Visiting the Maldives for the first time?

Welcome to the tropical paradise, Maldives. During your stay in the resort of your choice, you will experience a beauty that is beyond imagination and tranquility you yearned for. 
For the inqusitive souls, here are some introduction and guidelines before you embark to your enchanting journey to the Maldives.

The resorts and hotels

The Maldives has several resorts and hotels that offer a wide range of services that fits to every guest seeking to have a one of a kind holiday experience. Whether you just want to stay and relax beside the pool, enjoy some featured water activities, walk barefoot on white sand beach that's just in front of your villa, be pampered like a royalty, drink a few bottles of beer and party in a different way, or just do nothing but adore the majestic beauty of an uninterrupted view of the neighboring islands, the Maldives resorts are just waiting for you. Resorts are located in different atolls all across the Maldives.

How to get to your resort?

Male' International Airport is located on the island of Hulhule. There are more than 2 dozens of international schedule flights flying into Maldives from major cities in Asia, Middle East and Europe. These include SriLankan Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Indian Airlines, Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Malaysian Airlines, with some of these airlines flying daily, weekly or twice a week. Another 14 companies offers regular charters, among them include Britannia Airways, Balair, Monarch Airlines, Lauda Air, Air Europe of Italy, Sterling Airways, Air Holland, South African Airways, Air Tours International connecting the Maldives to many centers of the world.
Transport from the airport to your resort is either by speed boat or seaplane. If you are willing to travel by seaplane, do take note that seaplane operates only during day time. If you are scheduled to arrive after sunset, you have to stay overnight in Male’ and travel to your resort the following day. Traveling in a seaplane is a nice experience. Grab a seat near the window and have your camera ready to get shots of the spectacular views of the atolls. The seaplane will land next to a floating platform, where small boats from the resort will bring you to shore.

What is there to do?

The Maldives has captured the excitement and fascination of scuba diver and snorkeling enthusiasts around the world. With its top class diving spots, it is a wonder that must be discovered. The warm water throughout the year and high level of visibility, often exceeding 50 meters, make diving an experience that is sought over and over again. Every resort in the islands has professional diving schools and instructors that are ready to conduct courses for both beginners and advanced divers. If diving is not your cup of tea, then you can just take a dip in the turquoise water. A short swim from the beach and snorkellers can experience the same pleasure from the surface.

Honeymooners and couples who are hoping to get married in a piece of paradise, they come to the Maldives. Vacationers who want to relax and do absolutely nothing, they seek the Maldives!

When to go?

On the map, the Maldives Islands are no less than a few splashes of ink. The country is situated southwest of the tip of India and stretches all the way to the equator. That said, the Maldives experiences a whole year of sunshine but the best months to go are from December to April (the rainy season is from May to November). These are also the times when people pack the hotels and resorts.

What to bring?

You do not really need many items to bring when visiting the country since the essentials are readily available at shops that are located on resorts. But to remind you of it, here is a list of the things that you should have:

  • Sunscreen with high SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
  • Bathing suits
Cap or hat
Insect repellant
  • Light cotton clothing
  • US dollars and credit cards

What to wear?

Since it is generally hot and humid in the Maldives, it is advised that visitors should wear light t-shirts and shorts. If you are going there for a business meeting, the attire is usually casual. Bring a light rain jacket, if you plan to visit during the rainy season - the non peak season. When you are in the capital Male', wear modest clothes. The country is a Muslim nation, so be respectful. Nudity is prohibited in all their resorts.

Crime & Safety

The Maldives is a fairly safe country. While petty crimes do exist, they can be limited to Male' and other inhabited islands. To be safe, do not leave your belongings unattended.

Money matters

The local currency is called the Rufiyaah (about 12.75 Rufiyaah to a dollar). However, many resorts accept dollar as a form of payment. Larger resorts can accept euro, pound, yen and sterling. Bank and ATMs are only located on the capital, Male'. Small shops usually do not accept credit cards so make sure you have cash when shopping.

Last but not least

Maldives resorts import almost everything except for fish and coconuts. No wonder the cost of meals in resorts is pretty steep. On top of that, the charges on tours, water sports, equipment hiring, spa treatments and any souvenirs bought from the resort gift shop will be incurred upon checking out. Thus, it is important to confirm with the resort or travel agency before visiting the Maldives what is included in your travel package, to avoid unexpected surprise in your bills.

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