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Things To Do in Maldives

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Diving and snorkeling in Maldives

Apart from turning the water bungalow into a rock on your honeymoon, the main activity in the Maldives is diving. The atolls are all coral reefs hundreds of kilometres from any major land mass, which means the water clarity is excellent and the underwater life is abundant. Manta rays, sharks, even a few wrecks, whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in the Maldives.

While the diving even in the immediate vicinity of Male is very good on a world scale, visibility and the chance of encountering large pelagic fish increases the further you get to the outer atolls. Many divers opt for liveaboards, which can actually be much cheaper than the high resort fees. Currents vary considerably, being generally low within the atolls, but some strong currents can be found on the sides facing the open sea. The water in the Maldives is warm all year round and a 3 mm shorty or lycra wetsuit is adequate. Diving is possible all year round, but rain, wind and waves are most common during the southwest monsoon period (June-August). The best time to dive is from January to April, when the sea is calm, the sun is shining and visibility can be up to 30m. There are decompression chambers at Bandos in Kaafu(15min from Male), Kuredu in Lhaviyani Atoll and at Kuramathi on Alifu.

The only downside to diving in the Maldives is that it is quite expensive by Asian standards. Prices vary considerably from resort to resort, with specialised dive resorts offering better prices. Generally, a single boat dive with your own equipment costs around 50 USD and 75 USD without. Watch out for surcharges: You may pay extra for boat use, guided dives, larger tanks, etc. On the other hand, safety standards are usually very high, well-maintained equipment and strict adherence to protocol (check dives, maximum depth, use of computers, etc.) are the rule rather than the exception.

Surfing in Maldives

The Maldives is becoming an increasingly popular destination for surfers. Turquoise waters and perfect waves make it an ideal and uncrowded destination for surfers looking for smooth surfing conditions.

The best time to surf in the Maldives is between March and October; the biggest waves are in June, July and August. This paradise is subject to the same swells as Indonesia, with the difference that the higher latitude and south-east orientation offers cooler and less hardcore surfing. The recent O’Neil Deep Blue contests held in the Maldives have placed the Maldives firmly on the world surfing map. While most of the recognised surf breaks are in Male’ Atoll, there is certainly more to discover.

Specialised companies organise tailor-made multi-day boat trips in the region, allowing surfers to easily get from one point to another and maximise their surfing time.

How To Travel To Maldives

By planeVirtually all visitors arrive at Malé International Airport (IATA: MLE), located on the island of Hulhulé next to the capital Male. The airport is served by a large number of flights to China, India, Sri Lanka, Dubai and major airports in Southeast Asia, as well as an increasing...

How To Travel Around Maldives

Getting around in the Maldives is done in three ways: boats, seaplanes (air taxis) and private yachts. Boats are the Maldivian equivalent of the car, while planes and private yachts are mainly reserved for tourists.Air taxis and boats prefer not to operate at night. So if you arrive at...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Maldives

The Maldives has a remarkably simple visa policy -- everyone gets a free 30-day visa on arrival provided they have a valid travel document, an exit ticket and proof of sufficient funds, defined as either a confirmed reservation at any resort or USD25/day in cash. This can be extended...

Accommodation & Hotels in Maldives

For a long time, the Maldives had a policy of keeping tourists on special islands, which meant they could only stay in full-service resorts, where the cost of an overnight stay started at around US$200 and rose into the stratosphere. However, the brief democratic flourishing under the rule of...

Destinations in Maldives

Regions in MaldivesThe Maldives consist of 26 atolls, or atholhu in dhivehi - the origin of the English word. These are not individual islands, but huge ring-shaped coral formations hundreds of kilometres wide, fragmented into countless islands.Naming the atolls is complex, as the atolls have both long traditional Dhivehi...

Weather & Climate in Maldives

The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate (Am) according to Keppen's climate classification, which is influenced by a large area of South Asia in the north. The presence of this land causes differential heating of land and water. These factors have caused a flow of saturated air from the...

Things To See in Maldives

Most visitors come to enjoy the myriad of plush resorts, excellent beaches and stunningly colourful marine life. Due to the island's isolated location, the number of animals on land is limited, but just beneath the surface of the beautiful blue ocean there is an abundance of wildlife to see....

Food & Drinks in Maldives

Food in MaldivesAll resorts are self-contained, so they have at least one restaurant that generally serves the type of cuisine expected by guests. (i.e. modern European or generic Asian). Breakfast is almost always included, and most resorts offer the option of half board, which means you get an evening...

Money & Shopping in Maldives

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Language & Phrasebook in Maldives

Maldivian Dhivehi, a close relative of Sinhala (spoken in Sri Lanka) but with borrowings from Urdu, Hindi, Arabic and many other languages, is the official language. It is written in a remarkable hybrid script called Thaana, which uses Arabic and Indian numerals as the basis of the alphabet and...

Internet & Communications in Maldives

There are two mobile phone operators: Dhiraagu and Ooredoo. Both sell local prepaid SIM cards with internet connection at competitive prices. The former of them is the leading local telecom company that has a wider coverage, while the prices are about the same as its competitor. Both have shops...

Culture Of Maldives

Since the 12th century AD, there have also been influences from Arabia in the language and culture of the Maldives due to its conversion to Islam and its location as a crossroads in the central Indian Ocean. This was due to the long history of trade between the Far...

History Of Maldives

Ancient history and settlementComparative studies of the oral, linguistic and cultural traditions and customs of the Maldives indicate that the early settlers were Dravidian peoples from the ancient Tamilakam in the Sangam period (300 BC - 300 AD), most probably fishermen from the southwestern coasts of what is now...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Maldives

Stay safe in MaldivesThere is very little crime in the tourist resorts, as guests often do not venture far away. In general, Maldivians are honest, helpful and hospitable people, even though you are unlikely to come into much contact with them in the resorts.There are no drugs in the...

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