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MALDIVES TOURS

Thoughts of Maldives holidays evoke pictures of beautiful palm-fringed islands with great beaches, stunning coral reefs, hot sunshine and warm turquoise seas; and high prices! Well, we've devised a program of Maldives tours that see and experience a lot more of this beautiful island nation than most holidaymakers ever do, and at much cheaper prices as well.

Instead of staying in one resort, our Maldives tours visit various different local islands and stay in comfortable friendly guesthouses or onboard safari boats. We include a wide range of activities so you see the best of the Maldives' classic attractions as well as gaining an insight into the local way of life.

These include several snorkelling trips; day trips to beautiful palm-fringed picnic islands; beach BBQs; a sunset picnic meal on a deserted sandbar; several meals with local families where you can try the local cuisine; evening fishing trips with local fishermen where you can try some traditional hand and line fishing and cook your catch afterwards; and tours of Male city and various inhabited local islands.

You also have plenty of free time to relax on the beach or try some more watersports activities including a wide range of scuba-diving options, more snorkelling, sea kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and catamaran sailing. Various extension options are available to add more days on the local islands or to visit one of the Maldives' famous luxury resort islands.

All in all, our small group Maldives tour packages offer you an interesting, fun and exciting alternative to the average beach holiday at a much lower cost, and at the same time give you plenty of time to unwind and relax in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

If you're planning a Maldives tour, knowing when to go is really important. Read this blog to find out when is the best time to visit the Maldives.

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3 Tours | From $1380 p/p

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Maldives

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 14

Meals:

B- 7, L - 1, D - 4

Highlights:

Boat trips, snorkelling over the coral reefs, uninhabited islands & sand bars, cultural shows, beach barbecues, dining with local families, ...


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$1380(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Maldives

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 7, L - 2, D - 7

Highlights:

Boat trips, snorkelling over the coral reefs, island exploration by jeep & bicycle, sea kayaking safari, paddle boarding, scuba diving, unin...


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$2370(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Maldives

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 7, L - 7, D - 7

Highlights:

Maldives sailing cruise, snorkelling over the coral reefs, night fishing, uninhabited islands & sand bars, cultural shows, beach barbecues, ...


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$1449(p/p)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the best time of the year for Maldives tours?

The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April, as the weather is warm and there is little precipitation.

Is it safe to visit the Maldives?

Despite political unrest in the capital, the Maldives Ministry of Tourism has declared the country safe for tourists.

What is the official currency of the Maldives?

The currency of the Maldives is the rufiyaa, which is divided into 100 laari.

What to wear in the Maldives?

In resorts, you can be casual, and swimwear is acceptable. If you are visiting an inhabited island, you should dress conservatively and cover your legs and shoulders.

Is the tap water safe to drink in the Maldives?

The tap water is not safe to drink in the Maldives and it is advised to drink only bottled water.

How do I plan a trip to the Maldives?

Planning a trip to the Maldives depends on the type of activities you would like to do, places you would like to visit and the duration of your trip. We offer a range of Maldives tours, from sailing and water activities to discovering the local culture and food - our tours have you covered. Each of our Maldives tours are eight days long.

How much is a meal in the Maldives?

A meal in the Maldives at an average priced restaurant costs around $6 per person. This can vary from restaurant to restaurant, however the Maldives boasts relatively affordable food prices by Western standards.

Is it safe to travel to the Maldives?

The Maldives is quite safe for tourists, despite the country’s political unrest. However, it is always important to be vigilant when travelling to any new destination as tourists are often victims of petty crimes such as pick pockets.

Do people in the Maldives speak English?

The country's primary language is Dhivehi. Interestingly enough, Dhivehi is a unique mixture of Arabic, English, Hindi. However, English is widely spoken throughout the Maldives as most Maldivian schools teach English.

Do you need vaccinations to go to the Maldives?

Unless you are flying from certain African countries, there are no compulsory vaccinations for the Maldives for entry or exit. However for your own personal health it is strongly recommended that travellers ensure that they are up to date with common vaccinations, specifically against main food and water borne diseases (Hepatitis A and Typhoid) and Tetanus.

How much would a trip to the Maldives cost?

