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Those fortunate enough to see both regions will find that Herdahl is indeed right: the Maldives is one of the most beautiful places on earth. But when the islands are a dream destination, there are some caveats. Here, nine essential tips for the first time visitor:

The Maldives are a striking island paradise.

The Maldives are a striking island paradise.

1. Don’t scrimp on the experience

You may find yourself at the cost of things to fret, but try to remember that Maldives is a lifetime experience. A generous dash of indulgence is part of the Maldives experience, and if you are constantly worried about cash, you will not enjoy it. Build your budget before you arrive, so you should not worry about depositing money.

2. Do go local

For insight into local life, you need to visit one of the officially named "inhabited islands", where the majority of the 400,000 Maldives make their homes. Until 2009, tourists were required to have a permit to explore non-resort islands, but today many inhabited islands are open for day trips and overnight stays. A liveboard trip is a great way to go local in the Maldives, allowing you to enjoy Boduberu (traditional folk music and dance), delicious hedika (sweet or savory tapas), and undulating local villages.

3. Don’t drink alcohol outside the resorts

Many Maldives people are Muslim, which means that there are strict rules around the consumption of alcohol. Tourists cannot bring liquor to the country or consume it on the inhabited islands. However, do not keep this in mind: Resorts and liveboard boats are licensed to serve alcohol, so you can indulge in cocktails (or two, budget permitting).

From sunrise to sundown, the Maldives are a paradise.

From sunrise to sundown, the Maldives are a paradise.

4. Do dress (and act) modestly outside the resorts

Modest dress on inhabited islands including the capital, Male. Men and women alike should avoid wearing shorts above the knees. Women should cover their shoulders and elbows and wear loose-fitting clothes. The couple should avoid public displays of affection.
Inside your accommodation, you are free to dress as you wish - but note that sunbathing in topless or nude is prohibited, no matter where you are.

5. Do be aware of environmental risks

The Maldives is the least populated country in the world: some islands barely break the surface of the water, and it is said that dolphins can jump higher than the Maldives' highest natural peak (which is just 2.4 meters, or 8 feet, high). is. . This puts the country in a critical position in the face of climate change. With this in mind, choose activities that prioritize sustainable practices and try to reduce their own water consumption, energy use and waste generation on the islands.

6. Don’t feel like staying in an overwater villa is a requirement

Living on an overwater villa, or "bure", is an item on the bucket list, and rightly so: they are delightful, secluded and completely indulging. However, they can be warned that they may be overrated. Yes, they provide your own route to the sea, but they usually run far from the actual beach. In an attempt to reduce the number of passengers some details are packed together, which can fit in a small space, and therefore do not really provide so much solitude.

You'll find some of the world's most beautiful beaches on the Maldives.

You'll find some of the world's most beautiful beaches on the Maldives.

7. Do buy a quality underwater camera

The Maldives offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. If you plan to try some watersports - and I strongly recommend that you do - consider splashing on a decent underwater camera. The Maldives offers a trip of a lifetime, and preserving your memories is worth the cost.

8. Do pack a lightweight outfit

Island resorts tend to operate on a "barefoot luxury" basis, with an easy, comeback vibe. With that said, some more upscale restaurants will likely have a dress code. Women can walk away wearing comfortable clothes, but men may need a collar and trousers - less than ideal in sweaty tropical heat. With this in mind, if you plan to dine at any resort restaurant, make sure you pack with smart, lightweight trousers and a shirt or two sleeves and collar. Even if you are not eating outside, you will be grateful for the shirtless when the evening air is cool.

9. Don’t expect perfect weather

The distinctive sight of the Maldives is of gin-clear water and bone-white sand. This is definitely a reality - but not all the time. The best season in Maldives is between November and April, and the high tourist season falls between December and March. In early May, the weather is less predictable (but the holiday is rarely bad enough to spoil it completely). Temperatures remain warm during the rains, which rarely last for long.

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