Malé, capital of the Maldives

Male, the capital of the Maldives, provides an opportunity to meet Maldivians on their home turf. Malé is one of the smallest national capitals in the world with an area of less than six square kilometers and a population of approximately 200,000. It’s also the largest city in the Maldives by far.

To go a bit further to discover the the actual essence of the Maldives through its historical sites, culture, traditions and local cuisine, the ideal place is the lively capital of Male.

To be honest, we don’t usually recommend taking time of our trip to the Maldives to visit it, as it isn’t what can be called a “beautiful city”, and besides that, it doesn’t have many atractive tourist points of interest. In fact, the local Maldivian culture is usually better observed on other smaller local islands.

With all that, it can be a curious visit especially for those who have a few extra hours at the airport before or after their international flight.

Male Maldives Port
Port of Male

Male, the center of Maldives

The capital is located in North Male Atoll, and the city is next to the international airport. It greets visitors and local residents at Republic Square with a huge Maldivian flag.

How to get to Male in Maldives

Velana International Airport is located on the island of Hulhumalé, two kilometers away from the capital, the mentioned Malé. In theory, all international flights arrive in the Maldives at this airport with different airlines such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Alitalia, Air France, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Sri Lankan Airlines, although it also receives charter flights.

Hotels and resorts in the Maldives welcome their guests at the airport and take them to their islands by boat or seaplane. A good idea to lead off your vacation in the Maldives is to visit Male before transferring to the resort.

Since 2018, the city of Male has been connected to the island of Hulhumale (new Male), the island of the airport, by a bridge over the sea, a masterpiece of engineering.

History of Male

Since the 12th century, Male has been the center of the Maldives’ Government. The first trading houses in the island appeared in the 17th century, along with a ring of defensive bastions, although Male didn’t become a city until the mid-20th century. In fact, in the 1920s the population was estimated at just 5,000, and much of the island was covered by vegetation.

Growth began with the modernization of the 1930s and the construction of the first banks, hospitals, high schools, and government offices. In the 1970s, with the advent of tourism and an expanding economy, the city really flourished and growth emerged as a problem due to a lack of space within the island.

Despite extending the area of the city through land reclamation on the island reef, Male isn’t able to be extended further, so expansion towards Hulhumale island has been the policy of successive governments since the decade from 1990.

Malé Maldives aerial view

Stunning aerial view of the capital of the Maldives Islands

How to move around Male

Majeedee Magu, Bodu Thakurufaanu Magu and Chandhanee Magu are the main roads through the city. The best way to fully immerse yourself in Maldivian culture in Malé is to walk along its streets, visiting the shops and attractions along the way.

The bicycle is the transport option for locals. There are no buses; although there are taxis, which charge extra for luggage. These taxis offer a 24-hour service and provide an alternative way to explore the capital. Rates increase after midnight to six in the morning. There are even cheaper motorcycle taxis that are very useful for a single person without luggage.

For those interested, our agency provides a private vehicle to visit the city of Male.

Visit Male (Maldives) – What to see in Male?

Although the goal of a trip to the Maldives Islands is always to rest and enjoy its paradise beaches and sea, the city of Malé offers a local side glance.

Male visit video

We take a long tour of Malé in a long filming walk, the best way to get an idea of what Malé is like:

Male Republic Square

The heart of the Maldivian capital is Republic Square, located in the north of Male. When approaching the place, a massive Maldivian flag greets all visitors. The Islamic Center is located next to the square.

Republic Square in Male Maldives
Republic Square in Male


The Medhuziyaaraiy Temple is the Shrine of Abu-al Barakaat, the person who carried out the conversion of the Maldives to a Muslim country in 1153.

Hukuru Miskiiy (The Friday Mosque)

This mosque was built same year Abu-al Barakaat converted the archipelago to Islam. In 1657, during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, it was rebuilt to add some improvements. One characteristic is that its walls are made with finely carved blocks of coral. Inside the mosque we can see wood engravings and lacquer works.

