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With its countless islands, crystal-clear waters and palm-lined shores, the Maldives is one best beach destinations in the world. Away from the white sands, you’ll find a country with a rich culture, welcoming population and a verdant interior that rewards exploration.
Book your flights to Maldives today and discover this idyllic archipelago for yourself.
Peak season in the Maldives runs from December to April. Book flights to the Maldives during these months and you’ll experience warm temperatures, little rain and virtually wall-to-wall sunshine. As this is the most popular time to visit the islands, flights to the Maldives can be a little more expensive than at other times of the year. Make sure you book your flights well in advance.
If you’d prefer to have these pristine beaches all to yourself, book your Maldives flights between May and August. Although the temperatures are still warm, this is the monsoon season and heavy – but short-lived – downpours are common. If you decide to travel during this time, make sure you carry an umbrella wherever you go.
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If you’re staying in Male, you can continue your journey from Velana International Airport by taxi. If you’ve booked a hotel on one of the country’s many islands, you’ll need to catch a plane, sea taxi or boat to your final destination.
A number of airlines offer services connecting the UK with the Maldives, these include:
In the last few years, independent travel between islands in the Maldives has become a lot easier. In general, boats are the most affordable and accessible option for travelling between destinations. Some islands are linked by regular ferries, while charter boats and private hire boats are also available. Internal Maldives flights are available to some destinations and a number of resorts offer sea taxis to transport guests from the airport to their hotel.
With the London to Maldives flight time just over 12 hours, and Manchester to Maldives 13 and a half hours, it’s easy to see why thousands of Brits travel to this sun-soaked destination every year.
Although there aren’t any specific sights to see in the islands, the beaches, towns, cities and villages of the Maldives are its main attractions.
If you have time, spend a night or two in Male, before transferring to your hotel. Crammed onto a tiny island, this unique capital has a rich history and you can easily get lost in its winding streets. Visit the city’s market to try out your haggling skills and pick up some bargains.
Another must-see is the island of Maafushi. Badly hit by the 2004 tsunami, the island has rebuilt itself and today its colourful houses, idyllic beaches and welcoming guesthouses are popular with independent travellers and those looking to see a different side of the Maldives.
British passport holders can get a 30-day visa when they arrive in Male. The country is five hours ahead of the UK.
Be great to have some screens/in-set entertainment available for flights 4 hours+.
Thanks for Xmas dinner BA!
More information and clarity needed on arrival at the airport, I needed a transfer to maafushi, I got there but with the wrong people.