Maldives holidays

Step into a little slice of paradise in the Maldives, an archipelago made up of nearly 1,200 picturesque coral islands in the Indian Ocean. Book your trip to the Maldives with Qatar Airways Holidays and you’ll reach a tropical oasis where pure white sand beaches are fringed with swaying coconut palm trees and turquoise waters. Take a trip to the bustling capital Malé which is home to markets, seafood restaurants, museums and luxury hotels, or you can stay on one of the coral islands and relax, rejuvenate and recharge within stunning natural surroundings. This truly is an island paradise that's also perfect for those who want to get married in one of the most romantic places in the world.
Holiday Packages

Maldives holiday packages

Experience the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Maldives with travel packages with Qatar Airways Holidays. Taste the Maldivian flavours of the sea with freshly caught seafood or select an array of fun and relaxing activities to suit all ages.

You can choose from a long list of luxury hotels in the Maldives, where you’ll be transported to a tropical sanctuary that will leave you with lasting memories on your perfect vacation. 

Below we have handpicked some of our favourite hotels in the Maldives, where you’ll be transported to a tropical sanctuary that will leave you with lasting memories.

Good to know

  • Time Zone
    GMT+5 hours
  • Languages
    Maldivian (Dhivehi), English
  • Dialing Code
    +960
  • Electricity
    230V 50Hz
  • Currency
    Maldivian rufiyaa
  • Experiences

    Maldives holiday experiences

    There’s no better place to do nothing at all than in the Maldives, home to endless beautiful beaches with sugar-soft sand and warm crystal clear waters. But if you want to enjoy a little adventure or learn about the country’s history and heritage, you’ll find plenty of activities and attractions too.

    Aside from sunbathing on unspoilt beaches, the next best thing to do is cool off in the azure sea. Swim in tranquil lagoons, explore the inhabitants of coral reefs, or snorkel beneath the surface to catch glimpses of gliding manta rays or sea turtles. Submerge deeper into the waters with a scuba diving adventure and get close to parrotfish, snapper, and barracuda.

    In the Ari Atoll, you can spot huge whale sharks and hammerheads, while the North Male Atoll boasts caves, steep drops, and vibrant coral reefs. On dry land, you can play golf on ocean-front golf courses with drive balls that are made out of fish food, should they end up in the sea. Many hotels also offer yoga and fitness programmes where you can look after your body and mind amid natural and tranquil surroundings.

    In Malé, you can shop for souvenirs and handmade crafts in Orchid Magu, or head to Majeedhee Magu, which is lined with clothing boutiques and cosmetic shops. The city’s fish market is a great place to experience the local way of life.

    Island hopping is a great way to explore neighbouring isles and meet the locals. You can have picnics on secluded beaches, go kayaking to remote coves, or learn about diverse marine life and conservation programmes from professional guides.

    FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the best time to travel to the Maldives for a holiday?
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      The Maldives sits on either side of the equator, which means it's blessed with consistently warm weather. However, the best time to visit the Maldives for a holiday is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to April. This period offers sunny weather, clear skies, and calm seas, making it perfect for beach activities, water sports, and exploring the stunning marine life by snorkelling or diving. However, it's worth noting that the Maldives is a year-round destination, and even during the monsoon season (May to October), you can still enjoy pleasant weather between occasional rain showers.

      Where is the best place to travel in the Maldives for a holiday?
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      There are over 1200 islands that collectively make up the Maldives. Choosing your island destination for a Maldives holiday will largely depend on your preferences and interests. However, popular locations that we recommend include: 

      Malé: The capital city of the Maldives is a bustling hub of culture, history, and vibrant markets. Explore the Grand Friday Mosque that presides over the landscape, meander around the narrow streets that thread between high rises, and immerse yourself in the local way of life. The underwater riches of the shoreline also lure scuba enthusiasts from across the world.

