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CORA CORA – RAA ATOLL, MALDIVES

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11 Apr - 30 Sep '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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HURAWALHI ISLAND RESORT & SPA – MALDIVES

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01 May - 30 Sep '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Six Senses Laamu, Atoll Maldives

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01 May - 30 Sep '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Jawakara Island Resort – Maldives

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01 May - 30 Sep '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Heritance Aarah – Maldives

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01 May - 31 Jul '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Constance Halaveli – Maldives

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01 May - 30 Sep '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Constance Moofushi Maldives

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01 May - 30 Sep '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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10 May - 30 Sep '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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Kurumathi Island Resort – Maldives

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11 May - 19 Jul '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
4-stars
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Sun Siyam Iru Veli – Maldives

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12 Apr - 30 Sep '24
Maldives ex Johannesburg
5-stars
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About Maldives

The Maldives archipelago possesses matchless tropical beauty, and is the perfect stage for the holiday of a lifetime. Stunning white-sand beaches, iridescent sunsets and dazzling reefs await those who escape to these blissful shores, which lie across around 1,192 coral islands in the Indian Ocean.

Most of the inhabited islands are staunchly Islamic in character, yet the resort islands are allowed to exist in a kind of bubble where more typically western behaviour is tolerated. The overwhelming majority of visitors to the Maldives book all-inclusive holiday packages and play on their resort island of choice, soaking up the sun on the pristine beaches, learning to surf, or exploring the impressive coral reefs with a dive instructor.

The best resorts are Kuramathi (for family-friendliness), Banyan Tree (for elegance), and Baros (for luxury), though there are plenty to choose from and none are likely to disappoint. Travellers should also visit the colourful bazaars in the bustling capital, Male.

Maldives Basic Information

Electricity

The electrical current in Maldives is 230 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use, including the two-pin flat blade plug and the round three-pin plug.

Language

Dhivehi is the national language in Maldives. English is widely spoken in addition to German, French, Italian, and Japanese, which are spoken by the resort staff.

Money

The Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR) is divided into 100 laari. The resorts in the Maldives are generally expensive and travellers should ensure they bring sufficient funds. ATMs are available; major credit cards are accepted at most resorts and hotels. US dollars can be exchanged at the airport, banks, or hotels. Banks are usually closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Safety

Crime levels are low in the Maldives but petty theft does occur. It is best not to leave goods unattended on the beaches or in hotel rooms. There is a measure of political instability and visitors are advised to avoid public gatherings and demonstrations, particularly on Male Island, as these can turn violent. However, resorts in the Maldives are considered very safe and there are rarely any disturbances. The sea around the Maldives can have strong tidal currents and there is a risk of drowning; swimmers should exercise caution.

Maldives Travel Specifics

Passport & Visa

All foreign passengers to the Maldives must hold onward or return tickets, and the necessary travel documentation for their next destination. Those entering the Maldives without a hotel reservation or a Maldivian sponsor must hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country. A disembarkation card must be filled in by every passenger, and submitted to the Immigration Officer upon entry into the Maldives. Nationals of most countries can obtain a tourist visa on arrival, for a maximum stay of 30 days. Extensions of stay to a maximum of 90 days from the date of the visitor’s arrival in the Maldives are possible by paying a fee of MVR 750 to the Department of Immigration in Male, at least one day prior to the expiry date of the initial 30-day entry period. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter the Maldives if travellers are arriving from or have transited through an airport of a country where there is a risk of infection. It is highly recommended that travellers’ passport have at least six months’ validity remaining after the intended date of departure from their travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Entry requirements

US citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months from the expected date of departure. A visitor visa available at the airport for stays of up to 30 days.

UK citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months from the date of entry. A visitor visa available at the airport for stays of up to 30 days.

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months from the date of entry. A visitor visa available at the airport for stays of up to 30 days.

Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months from the expected date of departure. A visitor visa available at the airport for stays of up to 30 days.

South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months from the expected date of departure. A visa is required.

Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months from the expected date of departure. A visitor visa available at the airport for stays of up to 30 days.

New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for six months from the expected date of departure. A visitor visa available at the airport for stays of up to 30 days.

Duty free

Travellers to the Maldives who are older than 16 years of age do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; other personal items up to the value of 6000 MVR. Prohibited items include alcohol, firearms, pork, narcotics and psychotropic substances, pornography, religious materials that may be offensive to Islam, and religious idols for worship.

