The Maldives - Holidays, Flights and Hotels
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Flight Time to the Maldives from the UK
Approx 12 hours to Malé.
Maldives is a country of South Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India. It consists of approximately 1,196 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 27 atolls, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the most disparate countries in the world. Composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, the atolls are situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometers long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs from north to south. Only near the southern end of this natural coral barricade do two open passages permit safe ship navigation from one side of the Indian Ocean to the other through the territorial waters of Maldives. For administrative purposes the Maldives government organized these atolls into nineteen administrative divisions.
The largest island of Maldives is Meemu Atoll, which is a single island and single atoll located in the southern part of the Maldives known the Gnaviyani Atoll. In Addu Atoll most of the islands are connected by roads over the reef and the total length of the road is 12 km.
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Hayes and Jarvis - www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk
Hayes & Jarvis has been creating award-winning specialist long haul holidays for travellers for more than 50 years. It now operates to more than 50 worldwide destinations ATOL (No 1275), ABTA (No V1464)
Holiday in the Maldives - think desert island and barefoot paradise. Over 1000 tiny coral atolls make up the Maldives, with secluded island resorts and castaway beach retreats. Ideal for scuba diving, the clear water is home to three quarters of the world's reef fish species. Add seamless service, excellent watersports and a truly romantic feel, and you've got the perfect, tropical Maldives holiday escape.
Virgin Holidays - www.virginholidays.co.uk
Travel to the Maldives with Virgin Holidays for a luxury island holiday to remember.
The most famous coral reefs in the world are found here. All kinds of colourful, tropical marine life can be viewed simply by putting on some snorkel gear and swimming into the lagoons. Diving is of course, huge, and you can get your PADI certificate at all of our resorts, or improve your existing skills. The pleasures here are mainly quiet and convivial: barbecues on the beach, sunset watching with a cocktail, the gentle rhythms of local music, all contributing to the very special atmosphere of this magical place. Surfing is big on the east of North Malé atoll, but you may prefer to come here to relax. Stay in the Spa Retreat at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, or one of our other spa properties, and you can add some top-class pampering to your itinerary of pleasures. Elsewhere, you can visit the sleepy capital, Malé, or take a boat to the town of Seenu on Addu atoll, from where you can visit traditional Maldivian island communities.
LastMinute.com - www.lastminute.com
For Luxury or budget holidays and flights to the Maldive Islands
lastminute.com offers a fantastic array of incredible Maldives travel deals. Whether booking a hotel, flight, holiday or car hire, lastminute.com is your one stop travel shop.
Mosaic Holidays - Mosaic Holidays is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of deluxe holidays in a choice of countries.
Cosmos - With a wide range of cheap holidays, flights and accommodation to many different worldwide destinations.
Sovereign Holidays - Mosaic Holidays is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of deluxe holidays in a choice of countries.
Kuoni Travel - www.kuoni.co.uk
Visit the Maldives in luxury from Kuoni travel.
Water villas - 30 island-resorts offer the most sumptuous private villas with direct lagoon access.
Spa treatments - enjoy some richly deserved pampering with a relaxing treatment derived from ancient Indian and Asian traditions and local ingredients. Discover Maldivian culture with a visit to the craft shops and fishing communities of the residential islands.
Explore the colourful underwater world of the amazing house reefs under expert supervision on a scuba-diving programme.
Excursions such as island hopping, deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching and seaplane flightseeing for the very best view of these magical islands.
Opodo - www.opodo.co.uk
Flights, hotels, car rental, city breaks and package holidays in The Maldives.
It's not difficult to see why several centuries ago, Marco Polo referred to the Maldives as the '...flower of the Indies' but it's difficult to know why he left. Holidays to the Maldives are the most sought after among modern professionals seeking a complete escape.
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Public Holidays in The Maldives
Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 20 - Islamic New Year
Mar 31 - Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet)
Apr 21 - National Day
Visa Requirements for the Maldives
Entry requirements for UK nationals: UK citizens must have a valid passport. A visa is required, but tourist visas are issued on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days maximum.
There is very little crime in the Maldives as the tourists generally stay in the resorts since there is not much to do outside. This means that you can feel safe on your own at all times. Generally Maldivians are honest, helpful and welcoming people although you are unlikely to come into much contact with them in resorts.
There is a growing drug problem among the local population and hence petty crime to support this has arisen.
Street rioting and battles by anti Government protesters in Male' in August 2005 (armoured cars were deployed on the streets and a curfew enforced) have ended but political tension is still high and violence can errupt at any time. Visitors staying in Male' need to be careful after dark.
Take the usual precautions such as not leaving money and valuables lying around. Remember that $50 that you were going to use in the bar that night represents 10 days wages for the cleaners etc.
There are no drugs anywhere in the resorts and most Maldivians rarely come into contact with anything more than an occasional beer that has been smuggled out of a resort. All this is a great help in creating the Paradise feel to the country.
Another thing that seems to be relevant here is customs. Generally you cannot bring bottles of alcohol into the country as it is banned and also DVDs that would be seen as perfectly normal may be confiscated as pornography. (Think Sex And The City.)