Maldives overview

The Republic of Maldives is an island country made of a group of 26 atolls. Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of over 1,000 islands, 200 of which are inhabited; the rest remain almost untouched. The Maldives hosts some of the most beautiful resorts in the world and the subtropical climate, coral reefs white sand beaches and crystal clear sea make it a fantastic destination.

Most activities are organised by the resort that you are staying in and due to the country’s location most activities are obviously based on water. Popular activities include diving, snorkelling, fishing and surfing. Vaavu Atoll and Baa Atoll are amongst some of the world’s best dive sites, snorkelling can be done almost everywhere within designated areas.

Male, Maldives

Malé, Maldives

The capital city of Malé is the only place to shop in the island country, with shops lining the main streets. It is the only town where you can have a meal outside of the resort; however, dining tends to be expensive, with small portions. Nightlife in the Maldives is exclusively organised by the resorts who will organise beach parties, live bands and BBQs for their guests.

Hotel & Resorts in Maldives

Resorts in the Maldives tend to be towards the higher end of the cost range. Many exclusive resorts are scattered around the islands, and you can expect to pay handsomely for a room at one of these upmarket establishments. Package tours can be the best way to minimise your costs, particularly if you go all-inclusive. Resorts tend to have at least two restaurants as well as a bar and a café.

Maldives airport

Malé International Airport is the only way to reach the Maldives but it serves numerous international airlines. Once in Malé, the most common mode of transport to the resorts is sea vessels. Dhonis are smaller all-purpose vessels. Vedis are larger boats used for getting to atolls which are farther away. You can also take speedboats to reach your resort. Air Maldives flies to each of the four domestic airports and Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways have flights to all islands.