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About Maldives
Home to 1,192 coral islands, the tropical paradise of Maldives country lies in the Indian Ocean to the southern side of Sri Lanka. The islands sheltered in this archipelago are categorized into natural atolls, most of which remain uninhabited. Floating on serene ocean waters, this island nation makes for the perfect getaway for leisure seekers away from the chaos and anxiety of city life.

The Maldives tourism is known popularly across the globe for its pristine white sandy beaches, blooming reef fishes, crystalline lagoons, palm-fringed islands, and lavish water villas. The virgin beauty of this archipelago can be defined by its azure waves crashing against the shore with an enchanting noise and an attractive school of manta rays, reef sharks, and corals gracing its underwater world.

The Maldives country is packed with a plethora of world-famous attractions, which pledge to lure honeymooners and leisure holidaymakers. While HP Reef and Banana Reef make for the best diving destinations, Mulee’age Palace and National Museum offer an insight of the glorious past of the Maldives. While the Grand Friday Mosque and Islamic Centre take the tourists closer to spirituality, Majeedhee Magu and STO Trade Centre make for amazing shopping destinations.

The islet country of Maldives has in store all types of fun-filled and thrilling activities for every kind of tourist. While the adventure seekers can engage in snorkeling and catamaran sailing on Bandos Island, the romance seekers can enjoy a couple massage and a candlelight dinner on Villingili Resort Island. While the shoppaholics can go on a shopping spree to the famous Male Local Market, the foodies can dine with a view at  Ithaa Undersea Restaurant.

The Maldives tourism is characterized by a hot tropical climate with two dominating and distinct seasons - wet season (May to October) and dry season (November to April). While the dry season is marked by clear skies, bright sun, sporadic rainfall, and calm sea, the wet season is marked by tropical storms and heavy rainfall. The most ideal time to visit the Maldives is the dry season, which is ideal for enjoying water sports, sunbathing, and street shopping. 
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Which are the best islands to visit in Maldives?

1. Biyadhoo Island: Lying in the South Male Atoll, the serene Biyadhoo Island is managed and owned by India’s reputed Taj Group. Spread across an area of around 10 acres, this photogenic island is known for its rich vegetation that includes home-grown coconut, cabbage, tomatoes, banana, and mango plantations. The shimmering waters of this exotic island allow adrenaline junkies to indulge in umpteen varieties of watersports, such as snorkelling, canoe-paddling, windsurfing, sailing, and scuba diving.

2. Alimatha Island: Set in the Vaavu Atoll, on the eastern periphery of Maldives, Alimatha Island is known popularly for its aquamarine lagoons, tranquil spa retreats, sun-kissed beaches, rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage, and azure waters.  One of the star attractions of this island is the lavish Alimatha Aquatic Resort that offers the travelers luxury accommodation options in its exquisite overwater villas and beach bungalows. Some of the most exciting things to do on Alimatha Island are scuba diving, snorkeling, enjoying a couple's massage, and taking short boat trips.

3. Utheemu Island: Nestled in the northern part of the well-known Haa Alif Atoll, Utheemu Island is known popularly among the travelers for its rich historic significance. In the bygone times, this beautiful island served as the residence of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, the legendary personality who is believed to have expelled the Portuguese invaders from here back in the 16th century. In addition to sheltering picturesque blue waves and shimmering white sand beaches, Utheemu Island also has a plethora of heritage sites, the most popular among which is Utheemu Ganduvaru, a beautiful palace made up of timber.

4. Feydhoo Island: Feydhoo Island was formed when the locals of Gan Island were dropped to reside here during the British invasion when Gan had to be transformed into an important airbase. The leafy streets and the tight-housing blocks in this island make it the best place to explore the traditional Maldivian lifestyle. While you are here, you can utilize your time in strolling through the calm walkways and savouring the flavoursome seafood curries.

5. Thulusdhoo Island: Oozing out typical Caribbean vibes, Thulusdhoo Island is one of the least discovered Maldivian islands that is covered with gigantic coconut trunks vegetating from underneath the sandy floors. With live seafood barbeque set on them, the picturesque beaches of this island pledge to offer a real treat to your eyes. Tourists visiting the enchanting Thulusdhoo Island usually spend time engaging in exhilarating water activities, such as fishing, surfing, swimming, and paddle boating. You can also enjoy seafood barbeque nights and go on sandbank excursion trips while you are on this island.

6. Ukulhas Island: Considered to be the cleanest island of Maldives country, Ukulhas Island attracts couples for a memorable honeymoon experience. This enchanting island is known for its rich culture, which can be easily explored by interacting with the friendly locals of this place. Packed with popular top-class restaurants including Olhumathi Restaurant and Retro Royal, this island also makes for the best place to savour delicious authentic Maldivian cuisine and seafood.

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What kind of water sports can be done in Maldives?

1. Snorkeling: The most important attraction of Maldives tourism is exploring the rich marine life of the archipelago by snorkeling in its azure waters. Letting you spot brain corals, staghorn, Whitetip Reef Sharks, anemonefish, Hawksbill Turtles, bannerfish, Eagle Rays, fusiliers, and whale sharks, sites like Maafushi Island and Alimatha Island make the Maldives one of the best snorkeling destinations of the world. Starting from just INR 600 per head, snorkeling makes for an inexpensive water sport anyone can experience in Maldives country.

2. Kite Surfing: The warm weather and the constant tropical winds in the Maldives between the months of June and October make the island nation one of the best places to engage in kite surfing in the world. This sport demands the kite surfers to balance themselves on a longboard while holding tightly onto a triangular sail. Available in Hulhumale and Male, the water sport of kite surfing starts from INR 2,100 per person in the Maldives

3. Parasailing: Available on almost every island in Maldives, parasailing is one of the most favourite and safest water sports that can be tried by adventure enthusiasts of all age groups. Parasailing will let you glide in the deep blue sky over the vast ocean wearing a parachute while a motorboat keeps you towed down. As you enjoy gliding in the sky at high speeds, you can feel the cool sea breeze hitting your face and soak in the breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean waters. Parasailing in Maldives starts from INR 14,000 for 2 and is best enjoyed at Reethi Beach, Cocoon Beach, and Finolhu Beach.

4. Fishing: The rich marine world of the Maldivian archipelago makes fishing one of the most enjoyed water sports in the country for people of all generations. Maldives offers two kinds of fishing experiences - night fishing and morning fishing. Also referred to as ‘Big Game Fishing’, morning fishing is the easy one that lets you catch big fishes, such as barracuda, swordfish, yellowfin tuna, marlin, and wahoo. Believed to be a bit challenging, night fishing requires you to find fishes, such as squirrel fish, reef fish, jacks, emperors, and snappers, under the star-studded sky.

5. Water Skiing: Water skiing is one of the most enjoyable and easiest water sports available in the Maldives, which can be enjoyed even by the beginners. This sport can be performed in 2 ways - while in one method a cable ski installed on the waters is used, in the other method, the participant is pulled across the waters by a speedboat. Water skiing generally starts from INR 2,800 per head in the Maldives and can be done at various locations including Hulhumale and Ari Atoll.

6. Scuba Diving: Scuba diving in Maldives offers the divers the chance to swim with innumerable exotic marine creatures underneath the Indian Ocean. While you dive here, you can spot over 700 fish species and 70 coral reef species. Starting from INR 3,900 per dive, scuba diving is best done at Banana Reef in the Maldives.

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Which are some romantic places in Maldives for honeymoon?

1. Kuredu: Offering breathtaking ocean views, Kuredu Islands is a top-rated island destination in Maldives country among couples. Honeymooners visiting this island love to spend their time relishing delectable delicacies on the ocean edge while soaking in the mesmerizing sunset views. The most famous attraction of Kuredu is the enthralling aircraft ride over this stunning island, which is sure to leave the lovebirds totally amazed and awestruck. Couples visiting Kuredu Island also make it a point to experience fine dining at its lavish underwater restaurant for a unique celebration of their love.

2. Majeedhee Magu: Lying in Male, Majeedhee Magu is the best street shopping destination in Maldives country for couples as well as families. Here, you can find shops selling the latest fashion and locally handcrafts at cheap and bargainable rates. This place is also packed with a plethora of food stalls selling out flavoursome local snacks for you to relish while you enjoy your shopping spree. Majeedhee Magu remains open till 11 PM to offer the shoppaholics a unique and even exciting night shopping experience. 

3. HP Reef: The protected marine site of HP Reef is home to muti-coloured corals, colourful fishes, amazing overhangs, and beautiful caves. The place offers extreme care for the marine animals and the divers and swimmers are only let into the ocean when it’s very secure. HP Reef is usually visited by couples who want to enjoy a good underwater photoshoot with the exuberant marine creatures.

