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5 Essential Safety Tips for Maldives Travellers – Bask in Maldives without any Worries

The Maldives with her sun-kissed beaches and super luxurious private resorts, is a paradise on earth; follow these essential guidelines to make the most of this heavenly destination.


Travel Insurance

Regardless of whether you will be lounging in a private resort or island hopping, travel insurance is a must to prevent any unwanted circumstances or illness ruining your vacation. It is best to be prepared for anything when travelling overseas.


Water hygiene

Stay away from tap water at all costs as it is not safe to drink. Drinking untreated water can lead to diarrhoea or other unpleasant illnesses. Ensure the water served to you is boiled or bottled water. In resorts, this will not be a cause for concern, but when travelling to the capital or other islands make sure to carry plenty of safe drinking water.


Water sport safety

The Maldives is a top-notch water sports destination with diving and snorkelling being the major draws. It is essential to ensure proper instructions and follow through guidelines especially if you are new to the sports. Sharks are widespread in Maldivian waters, but there have been no significant reports of shark bites. But for the better part they mind their own business, so admire these beautiful beasts from afar if you encounter one of them. Among other potentially dangerous sea creatures are anemone, sea urchin, the lionfish, and stonefish so be wary not to venture too close or touch any marine life. When diving, ensure you are with a licensed operator, and if you are a newbie make sure to follow through all the advice. The maximum depth allowed for diving by the Maldivian Tourism Board is 30m any operator allowing more should be avoided. Many of the resorts will provide diving as part of their services, and they are usually a safe choice as they are accredited. Naladhu Private Island Maldives is a good option to try your hand at water sports among the many Maldives luxury hotel properties.


Sun protection

Sun can be ruthless in the Maldives, and you will easily burn if you're not careful to protect yourself. The glorious beaches and balmy breezes will distract you from the burning heat but it is essential to use sun protection as the glare reflecting off the waters can be equally damaging. Wear sunglasses, and water-resistant sun protection with a high SPF when frolicking in the beaches. Furthermore, hydration is essential when out on the beach; make sure plenty of safe drinking water is within your reach.


Mosquito-borne diseases

Catching Mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue or Chikungunya can be highly unpleasant and deadly at times. These diseases are extremely prevalent in this part of the world especially during the rainy seasons and Maldives is no exception. Depending on the period of travel bring along a good supply of mosquito repellents and wear long-sleeved protective clothing, especially if you are planning on exploring Male and its surroundings.