Climate in Maldives

The temperature in the Maldives is hot throughout the year and, although the humidity is relatively high, the constant sea breezes help to keep the air moving and give some relief from the heat. The weather in the Maldives is fairly constant throughout the year, with average daily temperatures ranging from 87F (31C) to 78F (26C).

Although there aren’t four distinct seasons, there is a wet season in the Maldives, which runs from April to October, when strong winds can also be expected and the weather gradually gets colder (although not by much).

The best time to visit the Maldives is between December and April during the dry season, when the weather is hot and pleasant and there is little wind. However, this is also the tourist high season, and resorts are not only more expensive and crowded but often fully booked and difficult to get into.

Some travellers prefer to brave the wet season to enjoy a more peaceful and private holiday at more reasonable prices. November and April are the best months to travel to the Maldives for those who are planning to do a lot of scuba diving and snorkelling.

Maldives Customs & More

Local customs

Maldivians are predominantly Muslim, and therefore Islamic customs should be respected, particularly during the month of Ramadan when eating, drinking, and smoking during daylight hours should be discreet as it is forbidden by the Muslim culture.

No pornography is allowed (or any material considered offensive under Islamic law) and homosexuality is illegal. Same-sex relationships are not tolerated and carry jail sentences and fines. Alcohol consumption is confined to the resorts.

Dress is informal but nudism and topless bathing is prohibited. On visits to inhabited islands it is important to respect local customs that adhere to conservative dress codes, and public observance of any religion other than Islam is prohibited. The Maldives has strong anti-drug laws that carry severe penalties.

Doing business

Though business tends to be conducted in a laidback way, visitors should remember that this is a Muslim country and that they should be polite, adhere to local customs and dress conservatively (albeit in lightweight attire). Business cards are usually expected at a meeting; visitors should not expect to find any alcohol unless they’re doing business at one of the many resorts that dot the islands. Meetings are usually scheduled for mornings and are typically conducted in English. Business hours are usually 7.30am to 2.30pm, Sunday to Thursday.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected in the Maldives, but waiters and room staff will appreciate a tip if the service is good, even if a service charge has already been added.

Maldives Airport

Male International (MLE)

Location

The airport is situated one mile (2km) northeast of Male.

 

Getting to the city

There are 24-hour boat services for transfers to the city of Malé and to various resort islands. Taxis are not available at the airport but are available at Malé.

Time

GMT +5.

 

Car rental

No car rental is available.

Facilities

Facilities at the airport include a bank, currency exchange office, pharmacy, duty free shops, a free shower room, a smoking lounge, a restaurant, and a post office. There are left luggage facilities and a first aid station.

Parking

There is no parking at Malé International Airport.

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Maldives & Male Attractions

Things to do in Male

Male is filled with culture and history, all clustered together on a tiny island. Its Islamic heritage is at the forefront with beautiful buildings such as the Grand Friday Mosque and Islamic Centre, and those looking to soak up some Maldivian culture will want to plan for a visit to the National Art Gallery, Maldivian National Museum, and Independence Square.

The best shopping in the Maldives is undoubtedly in Male, a city crowded with shops and markets. Most of the souvenir shops that cater to tourists are found in the business district, conveniently located close to the jetty where travellers arrive from the airport ferries. Another popular shopping district in Male is the Singapore Bazaar at the top end of Chaandhanee Magu, so-called because many of the products are imported from Singapore.

Most of the outdoor markets in Male are filled with fruits and vegetables rather than souvenirs, but it is enjoyable to spend a few hours browsing the colourful stalls. Though most countries’ customs agents will confiscate coconuts and papayas, it is possible to buy some wonderful local spices, which are a popular souvenir from the Maldives.

Getting around in Male is relatively easy due to its small size. It is possible to walk around the entire city in about an hour, and most of the major attractions are clustered near each other on the north shore, about a 15-minute walk from the jetty. There is no public transportation in Male, but taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive.

A predominantly Muslim city, the bars and restaurants in Male are largely alcohol-free. The city is far from a nightlife hotspot, though a holiday in Male is richly rewarding for travellers looking to see the true face of life in the Maldives.

