Visiting the Maldives is the perfect way to escape everyday life and experience a taste of bright blue skies, beautiful white sands and the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure for any holiday maker.

The Maldives are a place of infinite character and idyllic living. These islands also make an ideal destination for couples who are embarking on their honeymoon as a romantic and exciting destination for that all-important first holiday together as a married couple.

Getting There
The Maldives are considered to be a remote location but are actually very accessible from most places in Europe, South-East Asia or the Middle East. Most European and Asian airlines offer services that fly into the main airport, which is called Nasir Male' International. From there it's a very short journey of fifteen minutes by a ferry which runs every few minutes to the actual destination itself. The airports have excellent facilities and a duty-free shop. Visitors to the islands will be given a thirty-day tourist visa on their arrival and proof of identity and valid travel documents are necessary once you arrive on the Maldives.

Holidaymakers are advised to pack for a warmer than average climate, taking with them light and cool cotton and linen clothing. Sun hats and sun cream are essential due to the higher temperatures, as is a good supply of insect repellent. All these items are available for purchase at the airport and in Male' itself. From a health perspective, holiday makers visiting the Maldives will need the appropriate vaccinations against yellow fever and cholera before they arrive.

Where to Stay
Finding somewhere to stay is not difficult. Choose from one of the many well-equipped and beautifully appointed hotels in the capital city of Male' or travel out to one of the resort locations that are only a short trip away from the airport. Both offer a good way of experiencing the Maldives. There are also many other accommodation options, with some very affordable guest houses that offer an excellent service. You can also go on a safari, which offers a safe and secure way of seeing the islands by boat and watching the sea life from the comfort of its deck.

Holiday makers may just want to soak up the sun and enjoy a cocktail or two as they lie on the beaches and relax in the peace and quiet of the surroundings. However, for those visitors who want a little bit more in the way of adventure or exercise there are plenty of options available. Family activity holidays are ideal, with water sports and diving on offer, as well as organised excursions out of the more touristy areas to see how the real people who inhabit the Maldives live their everyday lives.

A holiday in the Maldives is something that needs to be experienced if you are interested in a feeling of completely getting away from it all. Yet visiting the islands also provides a real opportunity to see lots of aquatic wildlife and natural phenomena such as coral reefs at first hand. It's the perfect destination for both couples and families.