When dreaming of a once in a lifetime, luxury vacation, the Maldives is a destination that often springs to mind. Located in southern Asia in the Indian ocean, the Maldives is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and for generally being an island paradise. For many people the Maldives is likely to be a once in a lifetime holiday so it’s important to do your research to make sure you can take full advantage of the experience and enjoy every minute. Keep reading for our top tips on how to prepare for your trip from when to go and where to stay to what to do whilst you’re there.
When to go and where to stay
When planning your first trip to the Maldives, it’s essential to be organised and do your research in advance. The best time of year to travel to the island is between November and April as although you may pay more for flights, you will be rewarded with lovely sunny weather and avoid the rainy season. You should also research where to stay ahead of time. Look into different resorts and hotels available well in advance so that you can get first pick of your preferred location. The hotels and overwater villas may seem expensive from the outset however the high quality of the accommodation and excellent customer service more than justify the price. Whether you choose a beach front suite or a famous water living villa, you will be hard pressed to find accommodation as luxurious as that in the Maldives. Finally, in preparation for your trip it is wise to arrange some kind of travel insurance, just in case, so that you are protected in the event of any accidents or cancellations.
What to do
The Maldives is the perfect spot for both a relaxed and fun filled holiday. If you want to be able to take part in many activities and not feel restricted, it’s a good idea to save up a decent amount of money in advance. So, what should you do with your spending money? Live like the locals and explore the small villages where you will find delicious local cuisine and get a real authentic feel for the place and its culture. Much of the cuisine on the island is based around fish and coconut so make sure to try dishes using these fresh ingredients whilst there. No trip to the Maldives would be complete without some water sports. The island is world renowned for having some of the best snorkelling and diving spots so if you love an action-packed trip this is the place to be. The island’s underwater world is full of diverse wildlife and any sort of activity in its ocean will make for an unforgettable experience. At night the small island comes alive with both tourists and locals heading out to eat and drink so soak up this atmosphere and enjoy the stunning sunsets while you do it.
Customs and traditions
As with any foreign country, it is always respectful to be aware of its culture before travelling there. The Maldives is a predominantly Muslim country so there are some rules in place that are a little stricter than what you might be used to. You should be mindful to dress conservatively, using a scarf or cover-up to not show too much skin and bear in mind that public displays of affection are seen as inappropriate. Aside from these restrictions, you will find that the people of the Maldives are very welcoming and accommodating.