Tips for Tourists

LOCATION TIPS FOR TOURISTS OF MALDIVES

The Maldives, located on top of a vast underwater mountain range have around 1190 islands and sandbanks and most of them uninhabited. The Maldives is a republic lies south-west of the Indian sub-continent and located southwest to Sri Lanka on the equator & in the middle of Indian Ocean. The pearl string like islands covers a land area of no less than 298 km2.  All the islands are encircled by a lagoon blessed with crystal clear water. These islands are protected by a reef structure, housing one of the most exclusive and spectacular underwater life.

CAPITAL OF MALDIVES

Malé serves as the capital city of Maldives. The city is located on the southern edge of the North Malé Atoll and is densely populated with 133,412 people and an area of 2.2 square miles. The city is famous for its colorful buildings and mosques. It also hosts the Islamic Center that features a distinctive gold dome, a library, and a mosque. A popular fish market resides near the city’s harbor.

CLIMATE TIPS FOR TOURISTS

The best time to visit the Maldives runs from January to mid-April, since it is the driest and sunniest season of the year. The temperatures are stable: highs are around 30 °C (86 °F) and lows around 25 °C (77 °F) most of the year. Relative humidity is high and stable throughout the year as well, around 80%. However, between February and May, there is a slight increase in temperature and in the feeling of sultriness as well, especially in the northern atolls; in fact, in this period, the maximum temperature rises to 31/32 °C (88/90 °F) and the minimum temperature to 26/27 °C (79/81 °F).

As is common in tropical areas, the rains mostly occur in the form of short and intense downpour or thunderstorm. Sub – tropical, with two monsoons, hot, moist and dry in an upper east storm (November to March) and blustery in the southwest storm (June to August) Average temperature around 29 – 32 degrees Celsius.

AIRPORT TIPS FOR TOURISTS

One of the most important tips for first-time visitors to the Maldives is to choose regional or domestic flights from Middle East Asia as these are cheaper options. “Velana” International Airport also known as Male’ International Airport (formerly Ibrahim Nasir International Airport) is the International Airport for all Arrivals to Maldives. It is located on “Hulhule” Island in the North Male Atoll nearby the capital Island Male’. Choosing a flight to Male and then a speedboat for Maldives transportation between islands to reach the specific islands will be affordable although you can also choose a round trip Seaplane ride which will be unforgettable, though expensive. You can also choose the Maldivian domestic flight for the transfer. Flights can get delayed and there is also no scheduled time for seaplane transfer within its dawn-to-dusk window. So try to plan for the flight that land in the first half of day to get transferred to the island before 4 PM, otherwise you have to spend the night at Male and take the earliest transfer the following day.

VISA TIPS FOR TOURISTS

Visas are not required. Most foreigners are given a free 30-day visitor’s permit on arrival. All arrivals to Maldives with a valid passport (minimum 6 months validity) are granted Free Visa for 30 Days on Arrival. No visa arrangements are required before arrival. In practice, the authorities are unlikely to check, especially if you are booked into a resort and look respectable.

PROHIBITIONS TIPS FOR TOURISTS

The government has really strict policies on collecting seashells, sand, coral and tortoise shells. Shells end up being homes for hermit crabs and they in turn play a huge role in controlling the sand fly population! No arrivals to Maldives should be in possession or be carrying Alcoholic beverages, Drugs, Idols for worship, pork products, exclusives, and weapons. Such possessions while traveling to Maldives is considered offensive and is punishable by law.

DRESSING TIPS FOR TOURISTS

Looking for the ultimate Maldives packing list? We just spend an incredible two weeks in the country and decided we were moving there! Just kidding (but really who wants to loan us an island?). In case you are wondering what to wear in the Maldives like I was before arriving, don’t worry. The Maldives are incredibly laid back and a part of the world where a pair of flip flops and sunscreen go a long way. However, just in case you need some guidance I wanted to write this Maldives packing list to help. Usually, Casual. Shirts and cotton garments are suitable. In Male’, the capital island and other inhabitant islands it is suggested that ladies wear humble attire without exposing excessively, Bikinis are worn only in island resorts.

