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Practical information about the Maldives

Practical information about the Maldives

Practical information about the Maldives

1. The climate in the Maldives

The Maldives are located close to the equator, south-west of Sri Lanka and India, and therefore have a tropical climate. This means that the temperature is approximately 28–30 degrees all year round, and the water temperature hardly ever dips below 28 degrees.

However, the Maldives have two seasons: a dry season and a rainy season.

The dry season extends from December to April, making it peak season on the Maldives. At this time of the year, there is plenty of sunshine and almost no clouds, rain is minimal and humidity is therefore low. The sea is calm and clear, creating the perfect conditions for diving and snorkelling. The dry season is due to the warm, dry Iruvai monsoon that blows in over the Maldives from the north-east.

The rainy season extends from May to November. During this period, it is still hot, but more cloudy, and you may experience rain on a daily basis. The south-westerly Hulhangu monsoon blows tropical rain across the archipelago, especially over the southernmost islands. However, you should not expect day-long rain, but brief, heavy showers, often followed by sun. Due to the increased rain, humidity is higher during this period.

Weather statistics for Male: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Average maximum temperature 30 30 31 31 31 31 30 30 30 30 30 30
Average minimum temperature 25 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 25
Rainfall mm 75 50 73 132 216 172 147 188 243 222 201 232
Average sea temperature 28 29 29 30 30 29 29 29 29 29 29 28
2. When is the best time to travel to the Maldives?

You can travel to the Maldives all year round.

If you want guaranteed sunshine, you should travel between November and April, which is peak season. The weather during these months is stable, warm and pleasant, with limited rain.

You can also travel there from May to October, but you should be prepared for more changeable weather with less sunshine and more clouds. You should also expect torrential yet brief showers. However, the temperatures are still warm and never lower than 29 degrees, and the water temperature does not dip below 28.

3. Travel terms and conditions

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from Asiatours.co.uk. Click here to read our terms and conditions of travel.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

4. Help with taking out travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their tour.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

5. Vaccinations

We always advise that you contact a specialist, your GP or an authorized vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules for travel & vaccinations at the central NHS Fit for Travel website: here

Please be aware of the rules about yellow fever – especially if you are entering via another country where yellow fever is present.

Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. So be sure to bring your vaccination certificate with you in these cases.

6. Passport and visa

As with other international travel, you must be in possession of a valid British passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months following your return home.

As a British citizen, you will be given a free 30-day tourist visa upon entry.

The rules on visas can be checked on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

7. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport. If you find any mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

8. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

The airline will assign you a seat on board the aircraft upon check-in. If you have specific wishes, you can make a seat reservation via the airline’s website. Most airlines have an area on their website named “manage my booking” or similar. Please note that most airlines require payment for a seat reservation, so it’s a good idea to have your payment card ready when starting a seat reservation. Airline seat reservations vary from company to company, but as a general rule, you can book seats from around 48 hours before departure.

Many airlines also offer upgrades with extra legroom or comfort seating, such as Economy Comfort with KLM and Premium Voyageur with Air France. You can check these details through the airline’s own website, along with payment information.

Please kindly note that airlines have full access to all seats on the aircraft and therefore always reserve the right to alter a reservation.

If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will issues your seating upon check-in at the airport.

9. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

10. Your luggage

We use many different airlines, so it may vary how much and how many kg you can carry in both checked luggage and hand luggage. See more information at www.checkmytrip.com or contact us if you have any questions.

You should also make sure you carry all your important and indispensable things in your hand luggage. This applies to items such as passports, visas, airline tickets, insurance documents, credit cards, money and cameras, as well as information about your health and vital medicines.

It might also be chilly on the plane due to the air conditioning, so bring a sweater or wind cheater with you in your hand baggage.

