There are no two ways about it – the Maldives is basically a synonym for paradise.
Groups of islands called atolls serve up spots of white sand topped with luxury hotels. Scuba diving is another big industry, with the coral islands dishing up generous helpings of fish, wrecks and caves.
To get to the resort islands, you’ve got to pass through Malé – the colourful capital city of the Maldives.
Travelling to Malé? From 12 hours long, including at least one stopover. A floatplane transfer to other islands could add anything from an hour to 5 hours to your journey time.
AirAsia X, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and SriLankan Airlines.
Maldivian, Trans Maldivian Airways and Mega Maldives Airlines offers flights from Malé to other islands.
Around 11 indirect flights take off a day, heading for Malé.
Perth Airport and Velana International Airport, AKA Malé International Airport.
Unfortunately, all flights from Perth to the Maldives include stopovers.
Book a flight from Perth to the Maldives, and you’ll be deposited on one of the most postcard-perfect island chains in the world.
The capital city, Malé, is the best starting point. You can browse must-sees like the Malé Friday Mosque, before heading off on a float plane to one of the resort islands.
The islands are spread over a good few hundred kilometres, so they’ve each got their own character. Some serve up millpond-still lagoons, others sidle up close to the best scuba diving spots, while others do a line in chilled-out surf shacks.
Wherever you go, you can expect a few things to stay the same – the otherworldly beaches and impossibly turquoise ocean.
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