A Maldives holiday is on most people’s bucket list. This tiny Indian Ocean country is made up of over 1000 islands and around 26 atolls, and while not all are inhabited, there are a large variety of luxury Maldives beach resorts and holiday packages to choose from when searching for that ideal beach holiday. Many of the islands have only one or two resorts, so if you’re look for exclusivity and privacy, a Maldives vacation is ideal.
Holidays to the Maldives lend themselves well to beach addicts, water adventurists, foodies, cocktail buffs, honeymooners and fun-seeking families. The islands are known for their crystal clear waters, which means unbeatable snorkelling and scuba diving. Besides finding three quarters of the world’s reef fish population among these coral atoll islands, you’re also pretty much guaranteed close-up encounters with manta rays, dolphins and whales.
Maldives holiday packages are the perfect exotic beach break for South Africans, as there are daily flight connections via the Middle East, and you do not need to obtain a visa before you travel. There’s a resort out there for everyone, whether you are looking to be active, enjoy lazy beach days, or indulge yourself at the resort spa. One of the most popular Maldives experiences is staying in a luxury water villa, which is situated right over the ocean.
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The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, which spans across the equator. The country is made up of 1192 islands that stretch along a length of 871 kilometers.
Maldives monsoon season is between May and October, which is when you will find more holiday specials.
Maldives peak season falls between December and March, but with so many islands and options you’ll always somewhere to choose.
Your holiday in the Maldives is only a 14-hour flight from Johannesburg via the Middle East (usually Doha in Qatar).
You don’t need to get a visa to go on holiday in the Maldives, but you will be issued one on arrival (valid for 30 days)
When arriving in the Maldives, you will be transferred to your resort of choice by either speed boat or sea plane.
The majority of islands have 1 beach resort per island, which is naturally social distancing friendly.
Immerse yourself in a diverse aquatic playground with beautiful tropical fish and corals.
Glide through crystal-clear waters to spot leaping manta rays and come face to face with incredible sea life.
Go deep-sea game fishing with a local charter company.
Surf, kayak, parasail and go banana boating or jet skiing. The choice is yours!
Go sunset fishing on a traditional wooden fishing boat (Dhoni).
Drift off to sleep with a coconut oil and talc-soft sand massage.
Laze on a deck chair under swaying palms with a refreshing drink.
If flying via the Middle East, you might want to extend your Maldives holiday with a stopover.
Keep some Maldivian Rufiyaa (currency) handy for tips and souvenirs - everything else can be paid for with your card.
Be respectful of the local Muslim culture - topless bathing is not permitted, and while you needn’t cover your hair you shouldn’t reveal too much flesh when out of the privacy of your own villa.
Learn some local Dhivehi phrases starting with “hello” (a-salaam aleikum).
Wear a hat and sunglasses, and lather yourself with sunscreen to avoid unsightly holiday burn.
Take advantage of the activities and excursions included in your package to the Maldives.
Try and choose an all-inclusive Maldives holiday package, as you will be eating all meals at your resort.
When travelling with children, ensure you choose a resort with a well-established Kids Club, to keep your little ones entertained.