4. National Museum: Making for an important heritage site in Maldives tourism, the National Museum offers the couples a learnable walk through the glorious history of the island nation. This quaint building is home to a huge collection of interesting colonnades and artifacts, whose components date back to the early days of the establishment of the islands of Maldives country. This museum is a segment of the majestic Maldivian Royal Palace of the 17th century and also shelters the breathtaking Sultan Park within its premises. Some of the top attractions of the National Museum include the 11th century artefact of Alifu Todd and a coral stone head of Gautama Buddha. 

5. Banana Reef: Nestled in North Male Atoll, the famous Banana Reef is considered to be one of the top diving sites of the world. This place also makes for the very first Maldivian diving spot to get recognized as a licensed site for diving and professional training. Resembling the shape of a banana, this reef is home to mesmerizing cliffs, intriguing caves, breathtaking corals, and flamboyant marine life. Couples visiting Banana Reef love to engage in underwater activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing.

6. Artificial Beach: As its name suggests, Artificial Beach is a man-made beach perched in North Male Atoll. Making for one of the most favourite destinations in Maldives tourism for couples, this beach is considered to be the perfect site for enjoying a tranquil swim in the archipelago. The beach even organizes many carnivals and offers peaceful walks and several watersports. Many music groups head to the beach during the evening hours to perform and jam for the visitors who enjoy being a great live audience.  

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What are the must-have romantic experiences for honeymoon couples in Maldives?

1. Beachside dinner: Maldives is home to around 200 islands, all of which provide you a chance to enjoy a dinner date with your sweetheart while marvelling at the beautiful sunset. Many resorts and cafes also offer you the facility of decorating your dinner table and surrounding areas with candles and flower petals, thus adding much more beauty to the evening.

2. Session of Scuba Diving: One of the most sought after activities on Maldives is a session of scuba diving in which you can get a chance to experience the depth of sea and marvel at the beautiful and colourful marine life living in it. Enjoying this activity with your other half will add much required thrill on any honeymoon trip.

3. Enjoying food at Underwater Restaurant: A date, that too under the water has no comparison to all other thrilling activities. The Ithaa Underwater restaurant provides you with a chance to enjoy a peaceful meal with your lover while marvelling at the beautiful marine life floating on all your sides.

4. Night at Luxury Cruises: The best gift that you can give to your partner in Maldives is a romantic night on a cruise with all the facilities. Traversing the sea while marvelling at the starry night and sitting on the deck adds more charm to such kinds of experiences.

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Which are the best shopping places in Maldives and what are they famous for?

Take back a bit of Maldives with you, for you to miss this land, when away from it. Some of the interesting shops and marketplaces you must pay visit to:
  • STO Trade Centre: This is the supermarket you might want to go to, for your daily essentials. Fresh fruits, vegetables and household items crowd this market. You can buy packets of food for your late night cravings from this market.
  • Male local market: This place is the hub of shopping. The market has many interesting souvenirs for the tourists like slippers made of palm leaves, miniature boats, mats and artistic household products, jewelry and decorative items made out of sea shells, wooden vases, & lots of coconut milk and oil to buy. You must try the street food in this area. Snacking here can be a delight. Local currency in hand is very essential while you are shopping in this market place. There are hardly any money exchange centers here.
  • Majeedhee Magu: If you love street shopping, you must rush to Majeedhee Magu. This prominent street shopping area in Maldives is a favorite amongst tourists. You will get everything here, right from clothes to fabrics to electronics to food to locally crafted accessories. This is a shopaholic’s dream trip.
  • Chaandhanee Magu: Street shopping is a great way to introduce yourself to the commercial culture of the land. Shopping areas like Channdhanee Magu are quite famous for the gift shops, miniatures of Maldivian sail boat called Dhonis, mats and handicrafts, locally manufactured clothes and local snacks. Natives of Maldives are ever smiling and helpful. In such street markets, you will find yourself amidst regional people and several tourists, exchanging greetings and notes and celebrating shopping as a festival. Shopping experiences of this sort are not less than an event.
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When is the best time to visit Maldives?

The best months to indulge in a trip to Maldives is from November to March. Just for your information, you will find below the breakup for every season. The Maldives has a sunny weather all year round, you can choose the best time as per your priority. Like any other tropical country, Maldives witnesses dry and wet season. The hot and humid weather is well complemented with soothing sea breezes and surprising drizzles.

November to March: This is the peak time with many travelers travelling to this end of the world. These months are favorable with less humidity, little rain and cool clear sky.

March to April: The temperature starts soaring from the mid of April. However, March to October is the finest time for surfers.

May to November: This is the season to find resorts at their cheapest. Storms and rains are very likely this time of the year.

Also Read: Best Things to Do in Maldives with Family

Is Maldives cheaper than India?

No, Maldives is not cheaper than India because 1 MDR (Maldivian Rufiyaa) is equal to 5 INR(Indian Rupee). This everything in Maldives costs five times more than in India.

Also the lavish lifestyle offered at Maldives costs higher than the lifestyle of India and similar is the case with any adventure activity you opt for in Maldives. As a tourist, Maldives charges extra as compared to the facilities which can be availed in India at lower rates.

Is it safe to travel to Maldives?

Yes, Maldives is a popular tourist destination, thus makes sure that the visitors feel safe and enjoy every bit of their holidaying experience. In addition to this, the crime rate of this country is very low as compared to other countries, however, wandering alone in the nighttime is not advised.

What is the temperature in daytime and night time in Maldives? How is the general climate in Maldives?

The average temperature of Maldives in the daytime stays around 31 degree celsius and in the night time comes down to 23 degree celsius. Being located on the equator provides Maldives with a monsoon like climate all year round.

Since the islands here are small and are covered by the sea on all sides, the humidity stays for long in the noon time. Monsoons in Maldives last for a period of May to November and since these islands have their location on the equator, thus more sunshine is received during this season. Around the times of rain, the average temperature drops a bit and stays around 25 degree celsius in the daytime and 20 degree celsius in the night.

How to reach Maldives?

- By Air: If planning a trip to Maldives then taking a flight is the best option as many flights from other parts of the world are fully connected to Male Airport, which is the largest airport of Maldives.

There are only two international airports in Maldives one of which is the Male Airport which is located on the Male Island and the other one is the Gan Airport in the Addu City. Airlines including the Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Air India, British Airways, Cathay Pacafic and Emerald connect multiple parts of the world with this beautiful country.

- By Sea: Since Maldives is a group of small beautiful islands, reaching here by a cruise is also possible. You can easily find cruises towards Maldives from various countries which are all inclusive and offer stay, food and activities on the board too. However, most of these cruise journeys do not end in Maldives and only stop there for a while, thus providing you with a proper transportation option through the sea.

What are the Do's and Don'ts while travelling to Maldives?

Do's in Maldives:
- Avoid sunburns here. Do apply a sunscreen whenever you are on the beach. Carry sunglasses with you as well.
- It is always a good idea to wear footwear when on the beach.
- Waves can be really rough sometimes so it is good to read a weather forecast before you head to the beach.
- Whenever you get involved in any adventure activity or water sport, make sure you have adequate practice on the same. Always hire a good and a qualified instructor who’ll guide you adequately during the drill.
- Always carry with you a first aid kit as you never know when you may need it.
- Learn a few words of the local language to avoid any communication barrier.

 in Maldives:
- The customs here are strict and rigid. The bags are checked everywhere physically. So, make sure you do not carry anything that is dangerous or illegal.
- Drinking is not allowed in Male so don’t even think of drinking there. Punishments here are very severe so make sure you don’t end up in any trouble.
- Importing of pornographic material is strictly prohibited. So, make sure you do not break any rules.
- Do not harm the environment here.
- Do not carry cash with you more than what is required.
- Avoid filming or shooting videos without permission.

What are the laws for drinking in Maldives?

Legally, if you are not a Muslim and over 18, you can purchase and drink alcohol. However, given the fact that Maldives is majorly an Islamic nation, alcohol here is effectively banned for the locals. However, the bars, resorts and clubs always stock alcohol.

Do I need a visa for Maldives? How does one get a Maldives visa?

Maldives is pretty liberal in this sense. The government issues a 30 day stamp to any landing visitor who holds a passport of their home nation. Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Nepalese citizens are allowed a 90- day stamp. If you wish to stick around for a longer period of time, you might as well extend the 30 day stamp or leave when the 30 days end and return after few days.

Please be well versed about the country rules and remember the name of your resort/ hotel and produce your return ticket out of Maldives, if enquired by the immigration authorities. Visas are not required for travelers who plan to stay here for less than or equal to 30 days. Just a valid passport shall do.

What is the currency of Maldives and where can I get my money exchanged?

Official currency is Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR) which is non-convertible. The US dollar is accepted across Maldives. You can exchange other international currencies on arrival, at the Bank of Maldives Foreign Exchange located in the arrival hall. This bank is the dedicated functioning body for currency exchange in Maldives. It is advised not to exchange your money in Male banks, as travelers commonly end up facing long queues at the counters.

