The Maldives country is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean. This country is made up of more than 1,200 islands. Grouped into 26 small ring-shaped atolls, these islands have a plenty of stunning beaches. Most of the Maldives beaches are covered with white sand and golden sand. Known to be rich of different varieties of sea life, the Maldives oceans can offer you the opportunity to see the most colorful sea life ever. 154 out of the 1,200 islands are private resort islands and 200 of them are inhabited. The rest of the islands are more like sandbanks – and they are uninhabited.
I had the opportunity to go to the Maldives on multiple occasions and I’m planning to return in the future. I stayed for 90 days during one of my visits to the Maldives. Each time, I’ve stayed in one of the largest Atolls in the country which is the South Ari Atoll. This huge atoll is composed of 105 islands divided up into two sections, the Southern and the Northern ones.
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Travel Conditions and Paperwork
To visit the Maldives, you are not required to get a visa. This country gives a free visa for most countries. All you are asked to do is to fill out a questionnaire that you will get on the plane. You will have to answer some questions such as how long you’re planning to stay, where are you going to stay, the reason for visiting. You will have to show your travel information to the immigration officers upon your arrival. You have to print your travel details and make them available so that you can show them your guesthouse reservation and departure flight information when they ask you to. The whole immigration process is not hard at all, but sometimes, the waiting line can be long. While on the plane, make sure that you take your time to fill out your card. Thus, you will have a chance to get to the front of the waiting line. After having gotten your stamp, your luggage will go through the x-ray scanning machine and you will go wait for them in the baggage claim area.
Things to Pack to The Maldives
If you are planning on just lazing on the white sanded beaches and diving in the crystal clear water, packing for a trip to the Maldives can be pretty easy. Some items such as medical sun creams are a little bit expensive in the Maldives. What I recommend is that you bring along some items with you. Listed below are some of the equipment that I bring along with me.
A sun hat
Loose cotton clothing
Board shorts and rash vest
You may think of bringing a light rain jacket if you’re visiting the Maldives during low season. A rain jacket that you can easily pack small is worth considering.
Food and Drinks cost in the Maldives
If you’re aiming to travel with a budget, this section is right for you. During the time I spent in the Maldives, one thing that I noticed is how cheap is food. Most of the guesthouses give you access to a kitchen where you can cook your own food, which will keep the costs down. Food in restaurants is not very expensive though. When it comes to alcohol, you should keep in mind that the Maldives is a Muslim country. Thus, alcohol can be expensive and hard to find. In restaurants and resorts, a beer may cost you from 6 to 15 dollars. I used to cook a variety of simple and tasty dishes such as fried veggies, curries, fish for less than 5 dollars a meal. All you have to do is to go shopping at the nearby local grocery shops.
Transportation in the Maldives
Seaplanes and speedboats are known to be the main mode of transportation that you will use, especially, if you’re planning for going the resort route. The cost and quality of these services can vary depending on your location. What I recommend is to check and look into the transport prices. The most budget friendly way is taking speedboats but the fastest way is seaplane transfer. Unlike seaplanes, which will cost you up to 300 dollars per person, speedboats are your best option.
What Can I Do in the Maldives?
When mentioning the Maldives, what comes to everyone’s mind is lazing on white sanded beaches while soaking up a tropical juice – but actually, there are plenty of other amusing activities that you can do in the Maldives, especially for people who love the sea. From snorkeling and scuba diving to surfing and windsurfing, the Maldives have a lot water activities that you can enjoy. Here are some of the prices Renting a surfboard – $20-30 per day Getting a surf lesson – $60-80 Trip to a luxury resort – $100-160 One day of scuba diving – $90-135 Half day shark snorkeling- $50 The prices can differ from one resort to another.