Scattered like pearls across the Indian Ocean, just north of the equator, the magical islands of the Maldives beckon travellers with the promise of extraordinary holidays. Picture cobalt blue seas, aquamarine reefs, heavenly white beaches, palm trees, iridescent sunsets and pleasant temperatures all year round.
In the Maldives, your island resort is a paradise idyll. Here, hospitality is the name of the game, and guests enjoy personalised service and a variety of activities to keep them busy. Many of the resorts offer all-inclusive packages where all meals and drinks are included, making the Maldives the ultimate destination for total relaxation.
Why we love Maldives holidays
It’s your dream of an exotic island holiday come true.
The underwater marine life is breathtaking. In some atolls (e.g. Baa and Ari), you can see endangered whale sharks.
Immerse yourself in the charming Maldivian lifestyle, evident in the island villages.
The Maldives is the best place to get away from it all – you’re literally in the middle of the sea!
It’s one of the best diving destinations in the world.
The weather is glorious year-round.
We get asked a lot as to which month is the best to visit the Maldives? And while the island has lovely weather all year round there is a dry season and a wet season so your best bet for an enjoyable stay is from November to April. May to October is considered the rainy season, because of this you may also be able to pick up some cheap deals to the Maldives.
Another popular question is whether or not South African's need a visa to go to the Maldives? We are required to have both a valid passport and a visa for entry into the Maldives.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic honeymoon, a family getaway, or some time out with friends, the Maldives is an ideal choice. Let Thompsons Holidays tailor-make your 2021 holidaypackage to suit your tastes and your budget. Browse our Maldives cheap deals now and let's start planning!
*The Maldives does not require South Africans to quarantine on arrival, making it a popular holiday destination for 2021.
What to do in Maldives
Made up of 1,192 unspoiled coral islands, formed around 26 natural ring-like atolls, the magnificent Maldives is renowned as one of the best diving destinations in the world. Each of the islands is encircled by a spectacular coral reef, offering a beautiful, untouched paradise just waiting to be explored. It’s no wonder, then, that most of your Maldives holiday will be spent in the water. Go snorkelling around the island, cruise the inviting waters in a speedboat, sailboat or banana boat; or relax and soak up the sun on the beach.
When you’ve had your fill of the sea, another other exciting Maldives activity is visiting the capital, Male. In the evenings, you can savour a delicious variety of fresh seafood and be entertained by friendly Maldivians playing Bodu Beru, their traditional music featuring drums, song and dance. And that’s just a taste of what’s on offer from your stunning Maldives resort.
Things to do in the Maldives
Explore the islands and learn all about local culture and traditions.
Enjoy a romantic picnic on a sandbank, just the two of you.
Be pampered at a resort spa, with a selection of stunning health and beauty treatments.
View over 1,000 species of passing fish, ranging from tropical coloured varieties to sharks and manta rays when you go diving and snorkelling in the Maldives.
Go surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, depending on your skill.
Take a flight in a seaplane to see the islands from above.
Go deep-sea fishing.
Enjoy a traditional cooking lesson.
Embark on a romantic sunset cruise with your partner.
What could be more extraordinary than a holiday in the Maldives? Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun, relaxation, or romantic seclusion, let Thompsons Holidays tailor-make your Maldives holiday package. Book now.
It is not recommended to drink tap water in the Maldives. Bottled water is readily available.
No vaccinations are currently required but check with your travel clinic before you go.
What must I pack?
You will more than likely fly by seaplane from the mainland to reach your final destination island in the Maldives. Be sure to check what the seaplane luggage allowance is before you pack your bags.
The Maldives enjoys a year-round warm, tropical climate, and you will spend most of your time in and around the sea, so beachwear is a must. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing with a dressier outfit or two for dinners – think laidback luxury.
The Maldives is a Muslim country, and it is considered respectful to dress conservatively, especially around the airport, Male and small villages (you won't need to worry too much about it in your resort, as there are mostly tourists around). Pack a large scarf to wear over your shoulders and bring at least one pair of loose trousers or a long skirt or dress.
As for shoes, some resorts have a "no shoes, no news" policy, which means you get to spend your holiday in barefoot luxury.
Don't leave home without sunscreen, lip balm, hat, and sunglasses.
Mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
Camera – or just use your phone.
It is worth mentioning that it is illegal to bring alcohol into the Maldives.
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
Support the local economy.
Avoid single-use plastic; be mindful of your impact on the environment.
Respect each other's cultures and customs.
What do I do in an emergency?
If passports or valuables are stolen, report the theft to the hotel/police immediately.
Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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