Planning to visit this little slice of paradise? Know these facts and get the most out of your Maldives Holiday.
The Maldives is made up of almost 1200 Islands
When people talk about Maldives, they are referring to a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean. With about 200 islands inhabited by the locals and another 200 taken up by the resorts , while they remaining ones are unexplored , this is the 9th smallest country in the world with a land area of just 300 square kilometers. Its 99 % water & 1 % Land
You do not need a Visa for a Maldives Holiday
Maldives offers visa on arrival, you will be issued a 30 day visa upon landing at Velana Airport, the only things you have to ensure is that your passport has a validity of 6 months and a confirmed ticket out of the Maldives. This makes a Maldives holiday extremely easy to plan and convenient.
Alcohol is Prohibited on Maldives
Being a predominantly Islamic Nation, you are prohibited from carrying any wine, beer or
Spirits in to the country. In case you are carrying this you will be asked to leave them with the customs at the airport and pick it back up on your way out of the Maldives. However the private resorts are licensed to serve alcohol to tourists, albeit at marked up prices.
Peak Travel season for Maldives Holidays is December to March
With a predominantly tropical weather and average temperatures ranging from 28 – 30 degrees Celsius, and considerable rainfall during the monsoon season that runs from April to October, Maldives sees an influx of travelers from December to March with hotel prices that tend to be more expensive during these months.
Choosing Islands and Accommodation for a Maldives Holiday is overwhelming
Which atoll should you visit? Do you opt for a guesthouse on a local island, or do you book yourself into a private resort? Do you book a hotel that’s accessible by speedboat or do you choose one that’s only reachable by seaplane? Beach villa or overwater villa?
The good news is there is accommodation to suit everyone’s needs and budget, and you are no longer limited to $ 1000 per night resorts, Read our complete guide to Maldives and get more tips on planning your trip.
The Maldives have amazing Marine Life
The Maldives has some of the most mind-blowing marine life, with more than 1,000 fish species, 40 species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, sting rays, sea turtles and even whale sharks. It is a world-class diving and snorkelling destination with incredible coral reefs, which makes is a top class diving and snorkelling destination.
Internet Connectivity on a Maldives Holiday is Impressive
Considering that the islands are situated in the middle of nowhere, you would expect to be off the grid, however you can buy a local sim at the airport for a reasonable cost (think $ 15 to 20) and have a stable and fairly good connection throughout the islands. Private resorts are equipped with Wi-Fi as well, so you can stay connected.
Collecting Sea Shells or Corals is Prohibited
The Maldivian government has really strict policies on collecting seashells, sand, coral and tortoise shells. Besides this will harm the ecological balance of this fragile environment. Travel responsibly folks.
Dress Appropriately while on a Maldives Holiday
While bikinis and bathing suits are allowed in resorts, they are not acceptable whilst staying in local islands, unless there is a specific “Bikini Beach” for the purpose. Public display of affection is also a serious matter – it is recommended that you keep it to a minimum in the local islands.
To know more about the planning a Maldives holiday , read out Ultimate Maldives Travel Guide Here.