Maldives Tourism: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021
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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Latest Information on Travelling to MALDIVES?
  • Entry to Maldives is open for all kinds of travel. However, a negative Covid certificate is mandatory prior to entering Maldives. Flights to Maldives are functional from India, London, Dubai, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and 20+ other destinations.
  • All tourists must undergo thermal screening at the arrival terminal.
  • You are not required to undergo any COVID-19 test if your 48 hours prior report says negative. 
  • If the COVID-19 test reveals that the person is positive, then he/she shall be transferred to a public medical institution for treatment and will have to undergo the mandatory quarantine.
  • All Non-Maldivians who test COVID-19 positive are subjected to pay some fee to their hotel to cover for the Costs including the testing charges.
  • Tourists are not allowed to travel to other islands while their stay in Maldives.
  • Effective from 27th January 2021, all events, parties, and gatherings in the Greater Malé Area are to be halted.
  • Effective from 27th January 2021, curfew hours are to be imposed in the Greater Malé Area from 12am to 4am.
  • Effective from 29th January 2021, international arrivals except tourists must observe mandatory quarantine of 10 days.
  • Tourism Ministry said individuals will be exempted from the mandatory travel quarantine within the Maldives if they have completed two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine two weeks before their travel date. They will have to present a negative RT-PCR test, taken 96 hours before travel, to the authorities.
  • For symptomatic international tourists, a PCR test will be run. If the tourist is found positive, he/she can be sent to a government isolation center for a 14-day quarantine by their accommodation unit.
  • All tourists are recommended to install the contact tracing app ‘TraceEkee’.
  • Flights to Maldives are running from London, Dubai, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and 20+ other destinations.
  • Various flights run on a daily and weekly basis to and from India:*Air India: *Once a week from Delhi as well as Trivandrum.*Go Air: *4 times a week from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.*Indigo: *Delhi - 4 times a week and Kochi/Mumbai - twice a week.*Maldivian: *Twice a week from Trivandrum.
Local Transport
  • Cabs are available for all the tourists outside the airports and are timely sanitised.

The Maldivian government has published guidelines to restart safe tourism. The guidelines are followed by all the vendors to provide the tourists a safe travel experience. With the opening of various Resorts & Hotels, Thrillophilia advises tourists to follow the guidelines provided to them by the government and ensure personal hygiene to stay safe.

Maldives opens for Indian tourists from July 15 Updated: 15 Jul 2021

Maldives is reopening for Indian tourists from July 15 considering the drop in COVID-19 cases.

A negative report of RT-PCR test is needed to enter the archipelago Updated: 15 Jul 2021

All passengers, except one-year-old children, will have to produce a negative RT-PCR before arrival for entry.

Anyone who is completely vaccinated will be exempted from Quarantine Updated: 15 Jul 2021

The Tourism Ministry of Maldives said individuals will be exempted from the mandatory travel quarantine within the Maldives if they have completed two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine two weeks before their travel date. They will have to present a negative RT-PCR test, taken 96 hours before travel, to the authorities.

Maldives open for global tourists Updated: 08 Feb 2021

Entry to Maldives is open for all kinds of travellers, however all the passengers (including children and infants) travelling to Maldives are required to have the following documents:

  • A negative COVID-19 report/test which has to be administered 96 hours prior to the date of boarding.
  • A valid air ticket to Maldives
  • Proof of purchase of a travel package which includes accommodation, on a full board basis.
COVID negative test result mandatory to enter Maldives Updated: 08 Feb 2021
  • A negative COVID-19 report/test which has to be administered 96 hours prior to the date of boarding is mandatory for all tourists.
Prior booking at a registered tourist facility required for entry to Maldives Updated: 19 Nov 2020

As per the newly issued guidelines, a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility is mandatory for entry to Maldives. The entire holiday in the Maldives should be booked at the same hotel, except for transit purposes. You will also need a confirmed hotel booking for your tourist visa.

A confirmed return ticket is mandatory for entry to Maldives Updated: 19 Nov 2020

Under the newly issued guidelines, a return ticket a confirmed hotel booking, proof of sufficient funds and 2 health declaration forms are mandatory for the VISA application to Maldives.

