The Maldives is a wonderful destination for a wide variety of travellers from those seeking complete bliss and Robinson Crusoe type peace & quiet (in an absolutely idyllic surrounding), to beach lovers and diving enthusiasts to honeymooners and romantic couples looking for some enchanting memories in one of the most beautiful places in the world. With a wide variety of resorts to choose from it’s important to research the facilities in a wide range of resorts to make sure that you get whatever it is you’re looking for. For example, some resorts may suit more active travellers while others would be more suited to those looking for a quiet and peaceful stay.
How To Get To The Maldives
Almost all visitors get to the Maldives via plane ñ typically, they arrive in Male, the capital from their port of departure and from there will be transferred to their resort. Transfers are usually via seaplane or speedboat. Given the stunning scenery itís always advisable to arrive by seaplane where possible ñ the views of the islands from the air are nothing short of spectacular. When researching resorts and prices itís worth remembering that some packages will be quoted with transfers built into the price while others will not. Transfers can be quite pricey.
Some resorts are located quite close to the airport in Male ñ transfer times can be under 20 minutes while other resorts further away may take an hour or even two to reach depending on the type of transfer. Keep in mind that after traveling a long distance on a flight, the last thing that youíll want to do is spend a further couple of hours on a speedboat.
If your transfer is not via seaplane it is possible to ride in a seaplane during your stay ñ and get some stunning photos of the islands and atolls from high above.
Health & Safety In The Maldives
Given the huge number of resorts (many of them four and five stars) in the Maldives, itís a relatively safe place to visit, health-wise. Visitors are advised to get immunizations for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B and those that intend to dive should get a medical check prior to going.
In addition to this, ensure that your general health is good prior to travel and consider taking a basic medical kit (although most resorts have adequate facilities to treat minor problems that may occur).
Dining in the resorts is usually very safe ñ The well known resorts have very high standards with regards to the quality of food offered and most employ highly skilled professional chefs to prepare meals for guests. The only time you may be at slightly higher risk is when eating in individual places such as Cafes in Male (though even these places are generally fine). Make sure that you drink only bottled water during your stay.
Some of the common health problems that may occur to travelers include heatstroke/exhaustion, motion sickness and sunburn. Some infectious diseases may include fungal infections, diarrhea & hepatitis. Some diseases may also be spread through insects, such as Malaria & Dengue fever. Also, be careful when spending time in the water ñ itís possible to pick up cuts, bites & stings.
The Climate In The Maldives
The Maldives enjoys a tropical climate which means its temperature tends to stay between 25 & 32 degrees c. The optimum time to go tends to be between December band April (this is supported by the higher prices during these times) because this is when the weather is most calm and has the least rainfall.