Ihuru Island, Maldives Ihuru Island, Maldives – Image courtesy of Angsana Resort

How to get to the Maldives

The Maldives is an archipelago of 26 coral atolls, which are fragmented into about 1190 low-lying coral islands that lie scattered in the Indian Ocean around 600km southwest of the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka. The Maldives is easily reached by air with daily international flights.

Getting to the Maldives

Although stretching 820km from north to south and 130km east to west, no island in the Maldives is more than 45 minutes away by air taxi (sea plane) from Malé’s international airport.

From Australia and New Zealand: Qantas and Singapore Airlines offer convenient flights via Singapore, with connections from all major Australian airports.

From the UK: Emirates, Qatar Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines, BMI and Singapore Airlines offer scheduled connecting and direct flights; Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways and Monarch Charter operate direct charter flights to Malé from Gatwick Airport, London.

From the USA: British Airways flies from New York and Miami, among others; Singapore Airlines has flights from New York and San Francisco; Thai Airweays, Emirates, Sri Lankan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways offer connecting flights from New York and Los Angeles.

Flight time to Malé, Maldives

Brisbane to the Maldives is 13 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to the Maldives is 16 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to the Maldives is 15 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to the Maldives is 13 hrs, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to the Maldives is 17 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
London to the Maldives is 10 hrs 10 min, direct
New York to the Maldives is 18 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to the Maldives is 24 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Malé International Airport (MLE) is located 2km from the capital, Malé on Huhule Island. Maldivian Air Taxi's Twin Otter's routinely serve the outer islands from Malé. Incoming guests are met by courtesy speedboats from the respective island resorts.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Visas are issued free on arrival for stay of 30 days

Getting around

Between islands: Island Aviation conect Malé with Kaadedhdhoo, Kadhdhoo, Gan and Hanimaadhoo islands. Island-hopping ferries and speedboats are available.

On land: It’s easy enough to walk around most islands as they’re usually quite small. In Malé, taxis are available. Driving is on the left.

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Latest update: How to get to the Maldives: 18 November, 2018

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