11. Arrival in the Maldives & transfer to and from the resort

You arrive at Malé airport, where you will go through immigration, get an entry stamp in your passport and collect your luggage. Our representative is waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall, holding up a sign with your name on it. He or she will accompany you to the speedboat. If you will be staying on Summer Island, the transfer will take around 45 minutes, and if you are going to stay on Bandos Island, the transfer takes about 15 minutes. Upon your arrival at the resort, the staff will be ready to welcome you and to help you check in.

You will be informed of the time of your speedboat transfer back to Malé airport the day before your departure.

12. Time difference

The time difference between the UK and the Maldives varies according to whether it is summer or winter in the UK.

BST: +4 hours / GMT: +5 hours.

13. Language

The official language in the Maldives is Dhivehi. English is also spoken. However, you may find that English is not as widely spoken on the small local islands.

14. Etiquette and cultural differences

Experiencing differences in culture and etiquette is one of the joys of travelling and it is important to respect these differences.

The Maldives are Muslim, and it is therefore forbidden to bring pork products and alcohol into the country. However, wine, beer and spirits are served at the various resorts.

Clothing at the various resorts is generally very casual, but if you go out on a local island, you should have your shoulders and knees covered. Topless bathing is also forbidden.

15. Telephone and internet

The international country code for the Maldives is +960. It can be expensive to call home from or receive calls in the Maldives. Check with your own mobile phone company regarding coverage and call rates. Wi-Fi is available at all resorts.

16. Electricity

In the Maldives, they use three-pin 220V plugs, so-called D & G plugs. The standard socket is the UK-style three-pin, although there are some variations, so an international adaptor can be useful.

17. Public holidays

It is always special to experience the traditions and celebrations of other countries. Below is a list of public holidays, important festivals and other special occasions.

Please note that some museums and attractions may be closed on these days.

18. Food & drink

The food in the Maldives is a flavour universe combining the best from the ocean spiced with an exciting mix of Indian, Sri Lankan and Arabic food culture. This means that you will often be served fish marinated in chilli, lime and coconut. For dessert, you can enjoy fresh fruit.

At the various resorts, you will find a wealth of delicious dishes from all over the world and, of course, a lot of fresh seafood.

You should not drink the water from the tap, so we recommend bottled water.

19. Currency and payment

The local currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR). At all resorts, prices are quoted in USD or EUR and can be paid with any widely accepted credit card. So it is not necessary to change your money to the local currency.

Everything you buy during your stay will be added to your room bill, which you will settle on your day of departure.

20. Price level

Prices in the Maldives are high as almost all goods are imported. This applies particularly to drinks such as water, fizzy drinks, beer, wine and spirits.

21. Shopping

Most resorts have a small shop where you can buy clothes, swimwear, souvenirs, books, snorkelling gear, etc.

22. Tipping

Tipping is voluntary.

In the Maldives, a service fee of 10% will be added to everything you buy – from food and drinks to excursions and snorkelling gear. However, it is polite to give maids and porters a small tip.

The following is an indicative guide:

  • Porter – US$ 1 per bag/suitcase
  • Maid – US$ 2 per day

If you would also like to leave the rest of the resort staff a tip, you can do so when you check out, and it is also possible to have it deducted from your credit card. The different resorts have a shared tip box, so all employees will receive a share of the money.

Our tipping guideline is in USD, but tips should be calculated in the local currency at the destination.

23. Safety

The Maldives are generally a safe country to travel in and the crime rate is very low. The place where you are most likely to experience crime is in the capital, Malé. While on the many little paradise islands, you can just enjoy the simple bounty life. Always follow the resort’s advice and guidance on safety.

24. Ramadan

Ramadan is the Muslim fasting month, and during this period, the locals fast from sunrise to sunset. At the various resorts, Ramadan will not affect you or your stay.

If you visit a local island during this period, then show respect and consideration by being a little more discreet than usual. You will also be expected to show consideration by not eating, drinking and smoking in public spaces.

25. Travellers with reduced mobillity

Please note, our tours are generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for information about the possibilities according any specific needs.

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