Gay vacations The Maldives

The Maldives

The Maldives is the perfect place to switch off. When it comes to unwinding in breathtaking natural environments, a trip to the Maldives is undoubtedly at the top of the list. The country’s iconic water bungalows and beautiful beaches allow you to relax and pamper yourself in impossibly luxurious surroundings. At Out Of Office, it also happens to be our most popular destination.

At a glance

Most people will travel to the Maldives to do absolutely nothing. Rekindle your romance, read a good book or enjoy the fine food on offer at your resort’s restaurants. With some of the world’s most gorgeous turquoise seascapes, for those who like the idea of watersports, then diving and snorkeling are a must in the Maldives. With huge inter-island diversity, whatever you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed to find in the Maldives.

The country’s shallow waters are home to an abundance of reef life sure to wow even the most experienced divers. Many of the resorts we work with in the Maldives have incredible spas, which offer a range of treatments including massages and facials using traditional Maldivian herbal remedies.

The Maldives boasts resorts catering to travelers working with a range of budget sizes, and at Out Of Office, we are proud of our relationships with many of the country’s most luxurious and exclusive resorts. All the properties we work with in the Maldives are handpicked by us to ensure they are welcoming to LGBTQ travelers.

LGBT rights in The Maldives

Despite having problematic laws concerning LGBTQ+ rights, the Maldives is one of Out Of Office’s most popular destinations. Due to the geography of the Maldives, each island is essentially run by the resort that occupies it. We work with an incredible selection of resorts, many of which have LGBTQ+ management, that are welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community.




More Trips in The Maldives

Filters
The Seychelles and the Maldives
The Seychelles and the Maldives

Tailor-Made

You can now combine two of the best luxury island destinations in a single trip: The Seychelles and the Maldives. There are direct flights between Victoria and Male, making the trip possible for the first time. Both of these destinations...

Island hopping in the Maldives: The Out Of Office Collection
Island hopping in the Maldives: The Out Of Office Collection

Tailor-Made

Why stay on one island in the Maldives when you can stay on two? This is especially appealing for seasoned Maldives travellers. The luxury resorts, overwater bungalows, reefs and exceptional service make the Maldives an unbeatable destination. It’s the place...

Gay Group Trip: Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Gay Group Trip: Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Group Trip Departs: • 18th March 2023

Sri Lanka is a fascinating country. Picture it as a tear-shaped island off the coast of India. It’s a deeply spiritual place. We’ll follow the Ceylon Tea Trail into the misty mountains and visit rural communities who’s traditions remain unchanged...

Ultimate Luxury: The Maldives
Ultimate Luxury: The Maldives

Tailor-Made

Combining two of the Maldives’ most luxurious and exclusive resorts, this Ultimate Luxury itinerary has been hand-crafted for our most discerning of clients. Every step of the trip has been carefully curated to provide unforgettable experiences from the moment you...

Symbolic Gay Wedding in the Maldives
Symbolic Gay Wedding in the Maldives

Tailor-Made

Out Of Office is proud to boast the first same-sex symbolic weddings in the Maldives. Working with our very close hotel partners we’ve designed a bespoke itinerary for a Maldives gay wedding that will allow you to get married on...

Barefoot Luxury: Six Senses Laamu & Gili Lankanfushi
Barefoot Luxury: Six Senses Laamu & Gili Lankanfushi

Tailor-Made

Six Senses Laamu & Gili Lankafushi embody the best of Barefoot Luxury in the Maldives. You’ll experience all the luxuries you can desire at both of these resorts while walking everywhere without shoes: the main restaurant at Gili Lankanfushi is...

Chris T.

“I recommend the team at Out of Office in the strongest possible terms! They did a fantastic job finding us a trip to the Maldives.”

Top rated luxury travel agency

Simon. P

“Jaike organised us an absolutely fantastic holiday in the Maldives. We were looking for a complete break with everything catered and nothing for us to worry about.”

Top rated luxury travel agency

Trishna A.

“We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect anniversary trip to the Maldives. I will use Out Of Office for all my big trips.”

