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Updated by Joanna James on Mar 12, 2018
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Things to remember when travelling with kids to Maldives - preparing for an enjoyable vacation

Most people don't associate the Maldives with family friendly vacations, but in fact, the atolls are a great place to take kids, for some fun in the sun.

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Prepare for a long flight

Depending on where you are departing from, a flight to the Maldives can be anywhere from 3-hours and over. There's always in-flight entertainment to keep young children occupied, but it doesn't hurt to carry a few of their own favourite toys or books as well.

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Choose your accommodation carefully

There are literally hundreds of accommodation choices in the Maldives; 5 Star resorts though are your best option if you want to make sure the whole family is kept entertained throughout. Always check with the resort first if it is child friendly, some resorts have set minimum age limitations and honeymoon focused resorts do not allow young children at all. However, there are several resorts around Maldives that allow younger children, such as Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, for example.

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Babysitting facilities

Some resorts provide babysitting facilities for babies and young children. This can either be one-on-one attention or a kids' club that includes full day activities. This is a great option if you want to head out for a swim or just have some time to yourself. Check with your resort to see if they offer any packages for kids and if babysitting is included.

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Prepare for any emergency

Travelling to the Maldives is safe and doesn't require any vaccinations before hand. Most resorts will have a doctor on call, but if your child has any special medical needs, pack the necessary medications for the trip along with medical prescriptions or a doctor's certificate in case you need to make a trip to the hospital.

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Keep the necessities on hand

General baby supplies like nappies, and formula will be available on the main islands like Male, but resorts usually don't keep those stocked; so be sure to pack any essential items you may need for the duration of the trip. In addition, note that outside of your resort, breast-feeding in public is not allowed.

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Activities for the whole family

As fun as a vacation in the Maldives sounds, often young children and even teenagers may find the confined space of a resort island to be boring. Make sure to book a resort that offers plenty of activities to entertain the entire family during the trip. Whale watching and fishing trips are popular choices, and many resorts offer courses in windsurfing and other water sports. The minimum age requirement for scuba diving is 10 years, but some resorts offer introduction programmes for younger kids. There's also supervised snorkelling near house reefs, which can be fun for everyone.

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Exotic cuisines

You may be looking forward to try something new and exciting, but with young children, more often than not, they won't. thankfully most resorts do offer at least a few westernised dishes on the menu, and you can always find something to appease kids at the buffet. If your child has any dietary problems, such as allergies, inform the resort before arrival, so that they are prepared for any special requests.

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