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!
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.
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.
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.
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.