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Maldives Travel Guide: Everything you need to know before coming to The Maldives

Updated: Apr 13

A comprehensive guide to travelling the Maldives

Before heading to a new country, we always find it invaluable to do some homework and understand the people, places, and culture. So we are going to give you a quick little history lesson and share with you some up-to-date information on what you can expect once you travel to the Maldives. If you are wondering what to pack or when to go the Maldives or a looking for information about getting to the Maldives, you can check our other travel guides for more information.


To give you an overview, the Maldives is a tropical archipelago of 26 natural atolls. The atolls are ring-shaped coral reefs that encircle a lagoon and can consist of any number of islands and sandbanks. The Atolls in the Maldives contain 1,194 different islands which are made up of around 185 locally inhabited islands and a further 130 resort islands, the rest are uninhabited. All of these islands in the Maldives, can be travelled with friends, as a couple, or as a Solo Traveller.


Maldives Travel Guide written by Solo Travellers for Solo Travellers
Group Photo at an All Inclusive Resort

What you can expect in this Maldives Guide:


About the Maldives

Before you go

Getting into the Maldives

Getting around the Maldives

Ways to travel the Maldives

Maldives Resorts

Maldives Local Islands

Best things to do

Maldivian Food

Alcohol in the Maldives

Singles & Solo Travellers


Maldives Travel Guide


About the Maldives

History of the Maldives In the fifth century B.C, Tamil and Sinhalese mariners from Sri Lanka and Southern India travelled to the Maldives and settled in this little patch of paradise. They lived in the area and practiced Buddhism for over a millennia until around 1153 AD when Arab seafarers brought Islam to the islands, where the Sultan converted and declared The Maldives a Muslim nation. As colonial powers, engulfed much of the trade routes in the Indian Ocean after the Middle Ages, various European powers controlled The Maldives. First the Portuguese in the 16th century when they had control over Goa in India, tried to bring Christianity to the Islands but were expelled after a local revolt. Then the Dutch had control of Sri Lanka, which extended to the Maldives. They allow the locals to live their life without any day-to-day interference but under their protection. This exchange of power was however brought to an end when the Maldives became a British Protectorate in the 19th century. This was in fact a joint agreement between Britain and The Maldives, where the Maldivian monarchs were allowed to self-govern all of their internal politics and local laws without interference from a European country. The country had gained independence and tried to create a republic, sultanate, and constitutional monarchy at various stages in the twentieth century, 1932, 1965, 1968, and 1976 to name a few dates but although independent, the country finally agreed on construction in 2008. The 2008 constitution established Islam as the official state religion. Non-Muslims cannot become citizens, and the People’s Majlis is prohibited from making any law that contravenes the tenets of Islam.

Languages in the Maldives Dhivehi is the Maldivian language that is closely related to Sinhalese which is spoken in Sri Lanka. Being part of the Arabian trade route connecting all of the countries from Zanzibar and Madagascar to Malaysia and Indonesia, the Maldives also has a strong Arabic influence over their language. For example "Thank you" in Arabic is Shukran and in The Maldives (Dhivehi) is Shukuriyyaa. The Dhivehi language also includes fragments of Persian, Portuguese, Hindi, French, and English. Although Dhivehi is the local language of the Maldives, English is spoken in nearly every corner, even the local islands. You will even have no problem finding German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese, Sinhalese, Tamil and Hindi translators in the resorts. All menus in the country are in English and have prices listed in USD, so you will not have to worry about that if you are reading this page! Culture of the Maldives

The Maldives, a stunning slither of paradise in the Indian Ocean, is an enthralling location. Maldivians are exceptionally lovely, pleasant, and inviting people who will go above and beyond to ensure that your vacation is genuinely fabulous. The people on the local islands are extremely relaxed and slow-paced. You will find an abundance of hammocks littering the shaded spots, where locals come and just watch the clouds or have a quick nap during the day. Although the resorts do have Maldivian staff, most of the employees with be foreigners from so you will not have the same chance to connect with the authentic Maldivian customs. Religion in the Maldives Islam is the religion of the Maldives. This is most visible with an abundance of magnificent mosques on the main island of Malé, the absence of alcohol and pork on the local islands, and in the streets with many local women wearing the hijab. The countries ferry system shuts down every Friday, prayer time is a priority and can cause delays, and you will find the restaurants bare in the holy month of Ramadan, However, have no fear; the economy thrives off tourism and the government has found ways to balance their customs with the demand for tourism.


Dressing like a local The Maldives is a highly conservative Muslim country, with a large portion of the population still dressing in some form of traditional garb. Males wear sarongs and white cotton shirts, while females can be seen wearing a hijab and even some with the traditional libaa, a long dress embroidered with gold and silver thread. Most locals will be dressed with their knees and shoulders covers, even when at the beach and swimming. Additionally, guests must be wholly clothed while swimming at the local island beaches unless they are at a designated bikini beach area.


Alcohol in the Maldives Although prohibited on local islands, Resorts and Liveaboard boats have special permission to serve Alcohol in the Maldives, which allows you to enjoy cocktails and beachfront beverages in a tropical paradise. You can also wear a bikini in nearly all areas of the resort where rules are relaxed and you can enjoy your holiday as if you were in Bali, Thailand, or Europe. Food in the Maldives After tourism, the fishing sector is the Maldives' primary source of revenue. You may anticipate eating a lot of fresh tuna, snapper, and lobster at your resort, in addition to a variety of other international cuisines. Numerous resorts also offer all-inclusive vacation packages, which allow you to leave your wallet at home and savor a variety of cuisines for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although you will have some traditional Maldivian Cuisine available in the resorts, the local island is where its it! You will find it hot and spicy, with various curries, soups, and rice-based dishes. Coconuts, yams, mangoes, and pineapples are also cultivated locally and are highly delectable.

Money in the Maldives The local currency of The Maldives is The Maldivian Rufiyaa although the USD is widely used and accepted. In most cases, prices will be advertised to you in USD, especially in resorts and the more popular local islands. You can pay for most things on Credit Card, although we do recommend bringing over some USD in cash if you are travelling through the local islands, plus it is always nice to have some cash for tips. If you don't bring cash over and would like to withdraw or exchange, there are ATMs at the airport and on some of the bigger and more popular local islands. If you would like to find out more about the cost of the cost in The Maldives, you can find it here, in our Travel Guide.

Staying Connected in the Maldives Once you land in the Maldives, you can purchase a prepaid sim card from the airport. There are a number of providers to choose from, and all offer similar products for a similar price. Dhiraagu and Ooredoo are the most popular and offer 7 and 14-day packages for around $15 for 4GB, $40 for 20 GB, or $50 for 100 GB of data. We recommend buying the SIM card at the airport, as there will be limited places for you to purchase one after this. Wifi is available all over the Maldives, in both resorts and on local islands, but it can get slow depending now on which island you are staying on. We also recommend bringing over a Type G British adapter, which is the connection that is used in the Maldives.


When is the best time to travel to the Maldives?


