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Maldives Travel & Holiday Packages

Made up of nearly 1,200 islands which lie in the warm waters of the Indian sub-continent, the Maldives is unlike any other destination! Come and experience what it has to offer for every type of traveller!

Welcome to Maldives! Our Maldives division was formerly known as Maldives Travel Connection, then in 2019 we amalgamated all of our brands under Entire Travel Group. We have been operating for more than 50 years, you can learn more on our About Us page.

Waters of the clearest blue caressing powdery white sand beaches, sunken gardens of unbelievably colourful marine flora, and water villas second to none when it comes to tropical luxury all combine to create the perfect island paradise that is the Maldives.

Consisting of 1,192 coral islands spread out across 26 ring-shaped atolls, the Maldives is an exotic necklace adorning the Indian Ocean and glistening in the equatorial sunshine. Mighty coral reefs teeming with marine life surround shallow blue lagoons that are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and water sports. Thanks to its unique geography and warm waters, the island nation is also a world class diving mecca where water lovers can get up close and personal with manta rays, sea turtles, reef sharks and over a thousand different kinds of fish, including the largest which are the whale sharks.

Renowned as one of the most romantic destinations in the world, the Maldives is home to extra luxurious resorts offering topflight amenities and unrivalled exclusivity. Every resort is nestled in its own private island and choosing where to stay can be a quite a challenge since there are over a hundred private island resorts—all of them a taste of heaven on earth. Let the specialist help you plan your dream holiday!

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When to visit

The Maldives enjoy a warm tropical climate year-round, with temperatures ranging between 23°C and 32°C. The high season runs from December to March, when the north-east monsoon brings drier weather and clear skies. During these months, humidity is slightly lower and there's a cooling sea breeze most days.

Unsurprisingly, Christmas and New Year are the most expensive time to travel. The south-west monsoon lasts from May to September. It’s wetter, with occasional strong winds but the downpours tend to be short—they’re usually over in 15 minutes—and the sun quickly reappears to dry the ground.

If you’re a keen diver, the marine life tends to be at its best from January to April. April is also considered a ‘shoulder’ period, and therefore prices are lower.

Seasonal surcharges, supplements, compulsory meals and/or transfers may apply during high season or at particular properties.

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Official language
Dhivehi
Local currency
Maldivian Rufiyaa
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Visa Information

Australian passport holders do not currently require a visa for a stay as a tourist of up to 30 days but must hold a passport with six months validity from date of entry to the Maldives. If you are a non-Australian passport holder, please check your visa requirements with the appropriate Embassy or Consular office.

About the Maldives

Known officially as the Republic of the Maldives, the sovereign archipelagic nation of the Maldives is positioned in the Indian Ocean on top of a vast underwater mountain range. It comprises 26 natural atolls categorised into 20 administrative divisions, and only 200 of its 1,192 islands are inhabited, 100 of which are resorts.

Incidentally, the Maldivian language has the distinct pleasure of contributing to the English the word “atoll”, which was derived from the Maldivian word “atholhu”. Channels of various sizes between the atolls are used for navigation. The pearl-string-like islands of the Maldives cover a land area of no less than 292 km2. These are all protected by a reef structure and encircled by a lagoon blessed with crystal clear waters where some of the world’s most exclusive and spectacular marine life is found.

Which Atoll to Visit?

The Maldives is made up of 26 Natural atoll and it can be hard to work out which one to visit!

Easy access - If you don’t wish to travel far when you land in Male International Airport then you may wish to stay in one of the many resorts located in the North & South Male Atolls. Its just a short speedboat transfer out to these Atolls, compared to the atolls requiring either domestic flights or seaplanes.

Swimming with Whale sharks – Swimming with the largest fish in the world is high on many peoples bucket lists and can be achieved by staying in the South Ari as Whale Sharks are year-round residents here.  

Baa Atoll – is the Maldives first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, offering infinite opportunities for snorkeling and diving in its 75 islands and 105 coral reefs. The gorgeous Hanifaru Bay is a famous breeding ground of manta rays!

