Maldives: Strategies: Getting There
What to bring: Pack light and casual: sarongs, bikinis, thin sweaters for nighttime and sun hats. Leave shoes at home but bring all those books you’ve been meaning to read.
Getting there: From the East Coast, the easiest and “quickest” way to arrive in the Maldives is to fly via Dubai (roughly a fourteen-hour trip from the East Coast). Emirates Airlines offers nonstop service (treat yourself to their first class, where you sit in your own small compartment, like on a train). From New York, the flight to Dubai is thirteen hours; the connection to Malé takes four. If you don’t stay at a resort that requires a seaplane transfer, consider booking one just to enjoy an extraordinary aerial introduction to these beautiful islands.
From the East Coast, the easiest options are through the Middle Eastern hubs of Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi. (Dubai to Malé is a four-hour flight.) From Europe there are daily flights from London and Paris to Malé. The charter airlines Eurofly and LTU International Airways depart from cities in Italy and Germany. From the West Coast, Singapore Airlines flies to Malé through Singapore.— Melissa Biggs Bradley 02/07/2008