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What You Should Know More About Maldives

  • Travel Advice

    • Avoid sunburns here. Do apply a sunscreen whenever you are on the beach. Carry sunglasses with you as well.

    • 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.

    • It is always a good idea to wear footwear when on the beach.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Do not little the environment here.

    • Always carry with you a first aid kit as you never know when you may need it.

    • Do not carry with you cash more than what is required.

    • Learn a few words of the local language to avoid any communication barrier.

    • Avoid filming or shooting videos without permission.

  • Drinking Laws

    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.


  • Our recommendations: What you can't afford to miss?

    Fua Mulaku

    Nestled in the Southern Province of the Maldivian archipelago, Fua Mulaku is the smallest island here that has a single island but has the largest islands of the country. This secluded island is very fertile and produces a vast range of fruits and vegetables that do not grow in other parts of the country such as mangoes, pineapple and oranges. This is definitely one tourist attraction you cannot miss.

    Grand Friday Mosque

    The Grand Friday Mosque is a prominent place to see in Maldives. It is an Islamic Centre that is very well acclaimed for its intricate architecture. Formally known as the Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam, it is the largest mosque here that attracts a multitude of pilgrims as well as architecture lovers all round the year.  

    Mirihi Island

    An isolated island, Mirihi Island gets its name from a local flower. It flaunts a pristine beach and an exquisite house reef. The island has a beautiful resort that has 36 bungalows for the tourists. Most popular tourist beach in Maldives, the island is just ideal for honeymooners and solitary seekers. Enveloped with snow white sands and palm trees, this is a prominent Maldives attraction.  

    National Museum of Maldives

    Located at the Sultan Park in Male, the National Museum of Maldives was the former palace of the Sultan of Maldives. The museum houses a number of artefacts of the Maldivian culture such as furniture, items of clothing, coins, armaments, royal antiques and embellishments. For all culture and history lovers, this museum has a lot on offer.


  • What you will like there?

    A Unique Culture

    The Maldives is a prominent tourist attraction that is known across the globe for its picturesque landscapes. Its warm and exotic cultures entice many. Inhabited majorly by the Sunni Muslims, the local culture of The Maldives is a liberal mix of South Indian, Arab and Sinhalese influences. This capital city of Male’ houses a variety of cultural attractions - Sultan Park, National Museum, Grand Friday mosque, Male’ Fish Market and Presidential palace. English here is taught in schools and widely spoken all across the country. However, the official business here is conducted in the native language of Dhivehi.

    Culinary Delights

    Be it gourmet meals or the casual dining, the Maldives brings forth an alluring mix of international cuisines. The resorts here embrace global fare that is well depicted in its connoisseur preparations of the incredibly fresh sea food and the appetizing flavors of the Italian food. Most local venues here offer authentic Maldivian cuisines.  

    Secluded Luxury

    The economy of the Maldives is majorly based on its tourism. This beautiful island paradise has very well accepted the global requirements of ultra luxury accommodations backed with impeccable experience. From the 200 inhabited islands found here, some 90 are dedicated to the luxury resorts. Further, the resort density is limited to one per island, this assures the honeymooners and the other tourists luxury with privacy. On site spas here offer gratifying spa treatment that is ideal for the requisite pampering. Prices here may not be very inexpensive but is ideal for upscale.  

    The Definition of Paradise

    The crystal clear waters outpouring against the isolated stretches of the natural white sand, the Maldives does offer a peaceful sanctum from the tough realities of the world outside. Islands here are incredibly remote and very pure. Indeed, Maldives has a great variety for sightseeing.  


    Life is Better Under The Sea

    Of course you cannot explore all the wonders of Maldives in one go. However, the captivating azure waters of the sea are a home of some of the most colorful sea life of the world. Diving under the sea here is one of the prime things to do. Fishing and snorkeling are other water sports that you’ll enjoy.   


  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?


    Website: 

    Visit Maldives

  • 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. 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.

  • How to reach Maldives?

    Male International Airport is the main junction for Maldives. There are many flights, direct and chartered, across the globe to Maldives.

  • 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.

  • What are the things to do in Maldives?

    Maldives holiday can be as adventurous as you want it to be. You can pre decide the list of activities you want to be a part of when in Maldives. Few of which are named below for you to check:

    • Go group Scuba diving. There are many scuba diving packages available in Maldives. You can choose from the lot.
    • Boat rides and snorkeling.
    • Romantic cruising.
    • Island hopping.
    • Day fishing trips, dolphin tours and easy tube rides.
    • Try various watersports as per your understanding of exploration.
    • Local sight- seeing is of course a must. Go for a day trip to Hulhumale, Male town, check out the ideal islands like Guraidhoo, Villimale, Kuda Bandos and many other secret getaways for day picnics and soak some of the glittering magic of Maldives.
    • One can also attend few days of Yoga sessions.
    • You can cycle around the cities.
    • Maldives offers some world class hospitality. You need not worry about anything if you contact the right agents on the Maldivian vacation.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Which are the best islands to visit in Maldives?

