Before embarking on a journey to the Maldives, there are several essential things that travelers should be aware of to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. Here are our top Maldives travel tips, and things to “Know Before You Go”!
What You’ll Need to Arrive
To enter the Maldives, travelers must have a valid passport with at least 1 month validity (from the date of arrival). But we recommend at least 6 months validity. Travelers must also be ready to provide a travel itinerary including your return confirmed tickets with a pre-paid confirmed hotel booking at a registered hotel, or provide proof of financial means to support the stay in Maldives, or hold a pre-approved visa sponsorship Maldives immigration.
All tourists, of all nationalities will receive a 30-day visa free of charge upon arrival in the Maldives. You do not need to apply for a visa before you travel. Keep up with the latest requirements here: https://www.immigration.gov.mv/tourist-visa/. Also note that all travelers are required to complete this Declaration Form within 96 hours of arrival into the country.
Official Currency and Language
The official currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR). However, resorts here only accept USD cash or your credit card. It’s advisable to carry some cash in small denominations for local expenses.
Dhivehi is the official language of the Maldives, but English is widely spoken. Especially in tourist areas. Familiarize yourself with some basic local phrases to enhance your interactions with locals.
The Maldives has a tropical climate and it is warm and beautiful year round. We do however have two main seasons: dry season (November to April) and wet season (May to October). While the dry season is ideal for beach vacations and water activities, the wet season may bring occasional rain showers and rough seas. Though, during wet season you will also see lower prices and better availability at the resorts. One of our Maldives travel tips is to narrow down the travel month you want to go and plan far ahead, especially during peak season.
Seaplane and Speedboat Transfers
International travelers will fly into our main international airport, Malé International Airport (MLE). From here, you will take transfers to reach the various resorts on their respective islands. There are quite a few ways to travel, however there are two more common options: traveling by seaplane and speedboat. You can check out the full list of transportation options here.
Book in Advance
To secure the best deals and availability, and avoid disappointment, book your accommodation well in advance. Especially if you plan to travel during peak seasons or holidays. Research and select a resort that aligns with your preferences and budget.
Each resort in the Maldives is on its own private island, offering different amenities and experiences, so choose one that suits your travel style and budget. Your team at Go Ocean is very knowledgeable on all of the resorts, including all inclusive resorts, and can help point you in the right direction.
Embrace Water Activities
Take advantage of the Maldives’ stunning marine life by participating in water activities such as snorkeling, diving, and other water sports. The clear waters offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the underwater world.
But be mindful of environmental impact. The Maldives’ delicate ecosystem is vulnerable to climate change and environmental degradation. Practice responsible tourism by supporting eco-friendly initiatives and minimizing plastic waste.
Understand Local Customs
The Maldives is a Muslim-majority country with conservative customs. Familiarize yourself with local etiquette, dress modestly when outside the resort, and avoid bringing prohibited items like alcohol and pork into the country.
We also recommend engaging with the local community. Taking an interest in their culture and traditions can lead to meaningful interactions and a deeper appreciation for the destination.
The equatorial sun in the Maldives can be intense. With that said, you’ll want to pack reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and lightweight clothing to protect yourself from sunburn. Don’t forget essentials like insect repellent and a reusable water bottle. Forget to pack some of these items? No problem! Several resorts have onsite gift shops that will sell these items for your convenience.
Consult your doctor before traveling to the Maldives, and ensure that your vaccinations are up to date. If you are traveling from one of the countries found here, you’ll need to provide proof of yellow fever vaccination. It’s also wise to carry a small first-aid kit with basic medications and any prescription drugs you may need.
Go Ocean is a travel agency based in the Maldives that offers amazing holiday packages at great prices. With years of experience in the tourism industry. We know how to create unforgettable holidays for our guests.