Welcome to Maldives

The sun-soaked archipelago that forms the Maldives is situated in the warm Indian Ocean, South West of Sri Lanka. The aptly named nation derived from Sanskrit mālā (garland) and dvīpa (island) is a double chain of 26 atolls that are strung across the equator.

 

The Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed nations with over 1,192 coral islands dotted along 180 kilometres. This unique setting is in the heart of Maldivian tourism, offering over 140 hotels, each self-contained on its own island.

Weather

The Maldives’ position on the equator gives it an all-year-round warm temperature that sits consistently between 25 C and 32 C.  The picture-perfect weather can be experienced throughout the year.

 

The Maldives experiences two seasons every year. It’s sunny and dry from December to April. And has a few showers in May to November, brought in by the South West trade winds. But the sun usually shines brightly for more than 7 hours of the day.

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Geography

The Maldives is made up of over 1,192 coral islands in 26 coralline atolls.  Islands on the outer ring of each atoll have a coral reef on one side of the island and a lagoon on the other side. The islands in the middle of the atoll tend to have a coral reef that covers the perimeter of the island.

 

It has 31 protected areas of marine biodiversity and the designated UNESCO biosphere reserve in Baa Atoll famous for its manta rays.

Useful Information

Location - In the Indian Ocean, west of Sri Lanka

Size - 300 square kilometres

Local time - GMT +5

Telephone code - +960

Visa - 30 day visa issued free on arrival for UK passport holders

 

Currency - Maldivian Rufiyaa, although US Dollars are also widely accepted

 

Tipping - Service charges are generally included in hotel and restaurant bills. Beyond this any gratuity is optional.

 

Vaccinations - None compulsory, please contact your doctor. As conditions can change quickly, please also check the current health requirements for the Maldives on gov.uk.

 

Flying time - Approximately 13 hours from the UK

 

Electricity - 220/240 volts, usually using the UK 3 pin plug

 

Language - English and Dhivehi

Properties

Lily Beach

Lily Beach

Budget Resort

Furaveri

Furaveri

Budget Resort

Diamonds Thudufushi

Diamonds Thudufushi

Budget Resort

Adaaran Heritance Aarah

Adaaran Heritance Aarah

Budget Resort

Paradise Island

Paradise Island

Budget Resort

Diamonds Athuruga

Diamonds Athuruga

Budget Resort

Westin

Westin

Luxury Resort

Hideaway Beach

Hideaway Beach

Luxury Resort

Huvafenfushi

Huvafenfushi

Luxury Resort

Ozen Life Maadhoo

Ozen Life Maadhoo

Luxury Resort

Sun Siyam Iru Veli

Sun Siyam Iru Veli

Luxury Resort

Seaside Finolhu

Seaside Finolhu

Luxury Resort

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

Luxury Resort

Emerald Maldives

Emerald Maldives

Luxury Resort

LTI Maafushivaru

LTI Maafushivaru

Luxury Resort

Gili Lankanfushi

Gili Lankanfushi

Premium Resort

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Premium Resort

Vakkaru

Vakkaru

Premium Resort

Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu

Budget Resort

Amari Havodda

Amari Havodda

Budget Resort

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Budget Resort

Fun Island

Fun Island

Budget Resort

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Budget Resort

Bandos

Bandos

Budget Resort

Sun Siyam Olhuveli

Sun Siyam Olhuveli

Budget Resort

Sun Siyam Vilu Reef

Sun Siyam Vilu Reef

Luxury Resort

Como Cocoa Island

Como Cocoa Island

Luxury Resort

Como Maalifushi

Como Maalifushi

Luxury Resort

Saii Lagoon

Saii Lagoon

Luxury Resort

Dhigufaru

Dhigufaru

Luxury Resort

Varu by Atmosphere

Varu by Atmosphere

Luxury Resort

Hard Rock Maldives

Hard Rock Maldives

Luxury Resort

You&Me Cocoon

You&Me Cocoon

Luxury Resort

JA Manafaru

JA Manafaru

Luxury Resort

Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria

Premium Resort

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

Premium Resort

Joali

Joali

Premium Resort

Reethi Beach

Reethi Beach

Budget Resort

Holiday Island

Holiday Island

Budget Resort

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

Budget Resort

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

Budget Resort

Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi

Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi

Budget Resort

Oblu Helengeli

Oblu Helengeli

Budget Resort

Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Budget Resort

Dhigali

Dhigali

Luxury Resort

Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi

Luxury Resort

Cocoon

Cocoon

Luxury Resort

Ozen Reserve Bolifushi

Ozen Reserve Bolifushi

Luxury Resort

Baros

Baros

Luxury Resort

Kurumba

Kurumba

Luxury Resort

Coco Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi

Luxury Resort

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon

Luxury Resort

Fairmont Maldives

Fairmont Maldives

Luxury Resort

Raffles

Raffles

Premium Resort

One&Only Reethi Rah

One&Only Reethi Rah

Premium Resort

Anantara Kihavah

Anantara Kihavah

Premium Resort

Sun Island

Sun Island

Budget Resort

Fushifaru

Fushifaru

Budget Resort

Mecure Maldives Kooddoo

Mecure Maldives Kooddoo

Budget Resort

Kudafushi Resort & Spa

Kudafushi Resort & Spa

Budget Resort

Kihaa

Kihaa

Budget Resort

Royal Island

Royal Island

Budget Resort

Ayada

Ayada

Luxury Resort

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli

Luxury Resort

Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani

Luxury Resort

The Standard

The Standard

Luxury Resort

Lux North

Lux North

Luxury Resort

Velassaru

Velassaru

Luxury Resort

Lux South

Lux South

Luxury Resort

Movenpick Resort Kuredhivaru

Movenpick Resort Kuredhivaru

Luxury Resort

Pullman Maldives

Pullman Maldives

Luxury Resort

W Hotel

W Hotel

Premium Resort

St. Regis Maldives

St. Regis Maldives

Premium Resort

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

Premium Resort

Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani

Premium Resort