|Guraidhoo (Kaafu Atoll)||$586|
The Maldives are an archipelago situated in the Indian Ocean and consist of 1,192 islets of which 200 are inhabited. The capital and largest island is Malé near Hulhule Island which has the only international airport and where all overseas flights to the Maldives arrive. The beauty of the Maldives is unsurpassed with lush, green islands fringed by palms and white-sand beaches surrounded by aquamarine waters. It is a tropical haven for honeymooners, divers, snorkelers and sunseekers from all over the globe. The most-visited islands are Felidhoo, South Malé, North Malé and Ari with their luxurious resorts offering an array of amenities and activities. The Maldives are a popular holiday spot year round but from December to April is considered high season (dry season) as it characterised by the northeast monsoon, less humidity and slightly warmer temperatures. For those hoping to find cheap flights to the Maldives and discounted room rates you might be out of luck.
Divers take cheap flights to the the Maldives during the low season months of September, October and November as these months have the best visibility. Between March and October are the best months for surfing but not necessarily less busy tourist-wise as these months coincide with the European holiday season.
If you had to pick a time to book flights to the Maldives, then between May and November will offer reasonable prices, fewer people at resorts and ideal surf and diving conditions. You may encounter more rainfall but storms are usually over quickly and the temperature is a steady 27 – 28C day and night.
Flights from Sydney to the Maldives – 14 hrs 30 mins
Flights from Melbourne to the Maldives – 14 hrs 50 mins
Flights from Brisbane to the Maldives – 14 hrs 40 mins
Flights from Perth to the Maldives – 11 hrs 30 mins
Flights to the Maldives from Australia are operated by: Singapore Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Etihad, Emirates, Qatar and many other airlines. Flights involve at least one connection, with Singapore a popular stopover point. Once landed at Male Airport (MLE) there are seaplanes Trans Maldivian Airways or Maldivian Air Taxi to the island resorts.
Male International Airport (MLE) is located on Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll, near the capital island Male. There are speedboat transfers to Male city or an airport ferry which offers regular transfers. Check with your resort if complimentary transport is offered from the airport with your package holiday deal.
(prices quotes are from London)