What Do You Need To Know Before Going To Maldives?
Located in the hub of the Indian Ocean to the southwest of Sri Lanka and India, Maldives is spanning roughly 298 square kilometers. The chain of 26 atolls counts about 1200 islands only 200 of which are inhabited, nearly 100 islands have been developed as tourist resorts and the remaining islands are uninhabited. The population of Maldives is around 427,756 inhabitants. Holidays in Maldives feature an idyllic location, tropical sunshine, and breathtaking natural beauty. Some of the world’s best hotels can be found here in Maldives. Anyway, no matter where you stay you still get this luxury accommodation, captivating ocean views, fabulous cuisine and limitless recreation for what Maldives holidays are famous.
• Currency. The currency of Maldives is the rufiyaa (MVR). The exchange rate of rufiyaas to US dollars is 1USD = 15,6 MVR.
• Language. The official language of Maldives is Dhivehi. Although English is taught and spoken throughout the country thank to the spread of tourism.
• Time zone. UTC+05:00
• Health Information. No vaccination is required by law, although it is recommended that travelers be covered against the main food and water-borne diseases (Hepatitis A and Typhoid) and Tetanus.
• Visa. Maldives tourist visa is not required for citizens of most of the countries for a stay up to 30 days. Visas for Maldives are issued on arrival at the Airport.
All traveling arrive at the Male Velana International Airport. Then transfer options, available for you to reach the island where you’re going to spend your holiday, really depends on where this island is located within Maldives. Scattered across different atolls, some of the islands can be easily reached by a short speedboat trip while others require a seaplane transfer. If the island is located near the domestic airport it is also possible to travel via domestic airlines. Public ferry transportation is also an option for those who want to save some money but note that not all the islands are possible to reach by the ferry.
• Island paradise with one hotel to an island
About 85 islands out of approximately 1200 islands in Maldives are fashionable resorts. Such island resorts provide you with an excellent choice of accommodation, all inclusive packages and facilities. You can find fitness centers, bars, restaurants, spa-centers, clubs, and diving centers within one island resort offering an excellent escape for romance and honeymoons.
• Spectacular coral reefs to be explored
The Maldives’ undersea sights are absolutely dazzling. When relaxation and exploring of the underwater world are the primary entertainments in Maldives. Here in the most unspoiled place on earth you will find about 1100 species of fish and shellfish and 200 kinds of corals. The diving conditions in Maldives are perfect for the beginners as well where they may try to dive in special sites with gently sloping hills inhabited by colorful corals, tropical fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and sharks.
• Luxurious resorts with accommodation on the beach or over water villas
Sitting on your secluded terrace is made even more luxurious with your private access to the ocean via steps. Or do you prefer to soak up in the sun on your personal beach area with your waterfront villa? Island resorts provide you with all-type of accommodation. Perfect for a restful holiday, romantic getaway or a fun family vacation, island resorts offer a wide range of options to provide you with the holiday of your dream in Maldives.
• Heavenly spa retreats to rejuvinate and pamper
Maldives is undoubtedly considered to be an oasis of holistic therapies for the mind, body and soul.
It’s undeniable that spa and wellness treatments are what Maldives has a focus on. Experience true relaxation and serenity with a pampering treatment which will enhance your wellbeing and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
• Unique arrival with a seaplane or speedboat transfer
Depending on the location of your island either a speedboat or a seaplane transfer is more popular. The seaplane journey itself is an experience. Make sure you get a window seat and that you get your camera out before boarding so that you could see and picture those stunning views of the atolls from above. Speedboat transfer requires longer time yet it’s more cost-effective. On your route you will pass tropical paradise islands – both resort islands and tiny uninhabited picnic islands. Moreover be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins.
Best time to visit
Although Maldives is considered the country of endless summer (the lowest recorded temperature was +18°C), the country has two dominating seasons: a dry season and a wet season. The dry season lasts from December till April and is characterized by dry northeast winter monsoons. The wet season starts in May and ends in October and is associated with moist southwest monsoons and strong winds and storms. This season is the best time to visit for surfing and it is also defined by the lowest prices.
What to do
White pristine beaches in a tropical paradise and azure waters of the ocean are what holidays in Maldives most recognizable for. Known for its beaches, blue lagoons, and extensive reefs, Maldives is a destination unlike any other. The sandy, white and unspoiled beaches in Maldives are its prime tourist attraction. Apart from this plenty of activities await you here. One of the most exciting is diving or snorkeling exploring the nearby reef filled with marine life of all possible varieties and colorful coral gardens. Diving with hammerhead or whale sharks, manta ray diving, wreck diving – these are the most exciting trips that you will never regret taking while in Maldives. You can also indulge in a wide array of water sports activities like surfing, canoeing, paddle boarding, kite surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, water skiing, parasailing and banana boat rides. Your Maldives holidays will surely leave you a range of emotions and many great moments to remember. Take a dolphin watching trip or either go on a manta ray or turtle watching safari. Night fishing with a barbecue afterward is also a very satisfying activity. Enjoy your meal in the most picturesque setting: lunch on a sandbank in the middle of the ocean or private dinner on a secluded uninhabited island. Compared to an uninhabited island covered with greenery and lush vegetation – a sandbank is a piece of land accessible only during the low tide. In any way staying on an uninhabited island or a sandbank is an incredible opportunity to sneak away from civilization and enjoy the scenery of the Indian Ocean. For your stay, you can either chose a private resort island for a luxury holiday or take an opportunity to see the traditional Maldivian lifestyle of a local island. However staying on the local island you can still get the opportunity to enjoy some spa treatments, traditional dinner, an alcohol cocktail and the opportunity to swim in a pole and to sunbathe on a beach of the closest resort island.
For the most exquisite experience enjoy the stunning marine life in the unique semi-submarine service at Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives or sink into deep relaxation, hydrating wraps and intuitive massage in the underwater spa at Huvafen Fushi. While one the unique opportunities will definitely be a traditional meal at one of the underwater restaurants which are located meters below the sea being a peculiar feature of Maldives. Conrad, Ozen by Atmosphere and Hurawalhi are among of Maldives best restaurants which are definitely worth a visit. What concerns accommodation, then overwater bungalows at Angsana Velavaaru should become your unforgettable experience. Located nearly a kilometer out into the lagoon, these overwater bungalows are connected only by a ferry that frequently goes back and forth.