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MALDIVES

Maldives, officially the Republic of the Maldives and also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls, oriented north-south, that lie between Minicoy Island (the southernmost part of Lakshadweep, India) and the Chagos Archipelago. The chains stand in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of India.

When to go:
The Maldives are great year round, with December to April a particularly popular time.

Average monthly temperature (°C)

Timezone (GMT):
+5 hrs in Male the capital. Some islands run island time which is +6 hours.

Language:
Divehi, English.

Currency:
Rufiyaa, though on tourist islands the US Dollar is the main currency.

Dates for the diary:
Eid al Adha; 16 Nov 09, Ramadan 11 Aug - 09 Sep 10 (approx).

Tourist/Visa/health information:
Visas are required for British Passport holders, but are free and can be obtained on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on your date of return. It is recommended that all immunisations and boosters for travel to the Maldives are up to date. Yellow Fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country. For full details please contact your GP. Please contact the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board on 020 8237 7979 or visit www.visitmaldives.com

Flight Information:
Sri Lankan Airlines offers a scheduled direct service to the Maldives from London Heathrow. British Airways have introduced a new direct non stop service from London Gatwick three times per week. British Airways offers the only Premium Economy service to the Maldives. Other carriers to feature the Maldives include Emirates - with great UK regional coverage and Qatar Airways with services from London Heathrow and Manchester. Thomson also features services from London Gatwick and Manchester.

For the latest update-to-date Maldives travel advice, click here.

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Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi
Maldives | Lhohifushi Island
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Bandos Island Resort and Spa
Maldives | Bandos Island
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Maldives | Meerufenfushi
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Reethi Beach Island Resort
Reethi Beach Island Resort
Maldives | Fonimagoodhoo Island
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