Some important points to note:
1.Maldives does not require visa for Indians.
2. Preferred currency is US$. Most places accept cards though local restaurants and activities mostly take cash.
3. Divide your stay between local island and a resort island. Do all the marine activities from a local island ( in our case Maafushi ) as they are much cheaper ( almost 1/4th ) than those available at resort islands. Stay for a couple of days in a resort island just to indulge in all the luxury. Alternatively, there are full day trips to these resort islands from the local islands which are much cheaper inclusive of lunch and alcohol. If staying in a resort island, choose an all inclusive package otherwise you will be ripped. Even a half litre bottle of water costs 4 US$ ( i.e. INR 560 per litre of water ! ). While booking online, do not get excited with the relatively cheaper prices of resort islands, as there are a lot of hidden charges as well ( like transfer costs, green taxes etc ). Do a thorough research before you book. Our all inclusive package for 2 nights for 4 adults in deluxe sea view rooms at Malahini Kuda Bandos was worth 1500 US$. Our total trip cost us INR 75000 per adult (all inclusive) for 5N/6D after a lot of research online beforehand ( It was a DIY trip ). It was a steal deal to visit Maldives which is otherwise really expensive.
4. Submarine tickets has to be booked beforehand even if it is just through a Whatsapp or a message confirmation. Various travel agents and resorts charge varying amounts. We booked the cheapest tickets ( 85US$ for adults and 45US$ for babies and children ) through Budget Maldives over Whatsapp. Hard copies of tickets are given only after payment at the submarine jetty. If your baby is below 3 years of age, he/she will not be covered by insurance from the submarine company and the guardian has to sign a form for the same.
5. Beach holidays are ideal for toddlers. However, food may become a major concern at this stage. Fortunately, our little one is not a fussy eater and eats everything like we do. He mostly indulged in milkshakes, fruits, yoghurt, cereal bars, soups, boiled egg and veggies, salami and sausages and formula milk. While flying, if your baby is not asleep, it is a good idea to bring a book or a toy to keep him/her engaged. Let your baby run around, explore nature and socialize. It keeps them busy as well as learn new things. But make sure one of the parent must be accompanying him/her everywhere. At this stage, they may stray away at the blink of an eye. A sturdy and spacious travel diaper bag will come handy throughout the trip. Do not forget an umbrella and a good sunscreen lotion before heading to the beach.
Happy travelling folks!!!
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