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6 Important Factors to Keep in Mind before Visiting the Maldives - Tips for Those Planning to Holiday in the Maldives

Tipped to one of traveller's dream destination for beach lovers, Maldives is a breathtaking archipelago for the masses. Here are 6 things all visitors must know before heading to the islands.


Every Resort is an Island

One of the coolest aspects of a holiday in the Maldives is that every resort is located on an island of its own. Unlike most holiday hotspots where multiple hospitality properties occupy a single island, the Maldives offers travellers the chance to holiday in a secluded resort island which is spread out over the entire landscape. Whether it's the Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives or any other all inclusive hotels in Maldives, tourist can be sure to find an island all to themselves with some of the island names also bearing the name of the resort chain in some cases.


Best Time to Visit

Although the Maldives is considered a year round holiday destination, those who wish to make the most of their time in the country should schedule their visit to coincide with the peak tourist season. The official tourist season in the archipelago falls between the months of December to March as this is the period when the islands are rain free. The idyllic weather makes it ideal for a plethora of water sports activities and outdoor excursions. This is also the most costly time of the year to visit as the large influx of tourists drives up the cost of various commodities. The monsoon months from April to October are not suitable for travel.


Bar Hopping is Not Allowed

Bringing alcohol into the country or enjoying a drink in public is also not allowed in the Maldives. This is due to the country's Muslim identity in which consuming alcohol is deemed a sin. Visitors can find wines and cocktails in their resort bars and lounges but drinking in the Maldives is restricted to these spaces. So bar hopping and partying the night away with a drink in hand is simply not possible.


It's so Close to Sri Lanka

Most travellers who head to the Maldives also make it a point to stopover in Sri Lanka as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean is a mere hour away from the country. Making the holiday a double destination affair is a great way to experience both countries in one trip. In fact, there are many tour packages that combine both countries so even budget travellers can visit both during a short span of time.


Surfers should Visit during the Off Season

Unlike most visitors, surfing enthusiasts heading to the Maldives should try to plan their vacation during the rainy season to experience the biggest swells. The months of July and August are considered the ideal time to go surfing in the Maldives as the swells are positively huge. Those who are intermediary level surfers may consider the months of September, October, April and May when the swells are less challenging.


Male is a Compelling City

Most tourists only encounter the capital Male during their arrival and departure from the Maldives, but the city is home to some of the country's top cultural attraction. From presidential palaces, the National Museum and Republic Square to Sultan Park, the highlights in Male are well worth a visit.