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Holidays to the Maldives are very popular, and there is no wonder why! This tropical nation is comprised of an incredible archipelago of stunning islands with idyllic beaches, luxurious resorts, a wonderful array of water activities, and some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll see anywhere on the planet. Maldives holidays are particularly popular with honeymoon couples and travellers who want a relaxing break away from their everyday life. Although, plenty of families choose to travel to the Maldives as there are plenty of things to see and do for people of all ages. Those who enjoy water-based activities will be spoilt for choice with fun things to do.
Where is Maldives?
The Maldives are a group of islands situated near the equator in the north-central Indian Ocean. The nation is part of South Asia, and it is situated southwest of teardrop-shaped Sri Lanka and almost directly south of the subcontinent of India.
How many islands in the Maldives?
There are nearly 1,200 islands in the Maldives, in an array of different sizes and shapes. To be exact, there are 1,192 gorgeous islands, and they are in groups of 26 coral atolls. Of these islands, 200 have inhabitants with another 80 islands featuring tourist resorts. Just about every one of these islands has picture-perfect white sand and beautiful turquoise waters that make the Maldives such a breath-taking place to visit.
There are so many islands in the Maldives that each resort can have an island to itself. There’s something special about staying on a resort that is its own island – you are in a little glamorous world of your own and the outside world cannot intrude. Many islands with resorts feature rows of villas built out over the water to maximise the impact of this beautiful setting.
How long is the flight to the Maldives from the UK?
A direct flight from the UK to the Maldives will take between 10 and 11 hours, and if it’s an indirect flight it will take longer to get there. You will fly into the Male International Airport, and from there you will need to take a sea plane or a speed boat to reach your resort, this journey usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour and a half.
Do you need a visa for the Maldives?
If you are going on holidays to the Maldives, then your passport will need to be valid for at least one month. However, most airlines state that your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date you enter the Maldives. As far as arriving there goes, the good news is that you won’t need to apply for a visa beforehand as UK citizens will be granted a tourist visa that lasts for 30 days when going through immigration at the airport. For the latest entry requirements, please check the Maldives foreign travel advice on the UK Government website before you travel.
What language do they speak in the Maldives?
The national language of the Maldives is called Dhivehi. However, many Maldivians also speak English, so most travellers have no problems communicating with the people there. Many staff members at the big hotels and resorts also speak a number of other languages too, including German, French and Mandarin.
Is it safe to holiday in the Maldives?
In general, the Maldives is considered a safe place to travel, especially if you are staying in a resort. If you go on an excursion to the country’s capital Male, then you should take all the normal precautions you take when visiting a city. If you visit a public beach area then it would be wise to be sensible with your belongings and not leave them unattended. Crime levels in the Maldives tend to be low.
When to travel to the Maldives?
The Maldives is gloriously warm all year round. Being close to the equator, the temperature averages around 30 degrees most of the time and only gets a little cooler in the evening. The temperature of the water around the Maldives is around 25 to 30 degrees, which makes it very appealing for all kinds of water sports such as snorkelling, diving, swimming, and sailing.
The peak season to visit the Maldives is considered to be between December to April, when the weather is generally less windy and there is less rainfall. This is often the warmest time of the year too. Travel at other times of the year can be rewarding, however, as there may be special offers at some of the most luxurious resorts – and fewer tourists. The sea life also varies at different times of the year, and travel during the months of May to July, along with September to November, may mean there is some cloud and a bit of rain, but this doesn’t tend to last long and there is still plenty of sun.
What is the currency used in the Maldives?
The official currency of the Maldives is known as the rufiyaa. However, American dollars are often the currency used in the larger resorts and are widely accepted. The rufiyaa is seen most often in local shops and markets, although the USD, British Pounds and the Euro is widely accepted.
Book your trip to the Maldives with Away Holidays
There’s a great variety of Maldives holidays for you to choose from here at Away Holidays, including stunning luxury resorts such as the Siyam World Maldives and the Angsana Velavaru. There are also plenty of all-inclusive Maldives holidays and family-friendly options, and even romantic honeymoon hotels and dream wedding package holidays available to book at this beautiful destination. You can be sure that we only recommend the very best to help you not only enjoy your holiday of a lifetime, but to help you create incredible memories with friends, relatives or partners that will last forever.
So, whatever you’re looking for, and whatever your budget, we really do offer something for everyone. When you book a Maldives holiday with us, you can be sure of authentic choices, all backed up by amazing customer service. If you’d like to find out more, please get in contact with our friendly and expert customer service team today.