The Maldives, a sun-kissed beach destination, is bustling with tourists all year. While the low season being monsoon season which lasts from May to October, the Maldives' climate usually is pleasant. The dry season or high season season lasts around six months between November and April, with a large number of Europeans going to the area to escape their winter and soak up the Maldivian sun. During December and January prices are at their peak tourist season and most places are packed to the brim, so we recommend you to go travel in the months on either side of this period as you with getting the most value for your dollar and still enjoy the best weather. Maldivian Islands The Maldives is an archipelago of over a thousand islands strewn across the beautiful Indian Ocean. And just a tiny percentage of them are inhabited. However, inhabited islands can be classified into luxury resort islands and islands wholly occupied by hotels. And local islands, where the indigenous people dwell and daily life take place. Which island is the finest pick for your holiday, and where will you gain the most impressions? Previously, the Maldives were reserved for the wealthy. There were just fashionable resorts in the Maldives, and they were all located on resort islands. And tourists have nowhere to stay on the islands where the inhabitants dwell. As a result, the Maldives remained a somewhat closed resort for wealthy travelers until 2008. However, the country's rules have changed, and citizens of the Maldives are now permitted to operate their tourism businesses on the country's islands. This is how hotels and guesthouses began to sprout on uninhabited islands, lowering the cost of living in the Maldives and allowing budget travellers to explore the area. Before booking your holiday, check out our guide for the Best Local Islands in the Maldives.


A Group of Solo Travellers together in the middle of the Indian Ocean
Sandbank Lunch

What to Pack in the Maldives

We have no doubt that the days leading up to your Maldives Island Hopping experience to be filled with excitement and anticipation. When packing for your trip to the Maldives, you should remember to keep a balanced suitcase because let's face it, you are likely to overpack then wear the same bathers every day once you click over to island life! Now that you have read our travel guide on Getting to the Maldives, our next task is to maximize your time enjoying the vacation. We recommend beginning organizing your trip by crossing off items from your Maldives packing list which will undoubtedly result in a carefree and memorable vacation once you land. A Maldives packing list consists of a few essential items, clothing, and accessories that are required for any beach resort. However, the islands are brimming with laid-back moments, breathtaking scenery, so just like everyone else who ventures to their shores, don't forget to pack some nice clothes because you will have some amazing photo opportunities that will be able to remain with you for a lifetime! Packing List ● Swimwear ● Sandals/Flip Flops ● Wide-brimmed sun hat ● Sarong/Light Scarf ● Sunscreen & Sunglasses ● Rashy/Sun Proof Top ● Lightweight Cotton Clothing ● Smart Evening Wear ● Waterproof/Dry Bag ● Insect repellent What not to Pack ● Beach Towels (All will be provided) ● Snorkels & Flippers (Available on all islands) ● Alcohol (This is illegal) Travel Insurance Travel without travel insurance is never a good idea. When traveling, you never know what can happen, and it's always best to be safe than sorry. You'll want to be covered, even more so if you're participating in water-based sports such as scuba diving or snorkeling. For short-term policies, we offer World Nomads. Power Adaptor A Type G British adapter is used in the Maldives. A universal adaptor is always a good idea when traveling, so make sure you find a nice one to keep you charged. You will also be able to purchase one after you land, and most resorts and guesthouses have adapters in their rooms or at your request. SIM cards


Once you land in the Maldives, you can purchase a prepaid sim card from the airport. There are a number of providers to choose from, and all offer similar products for a similar price. Dhiraagu and Ooredoo are the most popular and offer 7 and 14-day packages for around $15 for 4GB, $40 for 20 GB, or $50 for 100 GB of data.We recommend buying the SIM card at the airport, as there will be limited places for you to purchase one after this. Wifi is available all over the Maldives, in both resorts and on local islands, but it can get slow depending now on which island you are staying on. We also recommend bringing over a Type G British adapter, which is the connection that is used in the Maldives.

Underwater Camera You'll capture some incredible images while experiencing the Maldives' incredibly colorful underwater life! We recommend purchasing a GoPro camera before your vacation so you can get photos when you swim off your water villa, snorkel with turtles, whale sharks and manta or tick scuba diving off your bucket list. Another option for the more advance videographer is the Insta360 X3 but it it a little more complicated to use and edit. Drone If you're interested in photography, you should know that a drone allows for some insane shots! Please check the hotel's policy first, as some resorts prohibit flying your drone over private bungalows. Simply adhere to the regulations, and you will be alright! Our favourite drone is the DJI Mini because it is small and lightweight, great quality and easy to use.


Here is our packing list for your Maldives vacation. As you can see, this list is relatively short. You don't need much, so our advice is to pack lightly and simply enjoy it!


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Group Photo at an All Inclusive Resort

Getting to the Maldives

Arriving in the Maldives All international flights to the Maldives arrive at the Velana International Airport (MLE) on Hulhumalé, which is connected to the countries Capital, Malé via a bridge. Once you have landed and cleared passport control you will enter the open-air terminal and you will have the following options: Domestic Airline Flight, Sea Plane, Private Resort Speed Boat, Local Speed Boat, Local Ferry or a Bus or Taxi to your hotel in Male. You can find more information on flight connections, boat transfers, and visas on our Getting to the Maldives, and be sure to also be up to date with the latest Covid Restrictions in the Maldives.


You've seen images of the Maldives before: picture-perfect private homes hung above azure blue waters, alabaster white sand beaches, and stunning sunsets that fall below the horizon. The Maldives' beautiful grandeur is amazing to witness, something that cannot be fully appreciated until one is there in person. A question that we are always asked is: Where is the Maldives?


The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean between the Arabian and Indian Sub continents, approximately 750km southwest of Sri Lanka. Getting there and staying in this tropical paradise, is easy with all flights into the Country flying into the Velana Internation Airport (MLE) in Malé.


Seen as a favourite destination not only for honeymooners seeking privacy as well as adventurers seeking to explore the abundance of marine life in the area, the Maldives has it all! The resorts in this region are magnificent, ranging from underwater hotels to overwater bungalows to stunning resorts, and the local islands are a slow-paced, cheaper way to peel back a layer and discover the real Maldives.


Maldives Visa Information


The Maldives offer a visa on arrival to all nationalities, pending a few conditions. This entitles tourists to a 30-day stay and most are confirming that you will have sufficient funds and that you actually plan on leaving the country. It is likely that passport control will request to see confirmation of your resort/hotel or guesthouse booking along with your return flights. For anyone that is traveling on a day-by-day basis, this can sometimes be problematic as the Maldives are not accustomed to having travellers just wandering around their country. If you do not have a return flight you can use this website to obtain one.


You will also need to complete the IMUGA traveller declaration before entering and exiting the country.

What Can Guests Expect When They Arrive in the Maldives?.

