Best Maldives Travel Guide & Tips
Temperatures within the Maldives occupy a wonderfully warm 25-30°C year-round and only drop a couple of degrees in the dark. There’s a mean of 8 hours of sunshine a day and therefore the water temperature barely falls below 25°C. There are distinct wet and dry seasons; the peak season is between December and April when it’s drier, hotter, and less windy. Most travelers see this as the best time to go, but there are other factors to consider when choosing the time of year to travel here – like when to see specific marine life and when you’ll find the simplest value offers. May to July and September to November tend to possess higher rainfall and a few clouds, but still see much sunshine amid short downpours. Check out our Maldives Tour Packages for a best summary and Itinerary, It’ll help when’s visit the Maldives.
Activities in the Maldives
- Diving & Snorkelling
The Maldives is one of the best places on Earth for diving and snorkeling. The underwater world here has been the topic of countless documentaries and lots of islands have house reefs that will be reached straight from the beach. There are warm water temperatures year-round and when conditions are good, the underwater visibility is at the highest level – sometimes exceeding 50 meters. Top dive sites include Lankanfinokhu (‘Manta Point’) to ascertain manta rays being cleaned by local colonies of cleaner fish and therefore the Hanifaru lagoon within the Baa Atoll, which between June and September is one of the best places to spot whale sharks and manta rays.
Speedboats are the most cost-effective option. After you arrive at Malé airport, your speedboat will arrive at the jetty just across the road from the terminal. Speedboats are operated by individual resorts and are available in various forms, but all offer a cushy start to your holiday. Depending on the location of your resort, you’ll pass other islands en route – both resort islands and tiny uninhabited ‘picnic islands’ – and it’s worth keeping a look-out for dolphins.
- Seaplane Ride
For islands that are further than an hour-and-a-half speedboat ride from the airport, we generally recommend a seaplane transfer. A seaplane is far quicker at transporting you from A to B, with boat journeys of three hours easily reduced to a 30-minute flight. One of the opposite benefits of a seaplane transfer is that the aerial views – it’s an exciting excursion and a practical model of travel in one. The seaplane terminal is simply a brief bus ride from Malé airport, and seaplane charter flights depart at scheduled times during daylight. Seaplanes in the Maldives are small, and you’ll be sharing this experience with around 15 other passengers. Often, stops are made to pick up/drop off guests at other resorts en-route. It’s worth noting that the majority of seaplanes have a luggage limit of 20kg per person and adverse weather can cause delays.
Travel in Maldives
There are few places in the world where you travel without using any transports like long minibus rides from the airport or endless hours stuck in a taxi, the unique formation of the Maldives means to succeed in your private island resort you’ll get to pass by speedboat or seaplane. Some islands – like Kuramathi Maldives – offer the choice of the speedboat and/or seaplane transfers.
Food & Drinks
The general standard of food and drink on a Maldives holiday is superb, with many islands offering a choice of buffet and à la carte restaurants and well-stocked wine cellars. Seafood dishes top the menus, but you’ll find flavors from all around the globe. Private dining experiences are incredibly popular, with options ranging from lobster dinners by candlelight to desert island picnics. Dining at Ithaa on Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an experience in itself; this is often the long-lasting underwater restaurant located 16 feet below the ocean’s surface. At Niyama Private Islands you can venture six meters below the ocean’s surface to Subsix as well as six meters high up in the treetops at Nest.
For Families Tour
Although it might not be the obvious choice for families, the Maldives is a natural playground and many resorts offer colorful kids’ clubs, fun and educational activities, and family villas. Popular Kurumba Maldives is simply ten minutes by speedboat from the airport – ideal for small ones wanting to reach their destination quickly after an extended flight. Niyama Private Islands features a second island that features a family focus, and Constance Halaveli Maldives’ gently sloping lagoon and wide beaches are ideal for younger guests.
For Couples Tour
There’s a reason why the Maldives ranks highly on honeymoon wish lists – these picture-perfect islands are a real-life desert-island fantasy. Crystal clear lagoons, vibrant coral reefs, and palm-fringed beaches come as standard, while romantic candlelit dinners under starry skies, exclusive upgrades, and bespoke experiences-for-two bring an additional special start to married life. Maafushivaru is a honeymoon favorite thanks to its small size and the option to spend a night on a desert island. For a touch more choice, Kuramathi Maldives has extensive facilities, while Diamonds Athuruga has stunning foam villas that are perfect for newlywed couples.
Know Basic Details
Language: Dhivehi. English is widely spoken
Passport & visas: Not required if under 30 nights
Public holidays: Public holidays won’t affect you on holiday although some shops may close or not open until later in the day. If you’re on an inhabited island, you’ll see small parades and public celebrations.