Maldives Tourism & Travel Guide

Composed of twelve hundred islands, Maldives is a slice of heaven sustained by the Indian Ocean. A mosaic of aquamarine waters and shimmering white shores, Maldives beckons tourists from across the globe with its sunset catamaran cruises and extravagant spa retreats. The country’s beaches are home to a thriving marine life with their waters boasting of everything from coral reefs and neon clownfish to the slow-moving manta rays. The shallow lagoon of Cocoa Island in the South Malé Atoll is a haven for Maldives’ snorkelling and kayaking enthusiasts. The National Museum located on the main island of Malé houses thrones and other palatial remnants formerly owned by local sultans. Being an island nation, Maldives’ seafood-based cuisine is delectable. One can head to the island’s diving paradise of Banana Reef that is decked with numerous caves and the most dramatic cliffs. A trip to Maldives will be incomplete without feasting on any dish that has the red snapper or the char-grilled prawns, while the authentic fare of the flavoursome curries, such as the miruhulee boava, created with octopus, chili, and curry leaves is also a must have.
Best time to visit

Peak Season to visit Maldives is from December to April when the weather is cool, dry and sunny.

 

Budget

For Budget Travellers: INR 2000 - 3000 a day

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 3000 to INR 4000 a day

For Luxury Travellers: INR 5000 and upwards



Visa Info

Maldives issues a 30-day stamp on arrival to all passport holders. Nationals of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Nepal are given a 90-day stamp, and an extension of further 60 days is available for Rf.700 fee. 

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Male
The bustling capital and the heart of Maldives tourism, Male is linked by regular flights to and from most major cities around the world and the airport is on Hulhule island which is some 2 kilometres from the city. A short ferry ride connects the two. While Male offers excellent boat connectivity to the neighbouring atolls and islands, you can rent a scooter or a bicycle in order to get around the city. Additionally, it is very easy to hail taxis in Male.Amazing Things to Do in Maldives: MaleMale is tiny and exceptionally so, yet it has a magnanimous heart, just the kind a bustling capital should have. It is a commercial hub and abounds in natural beauty at the same time. Its brilliant turquoise waters will blind you and the lively markets will keep you coming back for more. Tourism is evidently the largest industry and Male therefore is an indispensable part of a Maldives itinerary. Male, the phenomenal capital city, offers some of the best things to do in Maldives:1. Visit the impressive Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre. Both serve as the most important architectural landmarks in the city and are essential places to visit in Maldives.
Dhigurah
The Five Rocks diving site located in Dhigurah Kandu is yet another exciting site where you will be swimming between five pinnacles that were originally connected with each other, but eroded over the passage of time. The spaces between these overhangs are extremely rich in nutrients, because of which this spot is blanketed in lustrous corals. At this diving spot, you will see jacks, snappers and fusiliers. The site also has a few caves which you can enter and explore.
Vaadhoo
Before signing up on a matrimonial website, experience a magical night skinny dipping in the waters of Maldives
Fares
Time in Mcleod - 2N/3D Time in Triund - 1N/2D Total Budget - Rs. 3500 Mcleod- Train tickets to and from pathankot: Rs 700 (rs350 each side for sleeper class) Bus fare from pathankot to mcleod and back: Rs 290 (145rs each side) Stay at Kalsang Guest House on the "dharamkot" road: Rs 400 (rs200 per night) Food: Rs.1000 (rs. 500 per day) TOTAL for Mcleod - Rs 2400 approx Triund- Tent: Rs 500 Food and expenses along the way: Rs 600 TOTAL for Triund - Rs 1100 TOTAL - Rs. 3500 (for 3N/4D without alcohol and shopping) If you buy alcohol and shop, throw in another 1000-1200 Rs 4500 for 3N/4D is quite a good deal considering you shop, drink and have such a mesmerizing time.
Fulidhoo
this is the first island that i visit, purely local island, there are only me and victor, and another italian couple visiting this island, they have one lovely side of beaches, but the other side is filled with trash, there are no snorkling spot in this island, but the view of the beach is breathtaking


Best Time to Visit Maldives

Peak Season to visit Maldives is from December to April, when the weather is cool, dry and sunny.

Off - Season: During May to August Maldives experiences a drop in the tourist numbers. These months usher in monsoons to the multi-cultural island.


Budget for Maldives

For Budget Travellers: INR 2000 - 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 1600-2000
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 220-440
  • Public Transport in boats and buses: INR 20-100

 

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 3000 to INR 4000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 2500 - 3000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 500 - 1000
  • Local transport in boats and taxis: INR 200 - 1000
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 1000 - 2000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 5000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Local transport in metered taxis: INR 500 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 3000 and upwards

Visa Information for Maldives

Maldives issues a 30-day stamp on arrival to all passport holders. Nationals of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Nepal are given a 90-day stamp, and an extension of further 60 days is available for Rf.700 fee. Indian citizens can enter Maldives for 90 days without visa. Nationals of Brunei can apply for visa on arrival which is good for a maximum stay of 15 days.

All the tourists must meet up the requirements like holding a suitable passport, adequate funds for the time of hang about in Maldives such as minimum amount of US$100 per person per day and ticket for the onward destination.

 

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