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The Maldives, a 1,000+ island paradise perfectly situated in the glistening waters of the Indian Ocean. It’s endless white-sand beaches and the ocean so clear you’ve got to see it to believe it, ya feel? This is a destination like no other, pure tropical heaven and the island vibes are out of this world. There is so much more to the Maldives than just lovey-dovey couple retreats & honeymooners.. Trust us! The Maldives has to be on everyone’s bucket list.. And if it’s not, well, this ultimate guide will most definitely persuade you otherwise! Here's everything you need to know.
The Maldives’ capital city is Male; you’ll be flying into Male International Airport so if you're lucky enough to get a window seat on your flight, don’t forget to look at the view from high above and snap away! A sea wall also surrounds the capital; Male is like a floating city in the middle of ocean paradise. If you didn't know already, The Maldives is made up of over 1,000 small islands (1,190 to be exact). However, only 200 of these islands are inhabited, while the others are mainly used for tourism and agriculture. Fun fact, ‘island time’ is a REAL thing here! Imagine magnificent coral reefs and marine life, with lush tropical vegetation and palm trees full of coconuts on land. We're really selling you the dream here!
The Maldives has a 100% Islamic population. As a Muslim country, there are restrictions on certain things such as alcohol and pork. However, this doesn’t affect resorts on the islands and liveaboard boats! But it does mean you’ll have to skip the duty-free alcohol spree on your way in. It’s also important to note that you should be respectful of culture and customs when in the Maldives (as we all should when visiting any destination!).
Lastly.. You’ll most likely fall in love with the natural beauty, wildlife, culture, cuisine, and of course, the world-class sunsets when in the island paradise we call the Maldives! So count this as your warning.
Let's be honest, there's never a bad time to visit this paradise, however the dry season runs between December and March, with the rainy season running from June to November. During the rainy season, you can expect drizzles of rain throughout the day but get this, the rains warm, so if you fancied a dip in the sea or pool, go for it! You’re in the Maldives, don’t let a lil’ rain stop you!
Although the temperatures are fairly stable all year round, the best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April, when it’s mainly dry and sunny. Even if you were to visit during the rainy season, you would still be likely to see more sunshine than clouds!
When in the Maldives, you’ll want to pack light summer clothes, so no faux fur coats here, duh! Try to keep it minimal and practical as you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, and the weather stays typically between 25-30°C all year round. Of course, don’t forget your environmentally friendly suncream, sunnies and bikinis/swimming gear, as it’s likely you’ll be using that the most! Cameras, GoPros, phones and all that jazz so you can document your once in a lifetime trip and make all ya friends at home jealous! Our biggest tip would be to pack light and remember it’s hot, hot, hot in the Maldives. Check out our go-to packing checklist here!