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Questions about flights, transfers and airports, taxes and fees in the Maldives

  • Depending on the location of the hotel, there are three ways to get from Velana International Airport in the capital of Male to the selected resort island :

    1. Take the hotel's seaplane with other tourists or rent the entire plane. The flight can last from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the distance of the island from the capital.
    2. Local airlines seaplane. In this case, it often happens that after the flight you still need to take a high-speed boat for 5-20 minutes to your island, since local airlines deliver passengers to a limited number of islands.
    3. Speedboat or yacht. This type of transfer is provided by hotels located near the capital Male . This usually takes 20 to 40 minutes.

    Important : round trip transfers are already included in the price of hotels on WIOTTO . You can familiarize yourself with the type of transfer on the hotel's page in the “ Transfer ” section or check with the manager during booking.

    More details about the transfer in the Maldives .

  • Seaplanes in the Maldives fly from 6:00 to 16:30 every day. You must arrive in Male at least at 15:30 to catch the seaplane on the same day. Otherwise, you will have to spend the night in Male . Due to weather conditions and the peculiarities of the work of some airlines, the operating hours of seaplanes may be shifted or flights may not be operated at all.

  • Depending on the hotel chosen, a seaplane transfer can cost an average of $ 240 to $ 470 round trip per person . Resorts remote from Male will cost more - from $ 900 to $ 1400 round trip for one. Private seaplane transfers (8 and 15 seater VIP seaplanes) cost from $ 10,000 to $ 20,000.

    At WIOTTO, the transfer is already included in the presented price. If the hotel provides such an opportunity, you can choose the type of transfer at WIOTTO : speedboat or seaplane. Browse and book Maldives hotels here .

  • Transfer in the Maldives by speedboat ( speedboat ) is cheaper than by seaplane. Depending on the distance to Male , a speedboat per one costs approximately $ 40 to $ 250 round trip. The resorts remote from Male can only be reached by seaplane (travel time is about an hour or more). The average cost of a seaplane is from $ 240 to $ 470 round trip per one.

    In the WIOTTO catalog , on the page of a particular hotel, you can choose the type of transfer to the resort : by seaplane, local airlines, speedboat or combined transfer . Transfer options depend on the facilities of the resort . For example, Reethi Beach Resort offers two types of transfers from Male to Resort :

    • Local airlines + speed boat - $ 580 round trip for one (about 20 minutes by air + 10 minutes by transfer + 10 minutes by boat).
    • Seaplane - $ 820 round trip per flight (about 35 minutes).
    • The transfer by speedboat takes from 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the distance of the island from the capital of Male and its international airport.
    • Seaplane transfers can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half , depending on the distance between Male and the resort .
    • Combined transfer - for example, local airlines + speedboat . From 30 minutes to an hour and a half . It will take 5 to 15 minutes to transfer from air to boat.

    More details about the transfer in the Maldives .

  • Ferries in the Maldives run only between local islands, that is, those where the local population lives. There is also tourism on the local islands. You can stay in a small hotel or guesthouse .

  • Ferries in the Maldives (or Slow dhoni Transfer ) run only between local islands. Depending on the distance, the ferry costs from $ 5 to $ 30 one way per one.

  • Maldives ferries are the slowest type of transfer on the islands. They run only between local islands. Ferries are three times slower than speedboats, i.e. if the boat covers the distance in 30 minutes, the ferry will take 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    Ferries carry 50 to 100 passengers. The schedule may be interrupted by weather conditions.

    Examples for comparison:

    • Ferry Male - Todd ( Thoddoo ): 7 hours and 20 minutes
    • Ferry Male - Maafushi ( Maafushi ): 1 hour and 35 minutes

  • The Maldives has one major international airport in the capital of Male - Velana International . It is located on a separate island, Hulhule , just minutes from Male . This is the busiest Aerope Hg page Ana. Male airport offers passenger flights to more than 20 countries, including: India, USA, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Great Britain and many others.

    Also in the Maldives, there are several more small airports on other local islands that serve local airlines and some international destinations:

    • Gan ( Addu Atoll in the southern part of the Maldives ) - receives flights from Sri Lanka.
    • Maafaru ( Nuunu Atoll ) - Flights to India.
    • Hanimaadhoo ( Haa Dhaalu Atoll ) - there are flights to India, Bangladesh.
    • In addition to the ones listed here, there are about 10 more airports on the islands serving domestic flights.
  • More than 30 airlines from all over the world fly to the Maldives . Airlines with the most flights to Maldives :

    • Emirates
    • Qatar Airways
    • Aeroflot

    A complete list of airlines that fly to the Maldives .

