at any of your resort’s restaurants – there will no doubt be several to choose from – or head down to the beach for an intimate candlelit dinner under the stars.

If you’re keen to kick off married life in the remoteness of the Indian Ocean, take a look at our Maldives honeymoon packages.

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Maldives family holidays

The Maldives is widely thought of as a honeymoon destination, but it also has a lot to offer when it comes to family holidays. While there are a number of adults-only resorts in the Maldives, there are plenty of child-friendly ones too. Most feature kids’ clubs for different age groups. They also offer a wide range of activities which can include anything from cookery, archery and arts and crafts to video games, treasure hunts and fish feeding. Then, of course, there are the watersports. Besides snorkelling and diving, Maldives family holidays will likely involve kayaking, paddle-boarding, jet skiing or parasailing. Some resorts will even offer dolphin-watching tours.

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Kids old and young will be blown away by the incredible underwater world that lies just offshore. As an ocean-locked country, the Maldives is home to an incredible diversity of marine life. Just imagine the shrieks of joy when someone catches sight of a reef shark or turtle, or possibly a manta ray. And the beaches are no less impressive. Lapped by some of the bluest water you’re ever likely to see, the powdery white sand is the perfect place to build sand castles with little ones or to play beach volleyball with slightly older kids. Take a look at our Maldives family holidays.

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Maldives diving and snorkelling

The Maldives is widely considered one of the best places in the world for diving on account of its warm waters, underwater visibility and spectacular array of marine life. Many islands have their own house reefs, directly accessible from the beach, although most resorts also offer boat trips to sites further afield.

Deep waters are home to moray eels, eagle rays, various types of turtle, and a wide range of sharks. Reef sharks, nurse sharks and lemon sharks are all common, as are tiger sharks in Gnaviyani and Ari Atoll. And if you head to Rasdhoo Madivaru – aka Hammerhead Point – you might even be lucky enough to see a school of hammerheads.

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Complicated ecosystems thrive on the ebb and flow of nutrients that follow water networks between islands. At certain times of year, the water coming from the Indian Ocean to the lagoons is full of plankton, which attracts manta rays and rare whale sharks – the world’s biggest fish. Although December to March is when visibility is best, June to November is when most large fish come into the channels to feed and be cleaned by smaller creatures. It’s quite an incredible spectacle, and something to consider when planning your Maldives holiday. Dhidhdhoo Beyru in the South Ari Atoll and Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll are two of the best sites to see these gentle giants. 

If you’re more into snorkelling than diving, you’ll still be in for a visual treat. In shallow lagoons you’ll see shoals of fish, sea anemones and itsy hermit crabs amongst the coral. And because of the way water absorbs light, colours appear more intense when you’re closer to the surface. Find out more about our Maldives diving holidays.

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Best time to visit the Maldives

The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons which vary little in terms of temperature. It consistently ranges between 24-31oC, and there’s an average of eight hours of sunshine a day throughout the year. Even the water temperature rarely falls below 25oC.

Most people consider the dry season, which runs from December to April, to be the best time to visit the Maldives. During these months, there’s little chance of wind or rain, and great visibility for diving and snorkelling. However, there are other things to consider. The dry season is also peak season, so holidays to the Maldives are more expensive at this time – particularly over Christmas, New Year and Easter, when some resorts have minimum stays.

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And while the southwest monsoon brings rain from May to November, it creates the best waves for surfing. Divers may also want to think about visiting during the wet season. Although visibility is reduced during these months because of plankton in the water, there’s a higher chance of spotting big fish like manta rays and whale sharks. And because the wet season is the Maldives’ low season, you’re more likely to score low rates on accommodation.

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Essential Information

  • Visa: 30-day visa granted on arrival
  • Language: Dhivehi
  • Currency: Rufiyaa
  • Time difference: GMT + 5hours
  • Flight duration from London: 10 hours direct to Malé
  • Capital city: Malé
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Honeymoons

Maldives honeymoons

It’s not hard to see why the Maldives is a top honeymoon destination. These tranquil islands provide the perfect antidote to the stress of wedding planning. Plus, the quality of amenities and service is famously high, meaning a Maldives honeymoon offers the ultimate in away-from-it-all luxury.

