The Maldives are the epitome of island paradise, with thousands of tourists coming to these tropical islands every year. The destination is a dream destination for pretty much everyone.
Some of the most pristine, beautiful islands on earth are found in the Indian Ocean. We visited one recently and it exceeded our expectations!
Prior to booking our flights, I hadn’t done much research into the Maldives and I soon realized just how tricky it was. There’s a lot more options than I originally realized, so many things you should pack and choose (and so many things you shouldn’t), local laws I had no idea about, and others that I never saw on Pinterest. Here’s my travel guide for planning your Maldives stay. I hope these tips make it easy for you to get a memorable trip to one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Here are 7 things to know before you go
1. The Maldives is a Muslim country. This means that, from now on, no alcohol can be brought into the country, even if you buy it once you get there (and I wouldn’t recommend buying anything inside the airport as well). 2. All alcoholic beverages that are purchased in the airport will be confiscated when entering the country.
2.) Some of the capital city skirts around the water still have palm trees and clearly embrace their island roots. They are made up of concrete with palm roofs with a few ocean breezes blowing through some of the neighborhoods. 2.) The capital city is rectangular in shape, making it relatively easy to navigate in general, something many visitors might find helpful.
3.)Flying somewhere? Want your outfit to show off on arrival at a resort where you’re staying? It’s easy: travel light, pack just enough clothes and head to the airport. Once you arrive, don’t forget to buy some new beachwear just in case!
4.) Each resort is on its own island, so visitors need to use water transport for travel purposes.
5.)Don’t believe the hype. As tempting as it is to book a water-villa when you think they’re all the same, each resort has its own unique features and characters so make sure you are fully aware of what you want out of your vacation before spending any money.
6.) Peak season in the Maldives is December until April. So if you want to save money, the best time to visit the country is during the off-peak season of May and June.
7.) Only here in the Maldives can you experience so many islands at once. It’s usually an hour behind local time, which leaves you with “more time” that you can enjoy the sunset before dinner, or feel like you are somewhere else entirely.