OVERVIEW

The Maldives is a picturesque island nation in the Indian Ocean, a country famous for its natural beauty and highly popular as a tourist destination, particularly for weddings and honeymoons. Blessed with 1,192 pristine islands clustered in a double chain of 26 atolls, the Maldives is characterised by its unsullied white beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs rich with a colourful variety of marine life. Home to some of the best diving spots in the world, this island nation is also renowned for its luxury resorts and for the richness of its local culture.

There are so many adventurous or relaxing activities to do during a holiday in the Maldives, many of them available at the luxurious island resorts which pepper the archipelago. From snorkelling on the house reefs to scuba diving in some of the many incredible dive spots which can be found around the islands, the Maldives offers abundant opportunities to experience the wonder of the ocean. Experienced divers are sure to relish the chance to try challenging dives such as Kudarah Thila and the Kuredhoo Express, while remarkable places such as Manta Point are sure to be a draw for all divers. Then, too, visitors to the Maldives can take advantage of the variety of water sports on offer, which range from kayaking to catamaran sailing, banana boat riding and windsurfing, as well as exciting island-hopping excursions, sunset cruises and big game fishing trips.

Interested in learning more about the Maldives’ fascinating culture? Visit the atmospheric capital of Malé and sites such as the historic coral stone Hukuru Miskiiy, which is the oldest mosque in the Maldives, dating back to the 17th century. You can also learn more about the nation’s history from its National Museum. And if you’re interested in key events from the past, you could also pay a visit to the museum and library on the island of Utheemu, in the Haa Alifu Atoll, which is dedicated to the memory of the renowned Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu, who was born here and later rose to prominence when he and his brothers successfully overthrew Portuguese rule.

What is the currency in the Maldives?

The official currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian rufiyaa.

How long does it take to fly to the Maldives?

A non-stop British Airways flight from London’s Gatwick Airport to Malé International Airport lasts roughly 10 hours.

What is the time difference in the Maldives?

The Maldives is GMT +5 hours.

When is the best time to visit the Maldives?

If you want to have plenty of fun in bright golden sunshine it’s best to visit the Maldives between December and April, which is the dry season – but if you’re heading to the island nation to experience its remarkable scuba diving then the best time to go is between May and November as during this period water clarity and visibility are increased.

What language is spoken in the Maldives?

The official language of the Maldives is Divehi.

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Located on Dhonveli Island, the Cinnamon Dhonveli resort is a slice of paradise nestled amidst picturesque blue waters. Offering stunning accommodation and an abundance of activities and dining, there is something for everyone on this secluded tropical isle.

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For all-inclusive 4 star accommodation in a paradise-like setting look no further than Oblu by Atmosphere, situated on the Maldivian island of Helengeli.

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For a romantic adults-only getaway on a stunning Maldivian island, look no further than Centara Ras Fushi.

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If your fantasy holiday involves getting away from it all and relaxing on a breathtaking tropical island then Amari Havodda is the resort for you.

Climate

Maldives is blessed with scorching temperatures all year round with an overall average temperature of 29 degrees. March is the hottest month to visit the Maldives atolls, and April is not far off this feat. January is the coolest month with average temperatures of 27 degrees. You will get the most sunshine out of your holiday in February with 10 hours of sunshine daily, however September is the wettest month. Ocean lovers will love to visit the Maldives in April where the sea temperature averages 30 degrees.

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