By Rhonda Carrier

Translucent waters teeming with marine life, pristine white sands and seafood fresh from fishing boats combine with thrilling water sports (including some of the world’s best diving), lush spas and brilliant kids' clubs to make these tropical islands south-west of India perfect for family holidays far from the crowds. A year-round destination, with an annual daily average of 30°C and an average water temperature of a delicious 28-30°C, they're a great choice for Christmas holidays with kids, and they're also increasingly popular as part of a two-centre holiday with Dubai. 

The peak season to visit the Maldives is December to April, while the south-west monsoon from May to September brings the wet season – with May and October recording the highest monthly rainfall, and rougher seas and strong winds common during this period. 


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Things to do with kids in the Maldives

Dive or snorkel in safe shallow lagoons or at countless world-class dive sites. Most resorts have professional dive schools, and some have house reefs just a short swim from the beach.

Sign up for an array of motorised and non-motorised water sports that vary by resort but may include jet-skiing, water-skiing, flyboarding/jet-blading, paddleboarding and kayaking. Ask us about Maldives resorts with water sports included – seemingly more affordable resorts may end up more expensive once you've paid individually for activities.

With smaller children take a glass-bottomed boat ride to see the archipelago's spectacular marine life.  

Ask your resort about fishing and whale- and dolphin-watching trips; the Maldives is one of the top five places in the world to see dolphins and whales, including blue, sperm and pilot whales. 

Surf in what is fast becoming an established destination for the sport. The Eastern Reef of North Malé Atoll is a good beginners' spot, or there are sites for more experienced surfers. 

Experience life outside the luxury resorts with trips to islands inhabited by locals (arranged from some resorts) or to the capital Malé.

Destination stats

Capital cityMale

Flying time12hrs All flight times are based on flights from UK London airports, to the capital or nearest destination airport.

Carbon footprint9.75 CO2 Estimated tonnes of CO2 produced for return flights for a family of four.

TimezoneGMT +5


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