      Kaafu Atoll: This atoll is home to the famous North Malé Atoll, where you'll find a wide range of luxury resorts, pristine beaches, and thrilling diving and snorkelling opportunities. Private boat charters will take you whale watching, and relaxing spa experiences offered by many of the hotels in the atoll will help you unwind after an active day at sea. 

      Baa Atoll: A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Baa Atoll is known for its rich biodiversity and stunning marine life. It's a perfect destination for nature lovers and those interested in sustainable tourism. Hosting the world's largest natural manta ray feeding station, this place is unique and wonderfully preserved.

      Latest travel advice for holidays in the Maldives
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      It's always important to stay informed about the latest travel advice when planning a holiday in the Maldives. Entry requirements may change with little warning, so monitoring local advice is essential. You must have the necessary travel documents, such as a valid passport, and all tourists will be granted a 30-day visa upon arrival. 

      Maldives: amazing facts and reasons to visit
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      The Maldives is a dream holiday destination. Its stilted over-water cabins are an iconic scene. The waters are impeccably clear, and the weather is perfect. If you paint a picture of paradise, it would look a little like the Maldives. But beyond its blissful good looks, there's a fascinating history and a rich culture to discover – here are three reasons to visit the Maldives:

      The country's geology is unique: The whole country is made up of 26 coral atolls formed after the eruption of ancient underwater volcanoes.

      You can swim with the biggest fish in the sea: The Whale Shark can grow up to 20ft long. Despite their size, they pose no danger to humans and live off a healthy diet of plankton.

      It's a new tourist destination: Although the Maldives has existed for thousands of years, its emergence as a tourist hotspot is recent. Only in the 1970s did the first resorts begin to open up, transforming it into a sought-after destination. Before that, it remained a hidden gem known primarily to adventurous divers and surfers.

      Which are the best places to visit in Maldives?
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      Maldives is a treasure trove of tourist attractions, offering exotic islands, pristine white beaches, magnificent reefs, and captivating museums. With its peaceful islands, luxurious resorts, and awe-inspiring underwater world, every visit to the Maldives is an alluring experience. 

      Head to the city: Start your Maldives exploration in the charming capital, Malé. With its ancient mosque, vibrant buildings, and breathtaking turquoise waters, Malé is a must-visit tropical hot spot. Discover the city's rich heritage, stroll through bustling markets, and immerse yourself in Maldivian history. Don't miss the iconic Grand Friday Mosque, National Museum and Rasrani Bageecha, and indulge in delectable seafood and find unique souvenirs at Majeedhee Magu.

      Take a trip to the Artificial Beach: Don't be fooled by its name. Artificial Beach in Malé is a striking man-made paradise that attracts beach lovers and food enthusiasts alike. With lounging areas, barbeques, and cosy cafes, it offers a delightful experience for culinary delights. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy thrilling water activities, while others can take leisurely walks and admire the breathtaking sunset. 

      Admire a glowing beach: Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives is a mesmerising destination where the waters come alive with a magical glow at night. Its unique phenomenon of bioluminescent plankton attracts millions of tourists every year – and to no surprise, it's a must-see sight. Take a stroll on the glowing beach, immerse yourself in the ethereal blue waters, and soak up the peaceful ambience.

      What are the best tour packages in the Maldives?
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      Celebrate your love in the romantic settings of the Maldives with honeymoon packages that offer secluded villas, candlelit dinners, and spa treatments. Or, for a thrill-seeking adventure, engage in packages built around water sports activities like surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, and parasailing. Whatever you desire from your Maldives getaway with Qatar Airways Holidays, we are here to make it happen.

      Why go on holiday to Maldives with Qatar Airways Holidays?
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      When you travel to the Maldives with Qatar Airways, you can be sure that no stone is left unturned. We'll dot the Is and cross the Ts to guarantee that you have the best vacation. All you need to do is pack a suitcase, get to the airport on time and prepare for holiday heaven.