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9 tips to travel in Maldives - Travelling smart 101

A vacation in Maldives is a dream come true. Read the tips below to keep your vacation flowing smoothly and to get the best of this beautiful island.

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Taxes and extras

Extras in Maldives are pretty expensive because they have to be shipped into the resort via Male. These prices apply to all resorts and not just the premium ones. Most of the time you will find that the 3 and 4 star resorts charge higher than 5 star ones. The taxes charged are the same in all resorts and hotels. There are two kinds of taxes; a 10% service charge and a 8% goods and services tax. The latter changes rapidly because of economic factors.

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What is included in an all-inclusive formula

All-inclusive formulas have grown pretty popular among resorts but before you dive in, make sure of what you get. Don't hesitate to ask questions like what beverages are included, if the minibar is a part of the deal and if activities such as surfing and snorkeling discounted. This can help you plan the budget much more effectively.

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WiFi and other connections

While Maldives is all about disconnecting from real life, you may have to use WiFi for work. Some resorts offer Wi-Fi for free but some you need to pay and it will cost you some 150 USD for a week. Also, the connections can be really slow and it will take you more than an hour to complete a simple task.

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Snorkelling situation

Always check if what the snorkelling situation of the resort is. Most resorts such as Adaaran Resorts are built where coral reefs are but some are a little further away. You need to check if you will have to take a short swim to reach the coral reef or book a snorkelling tour beforehand.

5

Billing

To avoid unpleasant surprises at checkout, check your bill during the middle of your stay so you won't be stressed over the final bill and can keep your finances under control. This is important if you are under a tight budget.

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Location

You travel to Maldives because you need to experience the tranquility only this exotic island can offer you. The location of the resort you are booking is important for this. Avoid hotels near airports, jetties, and busy restaurants. If you want to spend your vacation without interruptions, book yourself a water villa or a resort in a hidden part of the beach.

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Transportation

There is only one resort for each island and getting into and out of the island is through seaplanes or an international flight. There is a standard time which flights come in and leave islands. Ask your hotel for the schedule.

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Boat Rides

Boat rides to transfer from one island to other sounds very romantic and dreamy but it's not always the case. They can be delayed because of the weather. Be mindful of this before you decide to use the boat. Issues such as seasickness and body pains can occur as well.

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Weather

The weather in Maldives is pretty constant but during the rainy season, you might want to cancel out on your snorkelling and scuba diving trips. The weather can be surprising at times too. It could start pouring in the middle of a sunny day.