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03 December 2020
One of the best places to visit in Maldives. Locations are breathtaking. The resort is very clean and service is prompt. Enjoyed different kinds of food in restaurant. They won't charge extra after reaching there. They will inform you in advance if you are taking any extra services and charge you for that. The kind of price provided by Thrillophila is far better than others. Thrillophila guided us in each step during our journey and their response is amazing. Will definitely trust thrillophila for my future trips.
10 January 2021
The recent trip to the Maldives was awesome, we had an amazing time at the resort, the rooms were so big and spacious, cozy and comfortable beds, the sea view from rooms was so beautiful, they maintained proper hygiene and sanitization, great hospitality, the staff was very kind there and the food served at the Taj was amazing, especially the seafood was superb... we even enjoyed the snorkeling activity. Great place to stay and spend some quality time. I would like to thanks Thrillophilia for such an amazing deal and for organizing the entire package so well...
16 December 2020
The resort was awesome it has about 50 beach bungalows, we stayed there for 4 days. Facilities were also good. The service staff which was appointed to us was very friendly. The meals provided in the package were delicious. All thanks to Thrillophilia.
15 January 2021
Definitely, it was a great experience booking a stay with Thrillophilia... booking was easy, the payment method was secure. Such a beautiful experience at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, they have an amazing staff who was there to help with all your needs and their services were fast and clean. The sunrise water villa was pretty with a beautiful private pool & Jacuzzi. the room is comfortable with all modern amenities, the foods here was good with amazing options and taste yummy... in short, we get everything mentioned in all section above...3-nights stayed was splendid. Perfect vacation at a reasonable price
10 January 2021
All appreciation goes to the Thrillophilia team, The trip they planned for us was well-organized and well-executed. . The resort was beautifully-built and super clean, the rooms we stayed in were very sizeable, with amazing beds, furniture, and a bathroom... Talking about their staff and services was top-notch... We thouroughly. enjoyed all the foods and activities provided by this resort... The management was good and the staff was very hospitable... Everything went just perfect
Wonderful place to stay. We came here for our honeymoon and we really felt blessed to come here and stay. This place is paradise. First of all, Maldives is so beautiful and then Taj Coral Reef is so amazing. The staff, the food, the rooms, the ambiance, the vibe everything is so nice. I would suggest people who are coming to the Maldives to stay here at the Taj. We booked this hotel package via Thrillophilia and it was really a great deal. Thank you Thrillophilia for making our honeymoon beautiful.
06 January 2021
Nice Island.. peaceful.. not far from airport.. room is beautiful where you can see the crystal clear water from your bed and also the sunrise.. buffet dinner incredible with so many choices of food. Highly recommended, a beautiful island with good food and hospitality
08 January 2021
We stayed at Arena Beach Hotel in Maldives. The resort was very beautiful. We enjoyed many activities like Snorkelling, Dolphin Watching and Night fishing trip. The buffet meals provided in the package were delicious. Staff was amazingly friendly. All Thanks to Thrillophilia.
We booked this package from Thrillophilia and we went to there for my honeymoon. The stay was very comfortable and the meals provided were delicious. Our stay was for 4 days, which was just right; not too short or long. Staff was also friendly. Will visit here again. Thanks Thrillophilia.
17 December 2020
Thrillophilia planned well about this package as their itinerary was satisfying not only that even their price and support is far better than the other websites I had been experienced before...The Saii Lagoon Maldives Resort was really gorgeous and what makes the place more beautiful was the nice behavior of the host and the entire staff they were disciplined and warm...All meals were surprisingly delicious...This resort has everything we need, Worth every rupee I spend...

People Also Ask About Maldives

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Which are the famous food markets in Maldives?

    1. Male Local Market: Male Local Market happens to be one of the most exciting food markets in Maldives. This popular street market in Maldives is located on the north Waterfront and here you can get farm fresh products, marine foods, as well as many other street food delicacies. Apart from being a famous food market in Maldives, it is also known for selling good quality local handicrafts, gift items, and mementos. Tourists love to head out to the kiosks selling local snacks, which happens to be the major highlight of the market. In the course of your visit, you must get bottled local pickles, packaged sweetmeat, fresh coconut milk, souvenirs like a miniature of boats, home decor made of seashells, and palm sleepers. 

    2. Male Fish Market: 
    Male Fish Market is one of the top selling markets that deals with seafood and fresh fish. The best part of this place is that one can find almost all varieties of fresh fish as well as seafood products. It is certainly one of the best places to watch the way of living of the Maldivian people closely. Many tourists come over to this place to capture the wonderful snaps of the activities being carried out.