The exchange receipt is an important piece of document which can later support you at the time of departure, to change MVR back to your home currency. Please note the banks in Maldives take greater care about the condition of the notes under exchange. They generally refuse old style US$ and damaged notes.

Which place has the maximum number of shopping malls?

1. Majeedhee Magu: Majeedhee Magu is one of the important places in Maldives that is home to a number of shopping destinations. Coming over to this place, you will be able to purchase a wide range of products such as electronics, accessories, perfumes, watches, cosmetics, bags, and shoes. This place can be considered to be catering to all kinds of shoppers who look out to go for international brands.

2. Island Bazaar: Despite the fact that it is a newcomer to the shopping scene in Maldives, this place offers the customers with a beautiful blend of style products that will surely capture the Maldivian life. Visiting this place, you will be able to get hand printed cushions and many other home decor products that are designed with ocean blue prints, and tropical leaves.

3. Le Cute: Le Cute is one of the best places in Maldives where you can get duty free items. Tourists visit this place to stroll across shopping malls and complexes dealing with scent and perfumes, beauty products, and toiletries. This place is also famous for its herbal healthcare products. The island emphasises on the use of the herbal products so that the coral reefs are not damaged. Getting herbal products of high quality will also be beneficial on your part.

4. Male Local Market: Male local market is one of the top shopping spots in Maldives because of it being jam packed with shops dealing with loads of products. This place is widely famous among the tourists because of the quality of the offerings at a budget friendly pricing. Visiting this place, one would be able to check into various shopping malls selling vibrant souvenirs and gifts. 

What is the local food of Maldives? Which are the best places to taste this food?

Food in Maldives has become purely global with the advent of tourism in this country. The resorts/hotels/restaurants/bars serve some of the best alternatives in terms of gourmet food and casual eating. Many international cuisines sort your days out in Maldives. Fresh sea food is undoubtedly appetizing but vegetarians need not worry, as the island nation has food for all. The original cuisine of Maldives is primarily influenced by Arabic, Indian, Sri Lankan and Oriental recipes. However, you will spot trendy restaurants and cafes serving the best of cuisines across the islands.

You cannot miss their traditional Garudhiya, which is a plate of rice served with fish broth, lime, chilli and onions, the popular breakfast item called Mas Huni, which is made out of shredded smoked fish with crushed coconut and onions or try getting your hands on some Fihunu Mas, barbequed fish marinated with chili paste. Naming a few restaurants for you to check:

  • 5.8 Undersea Restaurant: This restaurant is a masterpiece in itself. Situated 5.8 meters below Huravalhi, it is the world’s largest all- glass underwater restaurant. It is a discovery in every sense. Satiate your taste buds and titillate your senses.
  • Bombai Darbaar: For some awesome Indian food head to Bombai Darbaar in Hulhumale. It serves enormous portions and offers high value for money. Fantastic service is their commitment.
  • Just Veg by Atmosphere: A Gastronomic haven for vegetarians in Kanifushi Island. This is a fine dining experience and the chefs have curated a combination menu of Indian and Asian food.
  • Muraka Restaurant: Located by the water at Mirihi, this restaurant has some spectacular seafood and Asian menu. This place is artsy, classy and contemporary and of course vegetarian friendly.
  • SeaSide Grill: Hulhumale is home to this budget restaurant serving great grilled fishes and meats. One must try their lobsters, juicy burgers and pastries. It is a prim and proper casual eating zone.
  • Edge: This waterfront restaurant in Niyama is surely to take your breath away with every serving of food cooked to perfection. They have specialized Vegan and Vegetarian menus. You must not overlook this option, if near or in Niyama.

What is the best public transport to commute around Maldives?

The best public transport in Maldives is definitely the boat/ ferry rides for obvious reasons. The transportation can be fast and expensive or slow and reasonably priced. Whatever the case may be, you will enjoy every bit of the ride in this region.

Air: There are couple of internal flights which connect Male to 9 local airstrips almost every day. One expensive yet convenient and exclusive mode of transport is the seaplane run by Trans Maldivian Airways. You can book your seats in one of these seaplanes and get transported comfortably, saving on time, to your resort directly from the Male Airport.

Boat: As mentioned earlier, due to obvious reasons, boat rides or ferry rides or cruises become a great way to enjoy the Maldivian shores. Speedboats are a fast medium and those who are looking around for a cheaper set of options, must hop onto one of the public ferries.

Car: A lot of islands have kept themselves car free. You will find cars only in Male and other larger islands. Local taxis will take you around in smaller islands and of course in case you choose not to drive on your vacation, these cabs will take you places.

What is the local language in Maldives and which are the most commonly used greetings?

Local language of Maldives is Dhivehi. Following are the most commonly used greetings you can take note of:

  • Hello= Assalaamu Alaikum
  • Welcome= Maruhabaa
  • Thank You= Shukuriyaa
  • What is your name? = Kon nameh tha kiyanee?
  • My name is= Aharenge Namakee_______
  • Goodbye= Vakivelan/ Dhanee
  • Help= Salaamai Kure
  • Good Morning= Baajjaveri hendhuneh
  • Good Evening= Baajjaveri haveereh
  • Good Night= Baajjaveri Reygande

Which are some famous beaches in Maldives? Which are the bioluminescent beach in Maldives?

Maldives is a secret garden of mesmerizing beaches. Most of the resorts have private beaches. This place has several atolls that are world famous and a tremendous marine life. Some of the popular names are:

  • Beaches of Northern Maldives like North Kaafu Atoll, North Ari Atoll and Haa Alif (the northernmost atall)
  • Beaches of Southern Maldives like South Ari Atoll, Seenu, South Kaafu Atoll, Nalaguraidhoo Beach, Banyan Island, Nika beach and beaches of Cocoa Island.
  • Reethi Beach, Baa Atoll of the Western side beaches of Maldives.
  • Gaafu Atoll is the world’s largest atoll.
  • Gnayivanu Atoll is the tiniest one in Maldives.
  • Other attractions like Raa Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, Faafu Atoll, Meemu Atoll and Dhaalu Atoll are also amongst the ‘must visit’ places in Maldives.
  • The islands to look at if you wish to spot bioluminescent beaches are Kuredu, Finalholi, Veligandu, Athuruga, Mirihi, Vilamendhoo, Komandoo, Kandolhu, Filitheyo, Kuramathi, Meedhupparu, Ellaidhoo, Angaga and the much talked about, ‘Vaadhoo Island’.

How is nightlife in Maldives? Which are the best places to enjoy nightlife?

Locals do not drink alcohol so the pubs will usually have tourists. The place loves to be peaceful without much happening in the night. You can retire in your resort lounge or go to some local bar. Clubbing is existent in Maldives but restricted to few islands and there are a set of really entertaining and fabulous names to check out in this category.

  • Sangu Beach Bar: Located in Velassaru Resort.
  • Nautilus Bar: Located in Vilu Reef Resort. You can attend their Bodu Bera (big drum) concerts which happen once every week.
  • Crab racing events take place in many bars. These are crazy events and turns your night into a fun activity.
  • Club Med Kani in Kuredu Resort puts up a great show every night.
  • Islands like Niyama, Huvafenfushi offer fabulous clubbing experiences. However, the clubs are only frequented by travelers mostly.
  • If you wish to visit a cozy ‘hang out bar’ in the evenings, you can certainly check with Reethi.

Is shopping expensive in Maldives?

Shopping at certain places in Maldives are a bit on the higher side such as shopping at the souvenir shop in the resort or at the Male International Airport. If you have a good amount of the time to spare on shopping, then it would be better if you can stroll through the markets in Male which are affordable. 

Which are the best cruise options available in Maldives?

There are various reliable and famous names involved in this business. And the tourists are kept superbly entertained over the cruise journeys.

  • Four Seasons Explorer
  • Chartered boat tour to the South Atolls
  • Sunset cruises and Dolphin spotting
  • Lagoon tours in Maldives
  • Dive Master Cruise
  • Maldivian Luxury Dhoni Hariyana
  • 7 day cruise at Northern Atolls
  • Safari cruise with adventure activities for 7 days in Maldives

Which are the best places for snorkeling tour in Maldives?

If you enjoy sports over your vacation, snorkeling is a great sport to have fun with. Some of the best places to Snorkel in Maldives are as below:

  • Angaga
  • Fihalhohi
  • Biyadhoo
  • Ellaidhoo
  • Madoogali
  • Athuruga
  • Vilamendhoo

Where can I get the best surfing experience in Maldives?

Your trip to Maldives is incomplete without surfing and if you are a good swimmer then more so. The best months to surf are April to October. For your life’s best surfing experience, you got to check out the following in Maldives:

  • Surfing spots at Male Atolls: Cokes, Guru’s, Honky’s, Chickens, Jailbreaks, Lohi’s, Kate’s, Natives/Foxys, Pasta Point, Ninjas, Sultans.
  • Surfing spots at Central Atolls: Veyvah, Adonis, Finnimas, Malik’s, Muli, Mahibadhoo, Yin Yang.
  • Spots at South Atolls: Castaways, Five Islands/ Gani Point, Tiger Stripes or rockets, Gakuen Bridge, Two Ways/ Twin Peaks.

Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Maldives

  • Follow the rule book. There is a list of items you cannot afford to carry along with you to this country like alcohol, drugs, pornographic elements, pork, dogs, and idols of worship. You cannot carry more than one Bible for your personal use.
  • Alcohol is prohibited for locals in Maldives. This is an Islamic nation so Alcohol is taboo to the natives. Foreigners who are 18 and above are allowed to drink. You will find alcohol only in the bars/restaurants/hotels and resorts.
  • Sunscreen is a must have in this island nation.
  • Waves can be unpredictable at times. Read about the weather conditions before you head to the sea.
  • You must take assistance from experienced and qualified instructors before indulging in any kind of water sports.
  • Do not litter. Keep the environment clean.
  • Do carry a good pair of sandals or flip flops for the beach walks.
  • Wear light cotton clothes.
  • You cannot shoot videos in some areas without prior permission.
  • Carry a first aid kit.
  • Thrillophilia highly recommends visits to Fua Mulaku, Grand Friday Mosque, Mirihi Island, and National Museum of Maldives.
  • Maldives will strike the perfect note and rise you to a certain trance with a sweet hangover.

Which are the best resorts in Maldives that we can book from Thrillophilia?

Here is the list of best resorts in Maldives that you can book from Thrillophilia:
  1. Paradise Island Resort Maldives
  2. Taj Exotica Maldives
  3. Sheraton Maldives
  4. Bandos Maldives
  5. Sun Island Resort Maldives

Which are the best Maldives tour packages that I can book from Thrillophilia?

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How many airports are there in Maldives?

There are twelve airports in the Maldives, out of which four are international, and the rest are domestic airports. The main Maldives Airport is Male' International Airport, also known as Velana International Airport, located in Hulhule' island. This airport has three terminals,  domestic, seaplane, and international terminal. Maafaru International Airport is the second most renowned international airport located in Maafaru island. Hanimaadhoo International Airport and Gan International Airport are the other important international airports in the Maldives that facilitate people to reach this archipelago from any part of the world. The domestic airports in the Maldives are Ifuru Airport, Dharavandhoo Airport, Maamigili Airport, Thimarafushi Airport, and Kadhdhoo Airport.

International Airports: 

- Velana International Airport
Also known as Male' International Airport, it is the main international airport in the Maldives that was opened in 1960 and is located in Hulhule' island. This airport is served by a large number of carriers such as Air France, Bangkok Airways, Air India, Cathay PacificEtihad, Emirates, Condor, FlyMe, Lufthansa, Hong Kong Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Korean Air. The airport offers tons of amenities to ensure visitors a convenient and comfortable departure or arrival. There is a health care center, wellness center, and a fully-stocked pharmacy.

- Maafaru International Airport
This is the second most renowned international airport in the Maldives that was built in 2020 for the landing of larger aircraft. The runway is 22,00 meters long, and it is estimated that private jets will also be able to land at this airport. 

- Hanimaadhoo International Airport
Hanimaadhoo is located on the upper north of the country. It was opened as a domestic airport, but it was upgraded as an international airport on 2nd February 2012. 
Gan International Airport
Located in the Gan Island, Gan International Airport allows domestic as well as international aircraft movements all year round. The international flight carrier operating at this airport is SriLankan Airlines that connects Colombo.

Domestic Airports: 

- Ifuru Airport
This airport is situated in Raa Atoll and is one hundred and ten miles from Male' International Airport. The airport has been operating since 2015, and it connects Noonu Atoll and the islands in Raa Atoll to the capital. 

- Dharavandhoo Airport
This is a domestic Maldives airport operated by Island Aviation Services and owned by Coastline Hotels & Resorts Pvt Ltd. From Dharavandhoo, Maldivian and Flyme airlines have around eight to nine flights daily to and from Male, Ifuru, and Hanimaadhoo.

- Kadhdhoo Airport
This was the first domestic airport in the Maldives that was opened in1980s to connect the faraway islands to Male city. It is situated on Kadhdhoo Island and serves the islands located in Haddhunmathi Atoll. Flyme and Maldivian Airlines operate flights connecting a few of the domestic destinations like Gan, Kaadedhdhoo, Male, Kooddoo, etc.

- Kaadedhdhoo Airport
This is another renowned domestic airport in the Maldives that sits on Kaadedhdhoo Island. It serves the small islands in the Huvadhu Atoll, and Maldivian is the only airline that operates here with flights connecting Male, nearby Kadhdhoo, and Gan.

- Fuvahmulah Airport
Owned by the government of the Maldives this domestic airport was opened in 2011, and it serves the Fuvahmulah Island. This is a small airport with a single runway, and Flyme and Maldivian operate scheduled flights from Male and Gan from this airport.

- Dhaalu Airport
This is the largest domestic Maldives airport that was opened in 2017. It is operated by Dhaalu Airport Holdings and is owned by Reollo Investments Pvt Ltd. It has a large runway designed to handle the large flights. Flights connecting Male, Kadhdhoo, Kaadedhdhoo, and Gan are available from this airport.

- Thimarafushi Airport
Located on Thimarafushi Island, this is a domestic Maldives Airport that is operated by Island Aviation Services. Thimarafushi Airport has flights connecting the island of Male.  

Visa Facility and Documents required For Indian Citizens: 

Indians planning to travel to the Maldives need not worry about visas as the island country doesn't require a pre-arrival visa. You'll be given a visa on arrival at the airport, but you'll have to submit a few essential documents to get the visa.
The government of Maldives basically permits three types of visas to international visitors- Business, family visit, and tourist visa. If you're traveling for a holiday, you will get the Tourist Visa.

The immigration officials issue a tourist visa for Indians traveling to the Maldives on arrival at the airport. Firstly, you'll be given a Maldives Tourist Form that you will have to fill with the authentic details. Once you fill out the form, you'll have to submit a few legal documents as instructed by the government officials. You'll then have to give a short interview where the Immigration officer will ask you a few questions. Once you clear all these steps, you'll be granted a visa to the Maldives for thirty days. 

Documents required: 
Copy of booking confirmation of your hotel
A confirmed return ticket from the Maldives
An official passport that should be valid for six months post your journey date.
Two colored passport size photographs that are 44mm in length and 35mm in width  

What is Maldives capital?

Male is the world’s smallest national capital of the island country Maldives that is renowned for its colorful buildings, picture-perfect sceneries, and ancient buildings. It is the mercantile pulse of the nation, and several banks and government offices are based in this city. The city has an interesting combination of Arab, South Indian, and Sinhalese culture.

Whether it’s street food, casual dining, or gourmet meals, Male offers a vast array of mouth-watering cuisines. The authentic dishes are mostly fish-based and are made with coconut and spices. From strolling on the busy streets jostling with lively markets and shops to learning about Maldivian history, you will love every moment spent over here. If you’re a shopaholic, then you can buy various items in the local markets that are packed with local souvenirs, like carved wooden dhonis and miniature replicas of boats.

The Male also has an Artificial Beach with soft sand and crystal-clear waters, and the tourists can enjoy various sporting events, music shows, and carnivals that are regularly held near this beach. Other popular attractions over here are Male Friday Mosque, Male Fish Market, Mulee Aage & Medhu Ziyaarath, Sultan Park, and Tsunami Monument. It also has a wide array of clubs, discos, and bars in the city where the tourists can shake a leg on to the heart-throbbing beats. Your trip to Male will be incomplete if you don’t enjoy a pampering massage at the famous spa centers. You can also enjoy snorkeling at the South Atoll of Mahe.

Best way to reach Maldives Capital:

- By Flight: 
Male International Airport is located on the nearby Hulhule Island. It provides global connectivity to the Maldives from all major South-East Asian countries, including China, India, and Sri Lanka. You can board a flight from any part of the world to Male Airport. Once you reach the Male Airport, you can take a ferry that will take you to Male city in thirty minutes. There is no railway network or bus lines in Males owing to the fact that it is an island surrounded by turquoise blue water.

Best time to Visit Maldives Capital:

- Summer(April to December): 
These are considered to be the best time to visit Maldives Capital as, during this time of the year, the climate remains pleasant, and there is very less rainfall, making it ideal for enjoying a wide number of water sports. This is also considered to be the best time to enjoy swimming and sunbathing owing to the alluring weather and low currents in the sea. Since this is the peak season, the prices of flight and accommodation, however, will be higher during these months. December is particularly considered to be the busiest month to visit Male city owing to Christmas and New Year’s celebration.

- Monsoon (May to November): 
Monsoon is an off-season to visit the Maldives, but if you like less crowd and want to travel on a budget, you can opt to visit Male city during these months. During this time of the year, the accommodation and the prices of the flight will be less so you can have your vacation on a budget. But during these months, the Male city encounters very heavy rainfall and severe storms, so it might be a suitable time to visit the city for those who wish to enjoy surfing and scuba diving. But if you’re traveling with family or kids, then it might not be a good season to visit the city as there won’t be many options for the kids to enjoy due to the incessant rainfall.

