Quick Info for The Maldives
Location: South Asia
Language: Dhivehi (it is categorized as an Indo-Aryan language derived from the Sinhalese language of Sri Lanka and has been influenced by Arabic, French, Portuguese, Persian and English)
Get Here: via Plane with Momondo or on an Organised Tour via Tour Radar (5% off through this link) – G Adventures or Intrepid
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) – check the latest exchange rate here
Electrical Plug Fixture: Type D & G (Grab yourself a universal adapter and you’ll never have to worry about having the right plug again!)
Time Zone: Officially, the Maldives are in time zone UTC +5, however depending on how luxurious a hotel you visit, that particular island may have it’s own ‘Island time’ (typically an hour ahead of, or behind UTC+5 to make for better sunrise/sunset times for their guests!)
Capital City: Male, Maldives
Other Major Cities: As a nation made up of 1200+ small islands, there are no other ‘major cities’. The capital itself is only considered major due to the airport.
Famous For: Overwater Villas, All-inclusive Luxury Resorts, Honeymooners, Privacy
When To Visit: Weather-wise – with a practically constant 29-31 Degrees Celsius (80F) all year round – any month is a good month to visit the Maldives!
However, the price of the resorts does fluctuate with the seasons. The dry season – November to April – is more expensive than the wet season of May to October and the most expensive months fall between December and March. However don’t be put off by the ‘wet’ season – it really isn’t all that wet! At the least, you may experience short showers that last less than an hour – or at most – a full-blown day/night long storm (which is pretty cool to watch).
Visa Requirements: In order to enter the Maldives, all passports should be machine-readable and have no less than 6 months of time prior to expiration.
No pre-arranged visa is required, with all Nationalities being awarded a visa on arrival (VOA) for a period of 30 days. It is however recommended that you carry proof of your resort reservation and return flight details when passing through immigration.
Whilst the VOA is a predominantly stable system, it is always a good idea to check the current situation with your government agency prior to travel. Click for the latest government travel advisories from the USA, UK, and Australia.
Travel Within The Maldives: One of the things that people often don’t realise when they book a Maldives Vacation is that once you land in Male, you need a further internal domestic flight, speedboat or seaplane transfer – depending on where your resort is located – to get you out to your island paradise.
Travel Vaccinations: As always, check your own government recommendations prior to traveling, however you should generally ensure your basic immunizations (such as Tetanus and Diptheria) are up to date and discuss with your travel doctor Hep A and Typhoid Inoculations alongside anything else they recommend at the consultation. We also recommend traveling with a stock of tablets such as Imodium in case you are susceptible to an upset stomach when eating new foods/cuisines.
Read More About Travel in the Maldives
- How to Plan the Perfect Maldives Vacation – on ANY Budget
- What to Pack for the Maldives – a complete Maldives Packing List
- Gili Lankanfushi Review – What it is like to stay at one of the Top Resorts in the Maldives
- Sun Island Resort & Spa – Mid-Range Luxury in the Maldives
- Swimming with Whale Sharks in the Maldives (South Ari Atoll)
- Beginners Guide to Snorkeling (and the 10 Best Places to Go)