Cheap Flights to Maldives

Officially known as the Republic of Maldives, this island nation is located in the area of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Maldives is an archipelago composed of 1,192 coral islands that form two chains of twenty-six atolls in the Laccadive Sea. It is situated north to south and lies between the Chagos Archipelago and the Minicoy Island, which is in the southernmost part of Lakshadweep, India. The country has around 200 inhabited islands, 185 of which are inhabited by locals while the other islands are mainly for economic functions such as tourism and agriculture. Around 80 of these islands have resorts for tourists.

Maldives burst into the tourism scene around the early 1970’s. It was only in 1972 when tourists resorts first opened, namely the Bandos Island Resort and the Kurumba Village – now known as Kurumba Maldives. There are now over 90 resorts in Maldives bringing in over 8 million tourists to the islands. The country’s tropical climate with its plentiful sunshine and even temperatures throughout the year, makes Maldives one of the top island destinations in the world.

Traveling to Maldives is relatively easy. The main airport – Malé International Airport – is located on Hulhulé Island, just nearby to the country’s capital city Malé. The airport operates flights from most major airports in South East Asia including Singapore, Doha, Dubai and India. There are also a few charter flights available for travelers coming from Europe. The smaller Gan Airport, located in the southern atoll of Addu, also operates flights from Milan several times a week.

Planning a vacation in Maldives is relatively easy as visitors to the country do not need to apply for a visa, regardless of the country of origin. Simply ensure to have a valid passport, proof of onward travel and proof of finances to be self-sufficient while in the country. Once in the country, travelers will be spoilt for choice on places to go, sights to see and activities to do while in Maldives. Here are just a few of the top tourist spots in Maldives that should not be missed:

National Museum – The first national museum of Maldives, the National Museum was first established in 1952 during the country’s national day. It was built to preserve the country’s history and showcase the patriotism of the people of Maldives. The museum has a significant collection of historical artifacts from stone objects to royal antiquities covering the period from the Buddhist era until the rule of Islamic monarchs. The National Museum is housed in both an old historical three-story building and newer building located in the Sultan Park in Malé.

Gan – Located in the southernmost part of Addu Atoll, previously known as Seenu Atoll, the island of Gan is also the southernmost island in Maldives. Gan is also the second largest island in Addu Atoll with a land area of 2.26 square kilometers. The island used to be the site of a British naval and airbase until 1976. It has since been redeveloped as the current Gan International Airport. Gan also has a hotel that serves the tourists in the area and neighboring islands. The island is connected by causeways to the islands of Hithadhoo, Feydu and Maradu.

Muliaage – Once the ‘Official Residence of the President of Maldives’, Muliaage is situated at Malé’s historic center. Nearby is the Friday Mosque or the Medhu Ziyaarai and the Grand Minaret of Malé or the Munnaru. The construction of Muliaage started in 1914 and was completed in 1919, commissioned by the Sultan Muhammad Shamsuddeen III for Prince Hassan Izzuddin, his son and heir. The Muliaage is considered to be the closest one could get to a royal Maldivian palace.

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