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Castaway island paradise
The Maldives takes you to a world of private islands made up of footprint free, white sand beaches fringed with glistening azure waters. With one hotel per island, it’s the ideal holiday sanctuary for a romantic getaway, and many hotels offer activities and programmes for younger guests making it popular with families too. Water based adventurers flock to the clear, warm waters, which are home to stunning marine life, exotic coral reefs, and world class diving.
Holidaymakers will enjoy sipping cocktails from their own private sun deck and soaking up the Maldivian sunshine on powdery, soft sands, while adrenaline junkies can sample wakeboarding, windsurfing, or paragliding for an aerial view of the turquoise waters scattered with pristine jewel-like islands. Experience renowned Maldivian hospitality and exceptional cuisine inspired by Sri Lankan and Indian influences within upmarket eateries. Specialities include fresh seafood, in particular tuna, as well as coconut featured in an array of curry dishes and mouth watering desserts.
Holidays in the Maldives incorporate sunset cruises, dolphin spotting, and dive excursions, but for an insight into Maldivian culture and history, explore the capital of Male and its colourful markets. Admire the intricate carvings and stone work of the 350 year old Hukuru Misikiiy Mosque, before browsing the local handicraft shops featuring exquisite coral jewellery. Stop off for a refreshing coconut juice from the local vendors and watch the local fishing boats bobbing on the water.
11 day suggested trip
Flight time from the UK to the Maldives is approximately 10 hours.
The Maldives is a year-round destination, with temperatures around 30 degrees most of the time. December through to April are the driest months, making it the perfect time for those wanting to spend all day on the white sand. May to November brings the south-west monsoon, which means more rain - although it tends to clear fairly quickly. If you're diving, the western atolls will have the best visibility during the south-west monsoon, while the eastern atolls attract manta rays.
30-day tourist visas are available on arrival into the Maldives. The visa is free providing you have a return ticket home, and enough funds to cover your stay or a confirmation of hotel stay.
A 10% service tax is added to bills in most hotels, restaurants and bars. If a tip hasn’t been included, consider leaving 10-15%.
The official language of the Maldives is Dhivehi. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.
No vaccines are required or recommended for the Maldives, however all routine immunisations should be up to date. For full details, please contact your GP.