Maldives Destination Guide

By Jade Hindley

 

The Maldives is home to some of the most stunning beaches and amazing clear seas in the world.

Over a million people a year visit one of the incredible resorts which occupies its own island, to experience luxury and tranquillity in a serenely beautiful setting. Located just southwest of India and Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, this little paradise is also perfect for anyone with an interest in marine life, with a thriving underwater world waiting to be explored through boat trips, snorkelling or diving.

Sunsiyam Resort, Maldives

Weather

Although the Maldives is reliably hot throughout the year, its wet season begins in May and lasts until October so this time can be quite rainy and humid but still popular among tourists. November to April is the dry season, bringing a beautiful exotic climate with very little rainfall, soaring temperatures and long days of sunshine.

Low Season: May – October

Shoulder Season: March - April

High Season: November - February

Water Villas

Budgeting

The main currency used in the Maldives is US Dollars, You can arrange a currency exchange before you travel, purchase a currency card, or exchange money once you have arrived.

We have included below some average costs to help you budget for your trip.

Accommodation

1 Night in a Budget Resort: £100+

1 Night in a Midrange Resort: £200+

1 Night in a Luxury Resort: £550+

Food

All Inclusive is a must in our opinion when visiting the Maldives as it can be quite expensive to pay for your meals individually. Most resorts have a range of restaurants to keep you satisfied throughout the trip.

Extras

Sea Plane: £250+

Speedboat: £150+

Excursions: Sometimes included in All Inclusive packages.

Tipping

A service charge is added to your bill in most occasions so it is usually not necessary to tip, however we advise tipping your room staff and butlers (in luxury resorts), or anyone who serves you personally.

Couple Spa Treament

Phrases

The main language spoken in the Maldives is Dhivehi, but English is its second unofficial language and most locals will speak it.

 

Assalaa mu alaikum

Hello

 

Adhes kohfa

Please

 

Shukuriyaa

Thank you

 

Aharenge namakee _____

My name is  _____

Coral Reef

Interesting Facts

1. The world’s first underwater cabinet meeting was held in the Maldives in 2009 to draw attention to the threat of rising sea levels and climate change.

2. It is comprised of over 1190 coral islands located around its 26 Atolls.

3. Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, and the smallest Muslim country in the world.

Windsurfing

Call 0161 440 6730 to book your next adventure to the Maldives!