Maldives

Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you. The Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white talcum powder sandy beaches and palm trees. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit. Venture below the water and yet another world unfolds, from giant canyons to the variety of colourful marine life that will leave you in amazed.
With an average year round temperature of 30 degrees Celsius, your main concern during your stay is whether to enjoy the lush green palms while relaxing on the beaches or to be adventurous and take part in the endless water sport activities.

What better way to end a perfect day than to sip on a cocktail beneath the stars or just dance the night away. Whichever you choose, Maldives will leave you with a lifelong and everlasting impression.

Destination Information:

Getting There

Select Vacations offers economy & business class airfares with Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Bangkok Airways and Emirates.

Visa

Australian passport holders are not required to organise a visa pre-arrival but tourist visas are issued on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days.

Passport

Your Australian must have validity exceeding 6 months after the date of entry. Passports must be valid for the period of intended stay. All visitors must hold tickets and documents for their return or onward journey.

Currency & Credit Cards

The Maldives local currency is call the Rufiyaa. The banknotes are 5, 10 & 20. The coins1.2.5.10.25 & 50 Lari. 100 Lari is the equivalent of one Rufiyaa. However please note that major credit cards can be used at all major resorts and the prices at all resorts will be in American dollars.

Weather

The weather in the Maldives is usually picture perfect: sunlit days, breezy nights, balmy mornings, and iridescent sunsets. The temperature hardly ever changes - which makes packing for your holiday an easy task (see what to pack). With the average temperature at about 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Maldives has two distinct seasons; dry season extending from November to March and wet season from mid-May to November.

Getting around

Most visitors to the Maldives will have pre-arranged their accommodation and transfers. The resorts all have their own representatives to meet you on arrival in Male (the Capital). They then will arrange to take you by boat or seaplane to your resorts.

What to Wear

The islands all vary, but a basic rule of thumb is relaxed dress. The temperature doesn't drop very much at night so take your lightest weight clothes, in natural, breathable fabrics such as silk, linen or cotton. Many of the islands are entirely ‘shoe free zones', so your bag can be very small. Temperatures soar during the day, so it is essential that you take a very high factor sun screen to be safe and a wide brimmed hat is also a good idea.

General Tips:

Take plenty of sunscreen and a large hat – it is hot!

Diving and snorkelling in the Maldives is some of the best in the world.

Visit the Male fish & general markets and see how the locals shop

Dine in the Maldives trying the freshest seafood.

For some local history and culture visit the Hukuru Miskiiy Mosque and the National Museum.

Surfing has become popular and the Maldives is offering some very good waves in certain areas.

Just sit back and relax and enjoy some the world’s most beautiful resorts.

Take in a Maldivian sunset – spectacular!

Maldives