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Maldives Overview

The Maldives works as eye tonic for most journey-jaded of travellers landing up on the shores of this island heaven. Velvety white sands, balmy turquoise waters, a romance-filled milieu and tropical bliss - the Maldives may be small on size but it holds the bragging rights to call itself one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. Adventurers and honeymooners have taken to the island nation like fish to water! And why not! The 26 coral atolls offer world-class dive spots, and the presence of myriad luxury properties amidst the tropical greens ensure the love birds are guaranteed both seclusion and opulence. Of its more than 1200 islands floating across the Indian Ocean, only 200 are inhabited. This means a lot of exclusive and highly tempting remote retreats for people.

Top Destinations in Maldives

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, also known as Male International Airport, is where most international flights land at. The capital city Male is a bustling place with the feel and looks of a very urbane cosmopolitan hub. Of course, there are very obvious traces of small-town charm with beautiful, small markets and tidy streets. Within Male, people can look to explore top tourist-interest sites like National Museum, Grand Friday Mosque, Islamic Center and Hukuru Miski. Of course, the Maldives is most known for its beach frolics and oceanic exquisiteness. Addu Atoll is a hugely popular avenue among travellers spending money on air tickets for flying into the Maldives.

Flight Tickets to Maldives

With emergence of the Maldives as a premier Indian Ocean holiday destination, a number of airlines have started offering direct/indirect flights to Maldives from all corners of the globe. Hugely popular among European vacationers as a winter sun destination, the Maldives witnesses a great influx of British tourists during the months of December to March. To cater to the demand, a number of British and other carriers run flights to Male from the UK's largest airport, London Heathrow. Along with LHR, a number of carriers provide tickets on flights originating from London Gatwick. Some of the popular ones are Emirates, Qantas Airways and British Airways. Most of the Gatwick- Male flights operated by these airlines are multi-stop flights.

Maldives Quick Travel Facts

Geography: Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls. The chains stand about 400 kilometres south-west of India.

Capital: Male

Key Holiday Destinations: Male, Addu Atoll, Southern Atolls, etc.

Popular Airports: Ibrahim Nasir International Airport

Popular Airlines: Maldivian is the national airline of the Maldives

Language: Official language is Maldivian (Dhivehi). English is widely spoken and understood.

Time Zone: UTC +5

Popular Holidays: Sightseeing, Beach, Winter Sun, Culture and History, Adventure Sports, Shopping, Honeymoon

British High Commission: As per FCO, there is no British High Commission in Maldives. The British High Commission in Sri Lanka is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the United Kingdom and Maldives.
British High Commission
389, Bauddhaloka Mw, Colombo 7
Sri Lanka

Best Time to Visit Maldives

It rains almost throughout the year in the Maldives, albeit in varying degrees. The peak tourist season in the country is December to March, when there is abundant sunshine and huge tourist influx from Europe and Americas. Being a peak season, cheap deals on tickets to Maldives are not easy to come by during the period. It is important to book flights and hotels well in advance. Divers can plan a trip to the country during the months of April and November. It is during this period waters are most clear. However, this time of the year can be very wet.

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