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Top 7 things to know before travelling to the Maldives – The facts you need to know to have a safe and fun holiday

Most of us have either gone to the Maldives or want to go. If you are the latter, there are some facts you need to know before you touch dry land in the Maldives.

1

The transfer to your resort island is more expensive than you think

Most people aren't aware of the fact that airport transfers are more costly than your flight ticket. So, before you land, check with your hotel if the hotel charges include transfer costs. You have two options: seaplane and speedboat. If your hotel is located close to Male, a speed boat transfer will cost you something between 50 USD and 200 USD. But, if your hotel is located far from the Male airport, you have to opt for a seaplane transfer which will cost you about 70 USD to 350 USD.

2

Try not to stay too many days in the country

Unless you have something special planned out – your honeymoon for example – try not to spend too much time in the country. The Maldives is ideal for a short stay, and you can cover most of the attractions within a short period – make it four to five days or maybe seven days if you plan to spend your holiday in two hotels. Also, do not stay in too many Maldives resorts, it's not that easy as the transport cost is really over the line.

3

Go for a luxurious stay

Of course, you have the option to go for a budget-friendly vacation, but in truth, you are going to miss out on a good portion of fun if you don't spend a few extra bucks. If you speak to anyone who's been to the Maldives on a budget trip, they would tell you that you should opt for a luxurious stay – quality over quantity: if you can't stretch your budget to indulge in luxury, perhaps you can reduce the number of days you are going to stay – and without staying at more than one hotel, you can choose a resort like Anantara Veli Maldives Resort straightaway.

4

The Maldives is a traditional country

The Maldives is an Islamic country, as you may know, there are a few rules you need to follow when you are there. For one, avoid wearing bathing suits as it is highly frowned upon and no display of affection in public. If you are hoping to spend your vacation drinking with your buddies, make up your mind right now as it is not a possibility – but you will be served alcohol in most of the resorts and hotels.

5

Don't make plans to try the cuisine during the Ramadan period

The Maldives has a 100 per cent Islamic population, so the chances are that most of the food places are closed during the fasting period. It's no good if you plan a trip during this time of the year, so don't!

6

The drinking water

In Maldives, they recycle and clean the water through desalination. Though the water is completely fine and drinkable, the process rids the water of some elements.

7

There aren't a lot of food choices

You won't go hungry, but prepare yourself to be okay with just three meals – that too, you will be eating in your hotel. Also, if the choices are limited, it is likely that your meal is going to be a lot expensive – make up your mind to spend about 50 USD per meal.