About The Maldives
Sprawling across the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, The Maldives with it’s white sand beaches, lively inhabitants and exotic sea-life is every traveler’s dream destination to relax and unwind. With pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine, the upscale beach resorts provide the ideal desert island style luxury retreat for travelers seeking to indulge in some time-out. Whether you wish to enjoy a luxurious vacation here or explore the mainland, Jetset Bunny delves deeper so read on for some practical Maldives travel tips.
The Maldives Travel Info
Language: The official language of The Maldives is Dhivehi. It is also the most commonly spoken languages in The Maldives. Arabic is spoken by Muslims and is taught in schools and mosques. English is also a popular language here and is widely spoken by the locals.
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa.
Visa: Tourists from every nationality are issued a 30 day Visa on arrival at The Maldives. The Visa is issued by the immigration department of The Maldives.
Electricity: The Maldives receives electricity supply between 220V to 240V with 50Hz AC. The standard socket is a three pin plug. However there can be some variations in it. Most resorts will provide guests with adapters but I recommend bringing a Universal Travel Adapter so you don’t need to buy a new one for other countries you visit in future.
Independence Day: Maldives got freedom from the British on July 26th 1965. Every year on the 26th of July, celebrations take place symbolizing the significance and importance of the day. The main event is held at the Republic Square and the celebrations begin in the evening with a March past the national Cadet Corps and National Security Services. Then you can enjoy some sweet performances by school children.
Ramadan: Ramadan is the major religious festival of The Maldives. The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is the month of Ramadan. Muslims during this time participate in a fast during the daytime. It is a month of celebration in Maldives and Government workplaces shut down around 1:30 pm and private organizations wind up their work by 3:00 pm.
Kuda Eid: To mark the end of Ramadan a lavish celebration takes place called Kusa Eid. It observes the start of the month of the Shawaal in the Islamic Calendar when the New moon is seen. The announcement of it is done by a cannon in the capital city Male. Also known as Fithru Eid, the festival lasts for three days, during which all the public and private offices remain closed.
Safety In The Maldives
Safety for travelers visiting The Maldives is not really a concern for most people. Pick-pocketing, bag-snatching and other scams to take advantage of travelers are not common here. The Maldives is a Muslim country so women travelers should take care to dress appropriately. The main safety issues in the Maldives would more likely be involving water sports accidents, and other injuries from island activities. Based on many years of solo travel around South Asia I would never leave home without travel insurance. I recommend checking out the travel insurance plan that World Nomads can offer you before you leave.
Amazing Things To Do In The Maldives
Globetrotters visit the Maldives to basque under the sun and soak up the ultimate picture perfect beach paradise. There’s so much more to do here than just sunbath and scuba dive so here’s our pick of the top things to do in the Maldives.
Enjoy Scuba Diving (well it’s a good place to start!)
The archipelago of the Maldives in the charming waters of the Indian Ocean offers a unique scuba diving experience and a perfect opportunity to explore Maldivian marine life. The ocean here is home to stingrays, sea turtles and many other exotic species. Those who aren’t certified divers need not feel disappointed as the place has many dive centers where you can sign up for various dive options and get the help of professionals.
Every visitor to the Maldives must go dolphin watching so take a trip to the Dolphin pods and see the amiable Dolphins at their best, playing among themselves, flipping and splashing water.
Go Island Hopping
Around 1192 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls make up the Maldives. Of these, many are inhabited by locals while others purely just tourist resorts. Do not limit your Maldives tour to the few prime destination head on to explore some less heard but equally interesting island. One must visit these locally inhabited islands that are home to various communities. You will be truly amazed learning about the lesser known communities that live in the islands and know about their survival stories. Island hopping unravels to you a fascinating side of Maldives which is unaltered and raw.
Maldives reefs are a treasure house of beauty. Explore it with an exciting snorkeling experience. The adventure will take you close to the underwater community of Maldives. Watch the sea turtles gliding in the crystal clear water and colorful fishes joyously moving around in flocks. If you wish to have a unique experience then head to Banana Reef located to the west of Farukolhufushi island found in the North Male atoll.
