Indian Ocean is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!
Grouped in 26 Atolls, the 1190 islands that form the Maldivian archipelago assemble like a pearl necklace in the north of the Indian Ocean. Unlike, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles & Madagascar, the Maldives belongs to the Asian continent. The island Male’ is the mercantile capital of this island-nation and more than 115000 people call it home. Its neighbour-island Hulhumale is the gateway to Maldives and is home to the only International Airport of the archipelago.
More than 200 islands of the Maldivian archipelago are private islands, including many hotel-islands also trademarked as resorts. Travellers have already picked luxury when visiting one of the resorts. Nestled at the heart of nature like the exotic bungalows set on stilts over the tranquil lagoon, resorts allow direct access to placid bays. As most island are uninhabited, there are no roads, cars, newspapers, and sometimes no network, there is just you and natural surroundings, into the wild!
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The climate of Maldives is exactly how one would define the term tropical. The average temperature oscillates between 25 and 34°C throughout the year, embellishing the already paradisiac beaches. While the sun shines more than 300 days a year, most islands often get short rain showers. Maldives archipelago spans the equator and outlies the Indian Ocean cyclonic zone, making it an ideal winter sun holiday destination. The atmosphere is generally humid and warm with two distinct seasons.
The northeast monsoon, locally called iruwai of December to mars determines the start of summer in Maldives. Long 8 hour days, warm lagoons and occasional rainfalls make summer great for beach holidays.
The southwest monsoon (hulhangu) from May to November characterises winter in Maldives. During this period, rainfalls can be short & intense during mid-year especially in the northern part of the archipelago.
When to visit Maldives
The best time to visit Maldives is from December to April. However, accommodation prices can get a little more expensive as this is the high touristic season in the archipelago.
For family holidays
As you should have guessed by now, besides the rainy months of June & July, Maldives is to be visited (equipped with sunscreens) during most times of the year.
While it is true that you will always enjoy pristine beaches to spend your honeymoon time in Maldives, beaches of the main inner islands are mostly deserted during seasonal changes also.
Population: 345023 (2013)
Total area: 298 km2
Language: Dhivehi & English
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
Time zone: UTC +5
Mean summer temperature: 31 °C
Mean winter temperature: 26 °C
Warmest months: January - February
Cyclonic period: None
01-JAN: NEW YEAR
12-JAN: 1st MONTH OF RABI AL-THANI
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
06-JUN: FIRST OF RAMADAN
26-JUL: INDEPENDENCE DAY
02-OCT: ISLAMIC NEW YEAR
03-NOV: VICTORY DAY
11-NOV: REPUBLIC DAY
01-DEC: QUAMEE DHUVAS
12-DEC: MAWLID AL-NABI
31-DEC: 1st DAY OF RABI AL-THANI