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5 tips for first-time visitors to the Maldives – seaside bliss

The best seaside holidays include meetings with many-hued sea creatures, sea baths, soaking up the sun and plenty of serene moments by the salty depths. And the Maldives is one of the best places in the world where you can experience all of this and more. If you're a first-time traveller to the Maldives, this article can give you some tips for a great holiday.


Look for luxury and time

The Maldives is all about luxury, slow days full of delicious food, time in the sea, sunsets, and pampering. You should look for the best all-inclusive resorts in Maldives to be able to make the most of your holiday. That way, you'll be able to savour the bliss of a Maldivian holiday without having to even leave the resort island. Check with hotels like the Adaaran Maldives to find out about early bird offers. Most holiday packages include some activities like snorkelling, meals, and spa time. Figure out what makes you and your family happy and look for a combination package and facilities. You can bask in luxury and indulgence at your island resort and escape the mundane world for a few days to rejuvenate.


Buy a Sim card at the Male airport

You are going to spend most of your vacation at the resort island and sometimes their WiFi can be unreliable. You can stay connected without hassle if you buy a Maldivian Sim card at the airport. You are going to be able to pick a 4G signal anywhere in the Maldives (even when you island hop off the beaten path). You can find cell phone service providers right after the luggage carousel. The two providers are called Dhiraagu and Ooredoo. You can get about 17GB for 30 USD and the data can last the duration of your holiday.


Don't bring alcohol to Maldives

The Maldives is an Islamic country, and you are only allowed alcohol at resorts. Avoid buying any alcohol at the airport or bringing any bottles of wine. You might have to pay a fine at customs or risk the officials taking the bottles away. But rest assured, you can drink alcohol at your resort and pair food with the best wine possible. All-inclusive packages and happy hours allow you to enjoy your favourite brews.


Bring plenty of sunscreen and your own fins if possible

Sunscreen is essential for any tropical vacation. In the Maldives, sunscreen is rather expensive. The cheapest brand would likely cost you at least 45 USD. To avoid paying heftily to buy this essential item, bring your own sunscreen and plenty of it. You should look for reef-safe sunscreen with the appropriate SPF threshold. If luggage space is not a problem, bringing your own snorkelling gear is a good idea. You can avoid the hassle of renting.


Pack carefully to match the weather and customs

When you're at the resort or private beach belonging to the same, you can sport your bikini and wear summer wear. But, when you venture outside, you'll need to cover up. Hence, bring a couple of modest outfits. A good pashmina, sarong or shawl will prove to be a versatile tool.

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