Flying into the Maldives Velana International Airport (MLE) in Malé in the epicentre of tourism in The Maldives, with all international flights coming through this airport. The airport is actually located on the manmade island of Hulhumale which is connected to the Malé via the Sinamalé Bridge. There are direct flight connections to the Maldives from the UK, Germany, France, Swizterland, Russia, Turkey, EAU, Qatar, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to name a few, with more seasonal flights opening up at different times as well. Once you have landed and cleared passport control you will enter the open air terminal of Velana International Airport (MLE) and you will have the following options: Domestic Airline Flight, Sea Plane, Private Resort Speed Boat, Local Speed Boat, Local Ferry or a Bus or Taxi to you hotel in Male. If you are staying at a resort in the Maldives, you will be greeted by a resort employee who will assist you in locating your speedboat or seaplane transfer. These transfers must be booked at the time of booking with your resort. At the airport, there are no public ferries or water taxis to the resorts, so scheduling your transfers in advance is critical. Your resort will tell you of the best method, times, and pricing for island transfers and will arrange everything for you. This is also the case for tours groups but if you are travelling solo in the Maldives then, keep reading to find out how to navigate this tropical labyrinth of boats, ferries and planes.


The airport quite underwhelming is currently under renovation and a new and improved international terminal is due for for completion within the next 12 months


Beach Games
Beach Days in the Maldives

Getting Around the Maldives

Domestic Flights in The Maldives The domestic airport at the Maldives has two features, a standard inter-isalnd service which connects some of the capital cities of the local atolls to Malé via return flights with Maldivian Airlines, Flyme and Manta Air on most days. A handy website to know is Atoll Transfer, which outlines all of the below connections between the islands and Malé.


  • Dharavandhoo domestic Airport ( DRV) Baa Atol South Alif Atoll (30 minutes from (MLE)

  • Maamigili or Villa international Airport (VAM) South Alif Atoll (30 minutes from MLE)

  • Maafaru International Airport (NMF) Noonu Atoll (40 minutes from MLE)

  • Maavarulu Airport (RUL) Gaaf dhaal Atoll (75 minutes from MLE)

  • Funadhoo Airport (FND) Shaviyani Atoll Runway (40 minutes from MLE)

  • Ifuru Airport (IFU) Raa Atoll Runway (32 minutes from MLE)

  • Thimarafushi Airport ( TMF) Thaa Atoll (40 minutes from MLE)

  • Kulhuduffushi Airport ( HDK) Haa Dhaal Atoll (48 minutes from MLE)

  • Hanimadhoo International Airport ( HAQ) Haa Alif Atoll (50 minutes from MLE)

  • Kudahuvadhoo Airport or Dhaal Airport( DDD) Dhaal Atoll (31 minutes from MLE)

  • Koodoo Airport (GKK) Gaafu Alif Atoll (67 miuntes from MLE)

  • Kaadedhoo Airport ( KDM) Gaafu Dhaal Atoll (73 minutes from MLE)

  • Kadhdhoo Airport ( KDO) Laamu Atoll (45 minutes from MLE)

  • Fuvahmulaku Airport ( FVM) Ganviyani Atoll Runway (87 minutes from MLE)

  • Gan international Airport ( GAN) Addu or Seenu Atoll (95 minutes from (MLE)


Sea Planes in The Maldives The second feature of the domestic airport is the being home to the largest sea plane fleet in the world. Trans Maldivian Airways is a more exclusive way to travel and connects guests with their resorts by landing directly out the front on the water. This is a truely phenomenal way to travel and also a huge item to tick off your bucket list but it does come at a price as resort transfers in a seaplane can be anywhere from $500 USD - $2,000 USD depending on the location. Maldives Boat Transfers The Maldives are made up of around 1,200 islands, with around 185 of these being inhabited by Maldivians and branded as local islands. The local islands are full of small hotels and guesthouses where tourists can stay at a fraction of the cost of a resort, the only catch is that you pay for what you get and there will be no swim up pool, spa or cocktails as alcohol is illegal on the local islands. There are two options for navigating the locals islands of the Maldives, one is via a public speed boat and the other is via a public ferry. If you are opting travel solo in The Maldives and navigate its islands on your own, then your first ferry may as well be the one which connects Hulhumale to Male. This local ferry cost around $1 USD and the most efficient way to get to your next point of call or you can get a local taxi to the port for around $10 USD. Local Speedboat in the Maldives All of the local speedboats will generally depart from Malé from one of its many Jetty Docks. The Jettys are all located along the north short of Malé between Hulhumale Ferry Terminal and local Fish, Fruit and Veggie Markets and label from numbers 1-7 (easy to find on google maps). The speedboats can range from a 20 seater boat to a 40 seater boat and are usually always full of locals who have done their weekly or monthly shopping Malé. You will need to pay cash and generally these local speedboats cannot be pre-booked unless it is with a local guest-house on the island that you are going to. It does seem like organised chaos when you are down on the Jettys but the locals are all lovely and extremely helpful if you needed to be pointed in the right direction. Some islands have daily speedboat connections, the journey can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours and prices are usually between $25 - $60 USD. Local Ferries in the Maldives

If time is not a problem, you are looking save a couple of dollars and do not get seasick, then a local ferry could be an option for you. For centuries, Maldivians have been sailing their water via a wooden fishing vessel called a Dhoni. Located in the South West of the Island of Malé, The Villingili Ferry Terminal is the axis for all connections between the atolls. Most ferries depart Malé on one day, then return to Malé on the following day except on Fridays, where all of these government run ferries cease departures, as this is a religious day for the Muslim population and ultimately the Maldivian weekend. The next thing that you need to work out is how to navigate the local atolls once you get out of Malé. Luckily, most atolls are circular with a lagoon in the centre, so a local ferry in the atolls would depart from an island (which is usually the capital of the Atoll and would be connected to Malé) and then continue in a circular direction, stopping at each island in the atoll over the journey before completing a loop back to its original destination again. There would also be another ferry that departs in the opposite direction, creating a loop that also circles back to its original designation as well. If it sounds complicated, it is because it probably is, not many tourist bother with the hassle and have enough time up there sleeve for a one month island hopping trip so that is why we created our Maldives Island Hopping Experience! There are no tourists on the local ferries and seldom on many of the local islands but if you are comfortable being alone, this could be an option. Ferries cannot be booked online and cash must be paid. The Maldives is a chain of 1,194 stunning islands that fan out across the Indian Ocean. You can relax in the privacy of an over water bungalow, chill out on white sandy beaches, or take a snorkeling expedition to see some of the world's most diverse marine species while traveling Maldives. Whether you are a couple, group of friends or solo traveller in the Maldives, there are so many amazing things to do in the Maldives that you will never have a dull moment!


Now all you need to do is decide on how you are going to travel in the Maldives!



