Frequently Asked Questions


About Travelling to the Maldives?

About Surf the Maldives?

About Dive the Maldives?

Q: Where are the Maldives?

A: The Maldives is on the equator southwest of Sri Lanka and is made up of 1190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls. The island chain stretches 820 km from north to south, and 120 km from east to west.

A tropical island paradise scattered over the deep blue Indian Ocean. Sunshine, beaches and a thousand islands, lagoons and reefs perfect for surfing and diving. A perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical holiday.

Resort Islands in Maldives are self contained - they have their own power, water, telecommunication, food outlets, transportation, storage and other facilities which are essential to sustain a small town - these facilities are of international standards.
Therefore, the guest has no excess to other Islands for the entire stay unless he/she wishes to take a boat ride to the neighboring resort/island for some reason.


Q: How do I get to the Maldives?

A: The international airport is located on the island of Hulhule . There are more than 2 dozens of international schedule flights flying into Maldives from major cities in asia, middle east and Europe . These include SriLankan Airways, Qatar airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Indian Airlines, Balkan, Bulgarian Airlines, LTU, Condor, AOM French, Austrian Airlines and Malaysian Airlines, with some of these airlines flying daily, weekly or twice a week.
Another 14 companies offers regular charters, among them include Britannia Airways, Balair, Monarch Airlines, Lauda Air, Air Europe of Italy, Sterling Airways, Air Holland, South African Airways, Air Tours International connecting the Maldives to many centers of the world.

Q: Do I need a Visa?

A: Visitors to the Maldives must hold a valid passport, an onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover expenses during their stay. A 30-day visa will be issued free of charge to all nationalities on arrival and this can be extended once inside the country for a period of up to 3 months.

Q: Prohibited Items

A: The following items are Strictly Prohibited by Law to Import into the country:-

Weapons and Gunpowder of any kind.
All addictive drugs. (the penalty for importing of such drugs is severe, usually life imprisonment).
Spear Gun, Harpoons, or Hazardous Chemicals. All types of Poison and Acids. Dangerous Animals, Dogs Pigs/Pork & Liquor. (It is advised not to purchase Liquor on the Flight to Maldives . If liquor is imported without an official license it should be declared at the customs and will be returned to you on departure. Liquor and Pork products are available at the Resort Hotel for visitors).
Pornographic materials in any form. Products made out of Endangered Species.
All baggage is X-rayed.

Q: Currency / own currency?

A: In Maldives they have their our own currency called "Ruffia" (Rf).
All the resorts, hotels, live-aboard and most of the souvenir shops accept major credit cards, which includes American Express, Visa card, Master card and JCB card. The most frequently used foreign currency is the US dollar and almost all items are priced in US dollar. There is a local bank branch at the arrival terminal at the International airport.

Q: Transfers to the resorts?

A: The main transportation is done either by speed boat or by Sea plane. Most of the resorts located in Male' atoll are accessed by speed boat and fast motor boat, while resorts in atolls far from the airport offer either speed boat and sea plane or sea plane transfers.

The speed boat jetty on the airport is only a 2 minute walk from the arrival terminal. The sea plane guests will have to take a 5 minute bus ride to the other side of the airport island to reach the sea plane terminal.

There are several resorts that do not offer night transfers, so tourists flying in by evening flights will need an over-night stay either in the hotel in the capital Male' or the airport hotel.

Q: Vaccination before coming to Maldives ?

A: 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 .

Q: Are there mosquitoes and/or Malaria ?

A: Mosquitoes are rare and getting them onboard almost never happens. Sometimes, there can be a few (very few) in the villages but malaria is non-existent!

Q: How strong is the sun ?

A: During summer (March-April), it's sunny almost every day so be prepared with heavy duty sunscreen (SPF 45), skin repair and water sun hat or cap. In winter (May-October), it's often overcast but sun can still be treacherous and skin damage can ruin your trip. Bring a pair of caps and sunglasses.

Q: Mobile phone while on the resort?

A: All resorts in Maldives receive mobile signal very well.
Have a look at http://www.dhiraagu.com.mv/dhimobile/roaming/partners.php

Q: Dress & Etiquette ?

