Here are our ten must do or must prepare for Maldives travel tips for those traveling to the Maldives Islands. There are more, but we narrowed it down to ten essentials.
- Get all your vaccination shots, then prepare a handy traveling first aid kit with meds for wounds, infections and food allergies. The ocean does have its share of poisonous organisms, too, but the Maldives is fortunate enough in that jellyfish are rarely seen in its waters.
- Use credit cards, they can buy you most of what you need during your visit to the islands. Do not bring traveler’s cheques, since you won’t be able to use them there. ATMs are only available in Male and the airport. Make sure that you inform your bank you are traveling to the Maldives or internationally to avoid your account being blocked.
- If you need pocket cash, US dollars are handy. Ask for the local bank that exchanges currencies which can convert pocket money to USD. The currency is also widely recognised in all the islands and a staple in all establishments catering to tourists. Check exchange rates here.
- Make sure to buy at least one local SIM for your mobile, which is typically not available in a resort. Choose a good internet provider like Dhiraagu for a reliable connection.
- Purchase necessities (including your SIM if possible) that you think will not be available from your resort at Male International on the way to a boat transfer to your resort or hotel. If you are staying in Male itself, then you have more options in this regard.
- Don’t drink tap water in the islands. It’s not potable. When in need, bring along bottled mineral water, say, when you go out on a fishing trip.
- Your travel agency or credit card company can provide travel insurance. Make use of this, since you never know what can happen. And a travel insurance policy is easier to get if you purchase it for that one trip.
- Time your visit to the Maldives during the dry season, which lasts from December to April. But wet season (May to November) makes the water great for diving, snorkeling and surfing.
- When drinking, it’s best to have your liquor from tourist spots or resorts. You will probably drink in your Maldives resort, so our recommendation is to confine your drinking there.
- Electrical current in the Maldives is 220 – 240 volts and plugs are standard UK 3 pin flat plugs.
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