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Maldivian Sunsets

Ways to Travel in the Maldives

Group Tours We truely believe that the best way to explore this amazing places is with a group. The Maldives is full of Bucket List Experiences like swimming with Whale Sharks, Manta Ray and Turtles, explore a sunken shipwreck or sandbank, join a boat party or drink cocktails in an infinity pool at a five star resort, so why would you want to travel the Maldives alone? Our Maldives Island Hopping experience is the ultimate adventure and best way to meet people in the Maldives. Resorts The most advertised way to see The Maldives is in there specvaluar resorts. Set in a stunning archipelago, this bucket list location is know around the world for it exclusivity. From the most exclusive overwater villas to resorts that feature underwater restaurants, we have created a travel guide to help you find the Best Resorts in the Maldives! Most resorts vary slightly by offering experiences which focus on relaxing, diving and surfing. Although there most resorts are filled with couples, families and friends of all ages, there are a few adults-only properties for those looking to escape even further. Another bonus on staying in a resort is that, this is one of the only place that you can drink alcohol in the Maldives. Local Islands For decades, the Maldives tourism business has been dominated by luxury resorts. However, in 2009, when the license to operate guesthouses on local islands was granted, it ushered in a revolution in the Maldives' tourism business. Local island tourism has been one of the fastest expanding sections of the Maldives tourism industry since then. One of our favourite reasons to travel the locals islands is so that you will be able to try some of the famous local Maldivian Food. Because all of the local islands are so unique, offering experience like surfing, snorkelling, diving, parasailing, cooking classes, swimming with whale sharks, mantas, turtles or even a day trip to a sand bank, we also have a travel guide for our Favoured Local Islands in the Maldives. Liveaboards Liveaboards are the hotels on wheels for scuba divers! Essentially, a multi-day diving excursion which allows you to venture further from the coast, jump between sites and link up islands, without packing your bags each night and moving from hotel to hotel - What a way to see the world! Majority of the Liveabord boats in the Maldives accomodate between 15-30 guests at a time, and most of the people do not know each other. Although there are some couples and groups of friends on the boats, it is a really great way to connect and met other solo travellers in the Maldives, just make sure that you like scuba diving! Most dive safaris offer divers four action-packed dives per day, as well as magnificent night dives, followed by an evening of relaxation at with a beer and wine bar. Cruising the Maldives has never been more enjoyable than on this custom-built wooden yacht, which puts divers of all levels into contact with abundant marine life such as manta rays, sharks, and fascinating macro creatures. Volunteering Volunteer in the Maldives and participate in a variety of environmental, community, medical, and marine conservation initiatives in this tropical island paradise. One of our favourite Not for Profits that we work with is The Maldives Whale Shark Research Centre.



Group day trip to an all inclusive resort
Whats the only thing better than visiting a resort? Visiting a resort with 20 new friends!

Maldives Resorts


This is our definitive list of Maldives tourist resorts that will absolutely blow your mind! From the most exclusive overwater villas to resorts that feature underwater restaurants, this list will help you find your favourite resorts in the Maldives! Resorts in the Maldives are all located on their own private islands and we've researched all of the Maldives' atolls to ensure you get it correct the first time.

Amaya Kuda Rah Resort Enter an island haven where your can drink cocktails all day and watch the sunset from unside the infinity pool. The resort features a number of beach and water villas, a waterfront bar and restaurant, underground bar and games room. This place is nice and small for anyone who doesn't like a long stroll, or you could borrow a bike and explore it that way. The Amaya Kuda Rah resort is located very close to the Whale Sharks and Manta Point so you will have plenty of options for snorkelling or dive trips. Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is an adults-only getaway suited for couples and honeymooners. The resort features a huge international buffet along with a number of chefs working the grill at each meal. Pure white sand and a shimmering lagoon make this the ideal playground for beach activities, snorkeling, and water sports. You can lay in the suspended hammocks and enjoy a cocktail while taking in the amazing over water villas or there are a number or pools on the island, but none more popular than the swim up bar on the main beach! Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort At Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, you'll get an unmatched choice of activities for your tropical vacation. The island is blessed with lush greenery and clean seas and is nestled in calm isolation in the North Male Atoll, making it the ideal Maldives beach resort for your trip. The island is home to some of the Maldives best surfing at Lohis Break. This exclusive break is only allowed to be surfed at by approved guests and is well known all around the world! The island also features a huge full size sports ground in the middle, amazing sunset and sunrise beaches for yoga and a swim up bar which connects to the resort poo! One more special feature of this island is that you can organise a private trip to a nearby island to watch the sunset and party into the evening. Hurawalhi Island Resort Set on a beautiful private island in the Maldives' pristine Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island Resort features one of the most amazing Bucket List items in the country, the spectacular 5.8 Undersea Restaurant! The restaurant is exactly what its name suggests and is located 5.8 metres below sea level, so you can enjoy breakfast whilst watching the fish, turtles and other random marine life swim past. The island also features a number of restaurants above sea level, a day spa, dive and watersports centre. Taj Exotica Resort The Taj is part of an exclusive international hotel chain and located in Finolhu island which is just a short 15 minute speedboat ride from the Malé Internation Airport. You will be spoilt for choice for places to eat, with options like the the Teppanyaki Kitchen or fresh seafood at 24 Degrees or the Deep End Restaurant, then finish off with a leisurely cocktail at the Equator Bar. The Taj has 64 overwater villas, they range from sunrise, to sunset villas and some even with their own pools. Milaidhoo Island

This island is located inside the UNESCO biosphere reserve, so you will have the opportunity to see some of The Maldives best marine life from edge of your water villa! Milaidhoo Island is also the closest resort to the world famous Hanifaru Bay, home to not only the annual manta ray migration, but whale sharks, nurse sharks and an abundance of sea turtles, this place will blow your mind. The resort is involved with local sustainability projects and encourages its guest to take a layer back approach to life! Kandima Island Resort This amazing resort is located in the Dhaalu Atoll, which is south west of the nations capital and only accessible via a flight. The island has a spectacular pool with a swim up bar, which is surrounded by palm trees and overlooks the ocean. There are a number of different restaurants and bars scattered across the island and you will have an option to stay in an overwater bungalow or simply a beachfront villa that has its own private pool. The resort offers, not only much of the same waterposrts and diving activities, as other island in The Maldives but also one additional super unique thing to do which is exclusive to this islands, and that is to go skydiving! Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Located on Meradhoo Island in Gaafu Alifu Atoll, this resort offers a more exclusive experience when staying in the water bungalows because they are actually discounted from the main island. You will still have a Butler, but at Raffles, they are known as Marine Bulters, as they are trained by the resorts very own marine biologist. This enables the Marine Butlers, to not only tend to your service when ordering a cocktails or snack, but to also lead you on a snorkelling tour of one of the most pristine ecosystems in the country. Fairmont Where in the world can you walk of your balcony and plunge into crystal clear waters, to go and swim with Manta Ray? This resort is located on Sirru Fen Fushi island which is in the northern section of the Maldives and more conveniently, right next to a Manta Ray cleaning station. For any avid divers or the snorkelers who are obsessed with Marine Life, this little patch of paradise is for you. After you have spent the day exploring, you can relax by one of the longest pools in The Maldives before heading to the amazing Azure Restaurant for sunset dinner.

Soneva Jani

Wow! Thats all we have to say about this resort. Soneva is a hotel chain which boast some of spectacular resorts in the Maldives. They all feature different features and characteristics, but our standout is the Soneva Jani, located on Kunfunadhoo Island in the world famous Baa Atoll. The thing that sets it apart is that resort has the best water villas in the Maldives. They are large, they have world class finishes with huge infinity pools and some even have water slides! Gili Lankanfushi

This amazing resort is named after the island that it lays, Lankanfushi. Located in the Kaafu Atoll, just a short 20 minute boat ride from Velana International Airport in Malé, there are 45 massive rustic over water villas, that are surrounded by their very own lagoon. The restaurants and bars offer a little break from the villas and there are a variety of water sports to choose from plus its very own fully-equipped dive school, at this natural and eco-friendly resort.