A trip to The Maldives will vary in cost depending on the places that you stay, the activities that you partake in and the food that you choose to eat. Our Maldives tours range in price, with Shoestring tours available for travellers who are interested in enjoying the Maldives on a budget.

Where should we go in the Maldives?

We recommend visiting the capital of Male and exploring the markets and local culture in this beautiful Maldivian city. Travellers should also make a trip to Guraidhoo and Maafushi local islands as these are a must-see during a trip to the Maldives. These islands boast a myriad of watersports, culture and friendly locals.

How many days in the Maldives is enough?

We recommend a minimum of 8 days in the Maldives in order to fully immerse yourself in the unique culture as well as visit the scenic local islands. The Maldives boasts a myriad of exciting activities from water sports to cultural shows and foodie tours, therefore travellers should expect to spend at least a week in the Maldives exploring this fascinating destination.

What is the best month to visit the Maldives?

The best month to visit the Maldives is November as the weather tends to be warm with little chance of rain. Many travellers also enjoy visiting the country in April as the weather conditions are beautiful and dry at this time of year.

Is the Maldives expensive?

Maldives is not expensive by Western Standards as travelers could enjoy an exciting holiday in the Maldives for less than $50 per day including food and comfortable accommodation. The country is expensive to visit if you plan on staying in luxury resorts, however our Maldives tours are designed to fully immerse you in the beauty of the country without breaking the bank.

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Time: GMT+5
Dial Code: +960
Area: 298 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in the Maldives is the Indian Ocean at 0m | The highest point in the Maldives is an unnamed location on Viligili in the Addu Atholhu at 2.4m (7.88 ft.)
Population: 444,259 (2018
Capital: Male
Government: Republic, Presidential system, Unitary stat
Language: Maldivian (Dhivehi)

The Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a South Asian sovereign state, positioned in the Arabian Sea. The Maldives is made up of a chain of 26 atolls that stretch from the Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south.

The country is one of the world's most geographically dispersed countries as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population. Malé is the capital and the most populated city in the Maldives.

The Maldives archipelago is located atop Chagos-Laccadive Ridge - an expansive marine range in the Indian Ocean. Given the country's average ground elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft.) above sea level, the Maldives is the world's lowest country.

The dominant economic activity in the Maldives is fishing and it remains the largest sector. Tourism is the second rapidly growing industry. The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper middle-income economy.

The country is made up 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain. The largest island is called Gan and more than 80% of the Maldives' land is composed of coral islands.

The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate and two seasons dominate the weather: the dry season associated with the winter northeastern monsoon and the rainy season, which includes storms and strong winds.

There are a diverse variety of habitats, including reef ecosystems and shallow coast. This part of the Indian Ocean is home to 1,100 species of fish and 187 species of coral.

Highlights

  • Old Friday Mosque - one of the oldest and most decorative mosques in Male, built with coral boulders.
  • Utheemu Ganduvaru - this former palace and museum is the childhood home of the Maldivian national hero, Mohammed Thakurufaanu.
  • National Museum - the first national museum that opened in 1952 with a large collection of artefacts.
  • Gulhi - a serene local island of Kaafu Atoll with fine stretches of sand and excellent snorkelling.
  • Thulusdhoo - an inhabited island with a Coca-Cola factory, popular for surfing.
  • Swimming with whale sharks - a popular activity in the Maldives, best experienced by the South Ari Atoll.
  • Ari Atoll - one of the biggest atolls in the Maldives, famous for its sublime beaches and diving spots.
  • China-Maldives Friendship Bridge - a causeway linking the islands of Male and Hulhule, constructed with funding from China.

Tips

  • Surf season is from March to October when there are bigger waves and better swells.
  • Non-Muslims are generally not allowed to enter mosques anywhere in the Maldives, except by invite.
  • Eat with your right hand on an inhabited island, as the left hand is considered unclean.
  • Bring sun cream and other toiletries, as everything is expensive at the resort shops.
  • There are strict rules regarding the consumption of alcohol on inhabited islands.
  • Use high-factor sun cream, as the sun in the Maldives is extremely strong.
  • Majority of Maldivians are Muslims, so you won't find pork in any hotels or restaurants.
  • Do an open-water referral course at home so you don’t have to waste time studying.

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