One of the world’s top honeymoon destination, the Maldives comprises 1190 picture-perfect islands that truly define the word ‘paradise.’
Rest, relax and indulge all your senses at any of the thousands of sandy, white beaches or amazing coral reef seascapes.
The island nation, located in the Indian Ocean, is 99 per cent ocean with just one per cent (just 298 kms2) being land. Despite this, honeymooner are spoiled for choice.
They can spend their days enjoying endlessly perfect beaches (complete with picturesque sunsets) or exploring the islands’ stunning underwater seascapes.
And, since all the islands are surrounded by massive reef structure, its waters are crystal clear.
The best weather in the Maldives is November through April. The high season falls within this same period – December through March. The continuous cooling sea breeze helps with the higher humidity.
Even though their two seasons are wet and dry, the average temperature is 82 Fahrenheit (27-30 Celsius). The monsoon season is May to October with the rainfall being heavier in the southern islands.
The water remains an averages 79 Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). On average, there are eight sunny hours every day. Whether you’re in or out of the water be sure to use sunscreen every day to avoid burning.
Malé is the place for strolling through the dynamic streets stopping to shop, enjoy the market or delight in their cuisine. You can go fishing, snorkeling, and diving. While in Malé, visit the Mulee-aage, a former palace or the National Museum.
If possible, a must see – the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Resort where the entire dining room is under water! Also, the best diving is Kundrah Thila.
At your resort, you’re offered sunset cruises, dolphin cruises, castaway picnics, day charter boats and all types of water sports. You can fish, snorkel and dive to your heart’s content.
Tuna is the principal food for Maldivians. Their main dishes are typically fish soup, and fish curry prepared in several ways – most having a spicy, tangy flavor. Coconuts are an essential ingredient used as a drink, grated, or oil for frying. Another staple is rice that is imported.
Some of their fond of Fihunu mas (BBQ fish), Garudhiya (fish broth) and Mas huni (smoked fish). Using ingredients such as rice, onions, grated coconut, lime, and spices these dishes are completed.
You should not miss the appetizers known as Hedhikaa. Again, each snack will have fish added to the other ingredients.
Upon arrival at the Malé International Airport, you’ll be transported to your Resort Island by a light airplane. The resort will have a variety of motorboats for diving, sunset cruises, trips to a private Island, tours and some airport transfers.
In Malé, taxis are inexpensive and readily available. However walking is effortless and safe in the tourist areas. The island cities of Malé, Malé Villingili and Hulhumale, are accessible by public ferries.
If you want to island-hop, plan ahead by checking with the owners of the Guesthouses where you want to stay. They’ll give you all the information you need.
Malé Local Market – This marketplace is where you can shop for their famous brooms and slippers made of coconut leaves while sipping a fresh chilled coconut milk. It’s more refreshing than you know!
Majeedhee Magu – This shop is located on a street devoted strictly to shopping. You’ll find all types of clothing, accessories, and electronics. Ou will find your perfect gifts here.
Chaandanee Magu – You will find your unique souvenirs here. The many stalls and shops offer an array of local crafts. Included is the Dhonis, a miniature of a Maldivian sailboat. Their T-shirts are also a real “take-home” item.
Travelers Insurance comes with several different options. You want one that covers you from the day you purchase your trip to the day you return home. You want to be covered for Trip Cancellation (either by you or the providers of your journey), theft and loss.
You also need to have medical coverage. You will want to purchase a higher one because the medical costs in the Maldives are more expensive than other countries. Purchasing insurance doesn’t have to be expensive, and it does provide security for you.
When diving in the Maldives, insurance is included in your package price.
The Maldivian Rufiyaa is the currency of the Maldives. However, tourists can use the USD- Dollar as well as GBP-Sterling and EUR-Euro. Upon your arrival at the Malé Airport, you can exchange money at the Forex center.
You should have a few rufiyaa on hand for visiting Malé or other atolls including some smaller denominations for tipping.
If your Resort Island is your only stop, you won’t need to exchange any money. Payment for all charges and services will need to be paid in cash (USD, GBP or EUR) or by credit card. You can also tip using your currency.
Shorts, T-shirts and skirts made of cotton or linen along with sandals are your best options. They resist the heat and help to keep you cooled down. If you visit Malé, stylish informal attire is suggested. Also, bring your sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen.
You may need to buy an adapter as everything is type G-flat 3 pin (same as in the UK). Be sure to take your chargers and extra batteries. Set your phone for international calls and de-activate the data roaming.
If you’re flying from Malé in a light plane, your luggage must be packed in soft bags (15k).
In the Maldives, tipping, as a rule, is opposed by officials. However, it’s accepted as a kind token of good service. When dining at a fine restaurant in Malé, a tip is allowed.
There’s a 10% service charge added to most things. This money is divided equally among the waiters. In the USA, tips are distributed in the same manner.
When staying at a Resort Island, the same service charge is added to everything. However, the employees do expect tips similar to tipping on a cruise ship. Most tourists give their tips at the end of their stay.