Velassaru


Velassaru Maldives is a luxury resort known for its chic and contemporary design, stunning overwater villas, and pristine white sandy beaches. It is only a 30 minute boat ride from Male and offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and modern comforts, making it a popular choice for honeymooners, couples, and luxury travellers. There is also an incredible hour reef with overhangs that are full of soft coral, so great for anyone who enjoys scuba diving.


Fihalhohi


Fihalhohi Island Resort is one of the older resorts in the Maldives. The resort is not as modern as some of the newer resorts but guests continue to come back here year after year for their annual Maldives fix. The resort offers nightly entertainment including live music, traditional Maldivian dance performances, and beach parties. Guests can enjoy these activities while sipping cocktails and enjoying the warm tropical breeze.


Equator Village


Equator Village is a resort located on Gan Island in Addu Atoll, which is the southernmost island in the Maldives. This is the only resort in the Maldives that is located on a local island, which means you can hire a bike and ride through the town and between islands to explore the local life.



Solo Travellers becoming lifelong friends
Maldives Sunset with new friends

Local Islands


he turquoise seas of the Maldives, as well as the languid sands lined with palm palms and the extraordinary marine life, draw visitors from all over the world. The nation comprises around 1,200 coral islands, which are clustered together in a double chain of twenty-six atolls to form the country.


When you have a coastline that is both gorgeous and expansive, it might be challenging to choose lovely beaches for your next budget trip, and you are unlikely to be able to see them all.


Male


Male is the capital city of the Maldives. It serves as the economic, political, and cultural center of the country. Despite being one of the smallest capital cities in the world, Male is a bustling hub of activity with its lively markets, and busy streets, where visitors can experience the hustle of daily life in the Maldives and purchase fresh seafood, fruits, and other local products.


Despite its urban character, Male is quite underwhelming and not the postcard maldives picture that you expect. It can be interesting to go for a wandering explore, but the Maldives beauty is out in the local islands and beneath the water. Male is also the central point where visitors can take short ferry rides to nearby islands for day trips or enjoy activities like snorkelling, diving, and water sports in the surrounding waters or longer ferry rides to the outer lying atolls to access the less visited local islands.


Hulhumale


Male International Airport, located on nearby Hulhumale Island which is connected to Male via a bridge, and serves as the main gateway to the Maldives, connecting the capital to destinations around the world. Hulhumale is an artificial island (or reclaimed island) and the residential/ubranised area of the island is fast becoming a concrete jungle. In saying that, there are more tourist amenities, hotels, restaurants and beaches on Hulhumale than on Male.


There is on resort/hotel that is located close to the airport, it is called Hulhule Island Resort and although alcohol is illegal in the Maldives, there is a loophole that allows foreigners to purchase alcohol from this hotel.

Dhigurah Located in the South Ari Atoll or as the locals call it, Alifu Dhaal Atoll. Dhigurah means "Long Island" and although extremely narrow in comparison to its length, this island has one of the biggest bikini beaches in the county. With more than half of the island being covered in tropical palm trees nestled with pristine white sandy beaches, you will be able to find your own little patch where you won't see another person all day! Dhigurah is also one of the most best spots to swim with the Whale Sharks in the Maldives, as they are year round residents to the area. Overall, Dhigurah is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful inhabited islands in the world and our favourite island in the Maldives. Maafushi Maafushi is the home of the Maldivian guesthouse business. Located in the Kaafu Atoll, around 45 minutes away from Malé by speedboat, the island has beachfront hotels with rooftop pools. The Maafhusi bikini beach has swings and palm trees, there are a few watersports and dive centres on the islands, along with the only place to buy alcohol when staying at a local island. The famous, Kaani Princess is a boat docked just offshore where you can sip on a cocktail and what the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Dharavandhoo Dharavandhoo, home to several domestic airports situated across the Maldives, is often regarded as the center of local tourism in the Baa Atoll. Like most island in the Maldives, Dharavandhoo's economy is based mainly on tourism-related activities. The island provides a variety of guesthouses and excursions to ensure that you get the most out of your time in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Maldives, where you can swim with schools of Manta Ray, and if you are lucky, even Whale Shark too!


Guraidhoo


Guraidhoo is home to a friendly local community, and visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Maldivian culture and traditions. Guraidhoo is home to one of the most polar dive sites in the Maldives, Kandooma Thila. This incredible dive site is a submerged pinnacle or reef that rises from the depths of the ocean floor to around 15-30 meters of the surface. The pinnacle is covered in colourful corals, including soft corals and hard corals, creating a visually stunning underwater landscape. The dive site is teeming with a diverse array of marine life, including eagle ray, reef fish, moray eels, turtles, and various species of sharks, including whitetip reef sharks and grey reef sharks. There is also a Manta Point just outside the port of the island. Fulidhoo The guesthouses in Fulidhoo provide all of the amenities that the resorts in the Maldives are famous for, but at a far lower price than the resorts themselves. With a vast white sandy beach encircling the island, the variety of marine life you'll see even during a short snorkeling expedition in the adjacent turquoise lagoon, from friendly stingrays, to the shipwreck in Vaavu Atoll and the world famous Alymata Resort where you will fund schools of the residence nurse sharks. Thulusdhoo Thulusdhoo is located in the Kaafu Atoll, and is around 28 kilometers north of capital Malé. The island is well-known among surfers for its excellent waves, affordability compared to surfing at a resort and also for its laid back vibes. Chickens & Cokes, two world-class surf locations near the island, bring flocks of tourists all year around! There are several guesthouses and water sports centers on the island to choose from.


Rasdhoo


Rasdhoo is renowned for its excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities. The island is close to several spectacular dive sites, including the famous Rasdhoo Madivaru Channel, where divers can encounter diverse marine life, including sharks, rays, and colorful reef fish. In addition to diving and snorkeling, Rasdhoo offers a variety of water sports activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Rasdhoo has a well painted bikini beach area and offers a range of accommodation options, including guesthouses and small hotels, providing comfortable rooms and basic amenities. Fuvahmulah Fuvahmulah is one of the most beautiful and historically significant islands in the Maldives. As a one-island atoll, it has several distinguishing characteristics that distinguish it from other atolls. One of these features is that is is segregated from all other atolls except for Addu Atoll which has an irregular speed boat service which connects the islands. The second feature is that there is a large unprotected plateau to the south of the island which brings colder currents. Thirdly, those colder current bring and abundance of marine life, both in itself and in its predators. Indy Escapes founder, Lucas Chesterton has been diving in Fuvahmulah, and in one day, he saw multiple Tiger Shark, a thresher shark, a whale shark and an oceanic manta ray - this place is incredible!


Gulhi


While Gulhi Island is primarily a residential island, it offers a few guesthouses and small hotels for visitors. These accommodations typically provide comfortable rooms and basic amenities. There are also a few local restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delicious Maldivian cuisine and fresh seafood. It is becoming more popular and touristy because of its vicinity to Male and Maafushi. There are still a lot of days trips, and the bikini beach is stunning, but in comparison to Maafushi it is a lot more quiet and slow paced.