Male’s markets are a popular attraction in their own right, and range from the colourful stalls of the vegetable and firewood markets to the bustle of the famous fish market. There are few natural attractions in Male, though a small artificial beach on the east coast of the island offers surprisingly good surfing. The Whale Submarine is a popular Male attraction for those too timid to scuba dive, with a 40-minute underwater ride showcasing the marine life of the Indian Ocean.

Ratings and Reviews

Have you stayed in Maldives and want to share your experience, we'd love to hear it and share it.  Please reach out and tell us all about it.

Brennia-Kottefaru-Maldives-honeymooners
Maldives, Brennia Kottefaru – March 2021

Hi Polly / Edwina

Thank you so much for organising this wonderful trip.

This is exactly what we needed and cannot be compared to any other destination.

Nose Be Hotel was a lovely stay with one of the best views of the beach, excellent food and great service. I would definitely continue to use Webtours services in the future!

Maldives Marvel
Just Honeymoons Mauritius
Maldives – Club Med Finolhu, May 2017

Hi Polly, Edwina

The Maldives really were, as Webtours suggested, special. The Maldives look better in reality than even the tourist brochure photographs. That 30-degree water will make me never want to swim in the local water again. We had an awesome honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. From the moment when those atolls stare up at you whilst approaching Malé International you know, there is something about the place.

Ok, we didn’t travel the entire Maldives but the experience at Club Med was nevertheless nothing short of spectacular. We thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of the staff at Club Med Kani. The majority of the staff are local Maldivians who always appeared super ready to help with anything. Club Med Kani seemed to cater for almost everybody.

You can participate in daily social events or seclude yourself to another part of the island if you prefer more solitude. There is always something to do in terms of water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling or SCUBA-diving. The food just kept coming and we were surprised by the quality. There was always fresh seafood (and not just seafood) treats catering for all walks of life. There was also no end to the cocktails throughout the day. I would just recommend taking along your own snorkelling gear. If you wish to snorkel around the resort (as opposed to the scheduled boat trips where gear is provided) you must rent or buy lesser quality equipment at high cost. We have never been to any other Club Med Resorts before so we are in no position to compare, however, the experience was amazing. On our last night, we managed to get a 1-night upgrade special to a lagoon suite and what an experience that was!! Someday maybe we can afford a long stint in one of those. Nothing like taking a bath with a view over tropical waters.

We also had a wonderful time during our two-day stint in Dubai. Dubai seemed a little overwhelming and artificial compared to the cosy stint we had in the Maldives but nevertheless a first for us and we thoroughly enjoyed the desert safari.

Thank you very much to Webtours for the friendly and efficient service. The price and quality combination you guys offered surpassed my expectations.

Kind Regards

PS: Unfortunately we were taking pics of each other and seldom got into a frame together…

Cathy & Niko
USA - Los Angeles, Washington and New York, November 2015
Maldives, Cocoon 24 June 2019

Hi Bronwyn

Thank you!

The flight there was fine, we got upgraded on the way there to business class on the flight from Dubai which was great. So I recommend that if you, not a emirates member sign up so you get these preferences when they overbook. I just had to add my membership number when I was at the airport.

The flight back was also fine the only kak thing was the really long wait at the Maldives airport waiting for the 11 pm flight. So if there is an earlier one I would recommend it because no flights leave the islands after dark. if you are stuck at that airport though for a long time there is a lounge in the domestic section of the airport that only cost us 35 dollars for 3 hours where the rest were 55 dollars plus for 2 hours. We got food wifi etc.

Cocoon was amazing! The place is beautiful, the staff super friendly and helpful and I didn’t think that anything was super silly pricing. The only thing that I didn’t think was 5-star standard was the food, there was nothing wrong with it but it was not what I’ve had at 5-star resorts before. Even there a restaurant that you could pay to go and eat at wasn’t great. I would most definitely recommend it though to anyone loved the water villas but I would not recommend the upgraded units. The villas face the lagoon and are really nice and private whereas the units that are the upgrades face the resort and have no privacy and only a little extra bathroom space.

As for activities, the dolphin and turtle tour was our favourite (we did it twice)! The most amazing reef and awesome turtle sightings, if you love the water and diving/snorkelling. Also, every day included house reef visits on there local boat which were included as a free activity were also great and the guys who do the snorkelling trips were great! The other snorkelling tour we did “reef garden” or something was a disappointing as the reef was mostly dead.

Thank you for all your help with my questions and finding what was an amazing trip for us.

Regards

Lazslo