Visting the Maldives from Australia might not be the easiest of locations to get to but boy is it worth the journey! With its crystal clear aqua blue waters, white sand beaches, coral reefs and palm trees, your post travel tiredness will melt away the minute you step foot onto your island of choice. I guarantee you won’t leave the Maldives disappointed.
Depending on where you are flying from, the travel time can be up to 24 hours or even more. The trip involves a flight to Singapore from Australia which can take up to 8.5 hours from Sydney. Similar times from Melbourne and Brisbane and much less if flying from Perth at around 5.5 hours. From Singapore it’s another flight to Male which takes around 4-5 hours. Once you arrive in Male the journey to the island you choose is generally via sea plane. Depending on where you are staying the sea plane flight is around 45 minutes to 1 hour. It may also be the case that you will have to fly into one of the islands and then get a transfer to your island via boat.
The seaplane flight or boat ride to the islands can add quite a bit of extra cost to your trip. A great idea is to get a flight package deal or at least factoring this cost into the journey so it’s not a huge shock after booking the main flights.
A great idea to ease the long journey is to spend a few nights in Singapore. It is a beautiful city and I have no hesitation in recommending a short or extended visit. You can read more about Singapore on the blog: Singapore in 3 Days
A little more about the Maldives
The Maldives lies south west of Sri Lanka and India and consists of 26 ring shaped atolls which are made up of 1190 coral islands. Some are inhabited by local communities and others are uninhabited deserted islands. There are around 140 resorts throughout the 1190 islands.
Over 1.3 million people visit the Maldives annually with the majority of tourists visiting from Asia. I guess that is because it’s relatively easy to get to from there!
March is the hottest month with averages of 29°C. The coolest temperature is a balmy 27°C. The wettest month is September, averaging 243mm of rain.
Where to stay
Your choice of resort will depend on your budget, whether you want to stay on a smaller island or don’t mind mixing with larger crowds on the bigger islands.
The islands of the Maldives which house the resorts are all privately owned, however there are several local islands where accommodation is offered in guest houses. These islands will be a lot cheaper than staying at one of the resorts, so if you are after a budget holiday to the Maldives there is an option with the local island guest houses. If choosing this option be aware that alcohol is prohibited in this Muslim Country.
If a resort holiday is more your style then there’s plenty of options available from 3 star to 5 star. You can get package deals at some of the resorts with accommodation, food and drinks inclusions. There are also quite a few package deals available including flights, accommodation, food and drinks through: Webjet Exclusives
We chose to stay at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu and got a package deal through Webjet Exclusives which included flights from Sydney, 3 nights accommodation and daily breakfast in Singapore, flights to and from Male, Seaplane flights, 7 nights accommodation and all food and drinks at Meedhupparu. Our package included accommodation in a Beach Villa and we opted for an upgrade for 2 nights in an over water villa. We were so pleased that we did the upgrade. The over water villas are an absolute must do! It worked out cheaper to do the upgrade once we were at the island but that’s always a gamble on whether one will be available. Click link to find out more information about the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas
When to go?
The peak period is from December to April when it is the dry season. This also brings higher prices. I would’t be too concerned about the ‘rainy’ season as it does not rain for that long. It is more like a shower or two each day and possibly an evening storm. Our stay was in July and for our 7 days we had a shower or two for four days and only one day where it rained for a big part of the day. When the showers were over the sun came back out! The weather was still warm even when it rained. The rain did not stop us from snorkelling and swimming and did not put a dampener on our holiday (pun intended)
We saved quite a bit of money visiting in the off peak season. We also had a resort that was far less busy so there was no issues getting a pool chair or swimming in overcrowded pools. You will no doubt find a great package deal during this period too.
Things to do
Swimming, diving, snorkelling and more snorkelling. The coral reefs and the sea life in the Maldives are nothing short of incredible. There are literally hundreds of different types of fish to see. There’s also whale sharks, manta ray, eagle ray, multiple species of sea turtles and various other little sea creatures.
The resorts offer boat rides to other local and deserted islands, snorkelling and diving tours and sunset cruises. There’s also an abundance of water sports to do including jet skiing, paddle boards, surfing, paragliding and many more.
Of course if you just want to go and lay on a sun bed and read a book then what a luxurious place to do so. You possibly couldn’t get any more relaxed that being on a sun bed overlooking the aqua waters and whitest of white sand beaches in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Some things to know
Sadly the Maldives is not a budget holiday location. If you can get a package deal, I highly recommend it. You will only need to factor in extra money for excursions, water sports, spa treatments and anything else you wish to splurge on.
Here’s some other tips:
- Buy sunscreen before you go, you will save money
- Take insect repellant, it’s not too bad but it is a tropical location so there are some nibblers around sunset
- Use your own snorkelling gear, again you will save money and there’s nothing like your own things on your face and in your mouth!!
- Take less clothes than you think you will need
If you would like to see more images from the Maldives check out our gallery here: Maldives