With bright white sands, turquoise waters and ample diving and snorkelling opportunities, what’s not to love about the picture-perfect Maldives?
26 stunning atolls spread across the Indian Ocean with 1200 gem-like islands, each home to just one exclusive resort for ultimate solitude and seclusion. Whether you’re after an island getaway for that dream honeymoon, a breathtaking diving adventure to explore the stunning marine life and coral reefs or an all-inclusive resort with beautiful water villas and a luxury spa, the Maldives offers the ultimate escape.
Complete your dream holiday by combining your stay with another one of our dream destinations. Why not spend a night or two in Dubai before or after your Maldives holiday for a completely different experience? Or, soak up a bit of the culture and history of Sri Lanka before relaxing on the white Maldivian sands with a cocktail in hand.
The Maldives enjoys warm tropical weather and plenty of sunshine year round, but there’s less risk of rain from December to April. The hottest months of the year are March and April, when temperatures can reach 33°C.
If you want sunny days, clear blue skies, great diving, and little chance of rain, take your Maldives holiday between December and April. This is peak season, so there are plenty of activities on offer too.
There are two monsoon seasons in the Maldives – the northwest (summer) monsoon brings very little rain and wind from November to April, and the southwest (winter) monsoon brings occasional showers from May to October, mainly in June and July.View all hotels in Maldives
There are a number of carriers offering flights to the Maldives from the UK.
Direct Carriers: British Airways offer a direct seasonal service from the UK between October - March.
Indirect Carriers: Emirates and Qatar Airways offer an indirect service via Dubai or Doha. Sri Lankan offer a service via Columbo and Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi.
Departure Taxes: There is no departure tax when visiting the Maldives.
Ten to 15 percent is standard in most island resorts, as well as larger international style restaurants on Malé. Many resorts will add this service charge automatically. Tipping isn't expected in Malé's local cafés, although it would be a nice surprise.
No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to the Maldives. All travellers should be up to date on routine immunisations. Yellow fever and cholera vaccine immunisation are ony required if arriving from an infected country. For full details, please contact your GP.
The Maldives has modern primary health care facilities and most resort islands have a resident doctor and first-aid services, which are required by law. Non-serious medical issues can be dealt with by the health centres and hospitals located in the atolls.
British nationals require a tourist visa for stays of under 30 days.Please note your passport much be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into the Maldives. British Nationals can get a tourist visa for up to 30 days on arrival into the Maldives, provided you hold a valid onward or return ticket. For further information and advice on entry requirements please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives
The official currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa. The Rufiyaa is a closed currency, which means it is only available in the Maldives. Most people use US Dollars and credit cards while on holiday here, but you can buy local currency in your resort, as well as banks, hotels, and larger shops in Malé, the Maldives' capital.
Most prices are shown in US Dollars, which is the most commonly used currency in resorts. You won't need a lot of cash, as most things in your resort will be added to your bill to pay when you leave. Most resorts will accept UK credit and debit cards. If you need money on the go, you will find cash machines in Malé. Travellers cheques are no longer accepted in the Maldives.