Republic of Maldives Jewel of the Indian Ocean

Best Time to Visit

Between October - April

Recommended Stay

Between 03 Nights - 05 Nights

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  • Cruise by luxury liner from one uninhabited island to the next
  • Snorkel off-shore from a resort laden island
  • Scuba dive the popular sites of Fish Head and Fushifaru Thila
  • Shop the souvenir-rich streets of Male
  • Venture across the country via sea plane
  • Stay in a reef lagoon room, which sits above a thriving yet secluded marine habitat
  • Laze upon a private beach with nothing but the glaring sun and sound of Mother Nature’s tropical symphony

Visa essentials

In order to enter Maldives, Indian nationals do not require a pre-visa arrival and can safely get a tourist visa valid for 30 days on arrival. To receive a tourist visa on arrival at Malé International Airport, you will need:
  • A valid passport that should not expire for at least 6 months from the date of travel.
  • A return flight ticket, or a flight ticket to another destination, for departure within 30 days of arrival
  • Either confirmation of a hotel/resort booking, or evidence of sufficient funds to cover your expenses in Maldives (at least US$100 + US$50 per day demonstrated by cash or bank statement)

Overview

Hugged by the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is made up of nearly 1,200 tropical islands clustered within 26 coral atolls stretching 800km from north to south. Of these, only 200 are inhabited full-time; hotels and resorts hold down the others. Each island is sprinkled with palms, ringed by glorious beaches, and blessed with catch-your-breath sunsets. Visitors most often land in Malé, the tiny capital, before being whisked to their resort hideaways. Once settled there, guests usually find world-class amenities, opulent dining, and a sense of deep tranquility that can only be found in such a secluded paradise.
A stay in the Maldives can be as energetic or leisurely as you wish. You might choose to experience an underwater spa, or take snorkeling tours of house reefs with marine biologists. Go diving, observe manta rays and even whale sharks, and swim in balmy lagoons. Take an evening cruise to spot dolphins, or simply idle away hours on your own thila (sandbank) with a picnic.

DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Snorkel off any island and blow bubbles alongside sweetlips, wahoo and humphead wrasse
  • Visit the capital of Male to experience the hubbub of daily life and learn about local history in the National Museum
  • Sail around the islands in a traditional dhoni, visiting local communities and uninhabited islands, as well as diving off the deck and dining beneath the stars
  • Join a sunset dolphin-spotting boat trip and watch the sun sink over the Indian Ocean while sipping drinks from the on-board bar
  • Experience authentic Maldivian life by staying in an independent guesthouse rather than a luxury resort
  • Escape to a desert island for the day, getting dropped off by a resort boat with little more than a picnic, sun-cream and beach towels
  • Swim with whale sharks in the marine-protected area of South Ari Atoll, where the world’s biggest fish hang around all year
  • Join a live-aboard to discover the best scuba spots, from coral encrusted caves to manta ray feeding stations
  • Tuck into smoked fish for breakfast, slurp spicy broths and look forward to chilli-basted tuna, grilled octopus and tasty curries
  • Get stuck into the huge range of watersports which span sailing and kitesurfing to wakeboarding and water skiing

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