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.
When is the best time to book a flight to the Maldives?
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 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.
How to get from the airport to the city centre?
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.
Maldives insider information
Just 200 or so islands are inhabited by the Maldivians, about 100 of them are tourist resorts, and the other hundred are uninhabited. Careful planning has ensured that the islands' retain their Edenic character.
Lots of resorts, hotels and restaurants will add a service charge of about 10 per cent and tipsfor exceptional service are welcome too.
Felidhoo, South Male, North Male and Ari are the most-visited islands. They are not far from the airport on Male from where most of the "liveaboard" diving boats depart.
Dress appropriately and conservatively, especially when visiting inhabited islands and Male. Women should cover their shoulders and thighs; men can get away with shorts. Alcohol should not be brought into the Maldives. If you do have it in your luggage, it'll be impounded at the airport until your departure. There are different rules on the resort islands. Bars are well stocked with every type of beverage.
The Fish Market is west of Independence Square in Male. It's not the place for the squeamish as freshly caught fish are butchered there, but it offers a glimpse into the life of typical Maldivian fishermen and there's a cafe upstairs that serves the catch of the day.
The National Art Gallery is a relatively new addition to Male. It houses collections by noted Maldivian artists such as Afzal Shafiu Hassan and Sarudhaaru Dhon Manik.
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