IDYLLIC DESERT ISLAND GEMS
The Islands are all physically similar, just varying in size and reef accessibility. Islands which host local villages do not share with tourist developments, in an attempt to preserve the cultures of the indigenous peoples. While each resort island hosts only one resort. It is certainly possible to visit the local islands and most resorts offer trips to do so but we request that suitable clothing is worn out of respect for the culture.
The best flight options for The Maldives are utilising British Airways on direct flights from London Gatwick, with services thrice weekly, and then you can also travel via Dubai, Qatar or Sri Lanka with each of the these destinations making an excellent two-centre itinerary. Initially this may seem an effort as most of the journeys via these points require a change of aircraft in the small hours of the morning but it is an effort which is repaid the moment one steps foot on the sand of the chosen resort. Breaking the journey in one direction with your chosen “stopover” destination also rewards those seeking a bit more of a varied itinerary .
The vast majority of Maldivian resorts are reached from the capital city of Male by sea-plane, a journey that is exhilarating and part of the experience, whilst the resorts closest to Male can be reached by speedboat.
Care must be taken in selecting a Maldivian resort as, in many cases, rooms have been added to such an extent that there is little space left to escape to. Each island is flat and ringed by a continuous, palm fringed beach of white sand, lapped by crystal clear waters which stretch to the horizon while the interior of the less developed islands hosts tropical shrubs. Some islands have a ‘house reef’ close in, easily visited by snorkelling from the beach, while others require a boat to get to the corals with their shoals of teeming marine life.
The essence of a holiday in The Maldives is one of luxuriating on a glorious beach, living by the rhythms of nature and allowing the caress of the breeze to recharge the soul.
The Maldives are a group of tropical islands spread over a huge area of the Indian Ocean so there is are climatic differences from north to south. However, they are basically a year-round destination with a pleasant temperature in the late 20’s throughout the year and a great deal of sunshine. The weather is determined largely by the monsoons: the north-west monsoon from Dec-Apr is the driest and the south-west from May-Nov brings occasional showers and brief thunderstorms. Severe storms and prolonged periods of rain are rare. The highest temperatures and the highest levels of humidity occur during their summer months of November through March.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best months for sunshine are February to April, although in the winter months of May to October the temperatures remain very good. You will make significant financial savings between April and October and in our opinion this is still a good time as it is worth the risk of experiencing some showers as they tend to occur early morning or late afternoon. Scuba diving is superb year round but the best visibility is during the summer months, particularly from February to April. Families and honeymooners will find The Maldives a good option year round.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter The Maldives.