Maldives travel facts

 

AS YOU APPROACH THE MALDIVES FROM THE AIR, YOU SENSE BEING ON THE WAY TO SOMETHING TRULY SPECIAL.

As far as the eye can see are small coral islands like pearls in the Indian Ocean. A tropical paradise with sun, crystal clear lagoons and snow-white beaches with gently swaying coconut palms. Birds in beautiful colors flying above the clearest sea imaginable. Colorful fish and plants make the Maldives one of the best places to dive and snorkel.

Maldives comprises of about 1,200 coral islands, of which 200 are inhabited. The southernmost part of the 750 kilometers long archipelago is crossing the Equator and consists of 26 atolls, which have arisen around volcanoes that have sunk in the sea.
There are 340,000 inhabitants in the Maldives, one-quarter of whom live in the capital, Male. The Maldivians primarily make a living by fishing, boat-building, agriculture and especially tourism.

To get to the islands, you must travel by boat or seaplane. On the islands, there is usually only a small hotel, built with great respect to its original natural surroundings. Most places you can walk around barefoot, and often, you can walk around the island in less than half an hour. 

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Flight time

How long does it take to get to the Maldives?


The flight time to the Maldives depends on your departure destination. From Europe, the flight time is typically between 10 - 16 hours. We always do our best to find the best routes from your preferred airport.


Transfer to the hotel is always included

Whether it being by boat or seaplane, transfer to the hotels is always included in our tailor-made holidays to the Maldives.

Maldives weather - when to go

We often get the question "when is the best time to visit Maldives?"


Maldives is a year-round holiday destination.

Maldives is a very attractive travel destination all year-round due to the islands' location outside the hurricane belt. It is also close to the equator, which means sunshine on most days, and an average temperature around 30 degrees, regardless of the season. The night temperatures are around 25-26 degrees.

The temperature varies little, and the heat is always very comfortable - and so is the temperature of the sea, which is almost always 28 degrees.


High-season in Maldives is from January to April , which are also the seasons with the least rain.

From May to December is when you can experience some rain. Although this is the rainy season, it rarely rains for more than a few hours a day. Even when it does rain, the temperature is still comfortably warm. No matter the season, you can expect an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine every day. This makes Maldives a great year-round destination for everyone who loves the sun and lovely beaches.

Climate month by month:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Air (°C) 30 30 31 32 31 31 30 30 30 30 30 30
Sea (°C) 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 27 27
Rainfall (mm) 92 22 58 108 224 162 145 189 208 228 230 198

Form of government
Republic

Area
298 km2. Stretching over 750 kilometers from north to south

Geography
Asia, Maldives lies in the Indian Ocean, just by the equator. The country comprises approximately 1,200 coral islands, located in 26 atolls. Only 220 islands are inhabited.

Highest point
2.4 meters above sea level, unnamed point on Wilingili Island in Senu, or Addu Atoll.

Population
340,000

Capital
Malé, 72,000 inhabitants

Language
The national language is Dhivehi. The English language is also widely spoken.

Religion
Islam

Currency
Rufiyaa

Most popular occupations
Tourism has become very important for the Maldives; it constitutes 20% of the country's gross domestic product. Fishing has become the second largest business; it represents a large part of the Maldivian exports.

The main attraction in the Maldives is without a doubt the white coral beaches and the crystal-clear water.

Maldives offers some of the best diving and snorkeling experiences in the world. You will be able to swim and dive among sea turtles, tropical fish and amazing coral formations. The archipelago is very popular among divers, including beginners and professionals.

If you like deep sea fishing, Maldives is one of the best places in the world.


Popular activities in Maldives:

Snorkeling and diving
Deep sea fishing
Water sports
Healt clubs and spas
Having dinner in gourmet restaurants