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Travel tips on Maldives.

Extras and Taxes

Extras can be very expensive in Maldives and not only in Luxury Resorts.

Food and Drinks have to be shipped from abroad to Male (the capital Island) and then from Male to the Resorts.
Be aware that 3 and 4 stars Resort prices are often the same and sometimes higher than 5 star.

On the top of their prices, each resort has to apply 2 taxes :

Meanwhile some resorts include them on their public prices ( on menus for example) some other mention it at the bottom of their price lists.
These taxes apply to everything you will use or consume on the island including activities, rentals, Spa etc&hellip.

All Inclusive - What does it exactly include?

All inclusive Resorts have become very popular the past years. Depending on the resort, you will be able to chose from one to a couple more of options.
Be aware that all Inclusive formulas are not equal in matter of quantity and quality.

Before chosing and booking, ask the following questions to start with and do not hesitate to add your own if needed.

It might make a difference when you plan your Holiday budget.

Check the Wi-Fi connectivity and costs

The Maldives are perfect to forget about the ''real'' World and some of us wish to be totally ''disconnected'' from this daily life.

But in some cases, either it is for pleasure or work, some others need to be connected during holidays.
Be aware that some resorts offer free Wi-Fi services and that some others charge for it.
Wi-Fi prices can reach up to around 150 USD per week and 8/10 USD for one or two hours. You might find various packages, but overall, they are all expensive.

Please also keep in mind that the connection speed can be very slow. Consequently and according to your needs, you will probably need more than 1 hour to achieve what you need to do.

Finally, if you like to be connected in a comfortable way, check if Wi-Fi is available in your room, in all public areas or just at the lobby, in all bars or just the Main bar.

Love Snorkeling? Check the Resort situation and prices.

The Maldives are all about Snorkeling and Diving. Some Resorts benefit from a close-by reef and some others don&rsquot, like the ones surrounded by big lagoons.

In such cases and if you intend to snorkel on a daily basis, be aware of the following:

Finally, remember that some resorts charge for snorkeling equipment. Most of the time it will cost around 8 USD + taxes for 1 person/ per day. It might be a good idea to make some space in your suitcase for your own.

Extra note: The best being, according to me, what I usually call the ''Dreamy Duo'': Coral Reefs on one side and a big blue on the other.

Avoid bad surprises at Check-Out.

If you are tight on budget, check at least 1 time your bill during the middle of your stay (or several, it&rsquos up to you) to avoid surprises at your final check out before departure. It will ease the process and avoid stress at the end of your stay.

About Transfers. Remember! One Resort&hellipOne Island.

Each Resort is located on a single Island. That is the beauty of the Maldives. BUT you must know the following :

Arriving and Leaving your Resort Island

Extra Note: According to the Resort situation, domestic flights schedule and status, transfers can be at Sunrise even if your International flight is much later in the morning. Transfers are generally organized with an extra window of time for the purpose of preventing you to miss your flight.

Please be informed that all transfers are confirmed one night before your departure. Resorts receive the final list after 18h00 and will not be able to deliver your departure time before.

Boat Transfers... Not always Dreamy

Be aware that boat transfers can be longer than scheduled in case of bad weather.

When the Maldives waters get rough, transfer time might be doubled and very uncomfortable (particularly between Atolls or in wide Atolls).

Besides sea sickness, back pain could be an issue. If your back needs particular attention, this point has to be considered in your choice too.

A Resort with seaplane transfer or located the closest as possible to Male airport could be a better option.

Extra Tip : If you should find yourself in the middle of such a situation, take one of the rear seats. The swell will be smoother.
And Please note that bad seas don&rsquot only occur during the rainy season but might happen all year round.

The Weather

Finally, to avoid any disappointment, be aware that Maldives weather patterns are not as simple as what you usually read in brochures or on the Net. Yes, the ''Dry'' season can have some bad days. Rains, cloudy skies and strong winds might disrupt your stay. Monsoons are very complicated in this region of the world. They change each year and are themselves subject to inner cycles.

The all territory covers almost 850 KM from North to South. The weather can be radically different according to your geographic location in the archipelago.
Note: We just spent 1 month in Maldives. Our stay was from mid-December to mid-January and we got rains, clouds and winds during the half of the stay.


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