Maldives is a small island country in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies in the southwest of Sri Lanka and India. It is about 700 kilometres (430 mi) from the Asian continent. The Maldives has a territory of roughly 298 square kilometres. the Maldives is one of the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 520,000 inhabitants. The capital and the most populated city is Male, traditionally is also called the “King’s Island”. It is formed by 26 natural atolls. There are around 1192 small islands in Maldives. The islands are inhabited by the natives and the famous hotels and restaurants. The islands are about 1 meter high from the sea level and the highest point is about 4 meters which makes Maldives vulnerable to the rising sea level due to global warming. Since entire island is occupied by the hotels and hence makes a unique destination for the travelers. There are hotels inhabited by the natives which are simpler and comparatively much cheaper. The Maldives are once in life time destination for most.
What makes the Maldives special?
The beautiful water villas, sea turtles, whale shark, dolphins, hundreds of fishes, natural resources, the shining blue water at day and illuminated water at night will hypnotize your senses. The Maldives is not a single Island but has over 1192 small coral islands and every island has its unique flavours and they are surrounded by the clearest water you’ll ever see.
The best time to Visit the Maldives:
Before embarking on your trip, you want to make sure when the best time to visit the Maldives is. The Maldives is a warm and tropical place. Since the Maldives has only two seasons, summer and monsoon. The best time to go to the Maldives is in the dry season between December to April.
Packing the bag:
Make sure to have a valid passport and pack you bag with the essentials as the island does not have much shopping places and it will also help you budget you expenses. The most important things to pack is sun protection lotions or cream, long clothes, light warm clothes and swimming suits. The Maldives uses English plug so bringing in an adopter would be wise.
You want take a flight to Male the capital of the Maldives where you’ll have to go through the immigration and then you’ll directly go to you resort or hotel. You’ll get the option to be picked up by boat or a small water plane depending upon the distance of your hotel or restaurant and the nature of your booking. Cruise is an expensive alternate.
Budget and things to do:
Now that you have chosen Maldives, there are packages available online, however they are comparatively expensive and in order to make changes to the package or plans you’ll end up paying more.
The currency of the Maldives is Maldivian Rufiyaa where 1 Maldivian Rufiyaa is equals to 4.82 Indian rupees or 0.065 us dollar. Now it is Harder for you to get the Maldivian Rufiyaa exchanged in your respective countries however you can take the US dollars to Maldives as they accepts the US dollar currency almost everywhere.
The flights from India to Male city of Maldives is cheaper and will cost you around 20000-30000 rupees for two people. You can book the hotels from online sites where you will get a range of hotels from 2000 rupees per night. On the first day check out the Male city to know their urban culture, make sure to purchase food items that you can carry to the smaller islands to save money. You should keep in mind that the government will charge you around 220 rupees per head per day tax. Contact the hotels before arrival so they can arrange the boat to pick you up from the airport which will cost around 3000 rupees for two person for one way or you can also take public fairy for travelling to save money and to know the culture up close which will cost you around 500 rupees for two people. The water planes are way expensive ranging from 500 USD so you can avoid that. You do not need to buy a SIM card as that is an extra.
Start the next day by choosing an island, you can go to the Maafushi Island and book for the water sport which will cost you from 4000 rupees for two person where you will be able to swim with sea turtles, whale sharks and hundreds of different kind of fishes, there is a whole list of it.
Next day you can book private resort tour which will cost you around 3000 rupees which will include from 9am to 6pm access to the resort which will also include lunch, dinner and drinks. Every islands has one big resort and private beach so you will also get to roam the island the whole day. You can also opt in to stay in the resort of that island but that will cost a lot but will surely justify the money, however avoid this if you are tight on budget. The price of the food is quite reasonable and if you are not including it in the package then you can expect to spend around 2000 rupees per day. Now depending on your budget you can choose different islands.
In total for a couple for 3 nights you will be spending: 60000 rupees which can vary depending upon how smartly you are spending your money.
How to get Visa:
The Maldives has a unique visa policy for the tourists which is visa on arrival for up to 30 days. The pre-requisites for getting a visa on arrival are:
The passport should not expire for at least 6 months post the date of the travel. The visitor should have the air ticket to return. The visitor should have enough money for the duration of his or her or their stay. The visitor should have a proof of his or her or their stay (hotel booking). Make sure to print out all of the above and keep two passport size photographs that you might require on the immigration.
In the end if you are looking for a honeymoon destination or if you simply love travelling then the Maldives is for you.
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