Frequently Asked Questions about Maldives
Where is the Maldives located?
Maldives is some small scattered islands in the Indian Ocean, belonging to the continent of Asia. The closest neighbors to the Maldives are India and Sri-Lanka. The Maldives is an island nation comprising about 2,000 or more single islands, across Equator, having an average temperature of 31 Degree Celsius. Indeed, Maldives do represent in Common Wealth and in United Nation. It's a Democratic nation, holding a population width of about 400,000 people.
What is the time difference?
The Maldives are five hours ahead (GMT +05:00) of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
When is the best time to visit Maldives?
If you're looking for a few extra hours of sunshine then you should visit the Maldives between December and April, which is the dry season. This is the high season, however, and most hotels can be fully booked and prices are higher than the rest of the year. The Christmas-New Year period is the busiest and most expensive part of the high season. Between May and November it's still warm, but the skies can be cloudy, humidity is higher and rain is more likely. This is the low season, and there are fewer tourists and prices are lower. The transition months of November and April are said to be associated with increased water clarity and better visibility for divers.
Do I need a Visa to visit Maldives?
You do not require a Visa prior to arrival in the Maldives. All tourists from all the countries in are granted free 30 day visa upon arrival. However, all the visitors need a valid travel document. If a passport expiry date falls within 30 days of arrival, tourists cannot extend their stay beyond the passport expiry date. Working / Employment under tourist visa is prohibited. Working visas are provided by the Ministry of Human Resources Employment and Labour
What vaccinations should I have?
Normally, no vaccinations are required by the Maldives authorities. However, if you are from a Central African nation or South American, or if you have traveled through these areas to get here you need to have a valid certificate indicating that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. If not you do not need any specific vaccination certificates to get into the Maldives. If you want to be extra careful, do consult your personal physician for his recommendations.
Will I be able to use my electrical equipment in Koimala Maldives?
Voltage in Maldives is 110 or 220 volts. An adapter is recommended for using appliances you bring with you. However, Koimala provides most major appliances such as hair dryers and other amenities.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. Each Island in Maldives has its own water desalination plant. Bottled water is readily available in all islands.
Can I use my Visa Card, Master Card, and Debit Card to settle the bill at Koimala Maldives?
Yes. Koimala accepts all major credit cards (VISA/MASTER/AMEX) and major currencies (USD/EUR/POUND)
Are there hospitals or medical facilities in Maamigili Island?
Maldives has excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, a large government hospital and many private clinics in the capital city of Male'. However, in Maamigili island there is a health center which provides general consultations services equipped with two pharmacies.
How is the Airport in Maldives?
The Airport looks like an Aircraft Carrier from top. But actually, it's an island long and thin. This Airport could be considered as the safest Airport in the whole world. The reason behind this is that, there is only one run way. Therefore there is no possibility in landing 2 to 3 planes at once. One at a time is the Airport's hidden policy.
What is the Capital?
The Capital of the Maldives is "Male'" pronounced "Maa-ley". Male’ would also be counted as one of the smallest capitals in the world in terms of its physical size. One third of the country’s population, of about 75,000 people lives in Male’. Different from any other island in the country, Male’ is a city of high-rise buildings and paved roads. While the government offices are located in one area, the main streets are lined with shops and offices. In the old bazaar area, which still houses the country’s hub of wholesale and retail trade, the lanes are so narrow that a single vehicle would find it difficult to navigate through, especially with its throngs of busy people.
What is the currency used?
In Maldives we have our own currency called "Maldivian Ruffiya" (MRf). One United States Dollar is equivalent to 15.42 MRf (Maldives Monetary Authority buying rate) and this value doesn't vary much.
What types of water activities are available?
Most visitors enjoy the lagoons as the natives do, swimming and snorkeling in the warn, turquoise waters, or canoeing, sailing, wind surfing, parasailing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing and water skiing. The Maldive islands are world renowned for their scuba diving and snorkeling. Or you can go on a whale shark expedition, where you're in the water with this magnificent giant sharks. You can charter a yacht, perhaps with a captain and chef, to sail among the islands.
Is Maldives safe for the visitor?
Yes, Maldives is probably one of the safest places in the world and the only danger to be concerned about is a coconut falling on your head…do not stand under these trees if the wind is blowing harder than a gentle breeze. Even then though, the most islands do trim their palm trees regularly and this shouldn't be a problem worth worrying about.
Is there anything you will recommend us to bring?
If you desire, you can bring cigarettes (up to two cartons) and film (up to ten rolls). And don't forget an extra bottle of your favorite suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses, water socks (reef walkers) and any common insect repellent.
Is English widely spoken?
Yes, there will be no problems in communicating with people in many hotels, restaurants and on the public transport.
Are their ATM's on the Capital City/Island or anywhere else?
The ATM's are located in Airport and Male' which support all major cards. However, few islands at the moment provide ATM service only for locals and will not accept your credit or debit card.
Why are the Maldive Islands called "The Last Paradise”?
Maldives and Her Islands have long been referred to as a tropical paradise. But their unspoiled islands are not for everyone. If you're looking for a familiar, commercial environment like your own hometown, you won’t find it in the Maldives. These extraordinary islands are for people seeking the unique, novel or adventurous luxury experience who want to visit a destination whose culture is different from their own.
Why is Maldives a favorite among honeymooners?
Maldives is simply the ultimate in romance. Couples can immerse themselves in the incredible beauty of the islands and the casual, relaxed pace. With its mesmerizing sunsets and sweet aroma of flowers, Maldives radiates romance. Find a secluded islet for a private picnic. Arrange a traditional Maldivian wedding ceremony or renewal of vows. Spend a romantic evening dinner for twol. Or simply take a leisurely stroll along a secluded white sand beach and enjoy the most spectacular place on earth.
What is the most popular season to visit the Maldives?
The sun shines throughout the year, any time is a good time to visit the Maldives. Rainfalls occur frequently during June and July. From December till April, is considered as the dry season. During the dry season you can enjoy plenty of sunshine. The rainy season is perfect for surfers to ride the legendary swells.
How can I reach the Maldives?
You can reach the Maldives aboard numerous International Airlines that operate daily flights to the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE). Alternatively you can also reach the Maldives by embarking on a sea journey with the International Cruise operators to the Maldives.