When considering what to wear in the Maldives,

The best time to travel to the Maldives is from November and April. High season really picks up in December and is pretty crazy until March. Monsoon season runs from May to October. The weather in the Maldives is pretty much perfect. Not too humid and not cold. You’ll be comfortable wearing your swimsuit and cover-up around during the day and a dress or beach clothes at night. The Maldives is a dream destination, but it does still see rain. Many resorts and hotels will provide you with an umbrella but it never hurts to have a rain jacket. A few of the Maldivian islands have great surf. If you’re a surfer remember your surf essentials. The Maldives is also one of the best places in the world to go diving. If you have a BCD, regulator, mask, fins and all the other essentials it could be worth bringing it with you. Dive shops will charge you more to rent their equipment.

Please be conscious of the environment when applying sunscreen. Over-the-counter sunscreens containing harmful chemicals that are harmful to marine life. Respect the environment you are going to enjoy for vacation and only wear reef safe sunscreen in the ocean. More than that, followings are recommended you to bring,

  • Lightweight, comfortable & cool clothing
  • At least one or two modest outfits to wear through island villages / to Malé City e.g. long skirt / pants / long dress / t shirt / long sleeve top
  • Day time casual clothing for the islands – shorts, t-shirts, skirts, singlets etc
  • Smart casual clothing for any special dinner nights / resort day trips
  • Shoes– thongs/flip flops or sandals. No need for enclosed shoes unless you want to workout. Possible booties for surfing.
  • Bikinis, swimmers, rash vests, board shorts
  • Sunglasses & hats
  • Dive certification & log book if you wish to dive
  • Electrical chargers, cables & batteries
  • Electrical  equipment: ipad / phone / laptop / camera / go-pro
  • 50+Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Gastrostop
  • Panadol
  • Motion sick tablets / wristbands
  • Prescription medication along with actual prescription
  • Aftersun gel
  • Moisturiser
  • Beach bag
  • Beach Towel – often be supplied by hotels
  • Headphones
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Toiletries
  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Travel Money Card
  • USB– for photos

RESORTS

Every resort is a selective island that has all courtesies contained and created on the island.

 TRANSFERS

Dhivehi is the official language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. You’ll find that English is prevalent around The Maldives especially in the resorts! English is generally talked by Maldivians and guests can without much of a stretch make themselves comprehended getting around the capital island.

In resorts, an assortment of dialects are talked by the staff including English, German, French, Italian and Japanese.

CURRENCIES

The main currencies used in Maldives are US Dollars (USD) & Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR).The official exchange rate is USD$1 = 15.42 MVR. Rufiyaa certified receipts come in categories of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. In Resorts USD or EUROS are dominant currencies used. All Resorts accepts payments in USD or Euros. Credit Cards accepted by Resorts: America Express, Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, JCB and Euro Card. You’ll find that USD is accepted almost everywhere and most prices are in USD unless you on the local islands, but it doesn’t hurt to have cash on you for tips and other odds and ends.

LOCAL TIME:

GMT +5 hours

BUSINESS HOURS:

From Sunday to Thursday 7.30 – 14.30 in the administration area and by and large from 9.00 to 5.00 in the private part, albeit most workplaces in the private division open for a half day on Saturday.

Weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.

COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR TOURISTS:

If you want to stay connected while in the Maldives pick up a Sim Card when you land. We found that the WiFi in many of the resorts does not work well, but what do you expect on an atoll in the middle of the ocean? However, we found that we could pick up a 4G signal everywhere we went! Most of the resorts and local islands have a cell tower so you have a strong signal everywhere. New innovations and worldwide satellite connections allow Maldives to have a modern correspondences framework. IDD offices are accessible on all resorts and card telephones are accessible on every inhabitant islands. Dhiraagu, the Maldives Telecommunications Company likewise gives cell phones today by day rental. It is also the Internet supplier in Maldives. To the right, after you exit luggage carousel, you’ll find Dhiraagu and Ooredoo the two cell providers in the Maldives. They’ll be able to set you up with a Sim Card in five minutes. Prices for data are reasonable.

ELECTRICITY:

The electric system is 230-240 Volts -AC