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If your reservation includes a night in Male’ or the airport hotel, this will also be arranged by the representative. Passes follow the same order and are generally classified by different skill-levels. Lycra 3 mm wetsuits are popular in tropical waters but some divers prefer a 5 mm suit when diving more than once a day. Most boats have itineraries of 7 days or 14 days allowing you plenty of time for exploring a wide range of dive sites. What sort of trips are liveaboards normally used for? These vessels can also be used purely for leisure, study tours to the inhabited islands, fishing and surfing trips or shorter snorkelling excursions. Can we experience both liveaboard boating and a resort? They usually spend their first week on a liveaboard, diving or just relaxing and getting pleasure from just being near the sea. There are now vessels ranging from 17m in length for groups of 6, to vessel as large as 45 meters and capable of comfortably accommodating groups of 20. How are the liveaboards organized and do they run on a set schedule? If you do stay for a night at the airport hotel, or in Male’, you will be transferred the following morning to your resort from the airport. What sort of diving spots are available in the Maldives? A diver should therefore be able to dive from the shore, from a motorboat as well as being able to handle a drift dive. Today, smaller vessels are mostly used for leisure, and fishing tours, while larger vessels now operate as dive centres. The Ministry of Human Resources Employment and Labour can provide work visas. Between May and November it's still warm, but the skies can be cloudy, humidity is higher and rain is more likely. There are two or three merchants that can provide you with limited cash. Generally all islands in the Maldives provide immense natural beauty and all resorts offer their own unique style. Most resorts located in Male’s atoll are accessed by speedboat. Working or engaging in employment while visiting with a tourist visa is prohibited. In the Maldives the currency is called "Ruffia" or Rf. All resorts, liveaboards and most souvenir shops accept major cards and cash payments in US dollars. Christmas and New Year is the busiest and most expensive part of the peak season period. Will I be able to use my electrical equipment in the Maldives? None of these shops are, however, able to provide you with cash from your credit card and there are currently no ATMs or cash machines in the Maldives. At the moment, the main transport method is by motorboat, speedboat and seaplane. These run on a 7 to 14 day schedule and mostly roam from one atoll to another. Divers join them by speedboat or seaplane, depending on location. One third of the country’s population, about 75,000 Maldivians, live in Male’. Most major hotels provide hair dryers and other amenities. Don't forget an extra bottle of your preferred suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses, water socks (for reef walkers) and any common insect repellent. Yes, almost all people living in the Maldives understand and speak English. If the airport tax has not been paid beforehand, you may need to pay USD 12 at the airport. Most visitors enjoy the native lagoons, just as the locals do. Visitors should check with their carrier when making reservations, as health regulations may change with short notice. Male’ is considered one of the smallest capitals in the world in terms of geographical size. Bringing an adapter is recommended for appliances you bring with you. Yes, the Maldives is probably one of the safest places to visit in the world with an extremely low crime rate. If you desire, you can bring cigarettes (up to two cartons) and film (up to ten rolls). The capital Male’ is approximately 10 minutes by boat from the airport island and we will help arrange a stay at a hotel there if necessary. What water activities are available on the islands and resorts?
This is the low season with fewer tourists and lower prices. Normally, authorities in the Maldives do not require vaccinations. This is only possible during weekdays and you need to visit the merchant in order to get cash. All resorts are located on private islands with rooms around the island that offer a high standard of service. In the Maldives, we go out of our way to make our visitors feel welcome from arrival until departure. You are not allowed to bring liquor to the Maldives. Resorts in other atolls further from the airport, offer speedboat and seaplane transfer services.
If a passport expiry date falls within 30 days of arrival, tourists cannot extend their stay beyond the passport’s expiry date. The Maldives are five hours ahead (GMT ) of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During these months, hotels and resorts tend to get fully booked with prices and rates that are higher than during the rest of the year. Most shops and souvenir boutiques on the capital island Male’ accept major credit cards and traveller's checks. How are transfers arranged to and from the resorts?
However, all visitors need to have a valid passport. The most popular period to visit the Maldives, therefore also the peak season, is between December and April. The tickets will be handed back to you at the airport on the day of your departure. Can I use my Visa credit card or debit card to get cash from the banks? The resort islands near these sites offer boat service to the breaks and some resorts have their own surf break with direct access. You can also view resorts with water bungalows on our site,
Maldives | Travel Advice | Resorts | Diving | Live aboard Rates, Reservation and Payment 1. Most resorts offer a very wide range of water activities. A few resorts cater to family holidaymakers and others offer a baby-sitting service. How big are the liveaboard vessels and what is the accommodation on them like? How are the liveaboards organized and do they run on a set schedule? This allows divers to explore the most pristine seabeds, often unreachable from tourist-populated villages.
Hotels on Male’ are also used by expatriates coming for business and as transit hotels for tourists coming on evening flights and travelling to resorts that do not offer night transfers. The Maldives islands are world renowned for superb scuba diving and snorkelling. We will shortly be including these details on our web site under the resort pages. Are there resorts offering baby-sitting facilities and day care? Taking a diving cruise is certainly the best way to experience the allure of the Maldives’ magnificent archipelago.