Top rated luxury travel agency

Our Experts

Maria Gardner

Maria Gardner

Luxury Travel Expert

"The Maldives is a stand-out when it comes to luxury travel and our most popular destination. We are also proud to be able to work with properties that are welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community."

Contact us
Jaike Rowe

Jaike Rowe

Luxury Travel Expert

"Staying in an over-water bungalow is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'd recommend to any traveller. It's amazing to swim in some of the world's most impressive coral reefs and the sunset's divine."

Contact us

Featured Experiences in The Maldives

Seaplanes
Seaplanes

Looking for an unforgettable experience in the Maldives? Book a Maldives seaplane ride and enjoy breathtaking views of this paradise island. Flying in a seaplane allows you to take in stunning aerial views of the Maldives that you won’t get...

Diving
Diving

Dive into the underwater paradise that is the Maldives. With its crystal-clear waters and bountiful marine life, the Maldives is the perfect place for divers of all levels. From novice to pro, there’s something here for everyone looking to explore...

Spa and Wellness
Spa and Wellness

The Maldives, renowned for its awe-inspiring turquoise beaches, is rapidly growing in popularity as a wellness destination. With high-end resorts boasting serene spas and wellness facilities, luxurious surroundings, and calming ocean views, visitors are provided with the perfect atmosphere to...

Watersports
Watersports

The vibrant, turquoise waters of the Maldives provide the perfect setting for thrill seekers and watersports fans alike. With its crystal clear waters, coral reefs and array of aquatic life, the Maldives is a playground for divers, snorkelers, surfers, kitesurfers...

Destination: The Maldives

Destination: The Maldives

Travel Information

The Maldives – with perhaps some of the most beautiful resorts on earth – is made up of hundreds of individual islands that each have their own unique style and ambience. Stunning white sandy beaches sit next to crystal blue waters and you’ll be able to unwind and relax as you watch beautiful sunsets from the shore.

The abundance of underwater reefs and wildlife augment the natural beauty of the islands with a diverse range of resorts – most accessed by speedboat or seaplane.

If you’ve always dreamt of that overwater pool villa getaway, then the Maldives is sure to impress.

Watch our video guide to the Maldives for further information on these beautiful islands.

The Maldives By Month

January

January is a great time to visit the Maldives, as temperatures remain comfortable and the skies are clear. The Maldives’ tropical climate makes the crystal-clear waters extra inviting – perfect for swimming or relaxing on the sandy beaches.

February

February is one of the best times to visit The Maldives for a genuinely unforgettable getaway. With clear blue skies and crystal-clear turquoise waters, you will be treated to breathtaking views and powder-soft sand beaches.

March

In March, the Maldives is a dream destination for visitors looking for an escape from reality. With blue skies and beautiful aquamarine seas, visitors can enjoy powdery white beaches and unbelievably stunning coral reefs – making it the perfect time to visit.

April

April is an ideal time to visit the Maldives and experience its paradisiacal allure. The skies display a stunning, brilliant blue while the waters are bathed in glorious aquamarine. Visitors can lounge on any of its pristine beaches, or go snorkeling to observe the gorgeous coral reefs in full technicolor glory.

May

If you’re dreaming of a trip to The Maldives in May, keep in mind that it is the wet season and colder than usual. Additionally, there is a possibility of tropical storms during this time, so plan ahead and be prepared for any potential risks.

June

June is not the ideal time to visit the Maldives, as it is the wet season in the country. The temperatures will be lower and rainfall will be frequent, so visitors should come prepared for unpredictable weather. Additionally, tropical storms are common during this period.

July

Hoping to vacation in the Maldives during July? Be aware of the weather – this is considered the wet season. On average, there will be higher levels of rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures than normal. Plus, there is an increased risk of experiencing tropical storms during this month.

August

August may not be the optimal month to visit the Maldives as temperatures tend to be cooler, and rainfall is likely due to it being the height of the island’s rainy season. There is also an increased chance of tropical storms during this time. Therefore, it is important to factor in these risks when planning a trip to the Maldives in August.