Gan


Gan Islands is located in Addu Atoll and is the southernmost atoll in the Maldives archipelago. It's renowned for its unique geography, rich history, and diverse marine life. Addu Atoll consists of several large islands, including Hithadhoo, Meedhoo, Maradhoo, and Feydhoo, connected by a series of causeways, so you can hire a bike and ride through all of these islands all in one day. Gan is also connected to Fuvahmulah by speedboat.



Another bucket list item in the Maldives
Swimming with the Whale Sharks in the Maldives


Best things to do in the Maldives


True, overwater villas are a stunning sight, and those photographs are what initially lured us to the Maldives. However, is there anything more to do in the Maldives besides relax? Definitely! The Maldives is a paradise for adventurers, water sports enthusiasts, and lovers. Below are the best things to do in Maldives!


Whale Sharks


The whale shark is a gentle and beautiful sea creature that lives in the ocean's depths. It is believed to be one of the sea's largest fish. These gentle giants can be spotted swimming in the ocean's currents in the Maldives, most frequently in South Ari Atoll. These excursions are available virtually every day of the week, and tracking whale shark sightings is made simple via the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme's Whale Shark Network Maldives app. Numerous island resorts and guest houses organise their own Maldives tour for this thrilling adventure, for more information check out our post on where to swim with the Whale Sharks in The Maldives. Shipwreck Vaavu Atoll is home to one of the most iconic and instagramable monuments in the country. This semi submerged wreck is believe to be an Indonesian Vessel which got lots in the shallows and never made it out. Day trips can be organised from local islands, where you can climb on the boat and jump off into the water, then also head down below and swim though the stern. This is one of our favourite stops on our Maldives Island Hopping Tour and one where you will get some fantastic photos. Parasailing The Maldives, is a paradise on Earth. With turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches and palm tree lined islands, there is no better place on the planet to enjoy the view from up above and take in the countries exceptional natural beauty. Take the chance to fly way up high in the air with a parachute whilst being slowly pulled through the archipelago via a speed boat. You will take in some of the best perspectives in the country and no doubt see a range of resorts and local islands from afar. This is one of the most popular experiences among the tourists and one of the most exciting. Manta Rays Swimming with a Manta Ray is a truely majestic experience. Commonly confused with a Stingrays, which spend most of their time scavenging the sandy ocean floor for a snack, Mantas are much larger and prefer to spend time in the open oceans of the tropics. It is not until you get in the water with a Manta that you realise how huge these mesmerising and playful creature really are. Some interesting fact about Mantas is that they must constantly swim to stay alive and that origins of the word 'Manta' actually stem from the Spanish word for 'blanket' or 'cloak'. Some places that you can swim with Manta Rays in The Maldives are South Ari Atoll, Baa Atoll and Addu Atoll. Although, this is seasonal so to be sure that you are not disappointed, do your research before organising your trip and make sure that you are going in season. Surfing The Maldives is a surfing destination of international renown and offers a number of world class breaks. Surfers travel on liveabord boats, stay at island resorts or venture out to some of the local islands to tick surfing in The Maldives crystal blue waters off their bucket list. If money isn't a problem, you can stay at the Cinnamon Dhonveli Hotel attracts world-class surfers who come to experience its uncrowded break. This break is widely regarded as one of the world's best, and Dhonveli is even a pro circuit stop. Adaaran Hudhuranfushi is also home to another one of the countries most popular surf breaks, know as Lohis. Both of these resort options are a little more expensive than the local islands and the breaks are exclusive to the resort. Surfing is undoubtedly one of the top activities to do in Maldives for ocean addicts, but if you're not a pro, have no fear; there are other places in the Maldives islands where you may take surfing lessons for a fraction of the cost. Thulusdhoo and Guraidhoo are two local islands which are close to the Malé International Airport and offer a quality surfing experience in The Maldives. You will have the opportunity to stay in a local guesthouse or hotel, and enjoy a real Maldivian experience. Snorkeling If diving is not for you, snorkeling is an excellent alternative for an exciting day trip! The Maldives' reefs are so immaculate that you don't need to go deep to see a lot! Most snorkelling stops will give you the opportunity to see reefs with vibrant colours and an abundance of marine life. If you are staying in an overwater water villa in a resort then, it is a must to walk off your deck in into the crystal blue waters for a swim. Snorkelling in the calm crystal blue waters, is unquestionably one of the top activities in the Maldives. Freediving If you want to take the next step and go a little deeper, you could try freediving! To be honest, with exceptionally high visibly and calm waters, this is probably the best place in the world to learn. If you are experienced you can venture out to a local reef or if you want to learn there are a few freedive course available in dive centres, which are scattered around the local islands. Scuba Diving The Maldives is the best scuba diving location while traveling Maldives alone, and there is no better place to give it a try than here. There are numerous reasonably priced PADI & SSI dive facilities where you may take a discovery dive if you are not qualified, complete a qualification or just sign up for several dives to one of the numerous reefs or unique dive sites. The Maldives is known for its extensive variety of marine life, including manta rays, whale shark migration, reef sharks, and sea turtles. The pure blue seas provide excellent visibility, calm waters and no wetsuit is required here; the water is warm and pleasant. Boat Party Alcohol is certainly not the be all and end all of meeting people, but sometimes it sure does help! Although drinking alcohol in the Maldives is illegal on the local islands, the government have issued licences to the liveabord boats who dock offshore, now you just need to know where to find them! Foruntely for us, we are here to help you out and show you where to have some fun. The "Floating Bars" in the Maldives, are non functioning Super Yacht's that is docked off the coast of Maafushi. You can organise to get picked up from the port via a local dingy and will be taken out to see free of charge. Once you are aboard the floating bar, you can order drinks just as you would at a standard bar (beer, gin and tonic, a cocktail, etc) and even order food both from the boat or on the mainland via delivery through the crew working on the boat. Once the sun sets, you will party late into the evening as the strobe lights and smoke machine cover the dance floor. The place can get packed and is probably the best option in the local islands to meet people. Liveaboards Liveaboards are the hotels on wheels for scuba divers! Essentially, a multi-day diving excursion which allows you to venture further from the coast, jump between sites and link up islands, without packing your bags each night and moving from hotel to hotel - What a way to see the world! Majority of the Liveabord boats in the Maldives accomodate between 15-30 guests at a time, and most of the people do not know each other. Although there are some couples and groups of friends on the boats, it is a really great way to connect and met other solo travellers in the Maldives, just make sure that you like scuba diving! Sand Bank Would a trip to the Maldives be complete without stopping off for lunch at a secluded sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Most Resorts, Hotels and Guesthouse will be able to organise a day trip out to a sandbank, whether it is with a group or a private trip. One tip from us would be to take some snorkels, lunch and even an umbrella to get out of the sun if you need it - It can get very hot! Funnily enough, some of the sand banks actually move around depending on season and currents. Cooking Class

