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When’s the best time to go?
If you’ve never been, the best Maldives travel advice anyone can give you is to book your break as soon as possible. With an average, year-round temperature of 29°C, it’s got all the right ingredients for a luxury holiday.
A favourite with honeymooners and celebrities, the Maldives is one of the most desirable holiday destinations on the planet. Holidays to the Maldives are for those who want to treat their loved ones to a slice of paradise. With white-sanded beaches that slide gently into the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the islands that make up the Maldives are idyllic and the perfect place to unwind and soak up the sun.
Peak season for Maldives holidays tends to be between November and April, when the temperature hovers between around 27°C and the low 30s. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, book for April or May. The only months to be wary of are November and December, which are when the rains creep in. However, it’s still warm, at around 27°C.
What should I pack?
With the sun being so warm, sunscreen is a must for anyone taking their holiday to the Maldives. Swimsuits and skimpies aside, it’s also important to have clothing that protects your skin. Lightweight clothes made from linen and cotton are a good choice and kaftans are definitely worth investigating; you can wear them to the beach and even accessorise them for an evening out. It’s also worth packing something smart; there are some superb, fine-dining restaurants (there’s even one underwater) and you might want to dress to impress.
While swimsuits, strappy tops and shorts are ideal for the island resorts, you should consider packing something modest for your arrival at Male, the capital. Male is a fairly conservative city and keeping covered up while you’re there is the best way to minimise any chance of causing offence.
With the islands being so picturesque, be sure to pop a good camera in your suitcase, with at least one spare memory card.
Passports and visas
Do I need a passport?
Maldives passport requirements state that British citizens are required to have a passport that’s valid for at least six months. For further information on what you’ll need for your Maldives holiday, visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives/entry-requirements
Do I need a visa?
British nationals will require a Maldives visa in order to gain entry to the islands. Also known as ‘tourist visas’, these allow you to remain in the Maldives for up to 30 days, on condition that you have a return or onward ticket and enough funds to support your stay. To read more about visas, go to: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/maldives/entry-requirements
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
It’s always a good idea to have comprehensive travel health insurance if you’re going abroad. Policies offer insurance against things like the cost of medicines, medical treatment and even repatriation back to the UK. Be sure to check that your policy covers you if you’re going to try any activities like diving.
Any other tips?
- The islands’ capital, Male, is quite conservative. Women should keep covered up while there and public displays of affection are considered to be offensive. Alcohol is also forbidden. However, these rules do not apply to the resort islands, so pack your swimsuit and feel free to enjoy a drink in a bar or restaurant.
- Snorkellers can take advantage of the unique and magical reefs. Some of the islands in the archipelago are concave, allowing snorkellers and divers to swim underneath them.
- To combine dining with a spot of submarine spectacle on your Maldives holiday, be sure to pay a visit to the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. You can enjoy sumptuous meals under the waves while watching a spectacular array of sea creatures going about their business.
- While the islands themselves are beautiful, what’s under and around them can be equally stunning. If you don’t have one, it might be worth investing in an underwater camera, so you can snap the corals and marine life that have made their home in the Indian Ocean.