Maldives

Climate Guide
These figures show Maldives monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall.
  Temp °C Rain mm 
 January 30 90
 February 31 68
 March 31 81
 April 32 129
 May 31 211
 June 30 183
 July 30 161
 August 30 183
 September 30 213
 October 30 229
 November 30 192
 December 30 198

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.

 

Useful Information

Flight Information
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.

Flight Time
From London Gatwick to Male: 10 hours  approx. Short onward transfers to islands via speedboat or sea plane.

Flight Upgrades
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £665 per person, each way.

Capital : Male

Population: 317,280

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