The Maldives is the benchmark for Heaven on earth – paradise found. The Maldives, archipelago consists of 1190 tiny islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, located on top of a vast underwater mountain range of 960km. The islands cover a land area of no less than 298 km2.
Only 185 of these islands are inhabited, while the others are used largely for tourism and agriculture. The atolls are composed of live coral reefs while the land features lush tropical vegetation with abundant local coconut palms. With an average level of 1.5m above sea level, the Maldives is by far the lowest country on earth.
Maldives is famous for its marine diversity, especially for its Whale Sharks, which average well over 7 metres in length. These Whale Sharks have found a natural protected area in the Maldives since the establishment of a regulated, large Marine Protected Area.
Try deep-sea fishing, sunset cruising, dolphin-watching, jet-skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling. Escape on an island picnic or end the day languidly, with a deluxe body treatment or a Tai Chi, yoga or pilates class.
Maldives is 5 hours ahead of GMT.
Passports & visas:
SA passport-holders do not require visas. Confirm your entry requirements and ensure that your passport is valid. Check visa requirements in the event of a stopover enroute.
Airport and access:
The Maldives are reached on Emirates Airlines who offer daily flights from South Africa with a stopover in Dubai. The approximate flying time is between 13 and 16 hours.
LUX* Resorts & Hotels operates an information counter at Male International Airport
Hot and tropical, usually picture perfect. Maldives has two distinct seasons; dry season (northeast monsoon) from January to March and wet season (southwest monsoon) from mid-May to November. Average temperature is 25 degrees C.
Dress is generally casual. T-shirts and cotton clothing are most suitable. In Male, the capital island and other inhabited island it is recommended that woman wear modest clothing without baring too much. Evenings are smart casual.
Electricity is 230/240 volts with a square 3 flat pin plugs (British plug).
The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa and Laaree. Credit cards are widely accepted. The Euro is the most commonly used foreign currency.
Dhivehi is the official language with English being widely spoken.
Safety & security:
All The Lux Collective resorts have safety boxes in the rooms.