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07 Maldives Travel Tips to Know before Planning your Trip - Top 7 Travel Tips for Visitors Heading to the Maldives

As one of the globe's most popular beach holiday destinations, Maldives attracts visitors from around the world. Here are 7 tips every traveller should know when planning a holiday in the isles.

1

Time the Visit

Although the Maldives is considered a year round holiday hub, those who wish to make the most of their holiday experience should time the visit to coincide with ideal weather conditions. The best time to holiday in the country falls between the months from November to April when sunny skies are prevalent. This is ironically the most expensive time to visit the country as most tourists head to the archipelago during the period. The monsoon months of October and November should be avoided at all costs although the period from April to September is perfect for those on a budget.

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Plan the Arrival Time

Those who have secured accommodation outside of Male or in the outer atolls should pick a flight that arrives before the afternoon or evening hours as transfers will be an issue for travellers who arrive after 6 pm. Boat transfers and sea plane transfers to the resort islands halt in the afternoon and being anew only in the morning so accommodation in Male is also required for those who have booked flights that touchdown in the Maldives after dark.

3

Pack Lightly

As a tropical holiday hotspot, there's no need to bring several pieces of luggage on a Maldivian getaway. A few casual clothing items and a bathing suit will suffice for most travellers as the weather is sunny and laundry services are easily available in most resorts. Flip flops and a sun hat should also be packed while prescription medication and a first aid kit with essentials are also necessary as medical care is not easily accessible from the resort isles.

4

Alcohol is Banned

While one can enjoy a glass of wine and cocktails inside the confines of the resort, alcohol is not sold or consumed publically in the Maldives. As an Islamic nation both alcohol and pork meat products are prohibited and bringing alcohol to the country is a serious offence that can result in heavy fines.

5

Dress Appropriately

Donning a skimpy bikini will not be frowned upon within the resort island but dressing immodestly is a faux pas that tourists must avoid when they are travelling to other corners of the archipelago. This is especially relevant for those heading to Male as tight, revealing clothing can land one in hot water in the nation's capital as will public displays of affection such as kissing and hugging.

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Sunscreen is Not Optional

The Maldives is a tropical paradise and wearing sunscreen is a must for all visitors if they wish to avoid sunburn and other skin ailments. Do not wait to purchase sunscreen from the Maldives as the products available may not meet one's own standards and also be overpriced as most consumer items are imported.

7

Splurge on Accommodation

Even if it's for a single night staying in an over water bungalow in any one of the many 5 star resorts in Maldives is a must for a first time visitor. Whether it's the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas or any similar accommodation option, splurging on this classic Maldivian luxury is a rite of passage for travellers.