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9 Tips for First-Time Visitors to the Maldives – Follow our tips and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime

The Maldives is quite possibly one of the most stunning places on earth. But, before you visit, here are 9 tips for first-time visitors to the islands.


Don't skimp on the experience

While it is perfectly possible to do a budget trip to the Maldives, if you really want to have the best experience, you will need to splurge a bit. A touch of indulgence is all part of the Maldives experience so don't feel too bad about it. Set out your budget before you arrive, leaving aside some extra pennies for splurging.


Hangout with the locals

If you are up for some unique Maldives sightseeing, then head to where the locals are. The Maldives is more than just about lavish resorts and coral reefs, there are also islands that are officially designated "inhabited islands" where most of the locals live. These islands used to be closed off to tourists but these days several inhabited islands are open for day trips.


Don't drink alcohol outside the resorts

The Maldives is an Islamic nation which means that consuming alcohol is strictly forbidden. Tourists can't carry alcohol into the country or consume it on inhabited islands. However, most resorts like Adaaran Prestige Vadoo for example, do have a licensed to serve alcohol, so you do have the option to indulge in a cocktail or two on your trip.


Dress modestly outside the resorts

Due to the Islamic culture, tourists are expected to dress modestly when they're not on private resort islands. Especially when they are visiting inhabited islands or the capital city Male. Both men and women should refrain from wearing short above the knee, and women should keep their arms and legs covered in loose fitting clothes.


Stay environmentally friendly

The Maldives is at great risk from global warming, with several islands already underwater. With this in mind, it's important that tourists are mindful about water consumption and disposing of waste while travelling and choose activities that highlight sustainable practices.


Buy an underwater camera

Some of the best scenery in the Maldives is actually underwater and if you plan on trying any water sports or snorkelling, then consider buying an underwater camera to capture all those memories.


You won't always have sunny skies

When we think of the Maldives, we typically imagine sunny skies and calm waters. But, that's not always the case. Like any other tropical country, the Maldives does experience a monsoon period. The best time to visit is between November to April, but keep in mind that is also peak period for tourists so expect high rates wherever you go.


Eat like a local

The Maldives has its own cuisine which you can find on any of the inhabited islands. Maldivian cuisine mainly features lots of fresh fish, rotis and simple broths. They also have a wide range of fried snacks that should be sampled.


Pack a suitable clothing

While many of the resorts encourage guests to kick back and relax, some of the more upscale restaurants will likely have a dress code. Women can generally get away with a dress and sandals, but men should pack a shirt and smart slacks just in case.