Maldives Travel Guide
Diving in the Maldives
The Maldivian Islands are a diving paradise for scuba divers, beginners and snorkelers. The coral reefs at the atoll are only a few meters away from the shores of the small hotel islands and offer a colorful underwater world with colorful corals and a species-rich wildlife. In some areas hammerhead sharks can be seen even in the morning hours. The hotel islands are perfectly adjusted to the wishes of the divers. In addition to day tours to the most popular diving reasons, the diving centers offer beginner courses and advanced courses. The centers are well equipped. The accommodations of some islands extend into the water, so that divers and snorkelers can reach the nearby reefs from there. The islands also offer spa centers, where you can relax after a day’s tour. Medical care is assured.
The climate in the Maldives
According to Best-medical-schools, the Maldives has a warm, humid tropical climate. It is warm to hot all year round. At night, temperatures rarely drop below 25 ° C. The water temperatures are consistently warm and average an agreeable 28 ° C. The climate is determined by 2 monsoons. The southwest monsoon from May to October brings rain and wind. Heavy rainfall and tropical cyclones can occur in June and July. There are an average of 13 to 14 rainy days. The northeast monsoon brings dry climate with significantly fewer rainy days. Therefore, the best time to travel is between November and April.
Divers find the best conditions from mid-January to March. The sea is calm, there is little wind and the view under water is clear. Bathing holidaymakers will also find the best climatic conditions during this time. Surfers, on the other hand, use the southwest monsoon, which gives a certain wind guarantee between May and October.
Interesting facts for travelers
Most tourists arrive by plane. There are 2 international airports in the Maldives. Malè International Airport is located near the capital on the island of Hulhulè. Tourists can reach the south of the Maldives via Gan International Airport on the island of Gan. There are also 3 other domestic airports: Hanimaadhoo, Kaadedhdhoo and Kadhdhoo. Transport to the hotel islands is handled by speed boats and increasingly by seaplanes. If you have a lot of time, you can reach the Maldives by boat from Sri Lanka. A passport is required for entry, which is valid for at least 6 months. This gives visitors a 30-day tourist visa. This visa can be extended up to 90 days for a fee.
The Republic of Maldives is an Islamic state. Islamic holidays are based on the monthly calendar and therefore shift annually. During Ramadan, which begins in mid-August and ends after a month, Muslims do not eat anything during the day. Friday is a holiday in many Islamic countries. Authorities remain closed and some shops open later after the prayers. The most important national holidays include July 26th as Independence Day, November 3rd as Victory Day and November 11th as Republic Day. New Year is celebrated on January 1st. The Islamic New Year is celebrated on December 7th.
Duty-free shopping is available on the Maldivian Islands. It is not permitted to carry out protected mussels, turtles, corals or turtle shells. The import of alcohol, pork, weapons and pornographic articles is prohibited. You should therefore just leave them at home.
The Maldives is a very safe travel destination for leisure travelers and business people. There are no significant security warnings. The fact that you look after your luggage or your wallet should be a matter of course and in principle in every country you travel to. In principle, however, no excessive security measures are necessary.
There are no vaccination regulations for travelers from EU countries. Use caution when using tap water.