September

September is an exciting time to visit the Maldives, but it can also be unpredictable. Average temperatures tend to cool off and there is a strong chance of increased rainfall associated with an increased risk of tropical storms. However, careful preparation and planning can still make the trip very enjoyable.

October

Planning a trip to the Maldives in October? Although this month signals the end of the rainy season and comes with a greater risk of tropical storms, there’s still plenty to do and see with proper preparation. Temperatures cool off, rainfall increases and days can still be spent exploring the stunning beauty these islands have to offer.

November

November is an ideal time to plan a trip to the beautiful islands of the Maldives. From swimming and snorkeling in its crystal clear waters, steps away from vibrant coral reefs, to simply enjoying a walk along one of its stunning, sandy beaches – it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this paradise during this month.

December

December is the peak season for the Maldives, which makes it the perfect time to visit tourist attractions such as its clear blue lagoons and beautiful beaches. You can soak up some sun while lounging on the shore or try out exciting water sports like fishing, snorkeling, and kayaking.

 

Things To Do In The Maldives

Watersports in the Maldives

The Maldives is a fantastic destination for watersports lovers. With its beautiful turquoise waters and abundant coral reefs, the Maldives offers a wealth of opportunities for divers, snorkelers, surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers to enjoy. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced thrill seeker, the Maldives has plenty to offer in terms of aquatic thrills.

Local Islands in the Maldives

Looking for a chance to get acquainted with the Maldivian culture, cuisine and customs? Book yourself a homestay in one of the many local islands in the Maldives. Get invited into a Maldivian home and enjoy their hospitality as you learn about their way of life. With a host family by your side, you will gain insights and experiences like no other.

Private Dining in the Maldives

Want to add a touch of luxury to your trip to the Maldives? Private dining is the answer. With personalized menus and locations ranging from isolated islands to the comfort of your own villa, you can indulge in a delicious meal in an intimate setting. From seafood platters served on white sand beaches to candlelit dinners overlooking spectacular ocean views, enjoy an unforgettable experience with private dining in the Maldives.

Diving in the Maldives

Explore the marine life of the Maldives like never before with the Seabob – a unique water-powered jetpack. Even for first-time users, this thrilling ride is simple to maneuver. Speed through the crystal clear waters and witness the impressive aquatic creatures that inhabit the Maldives.

Best time to visit the Maldives

One of the most popular questions we get asked is when is it the best time to visit the Maldives and when is rainy season in the Maldives? November to April tends to be the best weather, with the best months January and February as our video guide below will tell you.

 

Gay Travel To The Maldives

Whilst it is illegal to be gay in the Maldives, the properties we have chosen to work with have been handpicked by us to ensure they offer a welcome to everyone no matter who you love.

Indeed we’re proud to say that those properties have agreed to offer honeymoon benefits to same-sex couples too.

There are some sensitivities about travelling to the Maldives as an LGBT couple though. We would recommend that you don’t hold hands on the mainland of Male when you land and that you also go through immigration separately.

Our gay and lesbian Maldives video guides will tell you more.

 

Where Are The Maldives?

The Maldives is a group of around 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean.

Around 500 miles southwest of the Asian mainland of Sri Lanka and India, Maldives is made up of 26 atolls which are situated close to the equator.

The islands are spread out too – they take up over 35,000 square miles of area but the islands themselves are only 115 square miles in total when you add them all together.

Where are the Maldives

Best House Reefs in The Maldives

Baros

Baros House Reef is one of the best coral reefs in the Maldives, located on a private island close to Male International Airport. This stunning reef stretches for 300 metres and is easily accessed by a 25-minute speedboat ride. When diving 20 metres deep, you can explore vibrant coral gardens full of exotic fish.

Hurawalhi Island Resort

if you’re interested in learning more about the vibrant marine life at Hurawalhi, their resident marine biologist can take you on sensational tours of the house reef. You’ll feel truly immersed in the pristine paradise here – the resort faces an incredible blue expanse with absolutely no other resorts on the horizon.

