Maldives is one of the most beautiful places on earth. That is for shure. The islands are a dream destination, but there are some regulations to be respected. Here are nine tips for the first-time visitor to the Maldives .
1.Don’t be scrimpy
If you find yourself fretting over the price of things, remember that the Maldives is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A generous dash of indulgence is part of the Maldives experience. Build out your budget before you arrive, so you won’t have to worry about pinching pennies.
- Go local
For insights into local life, you need to visit one of the officially designated “inhabited islands,” where most of the 400,000 Maldivians make their homes. Until 2009, tourists needed a permit to explore non-resort islands. A liveaboard trip is a great way to go local in the Maldives.
- Don’t drink alcohol outside the resorts
There are strict rules around the consumption of alcohol. Many of the people of the Maldives are Muslim. Tourists cannot bring alcohol into the country or consume it on inhabited islands. Resorts and liveaboard boats are licensed to serve alcohol.
- Dress and act modestly outside the resorts
Dress modestly while on inhabited islands. Men and women should avoid wearing shorts above the knees. Women should cover their shoulders and elbows. Couples should refrain from public displays of affection. Inside your accommodations, you are free to dress as you wish. Sunbathing topless or in the nude is prohibited, no matter where you are.
- Be aware of environment
The Maldives is the lowest-lying country in the world: Some islands barely break the surface of the water. This puts the country in a uniquely delicate position in the face of climate change. With this mind, choose activities that prioritize sustainable practices and try to minimize your own water consumption, energy use, and waste production while on the islands.
- Overwater villa is a requirement
A stay at an overwater villa, or is an item for the bucket lis. But that they can be overrated. They offer your own passage into the ocean, but they’re usually set a far walk from the actual beach. Some bures are packed together to maximize the number of travellers that can fit in a small space, and therefore don’t actually offer that much seclusion.
- Buy a quality underwater camera
The Maldives offer some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. Consider buying a decent underwater camera.
- Do pack apropriate outfit
Some of the more upscale restaurants will likely have a dress code. Women can get away with casual dresses, but men need collars and trousers. If you plan to dine at any resort restaurants, make sure you pack a pair trousers and a shirt with sleeves and collars. Even if you’re not eating out, you’ll be grateful for shirtsleeves when the evening breeze cools the air.
- Don’t expect perfect weather
The typical vision of the Maldives is of clear water and white sand. This is certainly a reality, but not all the time. The best weather in the Maldives is between November and April, and the high tourist season falls between December and March. Beginning in May, the weather is less predictable.