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Maldives Holidays

Language of the Maldives: The official language of The Maldives is Dhivehi.
English is also widely spoken.

Time Difference: GMT +5 hours

Currency: The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa. £1UKP = approx 23.50 Rufiyaa

Getting to the Maldives:
All flights to the Maldives arrive into Male International airport on Hulhule Island which is 15 minutes from Male itself.
There are several ways of getting to the Maldives, either on a direct flight or via one of many hubs serving the Maldives route.
Once in Male, onward travel to your chosen holiday Island will be by speedboat or seaplane.

Flying direct from the UK to Male: Sri Lankan Airways out of Heathrow; British Airways and Thomson Airways out of Gatwick.
Flying via a main hub to Male: Qatar Airways via Doha, Emirates via Dubai and Oman Airways via Muscat. Sri Lankan also have some flights via Colombo.
Once in Male the transfer to your Island will be by speedboat or seaplane depending on the distance.

The airport island also hosts the five-star Hulhule’ Island Hotel should you need a day room or a stopover.


London Gatwick
British Airways*
Thomson Airways
Emirates via Dubai
Etihad Airways

London Heathrow
Oman Air
Qatar Airways via Doha
Sri Lankan Airlines*

Birmingham; Manchester Newcastle; Glasgow
Emirates via Dubai

*Direct flights (The Sri Lankan timetable changes throughout the year, so please check whether the flight you are booked on is 'non-stop' or not)

Departure tax: $25 (USD) per person, as of January 2012. Infants under the age of 2 years are exempt.

It is customary to tip the staff in your resort. Depending on the level of service received you could use the details below as a rough guide.
•    Baggage / Porters -  1-5$ per bag
•    Room Boy - 10-20$ per week
•    Waiter(s) - 10-20$ per week
•    Bar staff - 10-20$ per week
•    Boat crew - $5 - $10 per trip to be shared (depending on number of crew)
•    Spa staff - $10 per treatment
•    If you dive, then you will probably want to include all or specific members of the team when handing out tips.

You will find a bank and ATM machine at Male International airport and your resort will be able to exchange currency for you. Most resorts and many local islands will accept US dollars, however apart from small denominations for tipping you will probably find that most services can be signed to your account and settled with cash, a credit or debit card or travelers cheques at the end of your stay.

Lightweight materials, t-shirts, cotton clothing, skirts and shorts are the ideal options for staying cool in the Maldives. For your feet, pack sandals and flip flops. On some Islands no footwear is required so you can leave your shoes at home.
Depending on where you are staying, smart casual clothing is usually enough for but the more up-market resorts may require that you dress up for dinner. Please check with us and we will advise you accordingly.

Passports & Visas: Passengers travelling to the Maldives must have at least six months valid on their passport from the date of return to the UK. A free 30 day permit is given to British travellers on arrival in Male. Other nationalities should consult their consular website.

Vaccinations required: Please check with your GP to see what he/she advises.

Electricity: 240 AC, 50 Hz. Round- and square-pin plugs are used.

General Information

Festivals and Holidays 2019

01 January 2019: New Years Day
01 May 2019: Workers Day
05 May 2019: 1st Day of Ramadan
05 June 2019: Eid - ul - Fithr (End of Ramadan)
26 July 2019: Independence Day
11 August 2019: Hajj Day
12 August 2019: Eid - ul - Al'haa
01 September 2019: Islamic New Year
03 November 2019: Victory Day
29 October 2019: Qaumee Dhuvas
11 November 2019: Republic Day
10 November 2019: Mawlid al-Nabi
28 November 2019: The Day Maldives Embraced Islam
31 December 2019: New Years Eve

Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything up to several days, depending on the region.