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The Maldives consists of 1,190 islands within 26 coral atolls, spreading across 34,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean. Many of the islands are uninhabited, but around 90 have tourist facilities.
The islands' low elevation means they are constantly threatened by rising oceans. However, they are also a great place to experience the varied marine life within the coral reefs.
A number of charter and scheduled airlines offer direct Maldives flights. They fly into Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE), in the capital city of Malé. If staying at a resort, it will provide transportation to its island base, usually by seaplane or boat. Most of the islands are dedicated to one hotel, often providing an all-inclusive resort, as well as spa treatments and sporting activities. The secluded location and luxury resorts make the Maldives a perfect honeymoon destination.
The islands are a great place to visit throughout the year, with generally sunny days and an average temperature of 30C. The Maldives' wet season is from mid-May to November. Once you're on your island the main activities are centred on the ocean. Diving and snorkelling are excellent.
The clear blue seas make for perfect conditions to capture the beauty of the coral reefs, including the protected marine area of Banana Reef. Other locations you shouldn't miss are Thila, Ari Atoll and Addu Atoll. If you prefer to stay above water, then most resorts can organise wind surfing, sailing, jet skiing and paragliding.
For trips away from the sea, you should head to Malé. Here you'll find a wealth of shopping opportunities, as well as the chance to see the more traditional side of the country in the form of numerous mosques and the National Museum. Other attractions in the Maldives include Hulhumalé (a recently developed island), the Old Friday Mosque Hukuru Miskiiy and the wooden palace at Utheemu Ganduvaru.
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As a popular year round holiday destination, there are many flights to the Maldives from the UK, including non-stop options...
British Airways has a non-stop service to the islands from London Gatwick, reaching the Maldives in a little more than 10 hours. Among a number of one-stop services from London, the popular Sri Lankan Airlines route has a quick connection in Colombo, then a short onward flight to Malé.
Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways offer regional one stop services via Abu Dhabi or Doha, departing from London, as well as Manchester and other regional departure points. The flights take around 14 hours.
Occasionally, seats can be bought on flights to the Maldives with package holidays.
Getting around in the Maldives can an exciting adventure in itself, adding to your holiday experience...
The island resorts of the Maldives offer private or shared transportation by boat or seaplane. Some hotels include this transfer for free and some charge guests.
If you are staying in Malé you will still need to transfer by speedboat, as the airport is located on an island of its own. It takes only 10 minutes to make this journey by sea.
There's an island to suit everyone in the Maldives...
Not every island in the Maldives is an exclusive enclave of opulence and privacy - though you'll find plenty of those. There are also family-orientated islands, where youngsters are welcomed warmly. These resorts, while still luxurious, usually offer activity clubs for children and a host of family fun and games.
Island resorts focussing on eco-tourism are popular in the Maldives, too. Guests can tour the land and seas with experts in the field, as well as relaxing amid the stunning natural scenery.
Other resorts put the spotlight on yoga, or a terrific spa, on scuba diving, or the unique culture of the people of the Maldives - whatever kind of holiday you are after, you can find a spot on the beach and a line-up of activities to suit you. Or you can simply lie back, feel the sun kissing your skin and take a deep breath as your bare toes sink into the warm sands of the Maldives.
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