Something for everyone
Tranquil and pristine, the Maldives are the picture-perfect image of tropical island bliss. Long the domain of happy couples clinking to their recent weddings, this chain of islands is part of a high-end holiday club. As a result, this tropical archipelago has more than its fair share of exclusive resorts, centred around enjoying the white sand and cyan waters in total luxury. In recent years, however, new regulations have allowed more independent accommodations to open. The result: hello, backpackers.
Sun, sea, sand and surf
If you’ve always thought that a glimpse of this earthly paradise was beyond your budget, think again. Compare flights to the Maldives with Netflights and start planning your ultimate holiday. These islands are a world-class surf destination with a gamut of sports available for adrenaline junkies. If you’ve ever wanted to go deep-sea diving or swim with whales and dolphins, this is your chance.
A city in paradise
For a dose of urban realism (yes, it does exist), then hang out in the capital, Male, for an afternoon. Head to the main market, where coconuts and bananas are traded or visit the fish market, the heart and soul of the city. Stop to admire the Old Friday Mosque, a beautiful building built in 1656 from intricately carved coral stone. To learn more about the history of the Maldives, explore the National Museum.
When to go
The best time to visit the Maldives is sometime between December and March. Peak tourist season takes place around Christmas and New Year’s. Prices will be at their highest then as well, so make sure to book at least two months in advance if you’re planning to travel around this time.
The shoulder season lasts from March to April. Prices start to drop right before the low season, which starts in May. The temperature starts to increase in May, and the weather becomes more unpredictable. Low season lasts until December with storms and heavy rains most likely during November, the main monsoon month. During these period, you’re likely to find last-minute bargain flights and holiday deals to the Maldives.
The islands see a spike in tourism during June and August. If you’re travelling to enjoy marine life, head to the western atolls at this time. March is considered the best month for snorkelling as the winds are at their lowest. You can always spot dolphins in the waters; for whale spotting, try to visit in February or March.
Airports and airlines
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There is only one international airport in the Maldives, Male International Airport, which is located on Hulhulé Island and is quite close to the capital, Male. Most flights from the United Kingdom (UK) are direct. British Airways is one of the most popular carriers. Sri Lankan Airways also offer direct UK-Maldives flights, although some may require a stopover in Colombo.
Other popular airlines that offer Maldives flights include Emirates, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Turkish Airlines, Air India, Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airlines. During peak season, flights depart from UK airports like Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow in addition to London Gatwick and London Heathrow.