Maldives

Maldives

The Maldives, located south-west of Sri-Lanka, are a series of coral atolls distributed longitudinally near the equator for a length of 450 miles. Small beautiful islands emerge from the reef, covered with lush vegetation and bordered by a fine white sand and crystal waters of the lagoons. In the warm, clear waters of the Maldives it is possible to see manta rays, whale sharks, valleys and gardens of luscious corals, enormous tuna, eagle rays, thousands of different species of fish around the reefs, and countless species of invertebrates. The Maldives are a true adventure in paradise.

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ACCOMMODATION

Bandos Island Resort

Bandos Island Resort, Maldives

Bandos Island Resort

A short speed boat trip from Male brings you to this gorgeous resort located at North Male Atoll. The resort occupies a whole island, with facilities including gym, tennis court, squash court, spa, aerobic classes, swimming pool, fishing, sailing snorkeling, windsurfing and scuba diving. There are six categories of accommodation ranging from Standard Rooms to the deluxe Water Villa. There are three restaurants, three bars, a full spa facility and a dive center. There is also free Kids Club between 9am and 5pm daily. Contact us for packages.

 

Makunudu Island Resort

Makunudu Island Resort

Makunudu Island Resort

Makunudu Island is situated in North Male’ Atoll. A 55 minute speed boat ride from male’ International Airport will bring you to this island where palm trees sway in the warm tropical breeze and the sandy white beaches dazzle your eyes in the sun. the Resort has 36 Deluxe Bungalows set in lush tropical gardens and situated right on the sea front. they are constructed and furnished in a traditional style to reflect the local character and vibrance of the island environment and have a private sitting area and an open air private garden bathroom with shower. Contact us for packages.

 

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

Set amongst the perfect islands and blue ocean of South Ari Atoll, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa delivers a unique 5 star resort experience and offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury along with a range of exciting activities that will appeal to both couples & families. Featuring 112 suites & villas, the resort offers diving enthusiasts outstanding diving opportunities including an excellent house reef complete with a dedicated sunken ship wreck and is within easy reach of the top dive spots in the Maldives. The resort offers all guests a premium all-inclusive vacation experience along with a perfect white sand beach and the  crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean. Contact us for packages.

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Experience an island paradise of chic simplicity in a charming tropical setting complete with soft, white sand and azure waters at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa. Relax and unwind in your own bungalow complete with all the conveniences of modern accommodation. Overwater & Ocean Pool Bungalows offer the perfect blend of intimacy and deluxe amenities matched with breathtaking views. Contact us for packages.

 

 

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

After just a 35 minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa welcomes you to discover a tropical paradise island. The resort comprises some of the most spacious, luxury villas in the Maldives, some even have their own plunge pools. The tropical lagoon setting will find you waking up to the soothing views of the endless deep blue Indian Ocean where diving & snokelling will reveal puffer fish, sting rays and baby reef sharks. Or maybe you would prefer to unwind at the Anantara Spa which offers a wide range of signature treatments. The choice is yours. Contact us for packages.

 

The Sun Siyam – Iru Fushi

Iru Fushi

Iru Fushi Resort

At The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi guests are invited to let go of their worldly concerns and simply enjoy the moment – whether you’re on you own, with your partner or with your family. Whether you’re soaking up the stunning environment of the 52-acre island, revelling in the luxuries of the traditional Maldivian villas, indulging in mouth-watering cuisine or experiencing a diverse array of leisure activities that will see you speeding across the ocean’s surface and delving beneath its depths. Contact us for packages.

 

 

Naladhu Maldives Resort

Naladhu Ocean Pool Villa

Naladhu Ocean Pool Villa

While most Maldives Island resorts offer rooms, Naladhu provides a relaxing paradise  more like an island house with a pool – all to yourself! With your choice of accommodation – the Beach House with Pool, the Ocean House with Pool and Ocean Pool Villa – each with its own distinct vantage point on the island. Every house is outfitted with WiFi and Bose home theatre system including a LCD satellite.  Enjoy the lapping ocean waves or create your own soundtrack with the in-room iPod and surround-sound stereo system. In true style of a Maldives luxury hotel, each house provides the services of your very own House Master which may be considered like a butler service. Contact us for packages.