Where is Maldives located?

The Maldives is a picture-perfect island nation situated in the Indian Ocean, and it comprises a chain of twenty-six coral atolls. It lies on the southwestern side of India and Sri Lanka, about a thousand kilometers from the Asian continent. It spans less than three hundred square kilometers and lies to the northern side of the equator, in both the eastern and northern hemispheres. It is made up completely of coral islands that are scattered over a massive area of the sea. The Maldives also forms a terrestrial ecoregion with the Lakshadweep and Chagos Archipelago.

Best Time to Visit:
Summer months from December to April is considered to be the best time to visit Maldives.

- Summer(December to April): 
Summer is the best time to visit the Maldives considering the incessant monsoon showers peter out, leaving few occasional showers occurring at any time of the day. During these months, the temperature hovers between  27 and 29 degrees Celcius and the weather is not warm neither is the sun scorching. The water is warm, and the currents are low, making it perfect for swimming. The weather conditions are also ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling with the oceanic currents flowing from the northeast and making the water clear to spot shoals of reef fish and ray.

- Monsoon (May to November): 
Monsoon is considered to be an off-season in the Maldives, owing to the incessant rainfall that the archipelago experiences at any time of the day. These months are, however, perfect to enjoy surfing and scuba diving as the rain is heavy, and the storms move fast through the archipelago. If you’re looking to explore this beautiful archipelago on a budget then these months can be an ideal time to visit this island nation as the prices of accommodation as well as the flights is much lower as compared to the other months.

- Winter season: 
Since the Maldives is located close to the equator, there are no winter months in this archipelago. The Maldives only experiences wet and dry seasons throughout the year.

How to Reach Maldives:

- By Air: 
Male International Airport is the main airport in the Maldives that connects this archipelago to various countries in the world. There are also three international airports apart from Male International Airport in the Maldives, namely Gan International Airport, Maafaru International Airport, and Hanimaadhoo International Airport. The Maldives has few domestic airports that serve atolls like Dhaalu, Gnaviyani, and Laamu. There are many direct flights from Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi, and Delhi.

People traveling from Europe, Singapore, and Dubai, also fly regularly to the Maldives, either on chartered or direct flights. 
Many airlines serve the Maldives, including Air France, Air India, Qatar Airways, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines, and Emirates, to name a few. The Maldives also has its own national airline known as Maldivian airlines, which is a domestic as well as an international airline that connects various cities and countries.

- By Sea: 
There are cruise operators including Jalesh Cruise, Costa Cruise Lines – Costa NeoClassica, Noble Caledonia – MS Island Sky (ZE) and Louis Cruise – MV Aquamarine that take you to Maldives. Once you reach the Maldives you can hire a speedboat to reach your resort. For local transportation ferries and boats are the best option, but they do not operate after the dark.

Is passport required for Maldives?

Yes, a valid passport for six months is needed to enter the Maldives by all nationals. Tourist visas for thirty days are issued on arrival, and it is free of charge to all the visitors if they have valid travel documents.

Documents required for a tourist visa:

You should have an air ticket stating the date when you'll fly back from the Maldives.
Two clearly visible photographs of the applicant.
Copies of the booking of a hotel or any other accommodation that you have chosen for the trip.
An official passport that should be valid for more than six months from the date of your journey.
Proof that you're carrying enough financial budget while traveling. The authorities will examine the funds to ensure that you have enough money to cover your expenses during your stay.

Documents required for business visa:

A fully filled business visa application form with complete details of the applicant.
A certificate of qualification issued by the concerned organization that mentions the applicant's purpose of visit, his or her experience, duration and the exact place of stay in the country.
A document that can act as proof of the applicant's health insurance. 
A document stating the registration of the concerned organization or company.
Two copies of the biodata page of the passport.

Documents required for friend/family visa:

Two colored photographs of the applicant.
Air ticket that states the date of return from the country.
An invitation letter from the concerned friend or family members living in Maldives.
Proof that you have enough funds during your stay in the country.
A valid passport that won't expire for at least six months from your date of travel.
Proof of accommodation while you'll live in the country.

Visa Types:

- Tourist visa: 
If you're traveling to the Maldives for tourism purposes, then you will have to apply for a tourist visa. The tourist visa is issued by the Maldives government upon your arrival, and it is valid for a period of thirty days. Foreign tourists might get an extension of sixty days on request, but the application needs to be submitted two days before your tourist visa expires.

- Business visa: 
If you're traveling to the Maldives for business purposes, then you'll have to apply for a business visa. Your business should be approved prior to applying for a visa by the Maldives government authority.

- Family/friend visit visa: 
If you're traveling to the Maldives for visiting your family or friends, then you can apply for a friend/family visit visa.

Types and Cost:

A tourist visa that is issued on arrival for thirty days' time is free of charge, but you'll have to pay a fee of Rs 3350 in case of an extension of the visa for ninety days. 
You need to apply for Business Visa, and once it is approved and you get the intimation via email, you need to submit the original form to the Immigration Office at Male International Airport and pay a fee of Rs 3582(MVR750) an hour before you arrive in the country.

How is the Maldives weather in December?

Owing to the country’s dual monsoon systems, the Maldives weather in December remains quite unpredictable. The country experiences contrasting weather conditions throughout its final months- while the first half of December experiences heavy showers with very little sunshine, the second half is generally dry and calm.

An average of about 232mm of rainfall during the first half of December marks the end of the southwest monsoon season. The daytime temperature generally wavers between 25 to 29 degree Celsius, while at night it may drop to the early twenties. The temperature of the sea drops to about 22 degrees, making it perfect for swimming and other water sports.

Best Activities to Do in Maldives in December:

- Dive into the Banana Reef: One of the best diving sites in Maldives, this banana shaped reef is thronged by divers throughout the year. The calm and friendly currents at the Reef makes it easy for beginners to dive here as well. Magnificent coral formations, colourful tropical fishes, sharks and other exotic species can be spotted here.

- Explore the marine life of Maldives by snorkeling: If deep sea diving is not your thing, you could always choose to witness the spectacular marine life here by snorkeling. One of the best activities permitted by the Maldives weather in December, snorkeling is a surface sport that can be attempted by beginners as well. Some of the best spots for snorkeling in Maldives are Banana Reef, HP Reef and Manta Point. A host of different marine animals, such as barracudas, angelfishes, manta rays and tiger sharks can be spotted in the waters of Maldives.

- Sailing on the pristine lagoons: One of the best ways to explore the islands, sailing across the stunning clear waters of Maldives is among the top ways to experience the sunny Maldives weather in December. Sailing at the island can be done on yachts, catamarans, traditional boats and even royal cruisers. Sailing tours generally include secondary activities as well, such as fishing and diving.

- Take a ride on the whale submarine: One of the best ways to experience the marine life of Maldives is to take a ride on the whale submarine. This awesome underwater vessel takes you through the deepest trenches off Maldives’ coast, passing by shoals of tropical fishes, colourful corals and shipwrecks as it goes.

- Fishing: The heavy showers during the first half of December causes the fishes in the ocean to rise to the surface, making them easier to catch. Several types of fishing are practiced here, such as night fishing, leisure fishing, big game fishing and so on. Several resorts in Maldives also offer fishing tours.

Average Temperature Day/Night in December:
Daytime temperature in Maldives generally remains between 26 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius, while the temperature drops to about 23 during the night.

Best Islands in Maldives to Visit in December:

- Male Island: The capital city of Maldives, the beautiful island of Maldives begs a visit throughout the year. The dazzling white beaches at the island, coupled with the azure blue waters of the sea here, make them an ideal spot for swimming, diving and other water sports. Apart from this, the island offers a plethora of sightseeing activities as well. From the ancient 17th century mosque of Hakaru Miskiy to the National Museum- there is just so much to be explored here.

- Biyadhoo Island: A popular tourist destination among adrenaline junkies, Biyadhoo Island is known for the adventure sports that it offers. Towards the end of December, the tides and winds by the sea are generally gentle and calm, making it ideal for swimming and boating. The house reef off the coast of Biyadhoo also invites snorkelers and divers to the island during the month of December. The island houses a famous diving school as well, assisting beginners in the activity.

- Vaadhoo Island: With its stunning tropical beaches, Vaadhoo Island is one of the most beautiful islands in all of Maldives. The island is best known for its bioluminescent beach, fondly dubbed as the Sea of Stars. After the sun sets, the beach can be seen aglow with bioluminescent plankton, making it appear as though the stars have dropped to earth. The little island is also popular for activities such as snorkeling and kayaking.

