The Maldives is a tropical island nation that stretches out in the Indian Ocean south of India. Islands gather in rings – called atolls – that were once the rims of ancient volcanoes that now lie below sea level.
Flights from Sydney head for the capital city, Malé. Tropical-hued buildings and historic mosques hide between the skyscrapers here. And the jetties are launch pads for many of the seaplanes that propel you to one of the 1,200-plus paradisal islands.
Trips to Malé, the capital, last 14 hours each way, including a stopover. Travelling on to one of the resort islands? Just hop on a short inter-island flight.
Singapore Airlines offers the shortest flight time to Malé. You could also travel with AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines – or a combination of a few.
The airline Maldivian lines up flights between the islands of the Maldives, plus Trans Maldivian Airways has the largest fleet of seaplanes in the world on hand.
There’s a huge range of flights from Sydney to the Maldives, with up to 11 planes leaving each day. And flights from the capital city, Malé, to the islands jet off all day every day.
Most people will fly from Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport to Velana International Airport, AKA Malé International Airport.
There aren’t any direct flights from Sydney to the Maldives.
For many, the Maldives are the couples’ beach destination du jour.
The Baa Atoll is a great starting point. White beaches, coconut palms and miles of offshore reefs are all present and correct. As is the norm in the Maldives, there’s usually one hotel per tiny island, and it’ll usually star the iconic over-water suites. Best of all, it’s a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – and a world-class scuba diving territory.
The capital city, Malé, is the place for a shot of Maldivian culture. The ornate Malé Friday Mosque and National Museum make themselves at home between the colourful high-rises.
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