ICMFS Conference 2023 Maldives

Getting to Bandos Island Resort, Maldives

Bandos Island Resort, Maldives

Bandos Island is located in the Maldives archipelago, a tropical island(s) nation in the Indian Ocean. The best way to get to Bandos Island Resort is to fly into the Velana International Airport (MLE), which is the main airport serving the Maldives. From there, you can take a speedboat transfer to Bandos Island Resort. It is recommended that you pre-book for the airport transfer at our conference site itself.

In case, you have pre-booked your airport transfer, please check out of the airport – you can see the representative of the Bandos Island resort waiting for your transport by speed boat. The travel is spectacular, in any part of the day/evening, and offers an interesting experience. It takes about a 15-20 minute speedboat ride to Bandos Island Resort.


Here are some general instructions on how to get to the Maldives and Bandos Island Resort from different countries and continents:

  • From Europe – Many European airlines such as British Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines offer direct or connecting flights to the Maldives from major European cities such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam. Flight time ranges from 10-15 hours, depending on the layover time.
  • From North America – Several airlines such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and Turkish Airlines offer connecting flights to the Maldives from major North American cities such as New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Flight time ranges from 20-30 hours, depending on the layover time
  • From Asia – Many Asian airlines such as AirAsia, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways offer direct or connecting flights to the Maldives from major Asian cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. Flight time ranges from 4-8 hours, depending on the layover time.
  • From the Middle East – Many International flights connect via Middle Eastern destinations including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Riyadh.
  • From Australia – Airlines such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines offer connecting flights to the Maldives from major Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne. Flight time ranges from 12-18 hours, depending on the layover time.

It’s recommended that you check with your preferred airline to see what flights are available and to confirm the current entry requirements and regulations for the Maldives. For details on Visa: https://www.immigration.gov.mv/tourist-visa/



The currency used in the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR). However, most resorts and tourist establishments in the Maldives accept major international currencies such as US dollars, Euros, British pounds, and Japanese yen. Many resorts also have their own currency exchange desks, where guests can exchange their foreign currency for Maldivian Rufiyaa or vice versa. Some resorts also offer ATM facilities where guests can withdraw local currency using their international debit or credit cards. However, it is always advisable to carry some Maldivian Rufiyaa with you when traveling to the Maldives, especially if you plan to explore the local markets or take a local ferry to other islands. Also, note that the exchange rates offered by the resorts may not be the most competitive, so it’s a good idea to check the prevailing exchange rates before exchanging your currency.


Social activities

Bandos Island Resort offers a wide range of social activities for its guests. Here are some of the most popular social activities you can enjoy at Bandos Island Resort:

  1. Water Sports: Guests can enjoy a variety of water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing, and more.
  2. Excursions: Bandos Island Resort offers a range of excursions, including island hopping tours, dolphin watching, sunset cruises, and fishing trips.
  3. Beach Volleyball: The resort has a beach volleyball court where guests can enjoy a friendly game with friends or family.
  4. Karaoke Nights: The resort organizes karaoke nights for guests to showcase their singing talents and have fun.
  5. Live Music and Entertainment: The resort has live music and entertainment shows that guests can enjoy in the evenings.
  6. Spa and Wellness Activities: The resort has a luxurious spa where guests can relax and rejuvenate with massages, facials, and other wellness treatments.
  7. Kids Club: The resort has a kids club where children can enjoy a range of activities such as painting, crafts, and games.
  8. Fitness Center: Guests can work out at the resort’s fitness center, which is equipped with modern equipment.
  9. Cultural Activities: The resort organizes cultural activities such as Maldivian dance performances and local food-tasting sessions.

Overall, Bandos Island Resort offers a great mix of social activities that cater to different interests and age groups. For more details visit https://bandosmaldives.com/v2/ or contact us to book your interest