Introduction to the Maldives
The Maldives is an idyllic paradise in the Indian Ocean made up of 1,190 coral islands grouped in 26 Atolls. Ninety-nine percent of the Maldives is made up of sea with approximately 80% of its islands uninhabited. Only about 100 Maldivian islands are developed as tourist resorts which make for the perfect place to get away from it all and unwind in tranquil, picturesque surroundings.
Located just across the equator, the Maldivian Islands cover 90,000 square kilometres. Each Island is surrounded by its own reef and lagoon, thriving with underwater life and a kaleidoscope of corals.
The Maldives is an extremely popular choice for diving and snorkeling holidays as scuba divers and snorkelers are spoilt for choice, in this underwater utopia.
The Holiday Designers programme to the Maldives has something to suit all tastes and budgets. The Maldives has a vast range of luxury 5 star resorts, small boutique hotels and selection of 3 & 4 star properties, each of which has its own distinct feel and character. Whichever Maldivian island you choose to visit, they are all blessed with perfect coral beaches, lush tropical vegetation, warm shallow waters, fantastic hotel facilities, delicious cuisine and outstanding service that you would only expect to find in the world’s best tropical beach destination.
Highlights of the Maldives
As well as its crystal clear waters and vibrant marine life, the Maldives is famous for its white sand beaches, exquisite cuisine, year round warm climate and the friendliness of its people.
The Maldives is considered by many to be the premier tropical beach destination in the world. It is an ideal place for a diving holiday, spa getaway and a tranquil hideaway to peacefully rest, relax and unwind.
The Maldives is located in the Indian ocean, just north of the Equator, on top of the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge, a vast underwater mountain range.
The islands are situated to south of India's Lakshwadeep Islands to the west of the Sri Lankan subcontinent. The northernmost atoll is located around110 km’s south of India's Minicoy Atoll, 480 km southeast of India's Cape Comorin and 649 km west of Sri Lanka.
The Maldives is typically known as a holiday destination with tropical warm temperatures and lots of sunshine.
The temperature in the Maldives hardly ever changes, the average temperature being about 30ºC throughout the year. One thing that is almost guaranteed in the Maldives is sunshine,
The calmest sea conditions and clearest blue skies are around April time, while the roughest seas are in June and October. Water temperatures in the Maldives range from 25ºC to 30ºC throughout the year.
The Maldives has two seasons; dry season (northeast monsoon) and wet season (southwest monsoon). The dry season runs December to April and the wet season from mid-May to November. In these two seasons the temperature hardly varies, although the hottest month is usually April and the coolest December. Hot days are made comfortable by cooling sea breezes and balmy evening temperatures. Daily temperatures range from around 31 degrees Celsius in daytime to 23 degrees Celsius in the evening. The rare thunderstorm in the Maldives (especially around the southwest monsoon months) can be a welcome respite from the sun.
For more information about weather in the Maldives: www.meteorogoly.gov.mv
Best Time to go
The Maldives has a year-round hot tropical climate but generally the southwest monsoon brings more wind and rain in June and July.
If you are diving and hoping to see specific marine life please check with us, as sightings in some areas can be more common at certain times of the year.
Average daily temperatures in degrees celsius
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