We fly direct to the Maldives three times a week

10-11 hour flight time

London Heathrow to Male
Seasonal service from 22nd October 2023 to 29th March 2024
Male to London Heathrow
Seasonal service from 23rd October 2023 to 30th March 2024

What will the weather be like?

The Maldives enjoys a tropical climate that is consistently hot and often humid. 

The driest months are between December and April, so that's when you'll see the longest hours of sun and the warmest, dreamiest days.

Visas and entry requirements

The choice of accommodation is limited for unvaccinated customers.

Fully vaccinated*


Traveller declaration form submitted within 72 hours (recommended time) both pre-departure and pre-return, submitted electronically via IMUGA.


Not fully vaccinated*


Traveller declaration form submitted within 72 hours (recommended time) both pre-departure and pre-return, submitted electronically via IMUGA.

What you need to know

Handy hints to help you hit the ground running in the Maldives.

Local time

GMT +5 hours


Maldivian Rufiya


Dhivehi and English is widely spoken


230 volts 50Hz

Plug type C, D and G



Local transport

Seaplanes are the quickest way to hop between atolls, with unbeatable views. Alternatively you can take the public ferries or private speedboats from Malé to your island destination.

Airport Guides

Before you set off, take a look at our Male Velana International Airport guide.

Maldives airport guide

Maldives magic, made easy

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Discover the Maldives

Sky above. Sea below. Bliss all over.

When it comes to getting away from it all, there are beach holidays, and then there’s the Maldives. The turquoise water too clear to be true. Silky white sand stretching as far as the eye can see. And luxurious over-water villas just perfect for curling up with a cocktail and watching the sun go down. We've all seen the photos. But no Insta-filter or image search comes even close to capturing the real-life picture-perfect panoramas in these paradise islands just south of Sri Lanka. 

A favourite with honeymooners, there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it for a romantic break to reset - cocooned like conches in your own private bubble of bliss.

Snorkel, fish, dive...or just float.

The nation is made up of 1200 coral islands, so be sure to grab a snorkel and take to the water to explore the world beneath the horizon.

Experience world-class diving, surfing, fishing, kayaking and more.

A kick of coconut.

As you'd expect, Maldivian food is a bubbling cauldron of flavours from India, Sri Lanka and Arabia, with a kick of coconut and spice to bring up the heat..

Wander through Male’s street markets and savour the flavours on offer, or dine in style on the balcony of your water bunglow.

Why you’ll love flying with Virgin Atlantic

Cabins and seats

Our seats have been carefully designed to help you fly in total comfort during the flight, no matter which cabin you're in. Find out how our Upper Class, Premium and Economy seats measure up.

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Inflight services

Whichever cabin you're travelling in, you'll enjoy exciting inflight entertainment and delicious food and drinks throughout the flight.


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Virgin Points

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