What to Avoid In Maldives

The list of things avoid in Maldives that you should take care of. To make sure you do not land in trouble while visiting this place,

  • Importing Alcohol To Maldives Is Prohibited
  • Avoid Displaying Affection In The Streets
  • Selling/Purchasing Black Corals Or Turtle Shells Is Prohibited
  • Avoid Drinking Tap Water
  • Wearing Bikinis Is Limited To Resorts And Boats
  • Do Not Wear Shoes On The Beach
  • Do Not Try To Smuggle In Banned Items
  • Do Not Forget To Put Sunscreen On
  • Do Not Expect Your Seaplane Flight To Be On Time
  • Do Not Litter The Sea

1. IMPORTING ALCOHOL TO MALDIVES IS PROHIBITED

Being a Muslim country, Maldives frowns upon the consumption of alcohol. Even pork meat is not sold readily. It would be better to just steer clear of alcohol or pork meat in public as you might end up offending someone. Such actions may be interpreted as an attempt to corrupt their religion. So, to avoid any dire consequences better be safe than sorry. But these rules don’t apply if you have booked a room in any of the country’s resort islands.

2. AVOID DISPLAYING AFFECTION IN THE STREETS

The Maldives is a pretty conservative country and public display of affection can draw in a lot of unpleasant stares and frowns from locals who may not be accustomed to such behavior. A peck on the cheek is prohibited too. So much so that it is against the law if you are caught. The farthest you could go if you are a couple visiting the country is holding hands and that is about it. This is definitely one of the things you should know before going to Maldives with your partner.

3. SELLING/PURCHASING BLACK CORALS OR TURTLE SHELLS IS PROHIBITED

Black corals and Turtle shells are endangered species in the Maldives and are therefore protected by the government of Maldives. Hence, being caught in the act of selling or purchasing black corals and turtle shells can lead to severe consequences and harsh penalties will be incurred. In fact, catching or killing of sea turtles and sale of turtle products are prohibited in the Maldives since 1995.

4. AVOID DRINKING TAP WATER

This one is most important. Water undergoes a different process in the Maldives to rid itself of all the harmful bacteria and germs. This process is known as reverse osmosis desalination(ROD). This process is very successful in eradicating all the germs and bacteria from the recycled water, it also rids the water of all the natural minerals that provide several benefits to the human body and ends up not being as nutritious as it should be. It is a better choice to opt for packaged mineral water sold in their stores.

5. WEARING BIKINIS IS LIMITED TO RESORTS AND BOATS

Maldives being a Muslim country, women are advised to avoid wearing bikinis or clothes that are revealing in public. This is frowned upon and considered a violation and disrespectful of their social customs. Even if you may not agree with these customs, it is better to relent rather facing any unpleasant consequences and consequently end up ruining what was meant to be a pleasant trip. Again, resort islands do not have any such rules and you can flaunt your best bathing costumes and relax under the sun.

6. DO NOT WEAR SHOES ON THE BEACH

This one is a very sensible point! Maldives has some of the most exquisite and pristine sandy beaches. When walking along the shores it is best to leave your shoes in your hotel rooms and wear slippers instead as you most probably will end up with grains of sand in your shoes that will prove to be very irritating as you walk.

7. DO NOT TRY TO SMUGGLE IN BANNED ITEMS

A conservative Muslim country, several items are banned from entering the country: items that may be considered offensive, a threat or an affront to their social customs, religion, and way of life. Some of these texts include any religious texts other than the Quran(including the Bible, Gita, etc), alcohol even if there is no duty applied to it at shops, pork or any other products related to pork as well as tobacco products devoid of a warning. To not be at the receiving end of any unpleasant repercussions, best to leave these products at home before leaving for your flight or not purchasing them in the first place at all.

8. DO NOT FORGET TO PUT SUNSCREEN ON

The Maldives is known for its serene turquoise waters. But before you do dive into the depths of the ocean make sure you apply an adequate amount of good quality sunscreen lotion or avoid getting a dreadful tan that will cause even more excruciating burns and might have to spend some days of your vacation in your hotel room, shut the curtains and cool off. And we all know that isn’t as much fun as exploring the country outdoors.

9. DO NOT EXPECT YOUR SEAPLANE FLIGHT TO BE ON TIME

Seaplane flights at the airports are never on time as they end up getting delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. So after a tiring and long journey from your country to the international airport in the capital city of Male, be rest assured that your seaplane flight will most definitely be delayed. This is a result of the erratic drop-offs and pick-ups which affect the fixed schedule these planes are supposed to follow.

10. DO NOT LITTER THE SEA

Marine life and vegetation are an important part of the ecosystem and in the world of rapid climate change, the marine habitat has been affected severely. It goes without saying but please do not litter the water, throw your garbage and litter in the dustbins. Avoid throwing plastic bags in the waters since it is really harmful to marine life and vegetation causing them significant damage and ultimately leading to the destruction of the exquisite beauty of the world that lies beneath the seas.