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5 Travel Tips to Know Before You Go - For the best Maldivian vacation!

A vacation to the Maldives requires a certain level of planning in order for you to have the best possible trip of your life. Here are some of the things you must know before you head out to this tropical paradise nation.


Taxes and Extras

The Maldives when done right can be a budget destination, even though it is famously known as a luxury destination. There are two things to be careful of, extras and taxes. For instance, most food and beverages get shipped from overseas to the capital city, Male, and then to resorts. As a result, the extras are very expensive in this country. This is not only true to luxury resorts, but it is a general rule out here, everywhere. Also, know that some 3 or 4-star hotels, can be just as expensive or sometimes even higher than the 5-star hotels. In addition to this, there are two types of taxes. One is a service charge of 10% and the other is a good and services tax at 8%.


Snorkelling and Diving

Well, this tropical destination is famous for its water sports activities. Diving and snorkelling are two of the popular activities in these turquoise waters. Some of the resorts of the Maldives have reefs close by, while others do not. If you plan on snorkelling every day, then you need to choose a resort that is surrounded by a good marine ecosystem. Otherwise, you will have to travel to other well-known islands for this activity and travelling here isn't cheap. If you're are looking for a Maldives beach resort with these kinds of facilities, you can start checking out properties like Faarufushi Maldives.


All inclusive

Resorts with all-inclusive facilities have become increasingly popular in recent years. However, this varies from resort to resort. Some will have certain options you can choose from. Having said that these kinds of formulas are rarely equal on quality and quantity. Therefore, ask some questions when booking. You can ask them if cafes, lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos are part of the inclusive deal. Are there any special beverages for kids? Are excursions included? Will you get a discount on A-La-Carte menus? And so on.



Even when travelling you need to be connected with your private life. This is easily achieved by means of the Internet. Therefore, the next item you need to check out on the connectivity and the costs related to it. Some resorts and hotels offer free Wi-Fi, while some charge for these services. In the Maldives, Wi-Fi charges can reach about $150 for a week. To avoid unwanted costs, you must thoroughly investigate this aspect.


Boat Transfers

Once you get to the airport in Male, your resort can only be reached either by boat or a seaplane. Therefore, make sure your resort has facilities for these kinds of transfers. Besides, a boat transfer is not very punctual and can take a lot longer if there is bad weather. Waters tend to get rough and transfer time becomes unpredictable. Therefore, it is always better to find a resort close to the main island or a resort that does seaplane transfers.

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