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Maldives Holiday

These low-lying islands in the Indian Ocean are renowned for their luxurious resorts. Enjoy secluded beaches, watersports and a colorful underwater world.

The Maldives is a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean, home to palm-fringed beaches of powdery-soft white sand and warm, clear waters. Here you can snorkel in blue-green lagoons, swim among brightly colored coral reefs and cruise to uninhabited islands.

Generally the tourist resorts have their own private beaches. Spend long, lazy hours relaxing on the sands while resort staff bring you refreshments. Then treat yourself to a spa treatment.

The clear waters of the Maldives are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving and underwater photography. Resorts have fully equipped dive schools with lessons available for beginners and intermediates.

Dive at the Banana Reef Dive Site to see pufferfish, bannerfish and several species of grouper. Experienced divers can look for leopard sharks at Gangehi Island's Gangehi Kandu dive site. The islands also have shallow lagoons perfect for snorkeling.

Most of the beaches and resorts rent out equipment for watersports. Go kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, surfing and jet skiing. Charter a boat to fish for tuna, marlin, dorado and barracuda.

While most people come to relax on the beaches or play in the sea, the capital city of Malé is well worth a visit. Gaze at the beautiful architecture of the 17th-century Grand Friday Mosque. The religious building is made from coral stone decorated with carvings, calligraphy and intricate patterns. See examples of Maldivian art at the National Art Gallery. Watch freshly caught fish being gutted at Malé Fish Market.

Book a day trip to one of the less-frequented locations where Maldivians live. Experience local life and culture, visit fishing villages and buy traditional handmade goods.

Most visitors to the Maldives stay in beach bungalows or water bungalows at self-contained luxury private island resorts. The most common way to get into the islands is to fly into Malé. From there, seaplanes or boats will take you to your resort.

Enjoy the very warm temperatures of the Maldives at any time of year. The calm and relaxation are enchanting.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Maldives?

A: Although there are a number of different airports in Maldives, most international flights arrive at:

  • Male (MLE-Velana Intl.): 1,052 international flights per month.
  • Gan Island (GAN-Gan Intl.): 13 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Maldives?

A: From high-end options to those with fewer frills, there's a wealth of choice. Many visitors base themselves in guest houses. Other common places to stay in Maldives are hotels, hotel resorts and all-inclusive hotels.

Q: What does a Maldives holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: That all depends on what kind of escape in Maldives you want. Choose a hotel and flight, or flight, car and hotel, or hotel and car — or any one of these as a stand-alone. You can also throw in activities and attractions.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Maldives?

A: You'll score discounts if you bundle your Hotel, Flights and Rental Car. It's a breeze (and easy on your bank balance) to custom make your ideal itinerary with the help of Expedia. Why wait? It's time to turn those travel daydreams into reality and experience more of this amazing world for less.


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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives NZ$671
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Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Akasdhoo, South Malé Atoll, Emboodhoo Lagoon, Kaafu Atoll
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The whole place was great. Clean rooms , unlimited acivities. The best part was its just 15 minutes away from the airport

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    Soneva Jani

    Noonu Atoll, Medhufaru
       
      4.0 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Um paraíso. A limpeza do quarto era um pouco lenta, saíamos para o café da manhã e pedíamos para limpar, voltávamos não haviam feito a limpeza, então tinham que colocar os colchões da piscina conosco dentro...

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      Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020
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      LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas

      South Ari Atoll, Dhidhoofinolhu Island
         
        4.7 of 5
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        Ver good. The water is cristal clear. Not far by seaplane. Food is very delicous.

        Meeru Island Resort & Spa NZ$530
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        Meeru Island Resort & Spa

        Meeru Island Resort & Spa

        North Male' Atoll, Meeru
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          A wonderful piece of paradise! Staff very friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble.

          Heritance Aarah (Premium All Inclusive) NZ$1,444
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          Heritance Aarah (Premium All Inclusive)

          Aarah, Aarah, North Province
             
            4.5 of 5
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            El Hotel es muy bueno, tiene de todo y de primer nivel, pero lo mejor es su gente y me refiero a todos con los que nos tocó interactuar. Nosotros tuvimos a María que nos ayudó en todo lo que necesitamos.

            Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi NZ$1,466
            Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2020
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            Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

            Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

            Sirru Fen Fushi, Gaakoshinbi, Shaviyani Atoll
               
              4.5 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Had a wonderful time in Maldives thanks to Fairmont. Left with beautiful memories that will be cherished forever.

              Amaya Resorts And Spas Kuda Rah NZ$344
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              Amaya Resorts And Spas Kuda Rah

              Amaya Resorts And Spas Kuda Rah

              Kuda Rah, Alifa Dhalu Atoll, South Ari Atoll, Kuda Rah
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                Great and quiet place suitable for amazing service couples

                Paradise Island Resort & Spa NZ$327
                Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020
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                Paradise Island Resort & Spa

                Paradise Island Resort & Spa

                North Male Atoll, Lankanfinolhu
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The Island was beautiful. From the very start and welcoming staff, throughout our stay and extreme professionalism from all staff, all the way to our departure, we enjoyed every moment. In particular, Lenlyn, Lukmal, Marvin and Ram from the restaurant we’re all fantastic. Thank you

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