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05 Essential Travel Tips for Maldives Travellers – Get Updated and Avoid Unpleasant Surprises

If you are a lucky traveller heading to the Maldives, you need to plan. Take into consideration such aspects as local rules, general costs and availability of activities at your chosen resort.


Make Your Budget & Research Prices

Extras and taxes can rack up quite a large bill in the Maldives, if you are heading out there on an all-inclusive package or advance booking promo and you will need to be wary of any extras you may order. Extras with the addition of taxes can be much more than you expected. Also, check around for prices; accommodation costs at 3 to 4 star hotels as well as at Maldives villas can vary greatly depending on the property and the season (off-peak or peak) when you plan your visit. A service charge tax as well as, a goods and services tax is often added to just about everything sold there, some restaurants may include it in their menus, while others don't; if unsure always inquire.


Check Wi-Fi Connection Options and Costs

If you are heading out to the Maldives to enjoy a holiday of isolation in paradise, this point may not apply; but if you need to stay connected to the rest of the world, double check Wi-Fi options in your resort. Some resorts, the likes of Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives offer complimentary Wi-Fi, while others charge for its usage. Costs can be quite steep for an hour; hence, you should be clear about what you will be paying before getting connected.


Check the Options for Snorkelling

You may have heard of the fabulous snorkelling options the Maldives offer, in most instances it's true, however, you should know that one cannot simply swim out to the nearest reef from every Maldives resort. Some hotels in Maldives, surrounded by lagoons, although conducive to other water sports are not ideal for 'swimming up to the nearest reef'; instead, you may have to book a snorkelling tour. Unless your resort offers a complimentary snorkelling tour, you may have to budget for a snorkelling expedition, which will take you to some of the most spectacular regions of the archipelago.


Avoid Unpleasant Surprises at Check-Out

This is especially important to travellers on a tight budget; don't wait to check the bill on your last day. Take a moment in the middle of your holiday to head over to reception and do a quick check of your current bill; this way you know where you stand, and how much more you can afford to spend or are willing to spend.


Check About Where on the Resort You Will be Placed

All Maldives resort villas promise to be a tropical haven, and while they may be located on a sandy beach or tropical garden, check to see on which part of the resort you will located at. Some are placed close to jetties, transport centres, or even the generator; disturbing venues that could put a damper on your tranquil holiday of bliss. Ask to be placed in a quieter section and preferably with a good view of the ocean, do this at the point of booking your holiday.