Mornings are best spent barefoot on secluded beachfronts, punctuated by refreshing dips in the sea. Return for a leisurely breakfast before hitting the spa for a couples’ massage, or simply hide away in your honeymoon suite. Spend your afternoons snorkelling on the reef, or practising yoga on the sand, before boarding a traditional dhow boat and sipping Champagne on a romantic sunset cruise.

Show More
Show Less

Dining in the Maldives is an equally fine affair. Things tend to kick off with early cocktail receptions. You can then eat at any of your resort’s restaurants – there will no doubt be several to choose from – or head down to the beach for an intimate candlelit dinner under the stars.

If you’re keen to kick off married life in the remoteness of the Indian Ocean, take a look at our Maldives honeymoon packages.

Show More
Show Less

Family holidays

Maldives family holidays

The Maldives is widely thought of as a honeymoon destination, but it also has a lot to offer when it comes to family holidays. While there are a number of adults-only resorts in the Maldives, there are plenty of child-friendly ones too. Most feature kids’ clubs for different age groups. They also offer a wide range of activities which can include anything from cookery, archery and arts and crafts to video games, treasure hunts and fish feeding. Then, of course, there are the watersports. Besides snorkelling and diving, Maldives family holidays will likely involve kayaking, paddle-boarding, jet skiing or parasailing. Some resorts will even offer dolphin-watching tours.

Show More
Show Less

Kids old and young will be blown away by the incredible underwater world that lies just offshore. As an ocean-locked country, the Maldives is home to an incredible diversity of marine life. Just imagine the shrieks of joy when someone catches sight of a reef shark or turtle, or possibly a manta ray. And the beaches are no less impressive. Lapped by some of the bluest water you’re ever likely to see, the powdery white sand is the perfect place to build sand castles with little ones or to play beach volleyball with slightly older kids. Take a look at our Maldives family holidays.

Show More
Show Less

Diving & snorkelling

Maldives diving and snorkelling

The Maldives is widely considered one of the best places in the world for diving on account of its warm waters, underwater visibility and spectacular array of marine life. Many islands have their own house reefs, directly accessible from the beach, although most resorts also offer boat trips to sites further afield.

Deep waters are home to moray eels, eagle rays, various types of turtle, and a wide range of sharks. Reef sharks, nurse sharks and lemon sharks are all common, as are tiger sharks in Gnaviyani and Ari Atoll. And if you head to Rasdhoo Madivaru – aka Hammerhead Point – you might even be lucky enough to see a school of hammerheads.

Show More
Show Less

Complicated ecosystems thrive on the ebb and flow of nutrients that follow water networks between islands. At certain times of year, the water coming from the Indian Ocean to the lagoons is full of plankton, which attracts manta rays and rare whale sharks – the world’s biggest fish. Although December to March is when visibility is best, June to November is when most large fish come into the channels to feed and be cleaned by smaller creatures. It’s quite an incredible spectacle, and something to consider when planning your Maldives holiday. Dhidhdhoo Beyru in the South Ari Atoll and Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll are two of the best sites to see these gentle giants. 

If you’re more into snorkelling than diving, you’ll still be in for a visual treat. In shallow lagoons you’ll see shoals of fish, sea anemones and itsy hermit crabs amongst the coral. And because of the way water absorbs light, colours appear more intense when you’re closer to the surface. Find out more about our Maldives diving holidays.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit the Maldives

The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons which vary little in terms of temperature. It consistently ranges between 24-31oC, and there’s an average of eight hours of sunshine a day throughout the year. Even the water temperature rarely falls below 25oC.

Most people consider the dry season, which runs from December to April, to be the best time to visit the Maldives. During these months, there’s little chance of wind or rain, and great visibility for diving and snorkelling. However, there are other things to consider. The dry season is also peak season, so holidays to the Maldives are more expensive at this time – particularly over Christmas, New Year and Easter, when some resorts have minimum stays.

Show More
Show Less

And while the southwest monsoon brings rain from May to November, it creates the best waves for surfing. Divers may also want to think about visiting during the wet season. Although visibility is reduced during these months because of plankton in the water, there’s a higher chance of spotting big fish like manta rays and whale sharks. And because the wet season is the Maldives’ low season, you’re more likely to score low rates on accommodation.

Show More
Show Less

Essential Info

Essential Information

  • Visa: 30-day visa granted on arrival
  • Language: Dhivehi
  • Currency: Rufiyaa
  • Time difference: GMT + 5hours
  • Flight duration from London: 10 hours direct to Malé
  • Capital city: Malé
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