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Escape to the picture-perfect Maldives

Flights to the Maldives whisk you away to a land famed for its breathtaking islands. Travellers from across the globe head here every year to experience this true slice of paradise.

A popular honeymoon destination, luxury wooden cabins float on the warm waters of the atoll, with stunning resorts housed on their own private islands.

Nearly 2,000 islands make up this tiny nation in the Indian Ocean. A tropical nature lover’s paradise, the coral reefs of the Maldives are a kaleidoscopic experience of colour and tranquillity.

Experienced divers and total beginners alike can enjoy this underwater world. Glide beneath the surface surrounded by a dazzling array of fish.

There are plenty of opportunities for watersports as you enjoy the year-round sunshine, while the capital Malé is filled with historic architecture and bustling fish stalls selling the fresh catch of the day.

Book flights to the Maldives today with Etihad Airways and begin planning your adventure in paradise.

What’s the weather like in the Maldives?

What’s the weather like in the Maldives?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

28°C

0cm

Feb

29°C

1cm

Mar

29°C

1cm

Apr

30°C

2cm

May

29°C

4cm

Jun

29°C

2cm

Jul

29°C

3cm

Aug

29°C

5cm

Sep

29°C

2cm

Oct

29°C

4cm

Nov

29°C

2cm

Dec

28°C

3cm

Each of the islands has its own microclimate, but generally, the Maldives is blessed with year-round sunshine and temperatures that remain in the high-20°Cs and don’t drop much lower at night.

The south-west monsoon brings bursts of wet and windy weather between May and October. Peak season for the Maldives is between December and April. Figures shown are for Malé.

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Malé (MLE)

All adventures to the Maldives begin in the capital Malé, the largest and most populated of the country’s islands. Your flight tickets to the Maldives will take you to Velana International Airport (MLE) located on Hulhulé Island.

A bridge connects Hulhulé to bustling Malé. Soak up the local’s friendly welcome and explore the vibrant architecture. Alternatively, travel onto your resort island via sea-plane or boat.

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Reasons to visit the Maldives

sea turtle swims under water in the indian ocean coral reef in maldives

Explore colourful coral cities

The atoll reefs of the Maldives are some of the most wonderfully diverse to be found anywhere in the world. Whether you’re a diving expert or novice snorkeller, there are diving tours appropriate for all levels of ability. From deep-sea wrecks to shallow coral nurseries, the warm waters around the Maldives are home to a whole host of colourful marine life.

See schools of fish dart among the coral maze, or glide with endangered turtles along the seabed. The Maldives also attracts some of the largest species in the ocean, with whale sharks and manta rays often passing through these waters.

villas on stilts in clear blue water in the maldives

Enjoy unrivalled luxury

When it comes to accommodation, the Maldives offers luxury hotels, welcoming resorts and boutique guesthouses to suit every kind of traveller.

Wake up to ocean views in one of the country’s famed overwater bungalows, pamper yourself at a beachside wellness spa or finish every day with a sunset meal right on the sand.

a diver swims with a whale shark in the maldives

Swim alongside graceful giants

Come face to face with whale sharks on a diving trip in the Maldives. These peaceful swimmers inhabit the warm waters of the Indian ocean year-round, though sightings are more common around October and November.

Growing up to 30-feet (1o metres) in length, these stunning filter feeders are the largest fish in the ocean. Swimming with these huge ocean dwellers is an unforgettable experience for any wildlife lover.

Things to know before you fly to the Maldives

currency Local currency

The currency in the Maldives is the Maldivian rufiyaa. It’s not widely available outside the country, so you may want to exchange your money when you arrive or use your bank card. However, many resorts will accept USD.

globe Languages spoken

Locals in the Maldives speak Dhivehi, the country’s official first language. In Malé and on many of the resort islands, you’ll find most people will speak and understand English.

socket Plugs

The Maldives typically uses three-pin British-style type G plugs. Some resorts can vary so it’s worth taking an international plug adaptor with you just in case.

meals Food

Seafood is very popular in the Maldives, with many restaurants serving up the catch-of-the-day along with spices, limes and grated coconuts.

Flying to the Maldives: FAQs

When is the best time to visit the Maldives?

The Maldives is a year-round destination, although the monsoon months are from May to October. The best time for diving is between January and April, when the sea is at its clearest. However, peak time for catching sight of graceful giants like manta rays and whale sharks falls around November.

Where should I fly to in the Maldives?

The Maldives has one international airport located on Hulhulé within the North Malé Atoll. Many of the resorts are located on their own islands and will usually offer chartered services by boat or seaplane to and from the international airport.

Can I access an ATM in the Maldives?

It’s worth noting that ATM and cash withdrawal facilities are only found in Malé and around the airport grounds. There are no ATMs on the resort islands. However, most resorts will accept card payments. It’s a good idea to have some cash available to pay for boat transfers and tips.

Why we love the Maldives

“You don’t have to be the strongest swimmer to enjoy diving and snorkelling in the Maldives. There are plenty of shallows to enjoy that aren’t deep at all but are still filled with plenty of amazing wildlife. If you’re lucky you might spot a manta ray or turtle.”

The best of the Maldives

In the Maldives, fantasy becomes reality. Is there an image that sums up this multi-island paradise better than a luxury bungalow on stilts, with your own private steps right into the warm, bluer-than-blue water?

Here, life slows right down. The softest sand in the world seems to suck the stress right out of your body, while the warm water beckons you to explore its reefs and vivacious fish and turtles.

Dine on your own spit of sand, dive deep or just enjoy international cuisine and service that’s famed throughout the world. Find out more about this incredible destination before you fly to the Maldives with Atlas magazine.

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