 

LIVEABOARDS

If you’re looking for a dedicated dive holiday the best way to explore the Maldivian archipelago is on a Maldives liveaboard dive boat. This allows you to go where the action is, rather than being tied to a single resort. There are countless liveaboard operators in the Maldives, and we have hand-picked an excellent selection to fit all budgets.

MS Stingray

MS Stingray, Maldives

MS Stingray

MS Stingray is a comfortable wooden boat catering for up to 18 divers. Each of the 9 cabins have air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and porthole windows. Meals are served with a wide choice of European and Asian food. Diving itineraries are flexible and designed to take advantage of the best seasonal opportunities. Contact us for packages.

 

 

 

MV Orion

MV Orion liveaboard, Maldives

MV Orion

MV Orion is a luxury vessel known for its excellent dive guide ratio and beautifully appointed rooms. An onboard jacuzzi, massage room and hotel-style reception area make this a truly different liveaboard experience.  Contact us for packages.

 

 

 

 

Dreamcatcher II

Dreamcatcher II Interior

Dreamcatcher II Interior

Dreamcatcher II provides you with the ultimate Maldives diving safari ensuring that you travel in luxurious comfort to your diving desinations. You will explore the beautiful islands & reefs of the Maldives in the vibrant crystal blue Indian Ocean. Dreamcatcher II has all the facilities you could ever need with a fully stocked bar on the bridge with sea views and an open air restaurant. She also boasts a library with Internet access in the Saloon, along with a TV/DVD & music facilities. Enjoy a truly relaxed & comfortable atmosphere aboard Dreamcatcher II. Contact us for packages.

 M/Y Duke of York

M/Y Duke of York - Maldives

M/Y Duke of York – Maldives

The M/Y Duke of York is in a class of its own, it presents the modern architecture & engineering of the craftmanship of the Maldives. Rooms are airy with windows & air conditioning and are equipped with private bathrooms. Meals are top class with a variety of international cuisine on the menu and spa treatments are offered to clients to help them relax and unwind after a day of diving. The itinerary can be flexible depending upon the weather, sea conditions & the wishes of the guests & their favourite activities: diving, surfing, snorkelling, fishing, island hopping or simply sunbathing and in the evening the boat can stop at a resort so the guests can enjoy the bars, discos or experinece a cultural show. Contact us for packages.

MY Conte Max & Spa

MY Conte Max

MY Conte Max

The Conte Max is a quality 33 meter yacht featuring 3 sundecks, 2 restaurants & 8 cabins all with ensuite, air conditioning & port holes. It is equipped with a large lounge bar, a boutique, a library and a small spa with a therapist. It is supported by a traditonal Maldivian boat known as a Dhoni which is equipped with a canoe and fishing & diving gear. Itineraries vary depending upon conditions but can include sopts where you can encounter Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks along with diving in the Pass with Pelagic Fish. The Conte Max provides top class hospitality & offers the best support & comfort to the most demanding guests. Contact us for packages.

 

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Entry Requirements

Australian passport holders will require a passport which is valid for at least six months beyond intended stay. A visa is not required for Australian passport holders staying under 30 days. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.

Money

The Rufiyaa (MVR) is the unit of currency. One Australian Dollar buys approximately 15 MVR. However, the USD is the most commonly accepted currency.

Language

The local language is Dhivehi. English is spoken at all resorts and tourist areas.

Electricity

220-240V and uses three plug types: British, European and Indian. A multi-adaptor is recommended.

Time Zone

GMT+5 (5 hours behind Sydney)

Clothing

Light, casual clothing is all that is recommended for this hot, tropical climate. Women are expected to dress modestly in public areas.

Climate

The Maldives have a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round , averaging 29ºC daily.

Water Temperature

27-30ºC.

Departure Tax

An Airport Development Charge (ADC) of $25 USD will be collected at check-in on departure from Male. This is payable by cash or credit card and applies to all passengers except infants.

Tipping

A 10% service charge is normally added, however while this would usually mean further tipping is not required, in the Maldives the people personally serving you will still expect something.

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