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Yes, it is possible to get cheap flights to the Maldives. So if you want to travel to paradise on a budget, help is at hand. With the introduction of independent travel arriving in these islands, there’s never been a better time to grab a bargain Maldives flight. Whether you want to fly straight there or have a stopover, you've got plenty of flight deals to choose from.

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What you need to know before flying to the Maldives

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When is the cheapest time to fly to the Maldives?

January is usually the cheapest time to fly to the Maldives if you want good weather. You could fly in November for a very cheap deal, but this is also the islands' wettest month. If you're willing to take the risk, you’re likely to find last-minute bargain flights to the Maldives at this time of year.

The islands see a spike in tourism during June and August, so flights during this time will be expensive. But March is considered the best month for snorkelling as the winds are at their lowest. The best – and most expensive – time to fly to the Maldives is sometime between December and March. Prices will be at their highest then as well, so it's best to book in advance if you're planning to travel around this time.

When is the best time to book flights to the Maldives?

If you're planning to fly to the Maldives during peak season, you should book your flights at least six months in advance to get a good deal. Alternatively, if you want to visit in low season, you could snap up a last-minute bargain.

Which UK airports offer flights to the Maldives?

During peak season, you can find cheap flights to the Maldives from a range of UK airports. In addition to London Heathrow and London Gatwick, flights are available from the likes of Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Which airlines fly to the Maldives?

Only British Airways fly direct to the Maldives from the UK. But, if you don't mind having a stopover, you'll have plenty of airlines to choose from. Popular airlines offering flights to the Maldives include Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

Since there's only one international airport in the Maldives – Male International Airport (MLE) – on Hulhulé Island, all flights from the UK land here.

How long does it take to fly from the UK to the Maldives?

A direct flight from London to the Maldives takes just over 10 hours. But if you have a stopover, you can expect the journey to take at least 12 hours.

Why visit the Maldives?

Tranquil and pristine, the Maldives is 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.

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.

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.

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