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7 Things to Know Before You Go to the Maldives - Seven Facts Every First-Timer Must Know Prior to a Holiday in the Maldi

As one of the world's top honeymoon hotspots, the Maldives is a dream location for a getaway. First-time visitors heading to the archipelago may be surprised at just how different the islands are to other Asian vacation hubs. Here are 7 facts to help you make the most of your time in paradise.


Best Time to Visit

Although the Maldives is a pristine holiday destination for most of the year, those who wish to make the most of their getaway in the archipelago should time their visit. The official tourist season in the country lasts from December to March and indeed, this is the best time of year at least where the weather is concerned. There's virtually no chance of rain during these sunny and clear days when outdoor activities, as well as excursions, are a pure joy to experience. As fine as the weather is, this is also the most expensive time of year to vacation in the Maldives.


Resort Islands Galore

A key part of the Maldives experience is staying in one of its resort islands but what most holidaymakers don't understand is that the entire tourist landscape of the country is designed in this manner. Unlike neighbouring beach Meccas the likes of Thailand or Sri Lanka, hotels and resorts are not found on the shores of popular beaches but occupy entire islands. This means that if you make a reservation at Saii Lagoon Maldives or any similar resort, you will be spending a holiday in a hotel that's spread out over an island. Privacy and seclusion are what sets Maldivian accommodations a cut above the rest.


Weekend Getaways

Those who are heading to the Maldives for a short weekend vacation should consider staying close to the capital. Air and boat transfers to resorts based in outer atolls are not only time consuming but costly. If you have less than 48 hours in the Maldives, don't spend it travelling to far-flung resort islands and choose a base that's closer to the airport and is no more than a 20-minute ride away from Male City.


Don't Miss Male

While most travellers steer clear of Male except for trips from and to the airport, it would be a shame to leave this dynamic city out of your itinerary. Home to the National Museum and the Grand Friday Mosque, Male is also the only location where one can enjoy a shopping spree in the Maldives.


Water Sports for Everyone

As one of the world's top water sports hotspots, no trip to the Maldives would be complete without experiencing an array of water-bound activities. From diving, snorkelling and surfing to kayaking, parasailing and water skiing, the choices are truly innumerable.


Behavioural Tips

The Maldives is an Islamic country and therefore, public intoxication and public displays of affection are faux pas to avoid.


Ethical Travel

Those who take part in snorkelling and diving tours must make sure they do not touch coral reefs or marine species and inadvertently damage the delicate ecosystem of the country's underwater landscapes.

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