The Maldives is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean below India and Sri Lanka. The country may be described in two words: tropical paradise. The dream vacation you have always longed for has “Maldives” written all over it. Although the entire country only has one international airport, getting to the Maldives is easy since there are several regular international flights coming in from all over Europe and Asia.
Tourists coming in from Europe or Asia may take any of these 12 regular international flights. When flying in from Europe, you could take Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Austrian Airlines or SAS Scandinavian; when from the Middle East, Emirates Airlines or Qatar Airways; when from Asia or the United States, Singapore Airlines or Malaysian Airlines; or when from the nearby Indian subcontinent, Pakistan International Airlines or Airlanka.
Of course, Maldives has its own airline, Air Maldives, which travels regularly to nearby Sri Lanka, India and Dubai, and to faraway South Africa, London and Paris. Modern airways and the airline industry, it seems, have made it easy for tourists from any part of the world to come visit this beautiful country. There are also a number of charter flights coming in from Paris, Germany and Italy. Although mostly Europeans come here, there is no lack of tourists from the United States, Australia and Japan. Australian tourists typically pass by Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, while the Japanese normally take the Sri Lanka route.
Maldives airport is in Male, in the island of Hulhule. Long international flights typically take a layover in Sri Lanka. The more adventurous tourist has got to wonder if traveling by sea from Sri Lanka to the Maldives is possible. Well, it is not. There are no ferries or boat companies operating between these two countries. There are cargo ships, though, but they will not take passengers. Also, there is a small ship cruise that begins in Chennai, India that passes through Sri Lanka. It is a bit expensive but you might want to consider this cruise if you really wish to experience reaching the Maldives by sea.
Upon reaching the islands, the government of Maldives makes it a point to welcome everyone by not requiring an entry visa for tourists who are staying for less than 30 days. As in most if not all countries, you are not allowed to bring in drugs, firearms and pornographic materials, and since this is a Muslim nation, you are also not allowed to carry dogs, pigs and pork items.
From there, you can take connecting flights or arrange for pickup to your final destination. The Maldives offers amazing beaches and dive sites in several of its islands. You can reach these islands by air or by sea on board a domestic flight, seaplane, speedboat or ferry. Seaplane is the best way to go.
Modern transportation and communications have made it easy to visit any tourist vacation spot in the world. And with so many international airlines competing, airline companies offer regular discounts and price cuts. The average cost for a roundtrip ticket from the United States to Male, Maldives is USD 4,000. If you’ve saved for and dreamed of that perfect getaway vacation, getting to the Maldives tropical paradise is definitely within your reach.