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Maldives

A vision of true natural beauty, the unique, low lying islands of the Maldives set the scene as one of the world’s most romantic and truly stunning holiday destinations.

Comprising 1,192 islands scattered across the velveteen waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is typified by luxury resorts located on individual islands, where silky soft sands are kissed by shimmering lagoons to create the quintessential tropical getaway.

Whether you’re seeking a quiet, private escape for a romantic holiday or honeymoon, a family friendly resort with copious facilities and restaurants, or a place to have fun in the sun or in the water, few destinations in the world offer all this in such a beautiful setting.

What you’ll love most about the Maldives

  • Go island hopping and explore the many picturesque islands that make up the Maldives
  • Snorkel or scuba dive in the clear blue waters to explore the vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life, including colourful fish, turtles, rays, and even sharks
  • Visit the Hanifaru Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and observe the manta rays and whale sharks that gather there
  • Go on a dolphin-watching tour and see pods of playful dolphins jumping and swimming in the waters around the islands
  • Visit the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and explore its unique ecosystem and cultural heritage

Where to Book

  • Beach on Kanuhura, Maldives

  • Tropical beach on an Maldives island

  • Fushifaru Water Villa bathroom

  • The Standard, Maldives

  • Beach bungalows on a Maldives Island

  • One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

  • 3 Bedroom Island Residence at JA Manafaru, Maldives

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

January

One of the most popular months to visit to escape the depths of the UK winter. Expect perfect sunshine and warm weather. A great time for water enthusiasts too with this time of year perfect for snorkelling and diving.

February

One of the most popular months to visit to escape the depths of the UK winter. Expect perfect sunshine and warm weather. A great time for water enthusiasts too with this time of year perfect for snorkelling and diving.

March

One of the most popular months to visit to escape cold in the UK. Expect sunshine and warm weather. A great time for water enthusiasts too with this time of year perfect for snorkelling and diving.

April

Whilst still a great time to visit for the sunshine and warm weather, we’re coming out of the dry season now so you may receive the odd short shower. This shouldn’t be enough to turn you off visiting now though and you may be able to secure a shoulder season bargain.

May

Shoulder season and relatively good weather if you’re looking to escape somewhere warm. There’s an increased risks of showers and water visibility is not as great as previous months if diving & snorkelling is a big part of your plans.

June

Warm weather, the odd shower and storm is what you can expect this time of year. Not ideal for those who enjoy diving or snorkelling due to the visibility levels. If this isn’t something that bothers you, looks around as there’ll be deals to be had.

July

Warm weather, the odd shower and storm is what you can expect this time of year. Not ideal for those who enjoy diving or snorkelling due to the visibility levels. If this isn’t something that bothers you, looks around as there’ll be deals to be had if you avoid school holidays.

Independence Day takes place on the 26th of July with various festivities, parades and celebrations.

August

Warm weather, the odd shower and storm is what you can expect this time of year. Not ideal for those who enjoy diving or snorkelling due to the visibility levels. If this isn’t something that bothers you, looks around as there’ll be deals to be had if you avoid school holidays.

September

Warm weather, the odd shower and storm is what you can expect this time of year. Not ideal for those who enjoy diving or snorkelling due to the visibility levels. If this isn’t something that bothers you, looks around as there’ll be deals to be had if you avoid school holidays.

October

Warm weather, the odd shower and storm is what you can expect this time of year. Look out for some bargains before tourists flood back in a couple of months.

November

Warm weather and the odd shower is what you can expect this time of year though it’s a nice time to get away before the UK winter sets in. Look out for some bargains before tourists flood back from mid-next month.

December

Warm weather, the odd shower and storm is what you can expect this month though we are edging closer to the dry season so it will improve more as the month progresses. If you travel early enough in the month, you’re more likely to capture some deals before the hotels fill up.

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Where to book


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Encounters Travel is a UK based adventure tour operator with a wide selection of cultural and adventurous tours around the world, all designed to help you get the most out of the country you’re visiting. They range from small group tours to shoestring, overland, family, escorted and tailor-made holidays.

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eShores specialises in tailor-made multi-centre holidays, seamlessly blending multiple destinations into one trip. Explore the beauty of Thailand, island-hop the Greek islands, or embark on an epic American road trip – anything is possible. With consultants averaging 15 years’ experience, your dream holiday is in expert hands, so you can relax and enjoy the adventure!

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Flight Centre are long-haul, tailor-made holiday specialists offering amazing travel experiences. Our wonderful Travel Consultants are passionate, well-travelled, and with 32,768 collective years’ experience in travel they are all about getting to know you and your holiday style.

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Value Added Travel is a specialist tour operator based in Croydon, UK. Having operated for over 22 years as a family business, they are specialists in the Middle East, Far East and the Indian Ocean.

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4* Komandoo Island Resort & Spa

There are few things more idyllic than a Maldivian resort on its own private island. That’s exactly what Komandoo provides; a ring of silvery white sand, surrounded by miles and miles of divine turquoise water.

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5* Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

Amilla Maldives is set on a Naturally Lush Private Island in Baa Atoll. Just 59 villas means there is the luxury of Space to Play. Sustainability and Wellness are at our core and these contribute to the luxury of the guest experience.

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5* JA Manafaru, Maldives

JA Manafaru is an idyllic 5-star luxury island resort fringed with exquisite powder beaches in pristine, lagoon-ringed Haa Alifu Atoll, at the northern tip of the Maldives. Accessed by private seaplane, the chic tropical hideaway features 84 luxurious beachfront and over-water villas and bungalows, each with their own private plunge pool.

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5* LUX* South Ari Atoll

If you’ve always dreamt of living a lavish Robinson Crusoe life on a faraway tropical island, then LUX* South Ari Atoll is just the spot for you. Swim alongside whale sharks, hang out in your bungalow on stilts, ride your bicycle along the jetty, dine at speciality restaurants, dance the night away, partake in marine conservation… whatever you love, you’ll find it at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

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5* One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

Reethi Rah offers a superb all villa resort with unprecedented privacy and transcendent luxury. With spectacular water villas offering a split-level deck with your own private pool and hammocks suspended over-water. Experience the best of Maldivian and international cuisine with 8 stunning restaurants.

Our Rating: Best of the Best

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5* Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Authentic Maldivian barefoot luxury on a sustainably conserved and untouched pristine island. A unique location near to the Equator presents an array of natural world adventures. With an eco-friendly ethos and encircled by a wonderfully preserved house reef, enjoy privacy, peaceful tranquillity and once-in-a-lifetime dive and snorkelling experiences just 50m from the powder-white sand shores.

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