A Quick Guide to Maldives Holiday Located southwest of the tip of India and stretches all the way to the equator, the Maldives is a group of 1192 islands and islets, grouped into 26 atolls. The Maldives showcases its turquoise water, white sand beaches, crystalline lagoon, world class diving and snorkeling sites, pristine tropical islands and unique architecture, enough to be regarded as one of the best places on earth. It is even considered a paradise on earth. Getting there... Several international airline carriers fly regularly in and out of Male, Maldives. They are: Eurofly, Livington Air, Air Sahara, Australian Airlines, Condor, LTU International Airways, Martin Air Holland, Bangkok Airlines, Viva, Macau, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Indian Airlines and Srilankan Airlines. Also available are charter flights from First Choice, Blue Panorama Airlines, Belair, Malev, Edelweiss, Air Italy, Volare, My Travel, XL Airways, Transaero, Thomas Fly, Neos Spa and Monarch Airlines. Upon arriving to the airport island, ferry services are available to transport you to the capital Male. Special air trips from Trans Maldivian Airways and Maldivian Air Taxi are also available. (Regardless of nationality, all visitors are given free 30 days Visa upon arrival. No prior visa is necessary to enter the Maldives.) Where to stay... The Maldives has several resorts and hotels that offer a wide range of services that fits to every guest seeking to have a one of a kind holiday experience. Whether you just want to stay and relax beside the pool, enjoy some featured water activities, walk barefoot on white sand beach that's just in front of your villa, be pampered like a royalty, drink a few bottles of beer and party in a different way, or just do nothing but adore the majestic beauty of an uninterrupted view of the neighboring islands, the Maldives resorts are just waiting for you. Resorts are located in different atolls all across the Maldives. What to do... The Maldives has captured the excitement and fascination of scuba diver and snorkeling enthusiasts around the world. With its top class diving spots, it is a wonder that must be discovered. The warm water throughout the year and high level of visibility, often exceeding 50 meters, make diving an experience that is sought over and over again. Every resort in the islands has professional diving schools and instructors that are ready to conduct courses for both beginners and advanced divers. If diving is not your cup of tea, then you can just take a dip on turquoise water. A short swim from the beach and snorkellers can experience the same pleasure from the surface. Honeymooners and couples who are hoping to get married in a piece of paradise go to the Maldives. But if you want to relax and do nothing, the Maldives can be a very peaceful place to go to. When to go... On the map, the Maldives Islands are no less than a few splashes of ink. The country is situated southwest of the tip of India and stretches all the way to the equator. That said, the Maldives experiences a whole year of sunshine but the best months to go are from December to April (the rainy season is from May to November). These are also the times when people pack the hotels and resorts. The people are predominantly Muslims but with Dutch, Portuguese and British influences.