13 days in Maldives & Santorini Itinerary

13 days in Maldives & Santorini Itinerary

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Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 2 nights
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights


Male, Maldives — 3 nights

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
When in Male, make a side trip to see Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives in Vihamanafushi, approximately Vihamanafushi away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Friday Mosque, stop by Mare Scuba Concept, and hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Male road trip planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to Male is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Male. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Male, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Maafushi Island.
Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip

Maafushi Island, Maldives — 2 nights

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Maafushi Island trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Male to Maafushi Island. In May, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 80°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fira.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping

Fira, Greece — 2 nights

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 19th (Fri), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, hike along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Akrotiri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Red Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fira tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Maafushi Island to Fira with the Route module. Traveling from Maafushi Island to Fira, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Maafushi Island in May, things will get a bit cooler in Fira: highs are around 75°F and lows about 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Maldives travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

Santorini travel guide

Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.