Check out our Atolls section to find out more information on where to stay. Our Maldives Specialists are here to help and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Things to Do in Maldives

While Maldives is known for relaxing activities and majestic beaches, this island destination offers much more. Besides enjoying the serenity of the islands, you can try parasailing to get that adrenaline rush. You can also ride the fast tubes with your friends and family for laughs and splashes.

You can then pamper yourself after a day full of water activities by having a much-needed spa treatment in the many resorts in Maldives. Ask for the Balinese massage for a full-body and holistic experience, alongside a rejuvenating facial and mani-pedi.

While most resorts in Maldives have everything you need, you can visit neighbouring islands and mingle with the friendly locals. Here you can find small cafes, markets, mosques and beaches that are under the radar.
 

Must-visit Attractions in Maldives

Visit the best places with our Maldives holiday packages and create memories to last a lifetime.

For travellers seeking a holiday beyond luxurious resorts and five-star hotels, Maafushi is an ideal choice. This destination is popular for those on a budget while still providing captivating beaches, soothing waves and delectable cuisine. You’ll find lots of homey coffee shops near the shore.

Diving enthusiasts can’t miss going to the Banana Reef. This dive site in Maldives bursts with aquatic life, stretching from its crystalline shores to its coral reefs and deep waters. 
 

Best Time to Visit Maldives

Maldives is a tropical destination that enjoys warm temperatures between 23°C and 32°C all year round. Tourists can enjoy the cool sea breeze and clear skies during December to March when humidity is slightly lower. The weather from May to September gives solid winds and an occasional downpour of rain.

Christmas and New Year are the most desirable times to travel to Maldives. Enjoy the holidays as you’re surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
If you want to experience the country’s marine life at its best, book our Maldives holiday packages from January to April. Prices in April are also lower as it is considered a “shoulder” period.

Known Destinations in Maldives

Maldives is the perfect destination to enjoy the sun, have a digital detox and appreciate the world’s finest beaches and marine life.

Dive, snorkel and boat around the crystal clear waters of Alimatha Island. You can also play a friendly game of volleyball or frisbee on its sun-kissed beaches, making it a perfect destination for family trips and honeymoons.

HP Reef is one of the top-rated tourist attractions in Maldives that brings you closer to marine life. You can marvel at its thriving small fishes and spectrum of corals and underwater caves all year round. The sea here is bustling with the liveliness of the majestic aquatic ecosystem.

Apart from awe-inspiring sceneries and refreshing calm waters, Maldives also has an abundant supply of organic produce, such as bananas, coconuts and mangoes. Delight yourself in a hefty meal once you go to Biyadhoo Island. 
 

Best Hotels in Maldives

Our Maldives holiday deals let you check in to the best hotels in the country.

The Soneva Jani is located on an uninhabited five-island cluster in the Noonu Atoll. It is surrounded by pristine beaches, lush greenery and clear water lagoons. Each over-water villa has its own pool that opens to the lagoon stretch.

Reethi Faru, or “beautiful reef”, is a four-star resort with neighbouring white beaches and coconut groves. Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, a wide selection of activities and facilities and authentic Maldivian cuisine during your stay.

If you prefer having the option of a liveaboard cruise or resort stay, the Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa is for you. It is known for its diving and leisure activities and a stunning three liveaboard cruise that can cater to 20 guests at a time. 
 

Post Lockdown in Maldives

You can enjoy a typical holiday stay in Maldives thanks to the isolation of most hotels.

Maldives has reopened its borders since July 2020, except for Malé, the source of most coronavirus cases. Travellers must present proof of negative COVID-19 tests not more than four days before their arrival. They must also utilise the national contact tracing app TraceEkee during their stay. Masks are still mandatory in most places.
 

Flying to Maldives

Australian passports currently don’t require a visa for a 30-day stay but must be valid six months from entry in Maldives. The average flight time is approximately 16 hours and 20 minutes.

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Flying to Maldives

Flying to Maldives

The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, that spans across the equator. The country is comprised of 1192 islands that stretch along a length of 871 kilometers. Several daily flights operate from Velana International Airport to the 12 domestic and international airports in the country. Scheduled ferries also operate from Male’ to many of the atolls. Flights from Australia to the Maldives are usually via Singapore or Colombo (Sri Lanka).

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FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

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How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

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