- Baros Island: A luxury island known for its high-end resorts, Baros boasts of stunning overwater bungalows and beachfront hideouts. The tropical beauty of the island, especially resplendent in the second half of December, makes it a much sought after getaway among honeymooning couples. The coral reef off the coast of the island makes it one of the top spots for diving and snorkeling activities.

How is the Maldives weather in May?

The Maldives Weather May is usually sunny and comfortable in the day time with rain in the evening and night. The Maldives being a tropical country has rainfall throughout the year. But the first designated monsoon season of the year begins in May and carries on till September. Since it is just the beginning of the wet season, there may be showers regularly, but the downpour is not heavy which makes it possible for the tourists to do their sightseeing during the dry period.

Moreover, the weather is pleasant from the brief showers making it more enjoyable for the tourists to indulge in various outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving, etc which the Maldives offers. An added benefit for the tourists is that May being an off-season for tourists, they can enjoy the steep price drop in accommodations, etc while visiting during this month.

Best Activities to Do in the Maldives in May:

- Romantic Honeymoon: 
Maldives is a honeymooner’s paradise and the month of May is just perfect for a honeymoon trip. The month of May in the Maldives is an off-season for tourists which results in a steep price drop as well as less occupied rooms in hotel and resort accommodations. This makes it ideal for the Honeymooners as they are able to enjoy the privacy which all honeymooners crave for. Also, the Maldives Weather May results in beaches being less crowded so honeymooners can enjoy uninterrupted togetherness while going for a long stroll on the beach or indulging in any water sports.

- Surfing: 
May is one of the best months for going surfing in the Maldives. Because May is the beginning of monsoon and an offseason, during this time, there is a perfect blend of winds and temperature required for this activity. Moreover, the less crowded in the water makes it more enjoyable. Experienced surfers love surfing during this time when waves are a little rough which makes some exciting breaks. For the novice, they might need some lessons before they go out in the sea. The best place to go surfing in May is Thulusdhoo Island.

- Scuba Diving: 
Scuba Diving, which is one of the most enjoyable beach vacation ideas in the world, is very enjoyable in the month of May. During this time, the seawater is nicely warm and comfortable for the scuba divers. The aquatic life also becomes more beautiful in monsoon with additional marine life who migrate to the Maldives water during this time. As you get lost in the beauty of underwater life during scuba diving, do not miss out looking out for clownfish, corals, and turtles.

Average Temperature Day/Night in May:

Maldives Weather May is usually very comfortable with welcome showers giving respite to the hot weather of summer. During this time, the island nation of Maldives has a consistent average monthly temperature of 28 degrees celsius. The days are sunny and warm with the maximum temperature going up to 31 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature of 26 degrees is usually accompanied by a gentle rain. For those planning to indulge in water sports will find the sea warm with 30-degree celsius. The Maldives in May enjoys 12 hours of daylight and 8 hours of sunshine for sightseeing and other activities. The sun goes down at around 6:10 pm when tourists are forced to end the day and head towards hotels and resorts or indulge in nightlife activities.

Best Islands in the Maldives to Visit in May: 

- Sun Island: 
Sun Island in the South Ari Atoll is one of the best diving and windsurfing locations in the Maldives. Maldives Weather May being ideal for these activities makes this island a popular place to visit during this month. Also known as Nalaguraidhoo Island, the place boasts of having one of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches of the entire country. Tourists love to visit this beach which is not very crowded and has a magnificent view during sunset.

- Alimatha Island: 
Alimatha Island is a family paradise being a favorite place of attraction for families with children. Located in Vaavu Atoll, the island has a host of activities for children. The azure waters of the sea and the pristine white sand beaches with swaying palms adds to the beauty. May is a good month for this island for those who wish to go snorkeling, canoeing, and diving. Some of the places to visit on this island are Miyaru Kandu, Fotte Kandu, Alimatha Aquatic Resort,etc.

- Feydhoo: 
Feydhoo Island in Seenu Atoll is well known for its historical stories from direct descendants of the war. While visiting this island in may, tourists can take a stroll through a causeway to Maradhoo, an island with beautiful beaches with coconut groves.

- Thulusdhoo Island: 
The island of Thulusdhoo, located in Kaafu Atoll, gives tourists a Caribbean vibe with its reminiscences of seamen and pirates. The month of May sees tourists heading towards this island for surfing. Known as the best-surfing sites, the island also offers canoeing and diving. During May, tourists may have the pleasure of spotting some migratory dolphins.

- Veligandu Island: 
The village tours of Veligandu Island is a popular attraction of Maldives. Tourists are fascinated as they get a glimpse of the exotic lives of the villagers who are perfectly satisfied leading their life with bare minimum resources. The month of May sees a surge of visitors for fishing activities.

How is the Maldives weather in July?

July, in Maldives, sits in the very heart of the rainy season. During this time, the country experiences rainfall on a daily basis, with about 147mm of rain falling each day. The skies generally remain overcast, and showers are unpredictable though short in duration.

However, not everything about the Maldives weather in July is gloomy. Despite the regular showers, the country experiences a steady rate of 7 to 8 hours of sunshine every day. Daytime temperature remains between 27 to 30 degree Celsius, while nights here remain relatively cooler, with an average temperature of about 23 degrees. The sea, in July, remains warm and pleasant, making it suitable for swimming and other water-based activities.

Best Activities to Do in Maldives in July:

- Try your hand in water sports: Water sports in Maldives is a must-try throughout the year. However, the Maldives weather in July makes the prospect of it twice as enticing. With its warm waters and steady waves, the beaches of Maldives beckon the adventure seekers towards them. Swimming, windsurfing, parasailing and canoeing are some of the most exciting water sports offered here. Several beachside instructors and training schools are also available to help those who’re trying the sports out for the first time. You may also choose to explore the rich marine life off the Maldives coast through snorkeling and scuba diving expeditions.

- Ride on a Whale Submarine: One of the most exciting adventures offered by Maldives, the whale submarine is a miniature underwater vessel that takes its riders through the depths of the seas, passing by many rare and exotic fishes as it travels. This deep ocean adventure is much sought after by children and adults alike, and is available at pretty reasonable prices.

- Go Fishing: Fishing is an activity that thrives in the Maldives weather in July. During the rainy weather, the fishes in the sea tend to rise towards the surface of the water, making them easier to catch. Fishing is generally done in traditional Maldivian boats called Dhonis. A variety of fishing experiences are also offered here, including night fishing.

- Witness the Independence Day Celebrations: Maldives celebrates its day of Independence on the 26th of July each year. On this day, people take to the streets in celebration. Traditional dance performances are put up, while the Cadet Corps conduct perfectly synchronized parades.

- Enjoy Island Hopping tours: Island hopping tours are one of the most popular tourist activities in Maldives. There are several ways to tour the islands here. You may opt for the luxury cruise tours that offer an experience fit for kings, or choose to tour the islands on a regular speedboat, which is generally lighter on the pockets. For an offbeat experience, you may also choose to go on a seaplane tour, which offers stunning views of the Maldivian skyline.

Average Maldives temperature in July:

The temperature during morning generally wavers between 27 to 30 degree Celsius, with the weather generally overcast and sunny. During the late evening hours, the temperature drops slightly and stays around 23 to 25 degree Celsius on an average.

Best Islands in Maldives to Visit in July:

- Male: The capital city of Maldives, Male is a fantastic tourist destination throughout the year. The island city is perfect for enjoying water sports such as parasailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and so on. With the famous banana reef located just off its coast, Male is also ideally suited for snorkeling and diving sports. Apart from this, the island also offers a plethora of sightseeing opportunities with its attractions such as the Old Friday Mosque or the National Museum. The Whale Submarine ride can also be availed from here.

- Kudahuvadhoo Islands: Famous for its exotic culture and preserved Buddhist relics, Kudahuvadhoo is one of the most exciting places to visit during the monsoon months. The tropical beauty of the island appears especially resplendent during the rain-washed months. Apart from touring its ruins and monuments, tourists arriving at the island may try their hand at the various water sports offered here, including windsurfing, diving and canoeing. Some may also choose to engage in island hopping tours by ferries and speedboats from here.

- Maafushi: One of the best places to visit in Maldives, Maafushi remains thronging with tourists even during the monsoon months. The island is best known for its snorkeling and fishing opportunities, which especially thrive during the Maldives weather in July. Some of the best snorkeling spots at the island include Maavelaathu, Banana Reef, Villivaru Corner, and Maafushi Corner, which are teeming with a number of tropical fishes.

How is the Maldives weather in August?

Maldives Weather August remains hot and humid for the entire month as it is the middle of the monsoon season. Although the tropical climate of Maldives has rainfall throughout the year, the month of August sees torrential rainfall. The daily sunlight is for seven hours only. The sky often gets covered with clouds followed by light to heavy rain showers. After the rain the sky clears quickly, bringing back the sunshine.

