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If you are looking for a romantic retreat, the perfect honeymoon destination or an exotic diving holiday, come to the stunning islands of the Maldives.
200 of the islands are inhabited and only 90 are developed for visitors, so you are promised a relaxing stay. From pristine beaches to friendly hospitality, this idyllic part of the world immediately captures your heart and imagination.
The Maldives is perfect for private sailing trips, fishing and thrilling water sports. Also, the Indian Ocean around the islands is home to over a thousand marine species, making this one of the most desirable dive and snorkelling sites on the planet. Dip into the balmy, crystal clear waters to spot rays, turtles, reef fish and harmless sharks.
Protecting turtles is an important part of island life; the Maldivian Sea turtle Conversation Programme does pioneering work to protect, monitor and rehabilitate these rare creatures.
Being a Muslim country, the Maldives is home to a variety of mosques, including a rare structure, built from coral stone and wood. The annual month-long period of fasting, Ramadan, is observed with restrictions put in place such as eating in public and drinking alcohol. In 2013, Ramadan begins on July 9th.
British Airways direct from London Gatwick to Male. Via Dubai, with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. Via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester. Via Doha with Qatar Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester.
From London Gatwick to Male: 10 hours approx. Short onward transfers to islands via speedboat or sea plane.
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £665 per person, each way.
Capital : Male
Language : Dhivehi and English are widely spoken
Time Difference : +5 hours
Currency : Maldivian Rufiyaa MVR (exchange rate approx MVR 24.33 = £1)
Voltage : 220-240 volts
Foreign and Commonwealth and Visa Info: For up-to-date country information visit www.fco.org.uk
Maldives Tourist Office: For resort information visit www.visitmaldives.com