Castaway island paradise
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.