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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘asalam alekum ’
( a-salam alekum )
Dhivehi
Plug type g
Electricity
230V/50hz
More on electricity
Dec-Apr
Best time to go
Dry

Money and costs

Currency
Rufiyaa (MVR)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 19, 2018 5:30AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$400
  • Budget resorts cost US$150–350 per night.
  • Guesthouses are cheaper at around US$60–100 per night.
  • Reach guesthouses cheaply by taking public ferries for US$5–10.
Midrange
US$400–850
  • Midrange resorts start from US$350 per night.
  • Full board or all-inclusive options can save money.
  • Speedboats to resorts cost around US$200–300.
Top end (more than)
US$850
  • Top-end rooms start at US$750.
  • Seaplane transfers generally cost anything from US$400 return.
  • Expect a meal in a top-end resort to cost a minimum US$150 per person.

Visas

Nobody coming to Maldives requires a visa for a stay of 30 days or less.

Get the latest visa advice for Maldives from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
MDV-01
Addu Atoll
Go Dec–Apr
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Southern Atolls
MDV-05
Laamu
MDV-07
Haa Alifu
MDV
Addu Atoll
Go Dec–Apr
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Haa Dhaalu
Go Dec–Apr
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Baa
Mar – May
31278881
0.63
0.02
Jun – Aug
30278680
0.57
0.02
Sep – Nov
30268679
0.5
0.02
Dec – Feb
30268679
0.17
0.0
Male
Go Dec–Apr
Mar – May
31278881
0.63
0.02
Jun – Aug
31278780
0.57
0.02
Sep – Nov
30268679
0.5
0.02
Dec – Feb
30278679
0.17
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Rasdhoo Atoll
Go Dec–Apr
Mar – May
31278881
0.63
0.02
Jun – Aug
31278780
0.57
0.02
Sep – Nov
30268679
0.5
0.02
Dec – Feb
30278679
0.17
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Maldives

For such a tiny country, Maldives is easily reached from almost anywhere in the world and enjoys multiple daily flights from most major air hubs in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Maldives

The best price found from United States to Maldives is on December 7th, 2018, travelling with jetBlue. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $526.00
MLE
Velana International

Getting around Maldives

Transport in Maldives is either fast and rather expensive, or reasonably priced and very slow.

Air Internal flights connect Male to 12 regional airstrips at least daily. Chartered seaplanes collect arrivals at Velana International Airport and fly them direct to their resorts.

Boat Most transport in Maldives is by boat, for obvious reasons. Resorts collect guests from Male or regional airstrips by speedboat, a fast and comfortable way to travel. Independent travellers will need to use the slow but cheap public ferry system or newly introduced (and pricier!) private speedboat transfers to inhabited islands.

Car Most islands are totally car-free, with the exception of Male and a few other larger inhabited islands.

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