  • Near the Velana airport (in the capital of Male on the island of Hulhumale ), as a rule, they stop if they did not have time for a seaplane transfer to the resort . This is due to the fact that seaplanes do not fly at night. According to reviews, an excellent option for staying near the airport would be:

  • Tourists in the Maldives are charged:

    1. Environmental tax ( green tax ) - $ 6 per day for one tourist who stays at a resort , boat or hotel and $ 3 per day for someone who stays in a guesthouse.
    2. Tax on tourism goods and services (Tourism the Goods and Services Tax - T GST ) - 12%.
    3. Some hotels charge tourists a service tax of 10%.

    Hotels may collect taxes and fees both at the time of booking and upon arrival at the resort . In order not to be a surprise for you, inquire at the time of booking if taxes and fees are included in the presented price of accommodation in the Maldives . By the way, at WIOTTO all taxes and fees are already included in the price of villas and apartments on the website .

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Questions about the weather in the Maldives

  • The best time to visit the Maldives is from December to March. This is the period when there is a minimum amount of rain on the islands, there are practically no waves, the water is clear. This is the perfect weather for two of the top activities on the islands: snorkeling and relaxing in the warm sun.

  • At different times of the year, the air and water temperatures in the Maldives remain stable and are in the range of 2 5 -3 1 degrees a . The islands have an equatorial climate.

    More details about the weather in the Maldives

  • The weather in the Maldives is influenced by several factors:

    • The Maldives is located in the equator and in the middle of the Indian Ocean, which means that the local tropical monsoon climate is determined by the direction of the prevailing winds.
    • The islands stretch for almost 900 km from the server to the south and have a completely flat relief. Because of this, special temperature differences between the weather on the atolls at the same time are almost impossible to see, and it can pour like a bucket anywhere and at any time, while it will be dry for several tens of kilometers.

    During the winter months, the weather in the Maldives is dry with minimal rainfall. The summer months are the wettest in the Maldives . On some days, the humidity rises so much that clothes on the street do not dry out. In summer, there can be up to 18 rainy days per month. At the same time, both in winter and summer, the air and water temperatures in the Maldives remain stable and are in the range of 2 5 -3 1 degrees a .

  • In the Maldives, there is only a calendar winter. All year round, air and water temperatures are in the range of 2 5 -3 1 degrees a .

    About the weather in the Maldives in winter

  • Summer in the Maldives has up to 18 rainy days per month. Humidity reaches 80%. The rains usually last 20-40 minutes.

    Sunny days happen, but rain and sun alternate, replacing each other suddenly. This makes it difficult to plan any trips or excursions to the islands. The weather can change several times during the day.

