Honeymoon Guide | Maldives
Maldives, a true honeymoon paradise
Is what it‚Äôs all about
Situated north of the equator and southwest of India in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is an archipelago of 1190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (a ring-shaped coral reef enclosing a lagoon).
Why choose Maldives as your honeymoon destination?
Palm trees, powder white beaches and turquoise waters, it‚Äôs perfect.
With over ninety resorts scattered across its islands, the Maldives is a true honeymoon paradise. Tall palm trees, powder white beaches and turquoise waters give way to deep warm oceans and coral reefs. One of the busiest tourist destinations in the world, the Maldives is geared towards visitors.
When to go
To be, or not to be in doors.
The Maldives are situated on the Equatorial belt ensuring consistently warm weather, free from severe storms and cyclones. The average temperature rarely drops below 25¬∞C. The Northeast monsoons occur between November and April with clear skies and dry weather. The southwest monsoons occur between May and October bringing strong winds and heavy rain with the Southern atolls experiencing more rain than the Northern atolls.
What your ufiyaa is worth
Rufiyaa. 1 rufiyaa = 100 laari.
Communication is the key
The most common languages are Divehi and English.
Keep it real
The Maldives enjoy low crime levels but tourists are advised to keep an eye on their belongings especially when on the beach as petty theft does occur. Avoid public gatherings and demonstrations, particularly on Male Island, where political instability has been noted.
You‚Äôll be spoilt for choice
- Anatara Veli Resort and Spa (Dhigufinolhu, South Kaafu Atoll)
- Bandos Island Resort (Bandos, North Kaafu Atoll)
- Kuredu Island Resort (Kuredhdhu, Lhaviyani Atoll)
- Lily Beach Resort (Huvahendhoo, South Alif Atoll)
- One and Only Reethi Rah (Medhufinolhu, North Kaafu Atoll)
- Paradise Island Resort and Spa (Lankanfinolhu, North Kaafu Atoll)
- Taj Exotica Resort and Spa (Embudhufinolhu, South Kaafu Atoll)
- W Retreat and Spa (Fesdhoo, North Alif Atoll)
What to see and do
Depending on how busy you want to be
Divers and snorkelers will not be disappointed by the abundance of marine life surrounding the many coral reefs as well as the visibility of the waters. Honeymooners can try surfing, fishing or even go on a boat cruise to spot dolphins. Island hopping by boat or seaplane will familiarise you with the romantic islands and atolls where sunbathing and swimming top the agenda.
The Maldives boasts a large number of luxury resorts perfect for newlyweds and most are equipped with state of the art gymnasiums and luxurious spas. Evening entertainment ranges from night fishing to live music and cabarets.
Flying time from SA
A hop, skip and a jump away
Fourteen and a half hours from Johannesburg. There are no direct flights.
Vaccinations or Medication necessary?
Hakunamatata- which means no worries, but take precautions
Vaccinations for yellow fever and cholera are required for travelers coming from endemic zones as classified by the World Health Organisation. Visitors travelling from malaria-infected countries may be screened upon entry.