From romance and family fun to thrilling adventures and rejuvenating wellness, the Maldives caters to all, and this handy guide will help you prepare for an unforgettable holiday here.
Best Time to Visit
November to April features lots of sunshine, clear skies and calm waters making it the best time to visit which coincides with the peak season in the Maldives; island resorts will be in demand so make your booking ahead. That said, you can still enjoy amazing holidays in the off-peak season from May to October; there will be some rain but not all the time, while rates and airfare will generally be less too.
Where to Stay
Don’t miss the chance to stay at a private island resort; check to see if it’s a recent Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice winner and part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World so you know you can experience the very best. Such options include Huvafen Fushi Maldives which features beach and overwater accommodation some with private pools, complimentary water sports, dining options and even an underwater spa!
Top Things to Do
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to water sports in Maldives though ensure you try snorkelling and / or diving to witness stunning coral and marine life be it in the day or at night! Families can embark on a dolphin-spotting cruise, while you can also try fishing and have your catch cooked for you. Look to stay at a resort that also offers dining on secluded sandbanks and screening of movies under the stars.
Keep in mind that the Maldives is a Muslim nation, and one must be respectful of the local culture and laws. On local islands, you should wear attire that covers bare legs and shoulders; also, remember that you can’t bring alcohol or pork products into the country. The good news is that such regulations don’t apply to private island resorts where you can wear your favourite two-piece swimsuit and order cool cocktails!