This turns the fascinating island into a photogenic beauty during this time. For tourists traveling to the Maldives in August, it is ecstasy. Monsoon is the time when aquatic animals migrate which makes it the ideal time to indulge in deep-sea diving, snorkeling, surfing, etc. The breezy weather of August makes the Maldives an ideal location for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Best places to visit in the Maldives in August:

- Male: 
Male is one of the best places to visit in Maldives. The capital of Maldives is known for its mosques with architectural magnificence and colorful buildings. The fish market of Male is also very famous and is always bustling in life. Maldives Weather August is the monsoon which sees a surge of fishing with migratory fishes coming in. Few must visit places of Male are the coral stone mosque Hukuru Miskiy, National Museum, Mulee-Aage Palace, and an artificial beach.

- Maafushi Town: 
The town Maafushi is known for its milky white sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and the cobalt blue seas. The stunning beauty of the place along with the warm welcome from the locals makes the place worth visiting. The tropical Maldives weather august revitalizes the mind and body of the tourists on this vibrant island. An island is a good place for indulging in shark diving and underwater scooter rides.

- Addu Atoll: 
Addu Atoll is a beautiful heart-shaped island that was used as a secret base by the British army during World War 2. This southernmost island of Maldives is known for its historical background with old barracks and buildings. Tourists feel enthralled while going for snorkeling, scuba diving, cycling tours, and visiting the mangrove forest.

- Dhangethi: 
Dhangethi is a small and bright inland with vibrant houses and narrow lanes giving it a lively atmosphere. An amazing thing about these intertwining lanes is that they all lead to the blue sea. While visiting this place in August, tourists love to go fishing on traditional Dhoni boats.

- Thinadhoo: 
Known as Dhivehi in their local dialect, Thinadhoo is the proposed capital of the upper south province of Maldives. The beauty of this small island with a population of only fifty people lies in the stunning house reef where you can go snorkeling or scuba diving. The underwater life in this place enhances in August due to the migratory sea creatures. Tourists must not forget to look for tropical fishes, sea turtles, and ray fishes while going under water. The beautiful 500 meters sand coastline provides opportunities to the visitors to relax on the beach with sunbeds, umbrellas, and hammocks.

Average Temperature Day/Night in August:

The average temperature of Maldives Weather August ranges from 29 degrees Celcius to 25 degrees celsius. The maximum temperature during the day time is around 30 degrees Celcius and the minimum temperature during the night is around 25 degrees Celsius. The seawater during this time is tepid with a temperature of around 29 degrees Celsius making it ideal for underwater activities. The average rainfall during this time is 188mm.

Best Activities to do in the Maldives in August:

- Scuba Diving: 
Scuba Diving is one of the most popular activities to indulge while visiting the Maldives in August. The monsoon season brings in the migratory sea creatures to the Maldives. Tourists going for Scuba diving love to spot tropical fishes and other sea creatures not present in the non monsoon months of the year. Some favorite scuba diving locations in August are Addu Atoll and Thinadhoo.

- Snorkeling: 
Snorkeling near the coral reef is another exciting activity to indulge in the month of August. The snorkeling experience enhances with the colorful shoal of fishes, sea turtles, and ray fish, etc. Some of the best locations for snorkeling are Thinadhoo and Addu Atoll.

- Fishing: 
Fishing is a star attraction of Male, the capital of Maldives. Tourists visiting Male love to visit the bustles of the fish market and also indulge in fishing.Monsoon brings in a surge in fishing with migratory fishes coming in. Another location for trying Maldivian fishing in Thinadhoo.

- Island Hopping: 
The tropical islands of Maldives show different shades of color during the month of August when the sky is sometimes bedazzled with its rays and sometimes gets hidden by clouds. Each island gets its own shade of sunlight and cloud making them beautiful and very photogenic.

How much does a Honeymoon in Maldives cost?

A honeymoon in Maldives costs around $3,000 (2,21,308.65 INR) per couple and this will entirely depend on the type of accommodation you choose, number of days you spend and the leisure activities that you wish to enjoy. The overall cost can be between thousands of dollars to a few hundred dollars depending on your preferences.

- Food expense: 
On an average a meal for one person would cost around Rs 17892. You can however cut down this cost by sticking to street food. If you wish to have bottled water in Maldives then you’ll have to pay Rs 32 in one day.

- Accommodation: 
If you plan to stay in Maldives for around a week then you will have to pay around Rs 61,000 for accommodation. A well-furnished room here for a couple will cost you around Rs 6,000. If you wish to stay in luxury hotels and resorts then you will have to pay around Rs 16,000.

- Travel & Overall expense: 
If you opt for transportation options like local buses, you will have to spend Rs 150.  If you however wish to commute through a speedboat or a sea plane then your expense will shoot up exponentially.

Average Package cost and Basic Inclusions:

- 4 Days 3 Nights Honeymoon Package: 
The average package cost of 4 Days 3 Nights Honeymoon Package will cost you around Rs 166,999 per person. The basic inclusions of this package will include daily buffet breakfast, and dinner, airport transfers via speedboat, VISA/Passport assistance, five star accommodation as well as honeymoon freebies. The package will however not include lunch, personal expenses, travel insurance, and airfare. The highlight of the package would be the activities like the couple's spa session and infinity pool and snorkelling and scuba diving.

- 5 Days 4 Nights Honeymoon Package: 
If you’ll book the 5 Days 4 Nights Maldives Honeymoon Package then it will cost you around ?69,998. The inclusions of the tour will include all government taxes, handling service, bank charges, return transfer by speed boat for two adults, superior beach bungalow four star hotel and meet & greet service upon arrival.

You’ll also get a fruit basket and a bottle of sparkling wine for a wedding not older than six months. The exclusions in the tour include surcharges for special events, conventions and trade fairs. The tour package cost will also not include the cost of foreign exchange, any expense of personal nature and late check-out and early check in.

- 6 Days 5 Nights Honeymoon Package: 
The 6 Days 5 Nights Maldives Honeymoon Package will cost around Rs 229,999 per person on twin sharing. The inclusions of the package will include a relaxing stay in the water villas, honeymoon freebies, afternoon tea service, Wi-Fi access, snorkelling equipment and non-motorized water sports, welcome drinks on arrival and mineral water and drinks the whole day.

The package cost will also include seaplane transfer from the airport to your resort and all the other taxes. Any expense of personal nature, increase in exchange rate and optional adventurous activities like cruises, tours and excursions won’t be included in this package.

What is the Maldives temperature in May?

Maldives temperature in May remains warm with frequent rain. During this month the humidity level increases gradually due to the dominance of the south western monsoon that leads to increase in moisture and incessant rain in this archipelago. May is considered to be the beginning of the rainy season in the Maldives, therefore you might experience showers here and there. The onset of the monsoon season means that days are comfortable and delightful, although it is sunny. It mostly rains in the night and evening, which gives you a chance to explore the city the entire day before retiring for the night.

The average daytime Maldives temperature in May remains 28ºC with midday high peaks ranging up to the 30ºC mark and night time temperature dropping down to 26ºC. 
The month of May is also pretty breezy and the average speed of the wind is around 76 mph which gives you an opportunity to try a wide range of water sports activities. During this month, the wind blows from east to west which means that the currents are safe to dive and swim. The weather is also perfect for beachside dinners, long strolls, adventure sports and sightseeing.

The average Maldives temperature in May of the sea is around 29.6°C. For diving, swimming and other water based activities, temperatures between 25°C and 29°C are perceived as pleasurable and enjoyable for prolonged periods. Take a dip into the warm water and swim freely into the ocean and discover the splendid wonders of the underwater world. There is a 26% chance to experience a sunny day and a 74% chance of experiencing a mixture of clouds and sunshine in the month of May. This is also considered to be the off-season, which leads to a steep drop in the prices as well.

Sunshine Hours In May:

During the month of May Maldives experiences around eight hours of sunshine and the skies are laden with clouds leading to incessant rainfall. Usually the first week is considered to be the hottest in May. You should bring sunscreen with you as the UV level is extremely high. The sun usually goes down after 6.10 pm. On an average May is considered to be the fifth driest month of the year in this archipelago. Beware of heat cramps as well as heat exhaustion are they are very likely during this month. The shortest day is first May and offers twelve hours and sixteen minutes of daylight, and sunset is 6:12 PM and sunrise is 5:56 AM and the longest day is May 31 with twelve hours and twenty one minutes of daylight. The sunrise is at 5:54 AM and the sunset is at 6:15 PM.

How much does it rain in the Maldives in May?

During the month of May the Maldives experiences torrential rain, storms and strong winds. The average monthly precipitation for the month of May is around 216mm. It is moreover expected that half of the month in May the sky remains cloudy and there is a significant amount of rainfall.

How many Islands are there n Maldives?

The Republic of Maldives consists of around 1,200 islands, organized in small clusters or Atolls. Around 200 of these islands are inhabited. About 26 natural atolls make up the country, along with a few small independent islands and reefs. The biggest Atoll in Maldives is Boduthiladhunmathi, while the Atoll containing the greatest number of islands is Huvadhu. The largest island in Maldives is Gan, located in Boduthiladhunmathi Atoll.

