Important Facts to Know About Maldives Tourism When Planning Your Next Visit

Planning your next holiday to the stunning islands of the Maldives? Read on for some facts regarding the country’s tourism!

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Regulations

As the Maldives is an Islamic nation, there’s a prevailing ban on bringing pork products and liquor into the country. Apart from those, firearms, drugs, and pornography are also off-limits. However, you can buy alcoholic drinks at your Maldives resort.

On Arrival…

Almost all tourists arrive by air from Velana International Airport; this is situated on Hulhule Island. After being cleared from the airport, you can head to your island resort; for instance, if you’ve booked your holiday at a resort like the Kurumba Maldives, you will be most likely arriving there by speedboat.

Best Time to Visit

November to April is considered the best time to visit the North Male Atoll, with minimum rainfall. However, this is when rains prevail in the South Male Atoll.

Travel Requirements

All tourists arriving in the Maldives require a valid passport although no visa is needed in advance. On arrival, all tourists with a valid passport will be granted a tourist visa of 30 days.

Travelling by Seaplane & Speedboat in Maldives

There are two main ways to get around the Maldives, which is by air or sea; considering the country has over 1,000 islands it’s hardly surprising! Here are a couple of available transport options.

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Seaplanes

Be it from the main airport in Hulhule or one of the other international airports, you may have to take a seaplane to your island resort if it’s located far away. Some properties will offer transfer options of a seaplane or a speedboat with the former taking much less time to reach the destination.

Speedboats

For those arriving at Hulhule near Male, the capital of the Maldives, resort properties in this atoll can be easily reached by speedboat be it a shared or private transfer. In fact, resorts the likes of Kurumba Maldives are only around ten minutes away meaning you can maximise your holiday time!

Scenic Seaplane Flights

Be it on the way to or from the resort or as part of excursions by air, seaplanes offer an amazing perspective of the country. Generally, chartered or private seaplane flights will fly closer to the ground level so you can enjoy the view of the islands and reefs surrounded by the ocean even more.

The Thrills of Speedboats

Of course, those looking for an exhilarating ride will enjoy the thrills of skimming along the water at high speeds! It is little surprise that speedboats are also used at island resorts in Maldives for water sports like wakeboarding, parasailing, banana boating and water-skiing as well as to provide fast access to Male for tours.

National Museum at Maldives

The island nation of the Maldives is hailed the world over for her natural splendour. The collection of islands that form the Maldives have stunningly pristine beaches, lush tropical landscapes and a diverse range of wild-life, mostly beneath her waters. Her God-given exuberance and many a Maldives resort such as the Kurumba Maldives, however can take people’s attention away from the incredible historical heritage that the country has to offer. There is one place where you can obtain a comprehensive insight into Maldivian history, and that is the National Museum of the Maldives.
Maldives’ National Museum, the first and only one of its kind, opened her doors coincidentally on the Maldivian National Day of 1952. The Prime Minister at the time, Mohamed Amin Didi led the opening ceremony. The purpose of the museum was to inspire a sense of patriotism within the Maldivian people while simultaneously preserving and showcasing the history of the Nation.
Presently, the museum is located at Sultan Park on the island of Male, the site of the Royal Palace ever since the 17th century, and has a distinctly traditional atmosphere with the interior bearing a strong Sultanate influence.
The museum initially had a vast collection of artefacts showcasing the country’s pre-Islamic history but following a recent attack almost all of the delicate artefacts from the pre-Islamic era were destroyed.
Within the museum you will find a tremendous assortment of traditional relics such as ceremonial dresses, creative embroidery and various items of past Maldivian nobility. Some of the currently contained relics date as far back as the 13th century.
If you’d like to take some time off from basking in the serene splendour of the island, be sure to visit the iconic National Museum on the island of Male, you never know what surprises lie within her walls.

Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+