By Lindsay Denton
Being in such a gorgeous place, the Maldives have simplified their way of life. No worries on their minds. The weather is almost always ideal, with clear blue skies, refreshing breezes at night, warm sunshine in the morning, and brilliant iridescence in the evening.
Most visitors take a long flight to get here and choose to stay at one of the several resorts scattered around the nation, each of which often has its own island. If you'd like to visit the island and have a taste of paradise yourself, whether you are on your honeymoon or just exploring beautiful places, here are a few of the things you'll want to know before your Maldives vacation.
Seven Things You Need to Know Before Your Maldives Vacation
A total of almost 90,000 square kilometers is occupied by the atolls that make up the Maldives, making it one of the most geographically dispersed nations on Earth. Consider the time and money needed to get there from the airport (in Malé) when making your trip plans.
Getting to the most remote resorts sometimes involves a pricey seaplane ride and may need an overnight stay at the airport. Your trip to the Maldives can become quite costly. But there are ways to go about it. We at Allen Battista Travel, as always, have gathered all of the most important things you need to know before your Maldives Vacation.
The Maldives do not need any kind of visa for entry prior to arrival. A free 30-day tourist visa is available upon arrival for all nations. This is what you'll need when filing for this visa.
Consider taking a boat ride from Malé instead of the flight
Velana International Airport is located close to Malé, the capital, and several private island resorts provide boat or seaplane transfers to and from the airport. Seaplanes leave from a separate airport, so even though the puddle-jumper trip may seem faster, it's really the longer choice.
Pick the boat ride over the plane ride. The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is just 40 minutes away on the resort's boat. Gili Lankanfushi, home to idyllic Robinson Crusoe-style villas, can is reached in 20 minutes by motorboat.
45 minutes by boat will take you to the barefoot-luxury One&Only Reethi Rah. Make sure to keep breakables safe and have adequate bags for them while you're on the ride.
You don't have to spend a fortune on accommodation
You have a lot of accommodation options when coming to the Maldives. You may choose between resorts that appeal to divers (diving resorts), families (holiday resorts) with a wide variety of activities, and the ultra-rich (luxury resorts) with impeccable service and amenities.
The overwater bungalow is another iconic accommodation in the Maldives, and it is often constructed on stilts over a lagoon. These may be more exposed to bad weather, farther from the resort's amenities, and have a smaller pool than other options.
On the plus side, the farther you go from the city, the quieter the islands get and the better the diving becomes. Many resorts, particularly smaller dive resorts, tend to specialize in guests of a single country or language.
And many of them are very inexpensive. Most resorts accept guests of all nationalities and have at least some English-speaking personnel available; not knowing the local language might make you feel awkward in social situations and cause difficulties in activities like scuba diving. So make sure you learn a few phrases.
Instead of paying cash, think about using points
It's possible that now is a good moment to cash in on points you've accumulated over the last year. Prices for a night in a villa at the chic new JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, for example, begin at 70,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. There are times when you can get a room at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort for 85,000 Bonvoy points. And if you have Hilton Honors points, you can stay in the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi for 120,000 points a night and get the fifth night free.
You have to dress appropriately
Remember that the Maldives is a Muslim nation, and dress accordingly. Bring sarongs and coverups for the trip to the beach. Bikinis are also inappropriate beachwear. However, this is no longer a problem since most islands now include specially designated "bikini beaches."
Bikinis are quite acceptable on picnic islands, beach bars, diving boats, and at exclusive resorts. Some hotels may also offer private beaches, gardens, or sundecks. But ensure you are covered when you're not in these private zones.
We will also advise you not to bring too many valuables even if you are moving here. You really won't need to be showing off here. It's much better to protect them while away and put them in storage while traveling.
Businesses in the Maldives operate on a Sunday–Thursday schedule. After the lunchtime Friday prayer, most businesses are closed for the day. Except for the ferries connecting Male, Hulhumale, and Villingili in the capital region, public ferries do not run on Fridays. Also, these boats stop service between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Friday, so passengers may pray.
Alcohol is prohibited
On the local islands that are inhabited, including the city of Male, drinking alcohol is against the law. You are nonetheless permitted to drink alcoholic beverages at private resorts, safaris, or tour boats that may provide alcoholic beverages to guests.
Simply put, you should not drink in the city among the locals. This is very important to know before your Maldives vacation.