Holidays

Resort Suggestions

If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday, then look no further than a Maldives resort. Wake up to stunning white beaches surrounded by an azure sea. The Maldives has a wide selection of resorts and local island hotels that will make your dream holiday come true. Stay for a few nights or a few weeks! The choice is yours

Lux* Maldives
From £2895

Lux* Maldives

Ellaidhoo Island Resort
From £2395

Ellaidhoo Island Resort

One & Only Reethi Rah
From £6995

One & Only Reethi Rah

Nika Island Resort & Spa
From £2295

Nika Island Resort & Spa

The Barefoot Eco Hotel
From £1950

The Barefoot Eco Hotel

Kihaad
From £2650

Kihaad

Kuredu Island & Pro Divers
From £2495

Kuredu Island & Pro Divers

Komandoo Island & Pro Divers
From £3195

Komandoo Island & Pro Divers

Bandos Island Dive Resort
From £2175

Bandos Island Dive Resort

Reethi Beach Resort
From £2195

Reethi Beach Resort

Casa Mia
From £2295

Casa Mia

Liveaboard Suggestions

Maldives liveaboard holidays have never been more affordable than with Scuba Travel's hand picked selection of boats for all budgets, with year round departures. From open plan traditional style boats to modern, luxurious liveaboards, there's a trip for you. We've got great options for individuals or groups looking for their next adventure. Or if you prefer elegant living with world class diving, then step on board our high end liveaboard holidays. Non divers and snorkellers are always welcome too!

Scubaspa
From £2595

Scubaspa

Carpe Novo
From £2295

Carpe Novo

Emperor Serenity
From £1995

Emperor Serenity

Orion
From £1895

Orion

Virgo
From £1695

Virgo

Carpe Vita
From £2395

Carpe Vita

Amba
From £2395

Amba

Leo
From £1795

Leo

Carpe Diem
From £1950

Carpe Diem

Emperor Atoll
From £1795

Emperor Atoll

Itineraries

The Maldives is a must see location for all divers! Watch great manta as they come in to be cleaned. Fish school in breathtaking numbers on the edge of the drop off. Or zip through the channels on a speedy drift. Best of the Maldives is the classic all time great itinerary, and you can enjoy variations of the classic sites also focusing on sharks (Sharktastic 5 atolls) or whaleshark encounters (Pleagic Magic). Get away from it all up in the remote northern atolls or head down to the deep south for advanced diving and plenty of pelagics.

Best of the Maldives
From £1495

Best of the Maldives

Maldives Seasonal Sensations
From £1995

Maldives Seasonal Sensations

Northern Lights
From £2395

Northern Lights

Seven Southern Atolls
From £2275

Seven Southern Atolls

Deep South Southern Sharks
From £2495

Deep South Southern Sharks

Sharktastic Five Atolls
From £1895

Sharktastic Five Atolls

Baa Raa Noonu Atolls
From £2395

Baa Raa Noonu Atolls

Pelagic Magic
From £1995

Pelagic Magic

Quick Facts

  • Time difference - GMT +5hrs
  • Currency - $US preferred
  • Language - Maldivian Dhivehi, English widely spoken
  • Plugs and electrics - 220V, 50Hz (European or British plugs)
  • Passports - Must be valid for 6 months from return date
  • Prohibited - The Maldives is an Islamic country. Please dress appropriately if visiting a local island. You are not allowed to bing pork or alcohol into the country. These items will be taken by customs on arrival. Resort islands and liveaboards have special licenses and they are freely available. Local island resorts are not permitted to serve alcohol in the hotel.
  • Visa - UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
  • Tax - 12% GST is applied to all services paid locally. Additional 10% service charge may applied in some instances

The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500 miles from north to south. The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male's airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels. The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round. Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!

Our holidays to the Maldives are typically quoted with Sri Lankan flights from Heathrow (via Colombo) to Male. We are however able to book most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Male, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it's a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards. Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour. The choice is yours! As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight. Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.

With daily flights between the UK and the Maldives, it's simple to add a few extra nights either before or after your liveaboard. We have a huge selection of Maldives resorts for all budgets. No matter if you just want to relax on a stunning beach or carry on diving, our travel team will be able to help you find your dream resort island or local island guest house. Speak to your consultant about the options.

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer. It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport. We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights. The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals. This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe. You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals. The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg. The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall. You will check your bag in here and then be transfered to the seaplane terminal by bus. This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male. Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 25kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.

You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight. Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time. There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.

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