OZEN Reserve

OZEN Reserve has a house reef that is beyond extraordinary, with five sunken shipwrecks to explore. Situated in the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives and surrounded by luxurious villas with their own private pools, this reef offers an unforgettable experience for any snorkeling or diving enthusiast.

Anantara Kihavah

As one of the most Instagram-worthy hotels in the world, Anantara Kihavah offers visitors access to a unique and stunning house reef that can only be accessed by strong swimmers. Once there, you will be able to take in the natural beauty of its turquoise waters and observe Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks up close.

  • January

    25°C - 30°C

    January is the best time to go to the Maldives. You won't find a cloud in the sky and it's sunny all day long.

  • February

    25°C - 30°C

    February is also a great time to visit weather wise. It is peak season so prices are higher.

  • March

    25°C - 30°C

    Enjoy hot sunny days, with minimal rainfall.

  • April

    25°C - 30°C

    April is where rainfall picks up a little bit. Sea temperatures are at their warmest and you'll find lots of sunny spells interspersed.

  • May

    25°C - 30°C

    In May you will experience a lot of rainfall scattered with some sunshine.

  • June

    25°C - 30°C

    June is part of the monsoon season so you will see rain showers with the potential for storms.

  • July

    25°C - 30°C

    July is very similar to June, the Maldives always has warm temperatures but it is common for it to rain and be cloudy.

  • August

    25°C - 30°C

    August is one of the rainiest months for the Maldives with the potential for thunderstorms to occur.

  • September

    25°C - 30°C

    September has the highest average rainfall so we would advise not visiting during this month.

  • October

    25°C - 30°C

    October is coming out of the monsoon season so rainfall decreases and sunny spells become more frequent.

  • November

    25°C - 30°C

    November is start of the peak season so prices hike up during these months. The weather is very pleasant with lots of sunshine though an occasional rain shower.

  • December

    25°C - 30°C

    December is the most expensive time to visit during the festive season. But the weather is good and you can expect fine weather throughout your stay.

Getting to the Maldives is relatively straightforward. Fly to Male direct at certain times of year with British Airways from London, via the UAE with Emirates or Etihad or via Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines. From the international airport, you will leave the mainland and pick up a speedboat or seaplane to your chosen luxury Maldives resort – an experience in itself – as our video guide shows.

From the blog

The law vs. reality: Gay travel to the Maldives
The law vs. reality: Gay travel to the Maldives

A holiday or vacation to the Maldives is certainly something at the top of many people’s bucket lists – and rightly so. Not only does it offer some of the most beautiful resorts on the planet but the people are...

Maldives: The Best House Reefs
Maldives: The Best House Reefs

It is one of the great luxury destinations on earth and so choosing the best house reef in the Maldives is difficult. As there’s no heavy industry in the Maldives, the waters are crystal clear meaning that the ocean has...

Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius - which is better?
Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius - which is better?

Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius are considered to be the pearls of the Indian Ocean. They are beautiful island countries and all three are geared towards tourism. You’ll find world-class luxury resorts, white sand beaches and turquoise waters. These countries shape...

Why book with us?

Personal Service


We want to ensure you have the best experience with us so we’ll keep working on your itinerary until perfect. You will have your own personal dedicated member of our team who will help build the perfect trip for you.


Call our travel experts on +44 (0)20 7157 1570

Our 5* Reviews


We pride ourselves in the number of clients that are referred to us by our existing customers. Our 5* Trustpilot rating is important to us, so we encourage you to browse our reviews. They speak for themselves and that's why you are in safe hands.


Make an enquiry


Phone

020 7157 1570

Email

info@outofoffice.com


To start planning your trip, please call us or complete the enquiry form and one of our team of experts will contact you as soon as possible for an initial consultation to discuss your travel plans in more detail.


All the prices on our website do not include flights. We can, of course, arrange them for you.


Your trip
Your details

*= Mandatory field

  • 2,000-3,000
  • 3,000-5,000
  • 5,000-7,500
  • 7,500-10,000
  • 10,000+