Frequently Asked Questions About Maldives
We have gathered our most frequently asked travel questions on the Maldives to answer any queries you may have before you travel.
WHAT KIND OF ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE IN MALDIVES?
Maldives is a chain of tiny Atolls. Each atoll has one property only. Most of the properties on these Atolls are luxurious and high-end resorts. Since there is nothing other than the resort you are staying in on the atoll, it is advisable to choose a property that has more than one restaurant as an option to eat. Also the restaurant standards must be high. You will not have a second option to try from.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
So if you are looking for some extra hours of fun in the sun, then you should visit Maldives during the months of December to April, which are dry seasons. This is high time season for the resorts and hotels as they enjoy great demands at these times.
Visit Maldives during the winter season
The winters are pleasant with sunny weather and cool ambience. Christmas is the busiest and best time to visit Maldives. You can enjoy land sports like beach volleyball, board games, sauna and table tennis.
However, the time between May and November is also a best time to visit Maldives as the skies remains cloudy, humidity remains high and there are more chances of rainfall.
This is the best time for divers and snorkel-lovers to visit Maldives. As there is increased water clarity and better visibility for divers, so the water sports like jet-skiing, windsurfing, diving and snorkeling can give an amazing experience to all tourists.
IS MALDIVES A GOOD FAMILY DESTINATION?
It is a great family destination, however most of the hotels do not allow children as it’s considered more as a romantic destination and honeymooners. So if you are planning on visiting Maldives please choose the right property that welcomes children.
SHOULD I TAKE OUT TRAVEL INSURANCE BEFORE VISITING MALDIVES?
It is essential that adequate travel insurance be taken out prior to departure. This should cover any medical situation such as hospitalisation, as well as cancellation, curtailment of arrangements and baggage. When you travel with &Beyond, you are automatically covered by our emergency evacuation insurance. This guarantees emergency evacuation to the nearest hospital should you suffer either severe illness or injury. This does not cover the cost of treatment once in hospital and in no way replaces your normal travel insurance. There are certain medical exclusions. Please advise us of any existing conditions in advance in order to arrange cover, subject to our insurer’s approval. Please contact us for further details.
ARE THERE SPECIAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS WHEN TRAVELLING TO MALDIVES?
Sunburn/sunstroke is not uncommon. The Maldives straddle the equator and the intensity of the sun is often underestimated. It is possible to suffer quite severe sunburn even when it is cloudy. It is therefore advised that a high factor sunscreen (at least factor 30) is used at all times. When snorkeling, it is sensible to ensure that all exposed areas are thoroughly coated with waterproof sunscreen, and the wearing of a T-shirt or rash vest is advised.
Dehydration can be another problem associated with the intense heat and humidity. Visitors should not underestimate the need for increased water intake during the day. Tap water on the islands is produced by a desalination process. Whilst it is safe to drink, many people do find it unpalatable. Bottled water is readily available, but is usually charged for.
IS THE TAP WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
Tap water is not safe to drink in Maldives but bottled mineral water is available in your hotel.
CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD?
Yes you can use your credit card in your hotel. Most credit cards are excepted in Maldives.
WHERE CAN I CHANGE CURRENCY?
The only place you can change money other than the airport is your hotel.
IS TIPPING EXPECTED AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
It is customary to tip 10 to 15% of the bill at hotels and restaurants.