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What to Wear in the Maldives: Outfit Ideas & Packing List - A detailed list!

The Maldives might be a conservative country, but you can enjoy wearing a variety of outfits during your vacation. Your hotel may have a formal dress code, while the local islands may demand more modest attire. Therefore, it will be a good idea to brainstorm a few outfit ideas before you head out!


En route

The Maldives has over 1000 islands, with over 100 being tourist destinations. Transport from Male International Airport to the resort of your choice will be either via seaplane or speedboat. Therefore, it is generally suggested to bring along a small scarf or travel shawl in your hand baggage to wrap yourself up on this boat ride, which can become chilly. Besides, as there are many places to see in Maldives, it is highly likely you'll be jetting off in your speed boat from one island to the other. So, make sure to pack a scarf. If you're flying by seaplane, check the baggage allowance before packing, as it may be less than normal airline allowances.


At the Resort

If you are staying at any of the high-end resorts in the Maldives, the exclusive dress code will be beach-formal. Say no to denim shorts and miniskirts and opt for maxi dresses or beaded kaftans. This is not to suggest you can't wear these things, but at the resorts, most visitors do wear more formal attires. If you have a private villa, you can wear whatever you like. If you're looking for the privacy of an overwater villa, then you may want to check out the ones offered in properties like Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. Some resorts do have a dress code for men, which require men to dress in smart casual during evenings; so, pack shirts with collars and sleeves, chinos or trousers, and beach shorts.


On the Local Islands

Since the Maldives is a Muslim nation, you should dress conservatively while visiting the local residential islands. If you're going to a mosque or other religious sites, bear in mind that you'll need to cover your shoulders and knees, and ladies may be asked to cover the heads, so bring a scarf. Some tourists do like to bring a long-sleeved linen dress that reaches the knees to wear to some of these places. If you haven't got any dresses with sleeves, bringing a kimono will be a wonderful option to stay cool while still covering yourself. Because you'll be getting in and out of boats and strolling through dusty roads, it is suggested you bring along some sturdy pair of shoes.


In the Waters

You are definitely going to spend a lot of your time in the water when in the Maldives. So, bring along a few one-piece swimsuits that are stylish but also robust enough for snorkelling, which you might do a lot. Beach towels are provided by the resorts. And don't forget your flip flops!


Other Accessories

Given that this is a tropical destination, you need to bring sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen! It is a must! Don't forget your cameras. The islands in the Maldives boast brilliant scenic views that need to be captured!