    The Maldivian islands are special with couple of them proud of their bioluminescent beaches and others of their glamorous and glorious beach resorts. Some islands are so tiny that the resort covers the entire land. Fascinating set of a little more than thousand islands, Maldives keeps its visitors by the edge of their seats, lending them surprises in every way possible. Some of the finest islands of Maldives are:

    • Hulhumale
    • Halaveli
    • Mirihi
    • Maafushi
    • Velassaru
    • Moofushi
    • Vilamendhoo
    • Thoddoo
    • Vaadhoo
    • Rangali
    • Randheli
    • Guraidhoo
    • Villimale
    • Kuda Bandos

  • 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

  • What kind of water sports can be done in Maldives?

    Be less apprehensive about water sports in Maldives, as experienced trainers will support you through the entire process. You can fearlessly indulge in any of the following stories:

    • Snorkeling and Scuba diving
    • Witnessing the amusing marine life
    • Dolphin and sunset tours
    • Water tube rides
    • Fly board, Banana boat rides and sailing
    • Jet skiing
    • Fishing activities
    • Wake Boarding, Knee boarding and water skiing

  • Which are some romantic places in Maldives for honeymoon?

    Your honeymoon is sorted if you are planning one to Maldives. The kind of luxury and comfort this country offers to the honeymooning couples is commendable. Few of the islands have been turned into five star resorts and the treatment that you dream of on a honeymoon, takes shape once you step into one of these properties in Maldives. You can get the detailed knowledge of most preferred honeymoon packages of Maldives from here.

    Some sought after places to romance in Maldives are mentioned for you to note:

    • Cocoa Island: Located in South Male Atoll
    • Faafu Atoll: Also known as Northern Nilande Atoll
    • Fulhadhoo: One of the islands in Baa Atoll
    • White Sandy Beach
    • The romantic quiet dinners at Reethi Rah, located in the North Male Atoll
    • Angsana Ihuru Island located in North Male Atoll
    • Huraa Island
    • A day tour to the Male city
    • Fuvahmulah city: located in Gnaviyani Atoll
    • Spend a day of relaxation at various spas like Veli Spa at Kurumba, Talise Spa at Bolifushi Islands, Banyan Tree spa at Vabbinfaru, Lime Spa, Niyama or spend half a day at the spa in your resort.
    • Must visit under sea restaurants to witness 180 degree picturesque views of extensive coral gardens and hues of marine life.
    • Stay in a water villa.

  • 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

  • Which are some best water villas in Maldives?

    Water Villas are outright romantic and gorgeous and expensive. There are many for the travelers to choose from. Some of the most prestigious ones are as follows:

    • Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, Villingili Island, Addu City.

    Price for 2: 1 Lac (INR) onwards per night

    1555 USD onwards per night.

    • Gili Lanjanfushi Resort, Lankanfushi Island, North Male Atoll.

    Price for 2: 1 Lac (INR) per night

    1555 USD per night.

    • Reethi Rah, North Atoll.

    Price for 2: 1 Lac (INR) per night

    1555 USD per night.

    • Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island.

    Price for 2: 1,20,000 (INR) onwards per night

    1866 USD onwards per night.

    • Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, South Male Atoll.

    Price for 2: 55,000 (INR) per night

    855 USD per night.

    • W Retreat and Spa, Fesdu Island, Himandhoo, North Ari Atoll.

    Price for 2: 80,000 (INR) onwards per night

    1244 USD per night.

  • 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.

Traveller Tales from Maldives

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Chandraayan Shah

20 September 2017

Went on this excellent honeymoon trip to Maldives with my wife through Thrillophilia. Loved the way they have organized the tour, it was just perfect. Once we landed, we took a speedboat ride to our ho...

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Deb Abbott

20 September 2017

One of the brilliant itineraries I have ever seen was the one for Maldives honeymoon tour. Truly, it was a great trip for us and we thank everyone co-operated with us in the best way. My wife had some ...

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Mahendra Gandhi

20 September 2017

I had the best honeymoon days there by doing so many water activities like scuba diving and snorkeling, island hopping, catamaran cruise and parasailing. It is an inspiring place and good to see if you...

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Shashikala Chopra

20 September 2017

I am so glad I got the best Maldives honeymoon package which made both us extremely happy. Both of us fell in love with the country that has the most crystal clear water and short islands possessing be...

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Gopi Tandon

20 September 2017

After complete planning only, I and my wife took the Maldives honeymoon package and we are very satisfied by the service from the Thrillophilia and the local tour operator and its staff. Peaceful atmos...

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