      • January is the perfect time to travel to the Maldives . Most of the days are sunny . Rains, if they come, last no more than an hour and a half. After that, everything dries up quickly and excellent weather reigns again.
      • Average daytime temperature: +30 degrees, in the evening up to +26 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: + 28 degrees.
      • Precipitation is possible only in early January, it is no more than 5 rainy days.
      • February in the Maldives is one of the driest and sunniest months of the year. This is the high season and the best time to visit the islands.
      • Average daytime temperature: + 28-29 degrees, in the evening up to +26 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: + 28 degrees.
      • On average, in February, no more than 5 rainy days per month.
      • More details about the Maldives in February.
      • March in the Maldives is considered one of the hottest and quietest months of the year. The probability of rainfall during this period is minimal. Clear blue skies and about 9 hours of sunshine await guests almost daily.
      • Average daytime temperature: + 30-31 degrees, in the evening up to + 27-28 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: + 29-30 degrees.
      • On average, in March there are no more than 6 rainy days per month.
      • More details about the Maldives in March.
      • The weather in the Maldives becomes less predictable in April, the amount of precipitation gradually increases and the humidity rises. As in March , visitors to the islands will experience relatively low cloud cover and about 9 hours of sunshine.
      • Average daytime temperature: + 30-32 degrees, in the evening up to + 27-29 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: + 30-31 degrees (this is the highest rate in a year).
      • On average, in April there are no more than 9 rainy days per month.
      • More details about the Maldives in April.
      • May is still one of the hottest months on the islands, although not the most favorable period for a trip to the Maldives . The last month of spring brings the beginning of the season of winds and rains. Weather conditions are changing. Most often it starts raining in the evening and can last at night. Everything will dry out by morning. During the day, the rains are short-lived and can last only 20-30 minutes.
      • Average daytime temperature: + 30-31 degrees, in the evening up to +26 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: +29 degrees.
      • On average, there are about 14 rainy days per month in May.
      • More details about the Maldives in May.
      • June in the Maldives is a combination of tropical rains (which, however, are short-lived and usually occur at night), warm temperatures with high humidity, and an alternation of sunny and cloudy days.
      • Average daytime temperature: +30 degrees, in the evening up to +26 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: +29 degrees.
      • On average, there are about 13 rainy days per month in June.
      • More details about the Maldives in June.
      • The weather in July does not spoil sunny days. And Yul is one of the worst months to travel to the Maldives if you want to enjoy a beach holiday. At this time, it rains, the humidity is high (79% on average). Basically, tropical showers show their full power at night. They are usually short-term: 20-40 minutes. But they can drag on until lunch the next day, or even not stop for several days.
      • Average daytime temperature: +30 degrees, in the evening up to +25 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: +29 degrees.
      • On average, uw l ie about 12 rainy days per month.
      • More details about the Maldives in July.
      • August in the Maldives is low season. This is one of the most unpredictable months, which can seriously "tarnish" a magical holiday on the paradise islands. In terms of precipitation, August surpasses all other summer months. Sunny days happen, but rain and sun alternate, replacing each other suddenly. This makes it difficult to plan any trips or excursions to the islands. The wind is notable for enviable constancy: it ups significant waves. Therefore, it is August that is considered one of the most favorite months for surfing in the Maldives.
      • Average daytime temperature: +30 degrees, in the evening up to +2 6 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: +29 degrees.
      • On average, there are about 1-3 rainy days per month in August .
      • More details about the Maldives in August.
      • September in the Maldives is considered one of the wettest months of the year. However, the weather this month should not be considered unacceptable for travel. Heavy rains occur most often at night. During the daytime, showers are rare and usually do not last more than an hour. The winds bring plankton and the water is not as clear as in the winter months. September is one of the best months for surfing in the Maldives and also for watching manta rays attracted by plankton.
      • Average daytime temperature: +30 degrees, in the evening up to +25 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: + 28-29 degrees./li>
      • On average, September has about 16 rainy days per month.
      • More details about the Maldives in September.
      • October in the Maldives is a low season. Showers during this period are not uncommon. Rains can come out of nowhere and end as suddenly as they started. The month is quite unpredictable. You can get both on sunny days and on the sky covered with clouds.
      • Average daytime temperature: +30 degrees, in the evening up to +25 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: + 28-29 degrees.
      • On average, there are about 14-15 rainy days per month in October.
      • More details about the Maldives in October.
      • In November in the Maldives, the official rainy season comes to an end and there are fewer rainy days than in October , but the weather is still unpredictable. The bright sun can suddenly be replaced by a tropical downpour, then the clouds rapidly disperse, again giving way to the sun's rays. Despite the high probability of rain, on average, visitors to the islands can enjoy the sun for 6 hours a day.
      • Average daytime temperature: +30 degrees, in the evening up to +25 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: + 28-29 degrees.
      • On average, there are about 13 rainy days per month in November.
      • More details about the Maldives in November.
      • December in the Maldives is the beginning of a dry and, accordingly, high season. Still an unpredictable month, but there are significantly more sunny days than in autumn. The water is clear: visibility reaches 30 m . December is no longer as stuffy as in previous months. Humidity is declining. The sun is coming, but the wind has not yet had time to leave.
      • Average daytime temperature: + 29-30 degrees, in the evening up to +25 degrees.
      • Average water temperature: + 27-28 degrees.
      • On average, there are about 11 rainy days per month in December.
      • More details about the Maldives in December.

General questions about the Maldives

What discounts are there for WIOTTO?

  • Discounts as well as special offers are applicable to specific hotels and time periods:

    • Early booking . For some hotels, there are various discounts if you book 30-120 days before arrival.
    • Seasonal discounts . Some hotels offer discounts for certain dates of the season, such as summer or autumn. They may be limited by the booking date.
    • Long stay offer . Many hotels give discounts on accommodation if the length of your stay exceeds a certain period, for example, more than 5-14 nights. It is possible that, for example, every 5th night is free.
    • Family proposals . Various variations are possible here: children under a certain age are accommodated free of charge, meals for children are included in the price, babysitting services are provided and others.
    • Offers for newlyweds . These can include greeting dinners, spa sessions , excursions, and other romantic events. Each hotel exhibits its proposals, as well as the period from the wedding day in which you can use them.
    • Meal upgrade . Increasing the type of food. For example, the All inclusive offer is valid for a villa with breakfast only .

    If there are discounts or special offers for the hotel you have chosen , this is displayed in the hotel catalog on an orange background, as well as on the hotel page itself.

    You can learn more about the current discounts :

    1. In an online chat at WIOTTO manager.
    2. On the page of discounts, where discounts are distributed by month.

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