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6 Things You Did Not Know About the Maldives (but You Should) – It’s an interesting destination!

The Maldives is undoubtedly a dream destination among many travellers. But, they know only a little about this island nation that lacks absolutely nothing. With this article, you are sure to know some important facts before you go there.


The Maldives is NOT just for honeymooners

Yes, any Maldives beach villa the likes of Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort is great and perfect for honeymoons. But, many travellers forget the fact that the Maldives is equally great for solo travels, family vacations, and business tours as well. This destination is simply for everyone!


The Maldives is NOT just for the rich and famous

Yes, celebrities from all around the world visit the Maldives throughout the year with their families and friends simply to enjoy a relaxing vacation. Once in a while, they need to forget everything about their busy schedules and have some time for their selves. But, this doesn't mean that this nation is reserved for them. Anyone can travel to the Maldives and enjoy all its blisses.


Alcohol is NOT unavailable in the Maldives

Yes, the Maldives is a Muslim country, and alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited. But, any traveller can consume alcohol on resort islands as they do have a special license to do so. Getting drunk in public is what has been banned by the law.


The Maldives does NOT have strict rules on clothing

Yes, the Maldives wants the travellers to adhere to a modest dressing rule, but that does not mean that the Government needs all females to wear burkas and males – the traditional Muslim wear. Travellers can wear any dress as long as it covers their shoulders, legs, and arms. Take a shawl everywhere you go in the Maldives, in case of emergency. On some resort islands, travellers can even wear bikinis.


Travelling around the Maldives is NOT easy

Yes, travelling to the Maldives by plane can be easy and fast if you take your flight from Sri Lanka or such a convenient destination. But, the real issue is with travelling around the country. As you must be aware, the Maldives is a collection of 1000 islands located separately, and going from one to another requires you to take the ferry, speed boat, dhoni, or seaplane. These methods have their pros and cons. But you need to remember that if you choose to travel around by seaplane that will cost you much more than the charge of the resort.


Taxes are NOT always revealed

Yes, taxes are quite tricky in the Maldives. The price you see is not always the price you end up paying, be it when shopping in Male, or even when paying for the water adventures you have done. The most common ones are the 12% tax and the 10% service charge, but some companies may have some other hidden charges too. So, no matter what, you should inquire about the original prices and the taxes before you make your payments when in the Maldives.