Maldives cuisine is a combination of influences from neighboring nations such as Sri Lanka and India. The traditional Maldivian Food is referred to as Dhivehi Cuisine, and it features an array of flavors and features unique dishes such as Kotthu Roshi, Spicy Curries, Mashuni and Gulha, along with fresh seafood straight from the ocean. Some resorts, hotels and guesthouses offer cooking classes, so if you have the opportunity, we recommend to sharpen your skills and add Maldivian to your cooking repertoire. Resort Visit You cannot go to the Maldives and not visit a resort! Although, navigating the locals islands offers and an amazing opportunity to travel this beautiful country, we still recommend orgsning a day trip to a resort and basking in the exclusivity of the Maldives. Most hotels and guesthouses on local islands have connections to a nearby resort, you will just have to pay for the transfers, then entry to the resort which is usually $100 - $150 USD. Most entries are combined with an all-inclusive package so you can sit at the pool and enjoy a few cocktails whilst you are there! The best thing about this is that you will finally have an opportunity to explore the amazing overwater bungalows! Local Islands Alternatively to the above, if you are staying in a resort, we recommend to organise a day trip to a nearby local island to experience Maldivian life. Similar to the resort, it is extremely relaxing and slow paced, but you will not see all of the bells and whistles. Life on the islands is a lot more humble and raw, but also a lot cheaper. Fishing Trip If you are staying on a local island, you will likely be able to find a tour to take you out on a Sunset Fishing excursion at a local reef, where you will spend the afternoon fishing off hand reels, then after your adventure, the crew can they cook up your catch for dinner! If you are staying in a resort, your options grow but so does the price. Most resorts offer a fully day of Game Fishing out in the open water channels, where you have the opportunity to catch Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Barracuda and Mahu Mahu. You will no doubt have a blast, but these fishing trips generally begin at around $500 UDS per day. Water Sports When in Rome, do as the Romans do, so when in the Maldives, do as the Maldivians. When the favourite local pass time in the country is water sport, you will have no choice but to jump in the water and go for a calm sea kayak, cruise around on a stand-up paddleboard, try wakeboarding or skiing, jump on a jetski or if your looking for something a little more wild, then have a crack at a Jetpack! Most fun things to do in the Maldives are waterbed so pack your bathers and dont be afraid to explore the waters and try something new! Island Hopping We truely believe that the best way to explore this amazing places is with a group. The Maldives is full of Bucket List Experiences like swimming with Whale Sharks, Manta Ray and Turtles, explore a sunken shipwreck or sandbank, join a boat party or drink cocktails in an infinity pool at a five star resort, so why would you want to travel the Maldives alone? Our Maldives Island Hopping experience is the ultimate adventure and best way to meet people in the Maldives.



One of the most popular dishes in the Maldives is fish curry
Curry in the Maldives

Food in the Maldives


Maldives cuisine is a combination of influences from neighboring nations such as Sri Lanka and India. The traditional Maldivian food is referred to as Dhivehi Cuisine, and it features an array of flavours. The food of the Maldives is mildly spicy and delicately sweet, made utilising generations-old skills. Due to the Maldives' predominance of the ocean, seafood is the primary source of nourishment and coconut is another important component in Maldivian cuisine, appearing in many forms such as milk, oil, and grated on top of meals. Due to the Maldives' popularity as a tourist destination, with resorts distributed over the island, travelers, including vegetarians, have a variety of international alternatives.

Huni Roshi (Chapati Bread) Given its proximity to Sri Lanka, where pol roti is a staple, it's natural for the Maldives to develop their own form of coconut bread. Huni roshi is coconut-flecked flatbreads that are fried till crisp on the exterior and soft and chewy on the inside (if you're fortunate, they'll puff up like a pitta while they're cooking). Coconut adds both texture and a delicate flavor. Kotthu Roshi Kothtu Roshi is a Maldivian dish consisting of diced up roti bread, stir-fried with scrambled egg, onions, chillies, spices, and vegetables or meat, such as mutton or chicken. There are similar variants in the Sri Lanka and Souther India but non are as spicy as the Maldivian version of the meal. You will hear the chef chopping your food up form a distance, then when served it will present similar to a Pad Thai, but has one of most delicious blends of flavour in the country. Mashuni Mashuni is a combination of fresh shredded coconut, red onion, spicy green chilli, fresh run and traditional spices that will blow your mind. Add a dash of zingy lime, and grab some Huni Roshi and you are set for a real treat. This dish is the most popular breakfast dish in the country and only served in the mornings. Although you will lily scoff your nose at this, at first glance, we have no doubt that after giving it a chance, you will head back for seconds. Gulha Gulha — little spherical fish balls packed with tuna and coconut – is one of the Maldives' most popular fast snacks. Gulha is a delightful form of dumplings that are provided as an evening snack in every café and restaurant in the Maldives. Gulha features a lip-smacking tuna fish filling that is coated with local spices to give the meal a bite. Bajiya — golden, crispy samosas stuffed with smoked tuna onion combination – and Mushimas – seasoned, deep-fried scads eaten whole. Kavaabu – fish, coconut, and rice fritters; Rihaakuru Folhi – rihaakuru pancake; Dhonkeyo Kajuru – sweet banana fritters; and Theluli Mas – spicy fried fish – are among delectable Maldivian dishes available in city eateries. Seafood Curry Because the bulk of popular food in the Maldives includes fish, how could you miss out on the extremely fundamental and vital Fish curry - creamy, flavorful, and spicy? Skipjack, yellowfin tuna, frigate tuna, bigeye scad, wahoo, and mahi-mahi are some of the favorite species. Rice, roshi and papadhu, and Maldivian poppadoms are served alongside the fish dish. From most island you can organise your own fishing trip, where you will bring back your catch and have the locals cook it up for dinner that evening. The dishes are all coconut curries with Maldivian chilli which is not for the faint hearted! Bis Keemiya (Samosa) Bis Keemiya, which is similar to a samosa and a spring roll, is an intriguing food that makes an excellent snack. It's a puff pastry filled with tuna/hard boiled eggs, chopped onions, and sautéed, shredded cabbage. Due to the genuineness of the flavors, it is a must-try Maldivian dish. If you live to eat and travel to discover unusual cuisines from the culinary globe, the Maldives is an excellent place to stop along the way. The Maldivian cuisine offers an array of delectable delicacies that will thrill both your palate and your spirit. Let's be honest, this foodies bucket list for local cuisine in the Maldives is nothing short of delicious with an abundance of fresh seafood, curries, chapati and rotti bead, and endless herbs and spices from the sub continent. You will be able to try all of this whilst on the local island and in a resort, the only difference is that most resorts also offer international buffets, with amazing food from all over the world, by the time you have finished your meal you will have to roll off your chair and back to your room!



Poolside in the Maldives
Alcohol in the Maldives

Alcohol in the Maldives


The Maldives is the epitome of the island paradise and almost everyone's dream vacation — honestly, ask everyone around you right now if they'd like to visit the Maldives. These clean, lovely islands in the Indian Ocean are a refuge of natural beauty and one of those destinations that live up to the reputation. The recurring question among tourists is: Is alcohol legal in the Maldives?


