Hey guys, in this post I will sharing with you my Maldives Travel Guide, photos to inspire you to visit after this awful pandemic. However, I do not recommend travelling during this period.
Maldives is literally my dream location. Just think bright sun, transparent blue lagoons, house reefs teeming with fish, low waters with baby reef sharks and rays. And don’t forget the white sand beaches that stretch out into nothing but miles and miles of turquoise waters and blue skies. No matter how many times I visit, I can never get enough of this exotic country.
1. Made up of 1000 over islands
Firstly, the country is made up of 26 atolls and almost 1200 individual islands peppered across the Indian Ocean. It is located to the south and west of India and Sri Lanka, respectively.
2. Not all the islands are inhabited
Second, some of the islands in the Maldives are so small that you’ll have to zoom in all the way on your Google map before you even notice they’re there. Others are barely more than a strip of sand jutting out of the water. As a result, aside from the most populous capital island of Male, many islands have no more than one resort or hotel on them.
What To Do In Maldives
It won’t be a Maldives travel guide if I don’t share the cool activities you can do. My fellow water sports lovers, brace yourself!
I snorkelled EVERYDAY, which is why when I left Maldives each time, I was two shades darker! Most of the resorts here have their own in-house reefs. Hence you can easily swim out from your own villa. Otherwise, the other resorts will also take you to some of the best nearby snorkelling places. It is a whole new world in the ocean!
Imagine the variety of fish, stingrays, coral and other marine life! And the water is so pristine! Maldives has one of the prettiest turquoise water I’ve ever seen!
If you’re adventurous like me, snorkel with the nurse sharks, stingrays and whale sharks. It was such an epic experience!
2. Fly Board
Next, don’t forget flyboarding if you’re adventurous like I am! One of my fave water sports that I picked up in Maldives!
3. Picnic at Sandbank
Third, have a picnic at one of Maldives’ many sandbanks! We had a seafood picnic to celebrate my birthday. One of my fave days! Furthermore, the weather was perfect!
4. Go Fishing
Another activity you can do in Maldives is fishing. We went for sunset fishing. I was so seasick from our sunset fishing as the water was choppy. I definitely recommend a seasick pill if you have a weak stomach like I do.
4. Dolphin Watching At Sunset
Next, there is dolphin watching, which is a popular activity to do in Maldives. There is no guarantee that you will see dolphins. It is a matter of chance. Also, it depends on weather conditions and seasons. But we were really lucky as we saw them on numerous occasions.
5. Visit a Local Island
Lastly, you can visit the local islands in Maldives. You can easily book a day trip with your hotel or tour company to visit the islands. Visiting the Maldives local islands is a best way to get a true taste of what life is like here, away from the five-star resorts. Most resorts offer boat tours that zip guests over to neighbouring islands, where the can see things like how the traditional handicrafts are made, and watch fishermen bring in the daily catch.
Please be mindful that Maldives is a Muslim country. Do not walk around scantily clad. At the resorts, they are more relaxed with tourists. However, if you are visiting a local island, do take note that bikinis are only allowed at the tourist beaches.
Try out the local cuisine as well. I fell in love with their spicy food! Did you know that tuna is one of their staple ingredients? My favourite Maldivian dish is Garudhiya, which is a fish broth prepared using chilies, onion and lemon juice. I can eat it everyday!
Maldives Travel Guide: Best Time To Visit Maldives
High season in the Maldives is from November to April. Starting in April, you can get some cheap deals until early September when it is monsoon season.
Where To Stay In Maldives
There are hundreds of places to stay in the islands, ranging from homestays and affordable Maldives resorts to gorgeous beach bungalows, lagoon villas and those picturesque overwater villas. Depending where you book, the services of a private butler may be included, who will do things like pack and unpack for you, arrange excursions, and bring you breakfast in bed or a cocktail at happy hour. If you are on a budget, I suggest staying in Hulhumale, which was what we did for the first week. There are so many tour companies in Hulhumale that provide day trips to local islands, watersports, fishing, and even day trips to luxurious hotels like Soneva Jani.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean sits the island of Bandos. A picture perfect paradise hidden away from life’s everyday stresses. The clear blue water, vibrant plant life and white sandy beaches create an immediate feeling of tranquility.
From the moment you arrive you will see first hand the friendly, attentive service that has earned Bandos the reputation of the ‘Island of Hospitality’.
Located ten minutes away from the international airport, we provide the best without the hassle of going any further.
Amaya Kuda Rah Resort
Located in the southern part of the South Ari Atoll Maldives sits the exotic beauty of Amaya Kuda Rah. With a pristine beach, a variety of scuba diving opportunities, and of course the best of Maldivian hospitality. It was a relaxing 5 days at the resort, where we cycled around the island, slept in and swam in our own private pool.
Maldives Travel Guide: Quick Tips When You Visit
The country uses the rufiyaa, though US dollars and euros are commonly accepted.
The native language is Dhivehi, and most locals also speak English.
When you first arrive in Maldives, you will see army representatives from resorts and tour companies wait outside the arrival gates, ready to whisk you off to your piece of paradise. Many hotels are accessible by speedboat which is convenient after a long flight. Otherwise the mode of transport will be a sea plane operated by Maldavian Air Taxi or Trans Maldavian.enjoy
It’s well-worth booking a seaplane experience at some point during your stay in the Maldives, as it’s the only way to see the incredible islands from above. You will get to enjoy the stunning, aerials view of the sparkling ocean dotted with white-sand atolls en route to your destination.
No pre-approval is required for a visa to Maldives, which is granted to all nationalities upon arrival. I stayed there for more than a month, which required an extension of visa for a fee.
Current Pandemic Situation
According to CNCB, Maldives has reopened to international visitors, after being closed to visitors since March 27.
While much of the world has shut its borders or enacted strict measures on incoming travelers, the Maldives will not require new arrivals to quarantine or undergo testing, other than a simple temperature check at the airport. There is one other rule: Visitors must book their entire stay at the same resort whilst visiting the South Asian country. Therefore, unlike pre-covid, where tourists can stay in different resorts on different islands, they can only stay on one island at the moment.
So, do take note of the new requirements. And if you are planning to visit Maldives this period, please do your thorough research as different countries have different measures during this pandemic.
1. Follow the Dress Code.
As mentioned, Maldives is a Muslim country. Dress appropriately when visiting the capital city, Malé, or other local islands.
2. Don’t Bring Booze.
You can get your favourite drink at the resorts, but not in the Malé.
3. You Must Love Water.
Unless you love water sports, the Maldives might be too laid back for you. By now, you will know that I love watersports. Hence, Maldives is my happy place!
4. Budget Accordingly.
Another cheaper option if you only want to dive is to stay in the capital city of Malé, as the hotels are much cheaper. Then book an expedition in one of the dive shops. If you want to have a taste of the resort, call up some of the resorts Wednesday evening and find out deals they are offering to fill empty weekend space. Many times, they’ll offer the thousand dollar rooms for just a quarter of that price. However, when you are in the resort, the only places to eat are at the resort restaurants and they can be pricey. Also, the activities in resorts are pricey too.
5. Staying Near Malé Can Be a Good Option.
There are also places to stay in the islands close to Malé. Villingili is quite a nice place and can be reached easily via regular public transport. There are places to swim and snorkel here.
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