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Maldives insider review


Dhivehi. English is widely spoken.

Passport and Visas:

Not required if under 30 nights

Voltage & Electricity:

Voltage is 220v AC so on most islands UK plugs will work - no need for an adaptor.

Payment possibilities:

Small denominations of US dollars are useful for tips and for shopping in local shops and markets. Credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques and pre-paid travel agent gift cards are not accepted in the Maldives. A 10-12% service tax is charged on all extras (including drinks, snacks, excursions etc).

Public Holidays:

Public holidays won't affect you on holiday although some shops may close or not open until later in the day. If you're on an inhabited island, you may see small parades and public celebrations.

Events & Festivals:

16 May The 2018 holy month of Ramadan begins (known as Ramazan in the Maldives)

26 July Independence Day – Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965

11 November Republic Day – After so many years as a monarchy, the Maldives became a republic on this day in 1968
December Mawlid al-Nabi – A celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam.

Transfers and getting around:

Maldives transfers There are few places in the world where your hotel transfer is a huge part of your holiday experience. Forget long minibus rides from the airport or endless hours stuck in a taxi, the unique formation of the Maldives means that to reach your private island resort you’ll get to travel by speedboat or seaplane. Some islands – like Kuramathi Maldives – offer the choice of speedboat and/or seaplane transfers.

Speedboat Speedboats are the most cost-effective option. After you arrive into Malé airport, your speedboat will arrive at the jetty just across the road from the terminal. Speedboats are operated by individual resorts and come in various forms, but all offer a comfortable start to your holiday. Depending on the location of your resort, you’ll pass other islands en route – both resort islands and tiny uninhabited ‘picnic islands’ – and it’s worth keeping a look-out for dolphins.

Seaplane For islands that are further than an hour-and-a-half speedboat ride from the airport, we generally recommend a seaplane transfer. A seaplane is far quicker at transporting you from A to B, with boat journeys of three hours easily reduced to a 30-minute flight. One of the other benefits of a seaplane transfer is the aerial views – it’s a thrilling excursion and a practical mode of travel in one. The seaplane terminal is just a short bus ride from Malé airport, and seaplane charter flights depart at scheduled times during daylight hours. Seaplanes in the Maldives are small, and you’ll be sharing this experience with around 15 other passengers. Often, stops are made to pick up/drop off guests at other resorts en route. It’s worth noting that most seaplanes have a luggage limit of 20kg per person and adverse weather can cause delays.