The Maldives Islands stretch from North to South of the Equator in the Indian Ocean.
26 Coral Atolls formed above Ancient submerged Volcanic Mountain ranges which made
a string of over 1200 Palm fringed Coral Islands, with large barrier reefs, which serve to
protect them from the open sea.

The Maldivians
There are 385 000 Maldivians, the majority live in Male – the Capital. Their main source
of income is Tourism, over 1, 5 Million tourists visit the Maldives each year from all corners
of the Earth. They arrive by Private Jet, Luxury boat and on 43 International scheduled
airlines. Their staple diet is fish, poultry, rice, tomatoes, onion, chilli and coconut milk.
Most of their fresh produce is flown in from India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Now South
Africa will be included in their top 4 importers.

Gan International Airport
Gan is situated 0.067 degrees South of the Equator in Addu Atoll, located in the heart of
the Indian Ocean. Gan Airport was constructed by Royal Navy Engineers and the Airforce
in 1939. The reason being that the Japanese forces had occupied Singapore and surrounding
countries, as a result the RAF could not reach Australia by Air. On completion, Gan Airport
opened an Air corridor to reach Australia. After the end of the Second World War the RAF
operated Gan as an Airbase until 1975. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited Gan in
1965. In 2016 the new Gan International Airport was officially opened. SAA was the first
long haul wide bodied International carrier to land in Gan on the 3rd December 2018.

Air Tour Operators – South African Airways
A.T.O, in conjunction with SAA, has previously operated 267 round trip SAA charters to
the Maldives. In December 2018, A.T.O recommenced SAA flights to the Maldives,
using AB330-200 Aircraft. Effective 21 April 2019, A.T.O will offer regular flights to Gan
International Airport. The flying time from O.R Tambo International Airport to Gan
International Airport is 6 hours and 50 minutes. SAA flights depart from O.R. Tambo at
11:50 pm on Sundays arriving at Gan on Monday at 09:40 am. Departing Gan on Saturdays
at 1:00 pm, arriving at O.R Tambo at 5:00 pm. The SAA Airbus 340-300 wide bodied aircraft
has four jet engines, 38 Business class seats with lie flat, 211 Economy seats and a freight
capacity of 20 000kg.

Equator Village is not your typical Maldivian resort; this is an escape into a land of culture and nature entwined together.
The resort is vast in size, with a forestry of green, large trees looming overhead. This makes for incredible bird watching in
the evenings and early mornings as trees are busy with the ‘Dhondheeni’ who call these their home. Only a short distance
away from the rooms are soft sandy beaches and inviting turquoise waters. With the unique blend of beauty and endless
possibilities for adventure, Equator Village is the ideal getaway for those who wish to experience a different side of the Maldives.

In the southernmost atoll of the Maldives lies the idyllic Canareef Resort Maldives. Situated on an island spanning 4.5km,
it is the longest resort island in the country. Experience the natural beauty of the island and its world class facilities,
explore its neighbouring islands: Hulhu Meedhoo and Gan. Go beneath the waves; the resort is in proximity to the largest
shipwreck in the country, the British Loyalty and home to 25 dive spots frequented by manta rays and dolphins all year round.
Indulge in the multitude of activities the resort has on offer. Leave your inhibitions at home and “Step Out of The Blue” with us.

On its own private island in Addu Atoll, the picture-perfect Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is a tropical sanctuary.
An exclusive all-villa hideaway with endless recreational activities, unforgettable dining experiences and the only 9-hole
golf course in the Maldives, there’s adventures to be had on every corner of the island. 10 minutes by speedboat from
Gan International Airport. This beautiful Resort features 132 villas with either their own private pool or luxuriously
situated directly over the ocean; 6 restaurants and bars; surrounded by pristine beach and unique jungle settings.

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