Here are 19 things to know before going to Maldives!
This will be the ultimate Maldives travel guide to get you acquainted with Maldives in the shortest amount of time possible. Watch all the 19 things as there are some particularly interesting ones you don’t want to miss!Number one is the island composure. Maldives is not one big island. Instead It’s spread out with 1200 small islands that make up Maldives.However only 200 are inhabited with 80 around for resorts. The main island of the capital is called Male and it is fairly small too. Total population is around 500,000 over the whole island. That’s the only country I know so far where all nationalities are granted a tourist visa on arrival. Oh! In case you know of other countries that allow all nationalities a tourist visa upon arrival, do comment down below and we’d love to hear that. There’s no need to have a vaccination but a yellow fever vaccination certificate might be applicable if you are from a country which is at risk. Currency used is the Maldivian rufiyaa but USD is widely accepted. For us, we did not even change any money into Maldivian rufiyaa.We paid in USD and people gave us back in Maldivian rufiyaa. Take note that there are no ATMs on many islands. However you are sure to find ATMs in the Maleisland and as such make sure you have money from there or from whichever island you are landing at, that is international airports. Official Language in Maldives is dhihevi but English is widely spoken there. Fun fact to say hello in dhivehi is Assalamu Alaikum, which is derived fromarabic and many words are derived from arabic too. That brings us to our next point. Maldives is a hundred percent Islamic country by state and all citizens are required to be Muslims. There’s no other religions being practiced there. Subsequently Islamic laws are applied and you are strictly forbidden to bring pork and alcohol when entering Maldives.Alcohols are permitted only on tourist resorts. No displays of affection in public and also no bikinis. But there’s something interesting about bikinis which we’ll get back to you soon. The airport itself is on an island of its own and there are two islands next to it; Aale and Hulhumale. You have to take ferries to get to these and it takes only around five minutes.There are also routes linking the islands so no issue on that but since these islands are so close to the airport drone flying is not allowed here. You can do so on the other islands. The airport will be the place where you can grab your SIM card as well. For SIM cards there are two main companies; Dhiraagu and Ooredoo out of which the former is the most common. By the way check out our 101 travel tips to make you a more knowledgeable traveler. Checkout our description box for all the information as well also if you love watching our videos do hit that subscribe button and bell notification icon. Now back to the list of must know before going to Maldives The standard socket is the UK style 3 pin although there are some variations where they use type D. As such, do bring your universal adapter for more flexibility. There are basically two types of islands; local islands and resort islands. Local islands are where locals live and definitely these will be much cheaper than the expensive resort islands. Both have the same seas but resorts will naturally have a nicer and luxurious environment. Your pick where you choose to go for us we went for the local vibe in Omadhoo island to save more money and you might hear this word quite often in Maldives or when you are doing your research and this word is ‘Atoll”. I did not know what was that butan atoll is a ring shaped coral reef including a coral rim that encircles the lagoon partially or completely. Transportation in Maldives is like nowhere else; you have to move across the ocean getting from one island to another either by ferries, speedboats or sea planes. Public ferries for example from the Velana airport to Male city are less than 1 USD. For other places that would depend on the time taken. Speedboat transfers from male to Omadhoo island where we stayed was 25 USD per pax one way.Seaplanes can range from 150 USD upwards. It’s important to note that there’s also a green tax which tourists have to pay when they stay at a guest house or resorts. The latter is 6 USD per night per person while for a guest house it’s 3 USD. This is a tax that encourages people not to harm the environment or to help pay for things that are good for the environment. Other than that it’s very common to pay 22 percent taxes; 10 percent for service charge and 12 percent normal tax. Number 15: Being on an island, don’t be surprised if you are on an island and you walk only 5 minutes to cover the whole island from end to end. This is typical there and there aren’t a lot of shops activities and nightlife around on the islands. Main activities would be mainly sea activities, swimming, relaxing by the beach, going on excursions, snorkeling and diving. As for food, since Maldives doesn’t have much land, many food items are imported and this is the reason why food could get slightly expensive especially at resorts. Local islands you can get away with a meal between 7 to 13 USD, which might be a bit expensive as well. Maldives has an all-year-round hot sunny tropical climate. High season is between December and March and that’s where prices will soar. Rainy season is from May to October.November to April would be the best time to visit this unique group of islands. As we mentioned before bikinis are not allowed on Islands except for resort islands. For local islands it’s banned but with the influx of many tourists, the government has declared a special enclosed area on each Island where tourists can wear their bikinis there. That said, nudism and topless sunbathing are a big no-no everywhere. Last, Maldives owns the title for the lowest country on the whole earth with an average of 1.5 meters above sea level. There’s this everlasting concern though about sinking, especially with the climate changes and this is the reason why you should visit this country as soon as possible.Watch our Maldives adventure trip here and other videos here too. Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s video about the things you must know before going to Maldives.See you in the next video and do comment down below which fact did you find most interesting and unusual.