The Maldives is a sprawling nation of tiny islands scattered over the Indian Ocean.
Look at a map, and you’ll see that most of the islands are set out in rings. These are atolls – coral loops left over from long extinct, sunken volcanoes. And each of the atolls has a different name and speciality.
The cultural capital, Malé, dominates one atoll. Others are surf spots, some star pristine coral reefs and deep-sea caves, while others sit right on whale migration routes.
But how to get there? Catch a 14.5-hour flight from Melbourne Airport.
Flights can last anything from 14 hours 30 minutes to 45 hours. It all depends on your stopovers and final destination.
One of the shortest flights heads to Malé. It’s 14 hours 30 minutes long, including one stopover in Singapore.
Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Air India, Etihad, SriLankan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.
Some of the cheapest flight options include a combination of airlines, e.g. fly to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines, and then travel to the Maldives via Colombo with SriLankan Airlines.
Mega Maldives Airlines and Maldivian offer flights between the islands in the Maldives.
Are you staying at one of the island retreats? Most of the luxury hotels will arrange a private charter flight to their in-house jetty.
Over 10 flights from Melbourne to the Maldives jet off every day.
You’ll start in Melbourne Airport, AKA Tullamarine Airport.
Most flights head for Velana International Airport, aka Malé International Airport. But you could also head anywhere from Gan International Airport on the Addu Atoll to Fuvahmulah Airport on the Gnaviyani Atoll.
There aren’t any direct flights from Melbourne to the Maldives. The cheapest flights usually stop over at Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Colombo.
Book a flight from Melbourne to the Maldives to be whisked away to an island nation of sandy islands, lagoons and world-class scuba diving.
The Baa Atoll dishes up beaches with promising names such as Dolphin Beach, Turtle Beach and White Sandy Beach. Meanwhile, 5-star hotels deal out over-water villas and private reefs on the Noonu Atoll. And bright blue lagoons are the speciality of the Dhaalu Atoll.
The Maldivian capital, Malé, occupies the North Malé Atoll. It’s the most populated of all the cities, starring Crayola-bright buildings and the ancient Old Friday Mosque.
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