Travel tips & advice to tourists visiting Maldives
What to pack for your Holiday
Leave snorkeling kit or dive gear at home, as you’ll be able to borrow or hire some wherever you are; If you are a diver, then bring your log book etc. If you are not a scuba diver, the Maldives are the perfect place to learn. An Underwater camera if you happen to posses one – although they will be readily available for hire from the Diving school for an extra charge. A normal camera to capture the amazing experiences is something that should not be missed. Do not bother packing shoes. Wear sandals for the flights and a pair of neoprene booties for walking in the water (the occasional bit of loose coral can cut you quite badly) but other than that you should leave the footwear at home. You really don’t need shoes/high heels – just flip flops and flatties! even though some Robinson Crusoe style Luxury Hotels require you to be bare foot throughout your stay.
If you plan to travel to Maldives just to relax on the beaches without participating in much activities make sure you bring enough books and if you are an avid book reader, make sure you pack plenty of them.
Bring sun block. Bring lots and lots of sun block. You can never have enough sunscreen in Maldives. Buying it on the island is possible but can be expensive, so bring enough for your entire holiday. Make sure you go for high factor or you will look like a lobster on the beach.
And finally bring a sense of fun and adventure. Try new activities, talk to the locals, enjoy the wildlife and experience a great maldive Adventure.
What to wear
During the day you when you are spending time outside you’ll need to pack several sets of swimwear. You can rinse them in the evening and they’ll dry by the morning or simply use the laundry service offered by the resort, but basically you may want to take at least three different sets of sun tan wear!
If you go decide to breakfast/lunch/dinner straight from the beach/sea/sunbathing make sure you take something to cover up your top half, such as a kaftan or a sundress.
For the evenings you can dress up in smart shorts and cropped trousers and some nice “going out” tops, but some ladies prefer to wear long dresses. It will be quite casual though, so anything goes really.
On the plane or boat wear something summery on the way, as you’ll feel the tropical heat when you get off.
The climate in Maldives
The summer never ends in the Maldives. Although it is warm throughout the year there are slight variations in the temperature during certain periods determined by the monsoons. The Northwest monsoons, from November to April is mostly dry with very little wind, while the Southwest monsoon from May to October brings some rain and wind. Being on the equator, the monsoons are mild and the temperature varies very little. The average temperature hovers around the range of between 29 and 32 degrees Celsius.
Most resorts will include a service charge on your bills for everything from transfers and room service to spa treatments, so you shouldn’t worry too much; however, small extra tips for a great massage or for outstanding butler service are at your discretion.
Taking kids to Maldives
The days when Maldives was only a haven for luxury minded travellers and honeymooners have gone with the rise of resorts that cater specifically for families and children. Now you can bring your kids to resorts where there are kids’ clubs, professional child minding services, kids’ meal times with children’s menus, movie nights, water sports and other activities designed for children.
Experience a real-life Robinson Crusoe island getaway together with your loved ones; where you can stay in a thatched roof beach bungalow right on the sandy beach or on in water villas in the lagoon where your little ones’ can feel the thrill of watching the abundant marine life as it swims right around under the deck! Take them snorkeling in the protected and safe waters so that they can get up close and personal with some brightly colored fish.
Respect the highly fragile and delicate natural environment. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Even though you are just visiting and not paying the utility bill, disposing of your garbage properly and minimizing your consumption of water and energy will benefit the overall destination.
Don’t go home without taking plenty of photos – underwater and overwater. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, in the Maldives you’re invariably the centre of a perfect picture opportunity. All your snaps will look travel-brochure dreamy, and your friends will be aqua with envy…