Male Maldives Friday Mosque
Friday Mosque Malé

Kalhu Vakaru Miski

The Kalhu Vakaru Miski Mosque in the Sultan Park is a must-see of Male. It is one of the oldest mosques in the whole country. It was built by Sultan Shamsudeen II in the 18th century. Every single piece of the mosque is designed in such a way that all they fit together like a puzzle. This fascinating structure was built with coral stones and lacquered woodwork without using any type of mortar.

The Sultan Park and the National Museum

The Sultan’s Park and the National Museum are part of the area occupied by the former Sultan’s Palace built in the islands’ monarchical era. The museum opened in 1952 and contains a wide variety of artifacts from Maldivian history. You can see relics from pre-Islamic times to antiquities that have belonged to different monarchs. Among the most outstanding objects we can find the rifle that Mohamed Thakurufaanu used in his fight against the Portuguese in the 16th century, ceremonial costumes, helmets used by the sultans, statues and other figures from the 11th century that have been discovered in ancient temples.


Located very close to the Hukuru Miskiyy mosque we can find the Mulee-Aaage; a palace built in 1906 by order of Sultan Mohamed Shamsuddeen III. During World War II the Palace garden was used to grow vegetables due to the scarcity of food resources during those years. Until the construction of the new presidential palace one year after, when the Maldives became a Republic in 1953 the Palace was the official residence of the president.

Rasfannu’s Beach

The end of the island, where the locals go to enjoy the always charming sunset. It’s a recommended place to finish the day with a nice walk by the sea.

Shopping in Male

No visit to Male is complete without some shopping at the traditional local markets. In Male it’s possible to find perfumes, cosmetics, jewellery, watches or electronics, canned fish and souvenirs such as the “thudu kuna”, the Maldivian mat woven with local natural fibers, and the miniature wooden ‘dhonis’. Of course, it isn’t the cheapest place to shop, and it can’t be compared with other Asian countries in this regard. The northern end of Chaandhanee Magu is the perfect place for souvenir shopping. The area was formerly known as the Singapore Bazaar for the many imports from that country. On the west coast of Male there’re many street vendors that also open at night. Visitors can stop to taste sweet or savory local foods with Indian spices and fresh coconut.

Malé Fish Market

The fish market is one of the most attractive places during a visit to Male. The afternoon, when the Dhonis, or local fishing boats, start arriving with their catches is the high point of this market. It is striking to see the great variety of fish that are unloaded and the skill of the fishermen descaling and cleaning them for sale to the public. All these fish and sellfish are captured using sustainable techniques.

Sunset in Maldives
Dhonis in Maldivian sea

Local Market

We can find Local Market to the west of Fish Market. There we will find several stalls with the most characteristic products and foods of the entire Maldives. It is the right place to buy some souvenirs or typical and characteristic foods of the Maldives.

Stay in Malé, Hotels in Male

Male has a good variety of hotels, but almost all of them have little space inside, which is understandable when you consider that the island is very compact and overcrowded.

We recommend some options:

Mookai Hotel

Basic 3* hotel. A good option for slightly cheaper rooms in the capital.

JEN Maldives Male by Shangri-La

The Hotel Jen is the most prestigious in the Maldivian capital, it belongs to the prestigious oriental chain Shangri-La.

Stands out for its southern infinity pool on the roof overlooking the Indian Ocean, its spa and its 24-hour bar/cafeteria.

Male Maldives
JEN Maldives by Shangri-La

The Somerset Hotel

A classic in Male, a 4* hotel with a good breakfast and transfers included. The Somerset Hotel offers small rooms (as usual in Male) but practical and comfortable.

Nap Corner – Corner Stay Malé – Capsule

The most original and the cheapest on our list. The Nap Corner Male is a capsule hotel, where you sleep in a futuristic capsule on the wall. The bathrooms are shared but it’s a clean accommodation and perfect for backpackers and independent travelers.

Maldives Male
Nap Corner Male

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Honeymoon in Maldives – Honeymoon Trip in paradise

It is the most special trip in the life of many people and a honeymoon in Maldives will make it even more unforgettable. Everything you can imagine for a perfect honeymoon trip: tropical islands, almost empty white sand beaches, turquoise waters, dream hotels… In this article we explain why a trip to the Maldives is one of the most demanded destinations by the newlyweds.

