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9 Maldives travel tips to know before you go – A handy guide

You've dreamt about it, and now you've finally decided to make the Maldives your next holiday destination. Before you become lost in the mesmerising world of azure waters and idyllic beaches, get acquainted with these 9 crucial Maldives travel tips to make your trip smoother.

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Time your visit right

The Maldives is a tropic, experiencing dry and wet spells. The dry season is between November to April and is considered the best time to visit. The downside? It also brings in crowds. The off-peak season in the island nation is its wet season from May to October. While you may experience occasional rainfall, sometimes heavy, you can enjoy your holiday crowd-free and at affordable prices.

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Respect local culture

It is essential that you observe local customs and respect the Maldivian culture as it is an Islamic nation. This means wearing modest attire covering your knees, shoulders and chest when visiting Male and other local islands. Bikinis and revealing clothing are a no-no, and they are only allowed on private resort islands. That being said, some local islands have designated beach strips, also known as bikini beaches. These strips are closed off to locals and allow you to don your bikini. Additionally, avoid public displays of affection on local islands.

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Alcohol is not allowed

Being an Islamic nation, the Maldives does not allow alcohol consumption on its local islands and in Male. The island nation also does not permit alcohol purchased from duty-free shops to be brought into the country. If you do, your liquor bottles will be confiscated by customs, and you can only collect them upon your departure. However, private island resorts are licensed to serve alcohol to tourists.

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Book early and save immensely

The Maldives grants visas on arrival. This gives you the luxury to book your flights and accommodation well in advance. If you book a few months before your trip, you will find budget-friendly deals on flights and hotel packages online.

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Choose inviting accommodation

There are many accommodation options on offer in the Maldives, from guesthouses and budget-friendly hotels to luxury resorts on private islands, the likes of OBLU SELECT at Sangeli. When browsing through the options, be sure to shortlist those offering attractive deals or packages, airport transfers, excursions, and convenient facilities. If you hope to spend your time outdoors, opt for half-board packages to save costs. Consider spending at least one night in an overwater villa at a beach resort in Maldives for a magical experience.

6

Sort out your local transportation

Transportation in and around the Maldives is via seaplane or boat. Seaplanes are relatively more expensive than speedboat rides. Alternatively, you can opt for a budget-friendly option and try the public ferry, which costs only a handful of dollars.

7

Pack sensibly

Avoid taking pork, tobacco, and alcohol as these are banned in the Maldives. Ensure you pack lightweight and comfortable clothing, lots of swimwear, toiletries, sunscreen, your medication, and a first-aid kit. Throw in a waterproof/underwater camera, and save a few bucks by taking your own snorkel, diving, or surfing gear.

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Currency and tipping

The Maldivian rufiyaa is the local currency in the Maldivian archipelago. However, USD is widely accepted across the island nation. Some shops even display prices in USD. Ensure your dollar bills are clean and crisp, as wrinkled, crushed, or torn notes may not be accepted. You are not obligated to tip in the Maldives as it is not a common practice. However, if you personally feel obliged to tip, then feel free to do so.

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Watch out for the taxes

Be prepared for surprise charges and taxes. Some resorts may charge extra for imported food and drinks. Additionally, tourists must pay a USD 6 green tax daily if staying at tourist hotels and resorts. Those staying at guesthouses pay USD 3 per day.

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