Surf on the shimmering waters
The rolling waves at the shores of Maldives are quite inviting. These provide an extraordinary experience to surfers. Cinnamon Dhonveli is a top surfing destination of Maldives where you would find some skilled surfers heading out with their surf boat to the sea for an enthralling experience of taming the undulating waves. If you are a skilled surfer then this is a must-do activity for you. The amateur ones can relax at the shoreline and watch the others mastering their skills.
Indulge in an exotic massage
While the beauty of Maldives is completely mesmerizing and rejuvenating you can further pamper yourself by indulging in an exotic massage with your partner. Enjoy a sand massage on the pristine beaches of Maldives while taking in the beauty of the spectacular vistas of the azure water along with the joyous faces of visitors and listening to the cheery sounds of the waves. The relaxing massage will relieve you of all the fatigue of the tour and revitalize you for further excursions.
Gear up for a Romantic Dinner
The scenic island of Maldives surrounded by glistening blue water make a perfect romantic destination. Have the best experience of Maldives by heading on one of the beaches and enjoying a romantic dinner with your loved one in the cozy light of the dusk. Savor the picturesque beauty of the changing color of the surrounding terrain as the sun glides below the horizon. Along while indulge in the equally exotic cuisine of Maldives.
Have a private escape into Maldives beauty
The overwhelming beauty of Maldives offers a great respite to travelers. People come here to have some great time far from the hectic daily schedules. So make the most of the tranquility offered by Maldives. Have some private time with yourself or your loved one just chilling at some beach, taking a sunbath, devouring delicious cuisines, indulging in a Balinese massage, experiencing some exciting adventures or watching people enjoying their holiday. A holiday in Maldives means living your life to the fullest.
What To Eat In The Maldives
Rumali Roti: If you want to eat something abit lighter than a naan then a Rumali roti will hit the spot. The word “rumal” is Hindi for handkerchief and this bread is as thin as cloth and served folded up like a napkin, hence the name. Watch in awe as they toss the dough into the air and spins it in circles.
Where To Stay In The Maldives
Finding a place to stay in India is really easy because there are so many great options no matter what your travel budget. Hostel dorms are only just catching on in India but even without the budget dorms India is still an incredibly affordable place to visit.
If you’re traveling to India during peak season it’s wise to book your accommodation in advance. Jetset Bunny loves Booking.com for this.
The Maldives Trip Planner
Best Time to Visit The Maldives
The best time to visit India for warm, dry and sunny weather is between October and March. If you’re planning to visit India’s southern states then November onwards when the monsoon has ended will be your best time to go.
The Maldives Travel Budget
India is a highly affordable destination for travelers on all budgets. The cost of your trip to India depends on the comfort level you want while there. If you’re backpacking in India and planning on staying in hostels and eating street food then budget between $20 and $35 a day. If you’re looking to stay in private rooms and eat in mid-range restaurants you could spend anywhere between $35 to $100 per day. If you want to enjoy luxury 4-5 star accommodation and gourmet restaurants in India then budget about $100 to $250 plus a day. India caters to all travelers no matter what the budget.
- Budget: $2-10
- Mid-range: $10-$30
- Splurge: $30+
Meal For One
- Budget: $0.50-$2.00
- Mid-range: $3-$8
- Splurge: $12-$30
The Maldives Packing Guide
Packing for a trip to India, like most other places in South East Asia, is a breeze because it’s so easy to travel light in hotter climates. In India’s larger cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Goa you’ll see a lot of young Indian women wearing western style clothing however people in smaller towns and villages still dress traditionally.
So if you’re traveling to India then it’s necessary to pack clothing that’s lightweight, breathable and conservative. Women travelers in India who choose to wear revealing or figure-hugging clothing may receive unwanted attention and stares. Read What to wear in India: Style Guide for Female Travelers for more information about how to dress while in India.
Other essential items to pack for a trip to India include, most importantly, a good quality travel backpack. Choose the brand carefully and make sure you find the right size backpack for your torso. Believe me, doing this will make all the difference and prevent major backache. Smaller items to pack include a padlock, sleep sheet and a money belt to keep important documents close to you.
For the full list of everything you need to pack for a trip to India check out the Jetset Bunny Ultimate Southeast Asia Packing List For Women Travelers.