In resorts, the only area in the Maldives where alcohol is legal, there are plenty of opportunities to drink at any time of day, with exquisite wines, cocktails, beers, and champagne all accessible, albeit at a premium unless you're on an all-inclusive package. However, with the exception of a few resorts with clubs, the country lacks nightlif Is Alcohol legal in the Maldives? It's a little strange that you can't always have a glass of champagne or a mixed drink in paradise. Nonetheless, the Maldives is a Muslim country with unique constraints. Alcohol is only permitted in a limited number of sites. In public settings, you may face repercussions for violating the rules. Alcohol is not available for purchase in the Maldives; it is not offered in stores as alcohol illegal in the Maldives. The only exceptions are island resorts and floating bars, which sell alcoholic beverages at inflated costs. Can I take Alcohol to the Maldives? Many tourists, upon learning about the Maldives' alcohol policy, want to bring it with them. However, we do not recommend bringing alcoholic beverages to the paradise islands, as alcohol will be confiscated at customs. This also applies to alcoholic beverages purchased at duty-free establishments. It must be left at the airport's luggage room. As a result, purchasing alcohol at duty-free makes little sense if you are going to the Maldives. Unless you intend to consume alcohol during the flight, which the airline's policies may also prohibit. There was once an expatriate alcohol permit that permitted expats residing in the Maldives to purchase alcohol for personal consumption. However, it has since been discontinued. The lone exception is the Hulhule Island Hotel, colloquially referred to as HIH or the airport hotel. Tourists are mostly isolated from Maldives life on a daily basis, where drinking is prohibited and scant beachwear is frowned upon. This is true. Because they are whisked directly from the airport to the resort, where they can instantly begin drinking alcohol in the Maldives. They will then spend the remainder of the week in blissful ignorance of the surrounding country. This has been the case for many years, the outcome of a deliberate policy of segregating wealthy visitors, the majority of whom are Westerners and many of whom are newlyweds, on deserted islands from the indigenous Muslim population.

Maldives for Singles and Solo Travellers


The Maldives; simply looking at photographs of this gorgeous archipelago relaxes the shoulders but a question that will always linger, is the Maldives for solo travellers?


Whilst some people dream of spending a few days in a water villa with their significant other, we realise that for the rest of us, the reality of it is that if we don't have a partner, then it makes it all a little trickier. With the world growing smaller and smaller, people working harder, others growing apart, couples having children later or not at all, this does not change the fact that we still want to go to the Maldives! So, we encourage you to take the thought process of not who are you wanting for? But what are you waiting for?


We hope that by the time you have finished reading this article that you can actually travel to the Maldives alone and that you don't need to wait for anyone! After living though a pandemic, we all realise now that there is never a good or bad time to do something and we just need to make the most of the time that we have!

Located in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Sri Lanka, it is absolutely ideal for a tropical bucket list vacation. The country's amazing all-inclusive resorts, local islands and liveaboards make it simple to live the good life, both alone or with new friends, while enjoying its white sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise ocean. Group Tours We truly believe that the best way to explore these amazing places is with a group. The Maldives is full of Bucket List Experiences like swimming with Whale Sharks, Manta Ray and Turtles, explore a sunken shipwreck or sandbank, joining a boat party or drink cocktails in an infinity pool at a five-star resort, so why would you want to travel the Maldives alone? Our Maldives Island Hopping experience is the ultimate adventure and best way to meet people in the Maldives. Boat Parties Alcohol is certainly not the be-all and end-all of meeting people, but sometimes it sure does help! Although drinking alcohol in the Maldives is illegal on the local islands, the government has issued licenses to the liveaboard boats who dock offshore, no you just need to know where to find them! Fortunately for us, we are here to help you out and show you where to have some fun. The Kaani Princess is a nonfunctioning Super Yacht that is docked off the coast of Maafushi. You can organize to get picked up from the port via a local dingy and will be taken out to see free of charge. Once you are aboard the Kaani Princess, you can order drinks just as you would at a standard bar (beer, gin and tonic, a cocktail, etc) and even order food both from the mainland or via delivery through the crew working on the boat. Once the sun sets, you will party late into the evening as the strobe lights and smoke machine cover the dance floor. The place can get back and is probably the best option in the local islands to meet people. Hulhule Island Resort At just a stone's throw from the Airport, the Hulhule Island Hotel is the only place in Malé/Hulhumalé where you can order an alcoholic drink. For some reason, this place has a license to serve and is a popular watering hole for both local ex-pats, international flight crews, and tourists. The legends bar and the resort pool are two of our favourite places to meet people and mingle. There is also a free courtesy bus which runs between the airport and the resort if you had time to kill between your transfers. If you have an overnight layover and are looking for more things to do in Malé, we have a fantastic travel guide to keep you occupied! Liveaboards

Liveaboards are the hotels on wheels for scuba divers! Essentially, a multi-day diving excursion that allows you to venture further from the coast, jump between sites and link up islands, without packing your bags each night, and move from hotel to hotel - What a way to see the world! The majority of the Liveaboard boats in the Maldives accommodate between 15-30 guests at a time, and most of the people do not know each other. Although there are some couples and groups of friends on the boats, it is a really great way to connect and meet other solo travellers in the Maldives, just make sure that you like scuba diving!

Local Island and Resorts There are a number of ways to connect with people whilst travelling solo in the Maldives. Most local islands will have few tourists and at times you could be the only tourist on the island, but not to worry. This just means that you will have more opportunities to make friends with the locals. Although there are a lot more tourists at the resorts, there are a lot of couples and people usually stay to themselves, so it might be a bit trickier if you are single and looking. In saying that, some couples do get bored of each other and be open to meeting new people and having a laugh together, so never be afraid to say hello and meet someone new. Where you are on a local island or at a resort, you are lucky that you have a variety of other options. Some other ways to meet people in the Maldives could range from connecting with people on an Excursion, Day Trip, or Scuba Diving, at the Gym, a Bar, or a Restaurant. Meet Up App Meet Up is a renowned worldwide platform that enables users to find and connect with local communities, and the best thing is, it's FREE! If you are looking to see what is happening in a certain city just log in and scroll through the events. The group is generally full of fun-loving people who just want to get together and have a good time. There could be a mix of locals, travellers, couples, singles, and solo travellers in the Maldives, who are also finding it hard to meet people. Thanks to Meet Up you now have a genuine opportunity to make new friends in the Maldives, from all over their world. Dating Apps Like anywhere in the world, dating apps are an awesome way to meet new people. With an abundance of options ranging from Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, OkCupid, Happn. (The list goes on!) we have found this to be a great way to meet other solo travellers or singles in The Maldives. There is only one catch. They will have to be on the same island as you, otherwise it gets tricky. Given that resort islands are exclusive and hard to get to, your best bet is to keep your perimeter tight. Whether you are looking for a holiday fling or just a friend to spend the days with, the Maldives I better to be shared than spend alone. If you're seeking friendship or something more, sign up today and begin meeting new Maldives people. Overall, there are a number of ways to meet people if you are single in the Maldives, from resorts, local islands, day trips, boat parties and bars. In saying that, being on islands that are isolated from the others, we do know from experience that travelling solo in the Maldives, can get lonely at times so we do obviously recommend joining us on our Maldives Island Hopping experience because 'hand on heart', this is the best way to meet people in the Maldives and maximize your fun!

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