The Maldives is a place that dreams are made of – pristine white beaches, tropical paradise, and picturesque sunsets. If you’re planning a holiday here for the first time, it can be overwhelming. But don’t worry – with this guide, you can easily navigate your way through this stunning destination. Whether you’ve just arrived or are about to set off on your exploration of the Maldives, here’s what you need to know before you go!
When to visit
The Maldives is a year-round destination, with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C. However, the best time to visit is between November and April when the weather is dry, and the seas are calm, making it the ideal time for snorkelling and diving.
How to Get to the Maldives
The Maldives is accessible by air, with many major airlines offering direct flights to Male International Airport. From there, you can take a speedboat or a seaplane to your chosen island resort. Private yachts are also available for hire and that will take you to some of the best Maldives resorts including those such as Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives.
What to Pack
The most important thing when packing for a trip to the Maldives is sunscreen—lots of it! The sun here is strong and intense so make sure you stock up on high-SPF sunscreen and also bring along a hat and sunglasses as well. Also, remember to bring some mosquito repellent if you plan on going out at night; mosquitos can be quite pesky in certain areas. Additionally, make sure to pack clothes that are lightweight and breathable so that you stay cool even in the hot climate.
Where To Eat
The Maldivian cuisine is incredibly diverse and delicious! You’ll find many different types of seafood dishes like tuna curry, mas huni (a mix of tuna, onion, coconut and chilli), and fried parrotfish. There are also plenty of options for vegetarians like sweet potato curry or vegetable samosas. Most restaurants offer a good selection of international foods as well if local dishes don’t appeal to your taste buds.
Make sure to try out some traditional snacks like kuli boakiba (deep-fried flatbread filled with fish) or kulhi boshi (a spiced fish cake). Wash these down with a cold drink such as sago juice or girinabondibai – a coconut milk concoction mixed with spices like cinnamon and cardamom – which will help refresh you after a long day of exploring!