Maldives Flights:

Flights to Maldives

image of MaldivesThe Maldives, or Maldive Islands, is an island nation situated in the Indian Ocean and lying south west of India. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of its population size, at less than 300,000 people.

Flights to the Maldives from South Africa are offered with a number of airlines, the majority of which involve two connecting flights. The Maldives main international airport is situated at Malé, the capital. Airlines operating from Johannesburg to the Maldives include Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, South African Airways and Emirates. All but Lufthansa have two stops.

The same is true for flights from Cape Town to the Maldives. A good many airlines offer this route though only Lufthansa appears to offer a one stop flight via Frankfurt.

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The Tourist Attractions of Maldives:

There are a couple of things you will need to know about visiting the Maldives – firstly, accommodation for visitors is, in the main, within self-contained resorts. There isn’t really accommodation offered outside of these. Secondly, the Maldives is an expensive destination – you’ll find that staying in the resorts are expensive, and then anything you need to buy within them is expensive also. This means that the Maldives are really quite exclusive!

The Maldives is essentially a tropical destination with two major attractions – the climate and the diving. Diving in the Maldives is said to be some of the best diving in the world. The atolls here consist of coral reefs and when you add to this the abundant marine life and superb water quality and clarity you can see why the Maldives are so popular!

If you’re heading to the Maldives specifically for diving you have a few options available to you – either choose to stay on a resort island – there are many which are specifically operated for divers, and whilst these are expensive you may find they are lacking in facilities for the price you’re paying. The other option is to choose to stay on a boat – liveaboards are commonplace and can often work out cheaper than the resorts. A third option for those visitors who have more money to spend is a luxury yacht charter!

Whilst there are cities in the Maldives, the majority of visitors tend to stay within their resort island and don’t venture out much, but if you want to experience more of the real Maldives you could take a day trip to the capital city, Malé. The city covers the whole of the small island it’s on and you can easily cover it in a few hours! It’s an attractive yet overcrowded city and has a number of attractions worth seeing including Independence Square, the Islamic Centre, Sultan Park and National Museum, and the Friday Mosque.

Malé is the only place in the Maldives which offers hotel accommodation, which, generally speaking, is occupied by people who have had to stay the night before transferring to their resort island!

When Should You Visit?:

The Maldives experiences a tropical climate and has little variation in the temperatures throughout the year, usually averaging at around a comfortably hot 30C. However, this isn’t to say that there’s no rainfall in the Maldives as on the contrary the islands are affected by the southwest monsoon between April and October, and the worst affected months are usually from June to August so you may want to steer clear during these times!

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