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THE MALDIVES: 10 Must-Know Tips Before Visiting

The Maldives, a breathtaking tropical paradise, is renowned for its crystalline oceans and unspoiled ivory beaches. Undoubtedly, it's a dream destination for many. However, before you embark on your journey to this mesmerising locale, there are some essential considerations to make your trip even more enchanting.

1) Transform One Trip, into Two

Did you know that the Maldives is just a short one-hour flight from Sri Lanka? If you're traveling this far, why not extend your adventure and explore the rich culture and beauty of Sri Lanka before diving into the tranquility of the Maldives? Picture this: a thrilling adventure-packed honeymoon followed by luxurious spa retreats in the Maldives. The possibilities are endless. Recommendations for Sri Lanka hotels, can be found here.

2) Master the Logistics

Booking your trip through comparison sites like Skyscanner for flights and for hotels is a great start, but don't forget to meticulously plan your transportation from the airport to your hotel. Opt for a resort that includes transfers to eliminate the hassle of arranging your own transportation. Depending on your resort's location, you may journey by seaplane, domestic plane, or speedboat. Pre-booked transfers not only save you up to £500 but also ensure a seamless start to your getaway.

3) All Inclusive or Full-Board: Is It Worth It?

While exploring local cuisine is fantastic, private island resorts in the Maldives make it challenging to dine outside. Consider choosing your board option in advance to avoid any surprises when settling your bill. For budget-conscious travelers that plan to go half-board, strategically time your meals, and enjoy brunch later in the morning, to help you manage your expenses while relishing the experience.

4) Overwater Villas Aren't a Must-Have

While the allure of overwater villas is undeniable, some of the best experiences in the Maldives happen on land. Imagine stepping directly onto the beach from your room. Don't feel pressured if your resort doesn't offer overwater accommodations or they're not available throughout your stay. You'll likely spend more time on exciting excursions than in your room. To fulfill your bucket list dreams without breaking the bank, consider splitting your stay between a Water Villa and a Beach Villa.

Beach Villas at the Fairmont Maldives
Beach Villas at the Fairmont Maldives

5) Yes, Some Islands are Artificial

The Maldives comprises 1,192 islands grouped into 26 coral reef atolls. Surprisingly, not all of them are natural; some are man-made islands designed to support housing, hospitality, and other industries. Explore the unique blend of natural and artificial beauty while you're here.

6) Leave the Alcohol at Home

Remember, the Maldives is a Muslim country, allowing alcohol consumption only within private resorts. Leave duty-free alcohol at home to avoid potential confiscation by customs. Fear not, most resorts boast fantastic cocktail creations and enticing happy hours.

7) Not Just for Couples

While the Maldives is often marketed as a honeymooner's paradise, it's also a fantastic destination for families and friends. Many resorts cater to families with daily entertainment and child-friendly areas. Friends can bond while exploring the oceans and enjoying exciting excursions. Let your choice be guided by your interests, not just romantic appeal.

8) Brave the Off-Peak seasons

I don't want to jinx anything (so please take my advice with a pinch of salt), but I've travelled both during high-peak and off-peak seasons and it has been fine.

Travelling during off-peak seasons in the Maldives can be a pleasant surprise. While you may encounter occasional showers, they are usually brief and followed by sunny skies. Some fellow travellers even find the off-peak season (May - September) to be an excellent time for their visit. Keep an eye on Mother Nature's mood.

9) Heels? Forget them.

Embracing the Island ethos, barefoot luxury reigns supreme. Save your heels for another occasion and opt for stylish sandals during the evenings. A light pashmina is a must-have, serving as sun protection during the day and an evening layer for breezy island nights. Remember that modesty is appreciated in this Muslim country, so your pashmina can double as a wrap skirt if needed.

10) Invest in Snorkel Gear

For marine enthusiasts, investing in your snorkeling gear and fins can enhance your underwater adventures. While resorts offer equipment for rent, having your gear ensures a personalized fit and a more comfortable experience. The Maldives' marine life is awe-inspiring, and a good SPF sunscreen and a rashguard will protect you during your aquatic explorations.

Snorkelling at Paradise Island
Snorkelling at Paradise Island

Now that you're armed with these insider tips, your journey to the Maldives promises to be an enchanting adventure filled with unforgettable moments. Dive into the magic of this tropical paradise and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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