DESTINATION INFORMATION ON THE MALDIVES

Have a read of all the best destination information on the Maldives.

The Maldives is a collection of tiny atolls, renowned for their remarkable corals and amazing variety of colourful marine life. Here you can kick off your shoes, swim to your heart’s content and truly enjoy a life of relaxation. This stunning destination can be combined with a stopover in Singapore or Dubai to make the most of your travels.

An Island Paradise

The 1,190 islands of the archipelago are scattered like gems across the Indian Ocean. Relax amongst palm-fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs. Most resorts are located on their own island with beach villas or over water bungalows – here you can swim, snorkel, visit nearby islands or see the sights. The marine life is striking and you will never tire of the numerous species of colourful fish dancing around you. There is no need to worry about your next meal, with resorts providing an amazing variety at their table-laden buffets or à la carte menus. All you need to do is relax – let the pleasures of the Maldives sweep over you.

Language & Religion

Language: Dhivehi, but English is spoken at resorts.

Religion: Islam is the predominant religion.

Passport and Visas

Each person must carry a passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival into the Maldives. A 30-day visa will be issued on arrival. Asia Escape Holidays highly recommends checking all visa requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates before making travel arrangements. Alternatively, please ask your travel agent for more information.

Climate

Enjoy a tropical climate with a year-round average of 24–30 degrees Celsius and with an average water temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. Winter: May-October (wet and with storms June–July). Summer: November-April (dry and hot with light breezes).

MALDIVES AVERAGE RAIN AND TEMPERATURE

 

Restrictions

Alcohol may not be imported into the Maldives, but it can be purchased at resorts. Risqué magazines are considered offensive and will not be permitted entry. Nudism is prohibited.

Transfers & Transport

You will be met on arrival and transferred by speedboat, seaplane or domestic flight to your chosen resort.

Food

Southern Indian and Sri Lankan influences will be seen in the seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes on offer. Seafood is plentiful where as other meats are mostly imported from Australia. Fruit is imported and limited while vegetables are locally sourced. Salads are not often available. Prices for drinks will vary greatly but consider that beer will cost from US$10 per glass and wine from US$75 per bottle.

Currency

The local currency is Maldivian Rufiyaa, generally used in Malé only. Only credit cards and US$ are accepted at resorts. Please note that Australian Dollars cannot be exchanged!

Tipping

Take a supply of small denomination ($1 and $5) US Dollar notes. A tip of US$1 should suffice for porters. For exceptional service from staff, a tip of US$1 per person per night of stay can be used as a guide. However, gratuities do remain a matter of personal choice.

Drinking Water

It is recommended you drink bottled water only.

Health

We advise you to talk to your doctor prior to departure about recommended vaccinations or medications that you may require. If you become ill please seek advice from the hotel you are staying at.

Travel Insurance

BlueSun Travel highly recommends insurance when travelling overseas. Please discuss your insurance options with your travel agent.

Meal Plans

Most resorts in the Maldives offer a variety of pre-purchased meal plan options which we strongly suggest to consider when purchasing your holiday package. These will offer you value for money and can assist you with budgeting for your holiday. As a guide, most resorts offer the following meal plans: bed and breakfast, breakfast and dinner daily; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; and all-inclusive which includes meals and beverages.

If you need more destination information on the Maldives, call our travel experts at BlueSun Travel: 1300 799 758. Alternatively, click here to find our best Maldives Holiday Deals or here for Maldives Honeymoon Packages

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