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Maldives holidays

Maldives holidays deliver an experience of a lifetime with gorgeous tropical beaches and a fascinating underwater world to explore. Lying in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of over 1,000 coral islands so there's definitely one that can become your dream holiday destination.

Things to do in the Maldives

With its mile-long stretches of white sand beaches and a vast array of water sport activities, the Maldives is the ultimate destination for a beach break. The breathtaking views and idyllic beach coves make this a great location for a romantic retreat for couples, but there are many activities to make this a great, family-friendly location as well.

Explore an underwater world

Many Maldives holiday packages include diving and snorkelling opportunities. Rainbow-coloured tropical fish and rich coral walls just waited to be explored. Divers can swim alongside manta rays, turtles and even whale sharks.

Island nature

Nature lovers should visit the Eedhigali Kilhi and Kottey Protected Area on Hithadhoo. Nearly 30 species of exotic birds can be seen from viewing platforms.

Island hopping

Spend some time island hopping from your Maldives all inclusive holidays base. Dhiffushi provides a good introduction to typical island life while Kondey has four ancient Buddhist prayer mounds.

Experience a Bodu Beru performance

Many Maldives family holiday packages include a traditional Bodu Beru performance. These big drums are typical of Maldives musical culture.

Shopping

From Male's early morning fish markets to Himmafushi's souvenir shops, some shopping should be budgeted into your Maldives vacation cost. A typical souvenir could be a dolphin carved from local rosewood, a great way to reminisce about your Maldives holidays.

Nightlife

Apart from the mai resorts, Maldives is alcohol-free. The most popular drink is Coca-Cola. Made locally, it's the world's only version produced from desalinated saltwater.

Things to see in the Maldives

A fantastic destination for honeymooners, the Maldives is an appealing location for honeymooners and couples looking for a scenic and romantic retreat. But the islands have much to offer families as well, from stunning secluded beaches to exhilarating water sports, historical landmarks and cultural hotspots to explore.

Old Friday Mosque at Male

Dating from the late 17th-century, Male's Old Friday Mosque is intricately carved from coral stone.

Museums

The Maldives National Museum traces the archipelago's unique history while the small palace of Utheemu Ganduvaru was the 16th-century home of Maldivian national hero, Muhammad Thakurufaanu. Inside there are original wood carvings and swing beds.

Beaches

With its mile-long stretches of white sand beaches and a vast array of water sport activities, the Maldives is the ultimate destination for a beach break. The breathtaking views and idyllic beach coves make this a great location for a romantic retreat for couples, but there are many activities to make this a great, family-friendly location as well. Every island boasts long stretches of white beaches lapped by azure waters. Postcard-pretty Thoondu Beach is the only Maldives beach made of coral pebbles rather than grains. Many hotels such as the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa have private beaches.

How to get there

International visitors on Maldives holidays arrive through Velana International Airport, located on Hulhule Island, just across the water from Male. Most hotels and resorts provide private boats or aeroplanes for guests on Maldives resort packages. For the best prices browse our pages of Maldives flights.

Public transportation

Longer distances are covered by regular domestic flights, seaplane taxis or private charters. For short-distance island hopping, boats are the most economical choice. Most resorts have their own boats or even a seaplane.

Typical food and gastronomy 

Enjoy the staple island foods such as fish and seafood, coconuts, mangoes, yams, papayas and pineapples on Maldives holiday deals. Culinary influences from India, Arabia and Africa have introduced spices into traditional island cuisine. Hedhikaa or 'short eats' are common at lunchtime and include chilli-coated fish pieces or dough balls filled with spicy fish. More substantial dishes or 'long eats' mainly feature fish with rice.

What is the Best time of the year to visit the Maldives?

The different islands visited on cheap Maldives holidays have their own annual festivals. All islanders celebrate Huravee Day, held early in the new year. This commemorates the expulsion of the Malabars from India while the ending of Britain's influence is celebrated in July on Independence Day.

Weather & Climate 

The beautiful white sand beaches and crystal blue waters make this a popular summer destination, but the amazingly warm climate means the Maldives can be enjoyed during the winter months aswell! . The Maldives is tropical with temperatures remaining at around 30°C throughout the year. The heaviest monsoon period is from June to August.

Visas and other essential information

Holiday makers taking advantage of the best deals to the Maldives do not require a visa if their stay is for less than 30 days.

What language is spoken in the Maldives?

Although the official language is Dhivehi, English is widely spoken and understood.

Accommodation in the Maldives

Many luxurious all-inclusive resorts offer a Maldives tour package for couples, knowing the natural beauty is a great spot for romance. There are over 120 self-contained island resorts catering to different budgets and offering a variety of accommodation. Some bigger islands like Male and Ari have a choice of guesthouses and backpacker hotels, where Machchafushi boasts The Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa for a fully relaxing Maldive break. For the best deals book your flights and Maldives hotels at the same time.

Extra tips

he best way to 'go local' and get a taste of island life is on a liveaboard boat trip. As you cruise around the islands you will be entertained with traditional folk music while lunching on savoury and sweet snacks.

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