Top 10 Essential Maldives Vacation Tips to Know Before You Go

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2023-05-13 06:00:04

The Maldives are a paradise on Earth, even though they are not for everyoneStunning white-sand beaches surrounded by impressive coral reefs full of vibrant sea life await you. This is a perfect place to rest, relax, and enjoy the silence. However, a few things are helpful to know before traveling on your dream Maldives vacation. Therefore, here are the top ten things to know before packing your suitcase.

10. Arrival at the Maldives

You won't feel lost at Male airport

Arriving at Male airport and finding your transfer is so easy. This is a small airport, and there are desks with resort names where you need to go. Just look around and go to the counter with your resort name.

Amicable people will show you your way to the seaplane, plane, or speed boat to take you to your resort. After a short ride, you'll arrive at your dream destination.

9. All-Inclusive Type of Service

All-inclusive offer will save you money

If you are on a budget, research all-inclusive offers. At first glance, it could be expensive, but trust us,  Maldives all-inclusive vacation is the way to go. This is because you don't have a choice. You are at a resort on an isolated island, so you must buy everything you need to eat or drink at the hotel's restaurant.

Either way, you will have to spend your money in one place, so it is better to pay upfront. And also, packages are much cheaper than paying on the spot or booking directly on the hotel's website. So explore the internet or visit your favorite travel agent.

8. Different Types of Transfers

Seaplane transfer should be your top choice

Never, and we mean never, book a hotel without a transfer. It is almost obligatory because this is the only way to the island. Arranging it later or when you arrive will be a big hassle if not reserved upfront. And one more thing - seaplane transfers are absolutely fantastic - the best kind of trip to Maldives.

You can see all the beauty of the Maldives from above. Nonetheless, know that they only operate part of the day or during the night. Therefore, check it before your arrival to avoid spending the night on the main island.

7. Souvenirs

Seashells on the sand spilled from the glass
It's better to buy souvenirs from the shop

Although corals and sea life are gorgeous, do not keep them as souvenirs, even if you've found them on the beach. Think about preserving sea life if you feel the urge to dive out some corals from the sea. If everybody took one piece as a souvenir, soon there would be none.

Furthermore, bringing corals home as souvenirs is prohibited by law, and the code is rigorous. Just take photos, or buy some in a souvenir shop, and you'll be fine.

6. Accommodation Types

Beach bungalows at Maldives
Choose beach bungalows if you can

If you choose beach bungalows, pay a bit higher for those in a lagoon, as it will be worth every penny! The beach is much more beautiful there, and the water is calmer, as it's sheltered from the waves.

Thus, book at least one night at the water bungalows or villas if you can afford it. They are usually located in the lagoon, offering privacy and easy access to the water from your own private deck. Water villas often have a glass floor piece so you can watch the fish from your living room. It is a truly unique experience to sleep in such a place!

5. Diving and Snorkeling

Dive deep for some wonderful experiences

If you like snorkeling or scuba diving, all resorts have these options. Still, choose the islands with a house reef close to the shore. This way, you can enjoy exploring sea life once you decide. Otherwise, you'll have to wait for the hotel to arrange such trips. Of course, you can go with hotel staff on diving trips if you wish to explore further.

The Maldives has rich and unique sea life. Every diver knows that the best places to descend are around the coral reefs. They are perfect, as every atoll has its own piece of coral reef.

4. No-No's

No drinks and drugs sign
You need to respect the rules, so skip alcohol

Although drinking in resorts is allowed for tourists, things to avoid in Maldives include bringing alcoholic beverages into the country as this is prohibited. It's not a problem to drink while in the hotel, but don't smuggle it into the country.

Also, don't carry pork, adult material, tobacco products (without health warning), or religious books. As a Muslim country, the Maldives has strict laws. Also, don't ever point a finger!

3. Weather, or Should We Say Rain

Showers are common, but they shouldn't spoil your fun

As this is a tropical paradise with hot summer days and humidity, expect a bit of rain. This is normal, so don't envision it raining all day. These are short summer showers; after 5-15 minutes, the sky will clear, and the temperature won't fall. Due to the climate changes, the showers can be longer. Also, the rainy season in Maldives is from May to October.

Again, it's not pouring all day long, but it will likely rain during these months. This can be minimized by booking the northern atolls if you travel from December to April and the southern atolls if you wish to go from April to October.

2. Things to Do

There are so many sea activities you can enjoy

As mentioned before, the Maldives is a tropical paradise, but don't be misled. Five to ten nights in this paradise is all you need. Staying for more than ten days can be monotonous. You can also be active on your dream vacation by snorkeling, scuba diving, kitesurfing or kiteboarding, water skiing, fishing, and parasailing.

Take a sunset cruise if you have a chance, as it's a remarkable experience. Also, most resorts have a fitness center, tennis or badminton court, etc. Just check your preferences before booking. Alternatively, go to Hanifaru Bay and watch manta rays and whale sharks. This is part of Baa Atoll Unesco World Biosphere Reserve.

1. Privacy

You can isolate yourself and forget about everything in the Maldives

If you wish for more privacy, choose Maldives vacation packages that include villas with a private pool. They use much more space, so your neighbor will be farther away. Also, explore smaller islands with a villa or bungalow accommodation type. After all, this is a romantic and peaceful getaway.

Some resorts don't have TVs in the room, so you can shut down from the world and rest. As they are in the middle of the Indian Ocean, having a poor internet connection is not unusual. But the facts about the Maldives say that this place is not about TV and Wi-Fi. This is a paradise on Earth. Just imagine a coral reef at your fingertips as you drink something refreshing. The cool breeze and a perfect sunny day on a white sandy beach. Clear and calm waters, full of sea life.

The Maldives are a favorite honeymoon destination, and it is possible to arrange a beach wedding in most hotels. Yet, you need to schedule it before the arrival. Most resorts have wedding planners who will care for every little thing to make it perfect. Or you can enjoy it with your children and family. Just make sure that the resorts have additional activities for the young ones. Hope you'll find our top ten list tips and tricks helpful for planning a dream vacation in the Maldives!

Have you ever visited this destination? We would like to hear about your experience or thoughts regarding your trip to the Maldives. Please feel free to tell us in the comment section.

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