The islands of Maldives can further be divided into resort and non-resort islands. Resorts islands are private islands consisting solely of luxury resorts, while non resort islands harbor local life. At present, there are 132 resort islands in Maldives.

Some of the most famous islands of Maldives are:

- Male: Traditionally regarded as the seat of the Maldivian royalty, the capital city of Male throngs with a vibrant cultural life. Beautiful beaches and ornate monuments makeup the beauty of Male. The biggest attraction at the city is the 17th century mosque, Hukuru Miskiy, and the National Museum with its marvelous displays of Maldivian history. .Watersports is one of the most popular tourist magnets in Male, with the stunning banana reef offering a plethora of sport options such as windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, parasailing and much more. Tourists can also take a ferry ride to the adjacent Varunulaa Raalhugandu and enjoy a mesmerizing sunset.

- Fuvahmulah: Its name literally translates to ‘Island of the Areca palms’, Fuvamulah is a tropical paradise of  unparalleled beauty. The island is best known for its mesmerizing twin-lakes, Bandaara Kilhi and Koda Kilhi, where fishing and photography can be done. The mud baths at Koda Kilhi are also popular for their healing properties. The pre-Islamic stupas at Hattiva, at the northeastern end of the island, forms another prominent attraction at this island city. Shark spotting is a popular activity in Fuvahmulah, with the Fuvahmulah tiger shark spot promising sightings of not only tiger sharks, but also whale sharks and black oceanic mantas.

- Maafushi: For a proper insight into Maldivian culture, head on over to Maafushi while touring Maldives. Nearly destroyed in the tsunami 2004, Maafushi has now rebuilt itself to become one of the most gorgeous islands in Maldives. A good assortment of luxury hotels and fantastic eateries makes it a tourist magnet in Maldives. A host of different water sports can also be tried out at Maldives, such as snorkeling, diving and much more.

- Eydhafushi: Home to the Baa Atoll Biosphere reserve, the stunning island of Eydhafushi is known for its biodiverse beauty. The astonishing biodiversity of Eydhafushi is manifested through the rich flora and fauna on the island, with lush mangroves brimming with local species of reptiles and birds. Owing to its rich marine life, Eydhafushi is regarded as one of the best Maldives cities for scuba explorations, promising sightings of tiger sharks, angel fishes, barracudas and much more.

- Vaadhoo Island: Apart from the usual beauty of Maldivian islands, Vaadho has something special to offer- the gorgeous island is home to the unique Sea of Stars, which is a bioluminescent beach that comes alive during the night. The beach at Vaadhoo is littered with bioluminescent planktons which glow in the dark, making it appear as though the stars themselves had found their way to the ground at night.

How much does a Maldives trip cost?

A one week trip to Maldives can cost you about 40,000 to 1,00,000 INR. Maldives is known as a luxury destination with its world class resorts and hotels offering splendid services and extraordinary experience to the travellers. Cost of your Maldives trip highly depends on the type of accommodation you choose as well as the time of travelling.

On an average the daily expenditure in Maldives comes out to be around USD 60 (4,411 INR). Travellers spend about 950 INR on food and approximately 500 INR on local travelling. November and April are the summer months in Maldives, considered the best time to visit. This is the peak tourist season as the temperature is pleasant with bright sunny days and no rainfall. You can enjoy sightseeing as well as indulge in activities Maldives is famous for.

One can definitely enjoy a trip to Maldives in less budget by opting for budget friendly accommodation and travelling in the low season that is May to November. These are the monsoon months and less people visit the islands at this time due to harsh sea conditions and frequent showers. If you travel at this time you can cut down a lot on expenses. Flights, accommodation as well as other activities can be grabbed at very low prices. Many deals and discounts are also available in these months, so book online and make the most of it.

Budget Accommodation:

Maldives is known worldwide for its luxurious resorts and hotels that offer world class services. But very few may know that there are still many budget options in Maldives that offer the same comfort, luxury and the real Maldivian experience at very less price. You can choose from a number of resorts, hotels as well as water villas that don't compromise on luxury at all. The common facilities and amenities here include  Swimming Pool, BBQ Facilities, Spa and Wellness Centres, Kids club, Business Centre with Internet Access and In House Restaurant, etc.

Here are some examples of budget friendly accommodations that cost somewhere between 50 (3683.88 INR)  to 300 USD (22103.29INR):

- Resorts:
Embudu Maldives
Fun Island Resort
Paradise Island Resort & Spa
Bandos Maldives

- Hotels:
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
Sun Island Resort & Spa
Kandima Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

- Water Villas:
Reethi Beach Resort
Fihalhohi Island Resort
Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Thulhagiri Island Resort.

The cost of food, local transportation, and guided tours:

- Food: Maldives is known for authentic seafood and other delicacies that are a must try when visiting Maldives. Food in Maldives is not expensive and you can find various budget outlets and local cafes and restaurants that serve delicious food. On an average your daily expenditure on food can come out to be 950 INR.

- Local Transportation: 
There are a number of options to travel within Maldives which include ferries, Dhonis, speedboats, yachts, seaplanes, etc. Local Transportation in Maldives is cheap and the best option to travel is by ferries.  Ferries are readily available and cost very less. They cost somewhere between MVR 30 (143.63 INR) and MVR 60 (287.27 INR).

- Guided Tours: 
Guided tours are the best ways to explore Maldives and you have an option of choosing a suitable itinerary for yourself through these tours. Whether you are a leisure seeker or adventure freak you can find multiple tours like Walking tours, Island hopping, All day adventure tours,etc. These start from USD 100 (7368.97 INR) to  USD 150+ (11053.45 INR) per day.

Best time to visit Maldives:

Maldives is a year around destination but the best time to visit here will be in months of November and April. These are the summer months with pleasant climate that is suitable for sightseeing as well as indulging in other water activities like scuba diving and snorkelling. 
Maldives experiences two seasons based on weather, these are wet season and dry season. Being close to the equator, Maldives doesn’t have winters.

November and April (dry season) are the summer months that count as the peak season with a great influx of tourists while May to October (wet season) are monsoon months that count as low season. Monsoon in Maldives can be harsh with frequency showers and rough sea thereby making it hard to explore the island and indulge in watersports. But if you want a budget trip, April and June can be perfect to plan a vacation as showers are not frequent, accommodation is cheap and  there are very few tourists.

Travelling to the Maldives and getting Around The Islands:

- Travelling to Maldives: 
The best way to travel to Maldives is by air. The main airport of Maldives is Male International Airport which has frequent flights from many destinations all over the world. The major carriers include Air France, Bangkok Airways, Air India, Cathay PacificEtihad, Emirates, Condor, FlyMe, Lufthansa, Hong Kong Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Korean Air.

Maldives can also be reached via sea and some cruises that operate here include  Jalesh Cruise, Costa Cruise Lines – Costa NeoClassica, Noble Caledonia – MS Island Sky (ZE) and Louis Cruise – MV Aquamarine.

- Travelling in Maldives: 
There are many options for travelling within Maldives and the local transportation is cheap as well as readily available. You explore the islands using cycles, buses as well as ferries. To move from one island to another, ferries are available which are considered to be the best modes of transfer. Other than this, you can choose Speedboats, yachts, Maldivian Dhonis as well as seaplanes.

Maldives Reviews

Shinjita Pani
Reviewed: 28 Jun 2022
We had an amazing experience with Thrillophilia. They offered us a very good deal for our honeymoon. Everything was well planned and the property was amazing. The rooms were spacious and had spectacular views. The staff of the hotel was very friendly, warm and helpful. Thrillophilia made our honeymo... Read More
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Nirav Gohel
Reviewed: 02 Jul 2022
Great Honeymoon Experience.... Trip Was Has Great As It Can Be... Enjoyed Best Weather, Stay & Food.... Would Be Definitely Planning To A Same Island In Future...
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Reviewed: 28 Feb 2023
It was an excellent trip with everything was delivered as promised. Highly recommended.
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Dhara Inamdar
Reviewed: 29 Oct 2022
Absolutely excellent experience. Hygienic, neet & clean place (whether beach or any corner of room). Humble & polite staff & service. From pickup to drop we feel safe & secure, even if it was internation trip. Smilling face with greetings from each worker over there make our day special. Also the... Read More
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Abhishek Patil
Reviewed: 21 Sep 2022
The best trip we have been till date! To start with the booking, Aditya and Jhanvi have made the whole booking process easily and convinent. Jhanvi has regularly followed up to make sure our trip was hastlefree. Thank you both of you. About the resort, any number of compliments would be less for th... Read More
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Sandeep Paikaray
Reviewed: 04 Jan 2023
I had a great stay. Everything was delivered to me as mentioned in my package. I am thankful to Thrillophilia for arranging everything for me at the very last minute when I was struggling to find a good accommodation in Maldives. I am thankful to Vanshika for helping me out, understanding my needs a... Read More
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