    3. Majeedhee Magu: Majeedhee Magu is a popular food market in Maldives that is very well known for its local snacks and street food stalls. In the course of your visit, you can relish some of the locally prepared seafood dishes like dry fish chips and canned smoked fish. All the delicacies are prepared using locally sourced ingredients and style of the famous Maldivian cuisine. You will come across a number of dining options in this market like Caf- Asiana which cater to all the needs of the tourists. Apart from being a major food market in Maldives, it also happens to sell garments, accessories, electronic goods.

    4. STO Trade Centre: STO Trade Centre is widely famous among the locals as well as the tourists for providing the ultimate shopping experience in Maldives. It is visited by zillions of individuals every single day as it happens to be one of the important bustling superstore. You can stroll around a number of stores and hand pick some of the local products as well as sit at a cafe to take a sip of the local coffee or else check in to a restaurant to relish some of the local delicacies and international cuisines. Spending time at this place is surely one of the most loved experiences for tourists. 

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  4. 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)
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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.
  8. How is the taxi service in Maldives?

    In Maldives, you will not find any digital rideshare service like Uber, thus finding local transportation there is a bit difficult. However all the destinations here are at a walkable distance, thus hiring a taxi is not needed.

    Also, the main mode of transportation in Maldives are the ferry boats, which are used to travel from one island to another. In case you are looking for transportation within the locations of the Island then you can hire bikes and cycles from almost every corner of the island. The per hour rent of these bikes and cycles start from MVR 20, thus making them the best available option to hire on your sightseeing tours.
  9. Can I rent a bike, car etc. to travel within Maldives?

    Yes, you can easily rent a bike in Maldives and many resorts and villas offer their personal rental services in which you are provided with the best conditioned vehicles. However, renting a car is not common in Maldives, thus you might not even find the cars running too.

    Since Maldives is a group of multiple small islands, thus transportation services are not really required to travel from one place to another. Also, the major mode of transportation in Maldives is the ferry boat which is always readily available on the beach sides.
  10. 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.

  11. Are US dollars accepted in Maldives?

    Yes, US Dollars are widely accepted in Maldives and you do not need to carry much local currency. From resorts to numerous hotels, almost 80 percent of the businesses there deal in US Dollars and Euro. In case of small vendors like shop owners or road side stalls, you might have to use Maldivian Rufiyaa to buy anything you want.
  12. 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.
  13. Is vegetarian food easily available in Maldives?

    Yes, any cuisine is readily available in Maldives as this place is loaded with numerous cafes and beachside shacks. Although most of the food joints here are famous for local seafood, they also serve some tasteful vegetarian dishes and delicacies.

    Maldives also has many indian Restaurants where they serve some tasteful Indian dishes like Dal Makhni, Paneer butter Masala and Naan. Many restaurants and cafes in Maldives are purely vegetarian, thus do not serve any kind of meat.

    In Bars too, you will find many vegetarian options to choose with your drinks. Male being the biggest island of Maldives makes it easy for vegetarians to find a perfect spot to dine in and takeaway their lunches.
  14. Is it worth visiting Maldives for a honeymoon?

    Offering an experience which will surely soothe your senses and will provide you with a romantic getaway, Maldives is surely worth a visit for your honeymoon. From resting on pristine beaches to enjoying soothing massages, here you can have a memorable time and experience with your other half.
  15. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Maldives?

    If going to Maldives for a vacation then a 7 to 8 day trip will be enough for you and around this time you can easily cover famous tourist attractions and indulge in loads of activities. You can also opt for a short 4 to 5 day trip in which you can cover major tourist attractions, but you will not be able to have some time at leisure.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

    Also Read: 55 Resorts in Maldives

  19. 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.
  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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. 

  24. 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.
  25. 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.

  26. 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
  27. 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’.
  28. What is Maldives best known for?

    Maldives is best known for its serene natural environment that includes the azure blue ocean, clean air, and white sandy beaches. It is also very much famous for its water based adventure sports like swimming, scuba diving, fishing, water skiing, kiteboarding, snorkelling, and windsurfing. Luxury resorts and water villas also make  Maldives a hit destination amongst travellers.
  29. 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.
  30. Which shops in Maldives are open 24/7?

    Here are some of the shops that remain open 24/7:

    Restaurants and Cafes’
    Seahouse, Hulhumale Ferry Terminal
    Saffron Cafe’, Sosun Magu
    Nice N Spice, west harbor, food court
    Weaver Cafe’
    Retreat Delight Market Hotel
    Novel Bistro, STO harbor, food court
    Dolphin View Cafe

    Local Shops:
    Express Mart, Villingili Ferry Terminal
    New Chain, Sosun Magu
    Shop and Save, Sosun Magu
  31. 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. 

  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. 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.

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