6 Mistakes to Avoid when visiting The Maldives
With around 1,190 coral and volcanic islands strewn across the Indian Ocean, (about 200 of which are inhabited), the Maldives islands have long been recognized as a popular romantic getaway.
Because of its pristine waters, which are home to a plethora of fish, sharks, and rays, the Maldives continue to be on just about everyone’s bucket list.
So, before you go pack your bags and ‘get your travel on’ to this gorgeous tropical nation, check out the deets on how to plan your amazing Maldives trip.
By avoiding these 6 mistakes, hopefully your dream vacation on this beautiful island nation is safe, pleasant, and most of all, MEMORABLE!
The Maldives has the potential to elevate your travel experiences while offering you a break from your everyday routine.
Here’s how to worry less and enjoy more when planning a visit to these stunning islands.
Mistake #1: Not Being Aware of Premium Pricing
Due to the ideal temperature and abundance of sunshine, November to April enjoys ideal weather. Obviously, everything from accommodation to activities will be at premium pricing.
However, traveling during the shoulder season, (i.e., between peak and off-season), is an alternative way to save some coin.
Rain is prevalent during the off-season, but it does not last all day. As a result, April to September may work if you’re on a tight budget.
Even though this is considered off-season, the weather will still be gorgeous, and ten to twenty percent reduced occupancy at many resorts will provide you fantastic savings and a delightful service experience.
Mistake #2: Not Being Aware of the Two Seasons
When you think of a tropical island, you may only think there is one season. However, the Maldivian islands boasts two distinct seasons. They consist of the southwest monsoon, which is the wet-season. This is from around the middle of May through November.
Then there’s the northeast monsoon, which is referred to as the dry-season. This runs from January to March. December and April are considered the monsoon transitional periods.
Mistake #3: Not Booking Hotels and Flights Early
Not everyone plans trips month in advance, but if you have the luxury of time to plan a visit to these idyllic islands, check for available flights well in advance of your trip which may sometimes offer budget-friendly pricing.
The same is true for hotels and resorts, especially if you are traveling during the peak season, as most customers book far in advance.
Also, just as there are two sides to every story, you can also find amazing deals by booking last minute as well.
Compare hotel and airfare prices with a search engine and choose the best option that works for you.
Mistake #4: Being Unaware of Local Celebrations
If you want to enjoy your private Maldivian vacation in its full glory, be aware of the one-month period of Ramadan.
It’s likely that hotel employees may be spending time with their families. In addition, food options may be limited during the day, and many shops and services may be closed, especially during prayer times.
Also, consider dressing moderately which is keeping your knees, abdomen, shoulders, elbows, and chest adequately covered while visiting the local islands. These laws usually apply when you visit the local islands.
The rules are totally relaxed at the resort islands, and you can dress however you wish.
Mistake #5: Bringing Alcohol into The Country
The Maldives is a Muslim-dominated country, and the only places where you can have a drink without fear of breaking the law are at private resorts.
Another no-no is to avoid bringing alcohol into the country. There is a chance it will be confiscated, plus even worse, you can face a penalty by customs.
Don’t fall for gimmicks on how to smuggle alcohol. Some popular ways are in mouthwash bottles, and even injected into fruit.
It’s not worth the hassle. Simply budget for alcohol at your resort where it will be available, although pricey.
Mistake #6: Not Protecting Your Skin from the Sun
Since this is a hot and sunny destination, don’t forget to pack sunscreen and or sunblock to protect your skin from sun damage.
However, avoid buying sunscreen in the Maldives because it is extremely expensive on the island.
Along with that, make an effort to use reef-safe sunscreen because the chemicals in other sunscreens harm the preserved and exquisite coral and marine life.
Get out There
Now that you have a general idea to begin the planning process for a Maldivian getaway, it is essential to see whether a visa is required to enter the country.
Also, ensure you have sufficient funds with you. Credit cards are widely used as well as the local currency, the MVR or Maldivian Rufiyaa.
Be aware the islands have a strong Islamic culture; so please respect it while enjoying your vacation.
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