Maldives

The Maldives

"The 820 km long string of 1192 coral islands are unusually pristine."

Located to the west of Sri Lanka, the 26 natural atolls which make up the Maldives contain some 1192 coral islands, infinite sandbanks and reefs that stretch 820 km across the equator from north to south and 120 km east to west.

Spread over 90,000 square km of the Indian Ocean only 200 of the islands are inhabited and another 90 are resort islands, the majority being located north of the capital of Malé.  Most of the islands are less than 1 km square with land no higher than 2 meters above sea level.

The climate is tropical and has two significant seasons: the north-east monsoon from December to May is light and fairly dry while the south west monsoon from June to November occasionally brings brief downpours followed by sunshine.  The temperature ranges from mid 20’s to mid 30’s,  the highest being inApril and May.

The Maldives is famed for its rare underwater beauty and has some of the best dive sites in the world. Many of the resorts have excellent house reefs and just a short swim from the beach snorkellers too can experience some of the most incredible underwater life on our planet.

Located to the west of Sri Lanka, the 26 natural atolls which make up the Maldives contain some 1192 coral islands, infinite sandbanks and reefs that stretch 820 km across the equator from north to south and 120 km east to west.

 

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What To Know Before You Go
Getting Around The Maldives: Speedboats & Sea Planes

The climate is tropical and has two significant seasons: December to May is light and fairly dry while June to November occasionally brings brief downpours followed by sunshine. The temperature ranges from mid 20’s to mid 30’s, the highest being in April and May.

High Season is November to May.

Language: Dhivehi is the local language. English is widely spoken by Maldivian’s and in the resorts.

Currency: The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa. The US Dollar is commonly accepted as are major credit cards in the resorts.

Local Time: GMT + 5 hours. So that you may enjoy an additional hour of daylight, some resorts set their clocks to “Island Time”, 1 hour ahead of Male.

Business Hours: Generally 0900 to 1700 in the private sector. The weekend falls on Fri & Sat.

Mobiles & Laptops: Current technology and satellite links allow Maldives to have a sophisticated communications system. IDD facilities are available at resorts. Mobiles & Laptops usually work.

Electricity: 230-240 Volts -AC

Alcohol: Sorry, travellers are prohibited from taking alcohol into the Maldives however once at your resort there is an amazing choice of imported beers, wines and spirits.

Packing: The average year around temperature is a balmy 28 degrees. Dress is generally casual. In Male’, women should wear modest clothing. At the resorts, casual during the day and island chic for the evening. Shopping can be very limited so pack “everything” you will require for your escape to paradise. Luggage allowance on the Twin Otter seaplanes. is 25 kg per passenger. Soft and waterproof is preferable for journeys on seaplanes & speedboats.

Due to the geographical nature of the Maldives, 99% sea and just 1% land, transport is via speedboat and seaplane. Malé International Airport is on a separate island from the capital Malé. After collecting luggage and clearing customs, a seaplane or speedboat whisks you away. Paradise awaits.

Many of the newer resorts are accessed by seaplane which operate during daylight providing a spectacular view of the islands. Speedboat transfers are scheduled around international flights and service most of the resorts within a 30 to 50 minute transfer from Male. Private transfers are also available.