Things You Need to Know When Travelling to the Maldives

All geared up for your trip to the Maldives? Here’s a list of things that you should know especially for first timers.

Visa

All Nationalities are granted with a free thirty day visa upon arrival. For further details, please visit the Maldives Immigration Website.

Getting There

Upon arrival at Malé International Airport, the hotel representatives will welcome you as soon as you step out of the airport. In case you missed the airport representatives, there are counters for each hotel where you could go directly. The Banyan Tree and Angsana Hotels are at Counter 7, Zone A.

To reach your chosen resort, you will either take the speedboat or seaplane from Malé International Airport.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru is just 20minutes by speedboat from Malé while Angsana Velavaru is 45minutes away by seaplane.

Seaplanes could be ( a bit) noisy but you’ll get an excellent aerial view of the Maldives.

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Weather

Maldives is a tropical country which means hot, dry and humid. The average temperature could range from 26 – 32 degrees Celsius.

Summer season is from December to April and the Monsoon season is from June to August hence, rainfalls are expected.

Currency

Maldivian Ruffiya is the local currency but US Dollars is widely accepted almost everywhere.

USD 1 = MVR 15.38

***conversion rate is as of the moment of posting

Time

The local time in the Maldives is GMT + 5 hours, but the resorts have their own island time. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Angsana Ihuru and Angsana Velavaru‘s island times are one hour ahead of Male time.

Whats and What Nots

Maldives is an Islamic country therefore, local and religious customs must be observed.

Refrain from bringing alcohol, any pork products or any religious objects to avoid hassle at the airport.

While you can wear your swimsuits and summer dresses at the resorts, wear respectful clothing when in public places or when visiting the city or local islands.

What to Bring

Light clothes and swim wear, slippers, sunglasses, snorkeling gears (if you have, but usually the resorts will provide), sunscreen and of course, camera. If you could bring water proof cameras, nothing like it!

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