A: It is important to realise that the Maldives has a strict muslim culture. We encourage our guests to honner a respect local costums and dresscodes. Specially while visiting local inhabited islands. Women should cover from neck to knees. Men should wear shirs, shorts and shoes.

Q: Is nude sunbathing and swimming allowed in any resort?

A: Nude sunbathing is not allowed in the Maldives.

About Surf the Maldives?

Q: What is the surf season?

A: Similar to Indonesia, the Maldives are monsoonal rather than seasonal and receive swell from the lower Indian Ocean storms -- and when the swell gets to the Maldives, it tends to be much more groomed as it's travelled further.
The Northeast Monsoon (Iruvai) tends to be the driest time of year, with few rainstorms and winds clocking around from the east to the north (onshore at many spots, mainly rights). Infrequent swells during this time of year can be quite large, but are often messed up by local winds. Not the best season for surf.
The Southwest Monsoon (Hulhangu) has more storms, more swell, and winds generally come from the southwest. April-June is considered the best time to surf the Maldives as there are many glassy days along with fairly consistent swell. (Though it's so far in the ocean, swell forecasting for this area is very difficult.) July-September can get pretty stormy and windy.
Not a good time for surfing. Not much swell but still good for diving.

Q: What surfboards should I bring?

A: Take 2 or 3 boards suited for 3-8ft hollow but not super powerful waves, better bring a fish than a gun, especially in summer season (march-April). Plan to share bards with your friends. Beginner boards and bodyboards can be fine. Longboard is ok but not that convenient for hollow sucky waves and longboard wavehogs can alter wave-sharing. Don't forget your leashes (2 short 6ft and 1 midsize 8ft).

Q: Is there an extra tax for boardbags ?

A: No. Emirates, Qatar , Sri Lankan and Singapore are surfer friendly airlines but don't exceed 30 kgs for your check-in luggage. Domestic flight are small Dash-8 Turboprop which have room for boardbags even 10ft longboard bags but if you hold a big boardbag with 9ft+ longboards, please let us know. No more than 30kg for your boardbag.

Q: What are the most crucial accessories ?

A: At least 1 tropical wax bar every 3 days ! Water is 27-30°c and base coat wax sticks even better ! De-wax your board before arriving if you have winter wax. Don't forget your long sleeve lycra (+surf hat even better) and your reef booties (not essential but it's better to have and not use them than vice versa).

Q: Is the reef dangerous ?

A: There is no beachbreak so you always surf on reef. On Indo standards, reef is rather smooth and flat with less wave power so it's much safer. But waves can be really shallow so you really need to know how to handle the reef properly (don't dive head first, always land flat on wipe-outs, avoid stepping on the reef). Most of the injuries are minor reef cuts. Bring Betadine + dry wound dressing (Compeed).

Q: What should I bring for boat trips?

A: Take sport shoes (if soccer with locals or reef walks), Films DVD, Books. I-Pod + small speakers, guitar, group games, massage oil. Boat plugs have adaptors (both 110 and 220 V). Bring additionnal food if you're afraid to be hungry despite 5 meals a day : cereals, candy bars, chocolate, dairy products (sometimes available from villages). Peronal toilletries, towel, fishing and snorkling gear recomended.

About Dive the Maldives?

Q: What sort of diving are available in Maldives ?

A: The Maldives are a region that is perfectly suited for drift diving. In the Maldives , there are three categories of dives, the dives done inside the atolls, the dives done outside the atolls, the dives done inside the channels, or passes in this same order are generally classified the different levels of skill. Therefore, a diver shall have, diving from the shore, diving from a moored boat, drift diving.

Q: What is the normal water temperature?

A: Ocean water temperatures rarely vary beyond 27 - 30° C although thermo clines can sometimes be experienced at depths below 20 meters.

Q: What thickness of dive suit should I bring with me?

A: Lycra 3mm wetsuits are popular in tropical waters but some divers prefer a 5mm suit if doing more than one dive a day.

Q: How deep can I dive in Maldives ?

A: The maximum depth is not to exceed 30 meters. Make all your dives no-decompression dives.

Q: Any other Questions?

A: Send us an e-mail and we will answer your questions.
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