The allures of secluded beachside getaways have made the Maldives one of the best holiday destinations on the planet. Here are some things to keep in mind however, before you visit this tropical paradise.
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Over 1,000 Islands
Yes, that’s right, the country has more than 1,000 islands… about 1,190 in fact! However, not all these many islands are inhabited. Some like the capital Male, are inhabited, while others are each home to a private resort the likes of VARU by Atmosphere. The rest are uninhabited but can be visited too.
You Can’t Bring in Alcohol
This is a Muslim nation and there are several laws that you need to be mindful of. This includes the banning of bringing in alcohol into the country or consuming it on local islands; the good news is that it’s allowed on private resorts in Maldives; all inclusive resorts sometimes even offer unlimited cocktails and premium alcohol so you won’t miss your favourite drinks!
The Peak Season
Coinciding to when the country experiences the best weather, the peak season in the Maldives generally runs from November to April. While May to October is generally the rainy season, you do get periods of sunshine too and rates tend to be lower as well.
Marine Life Abounds
The world beneath the waves is home to more than 2,000 species of fish; suffice to say when diving and snorkelling in Maldives there’s plenty to see! From a wide range of colourful reef fish to larger marine creatures like rays and sharks, there’s much to see underwater.