Why celebrate your honeymoon in Maldives

There are many reasons to choose one of the most dreamed destinations in the world. Of course it is a trip that is not cheap, but it is the most special trip for many couples, and Maldives offers everything to make it unique. Here we tell you some of the reasons to travel to Maldives for your honeymoon:

You will feel like kings on your honeymoon

On a honeymoon in the Maldives, each of the people on the resort team, and of course the Maldives Arena, has only one mission: that you enjoy your days with us. For this reason, from the moment you set foot in the Maldives, our team will accompany you, first to wait for you at the exit of the terminal and take you to the transfer to the resort, which can be by speedboat, seaplane or on a domestic flight to another island. Once at the resort, all the staff care about improving the traveler’s experience: you really feel comfortable, because they have a natural friendliness and, at the same time, a professionalism that is not seen in other places.

An unforgettable hotel for a honeymoon in Maldives

The Maldives has without a doubt some of the best resorts in the world. From the simplest to the ultra-luxury, only available to the lucky few, everyone has their own private island, high-quality service, exclusive beaches for the resort, bars with alcohol, top-quality service, world-class restaurants. and an unforgettable location.

Viaje de novios Maldivas
Honeymoon in Maldives

Dream beaches

Here yes, in Maldives there are the beaches on the cover of the travel agency catalogue. It has also happened to us when arriving at a destination that the beaches have little to do with the photos on the internet or in travel agencies. But in Maldives there are those beaches with transparent turquoise waters, without waves, fine white sand and surrounded by palm trees. Some villas have their own private beach. You can visit our Instagram to get an idea:

Privacy for honeymooners in Maldives

The rooms of the resorts are more like houses that provide all the privacy. To begin with, each resort is a private island where no people live. The beaches have very few people and some are almost for us alone. There are even resorts that have private islands where the couple makes sure to be completely at their own pace. In Incredible Maldives we will recommend a resort adapted to your tastes: there are resorts without children, rooms surrounded by vegetation, on the water, with a jacuzzi or private pool… Sometimes we make combinations of two rooms, some nights in a more “normal” one, in the beach, and some nights to finish in a “top” room.

Habitación en la playa con piscina privada – Luna de Miel en Maldivas

Special gifts for your honeymoon trip in Maldives

For honeymooners there is always some extra or detail on the part of the resorts. In addition, activities can be organized such as a dinner alone on the beach, on a desert island or underwater; boat trips at sunset, couples massages, a fishing excursion, snorkeling, diving…

Luna de Miel en Maldivas - Viaje de Novios
Honeymoon in Maldives

Maldives is NOT just beach

Some of our clients have told us that they were having doubts about getting bored in a “very beach” destination, and that they have come back delighted because the Maldives is much more than that. The resorts have a lot of activities: snorkeling, jet skis, kayaks, massages, a library, all kinds of sports, live music, bars with DJs,… you can tell us your tastes and we can help you choose the resort that best suits you. to make your honeymoon in Maldives unforgettable.

Check out our post: What to do in Maldives: All things you can enjoy in a trip to the Maldives islands

Spa and massages on a honeymoon in Maldives

Many of the resorts in the Maldives have their own spa, with the best professionals from each country for the different treatments and massages. Due to its proximity to the south of India, Ayurveda treatments stand out, the ancient traditional medicine of India.

The whole year is a good time for a trip to the Maldives

In Maldives the temperature is always ideal: the whole year it moves between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, and the water is a perfect 23/25. It is true that the best months to travel to the Maldives are between December and April, while between May and November it can occasionally rain. But they are usually punctual showers and the resorts offer good prices at this time of low season. With the weather everything depends on luck, but it is always a good time for a honeymoon in the Maldives.

Here all the info about the Weather in Maldives: Best time to travel to Maldives

How much does a honeymoon cost in the Maldives?

More or less everyone knows that the Maldives is not a cheap destination, but the price of a honeymoon trip to the Islands depends on many factors, such as the season, type of room, resort category.

Cheap Hotels in Maldives

Here we have a video of what a honeymoon trip in Maldives can be like in good resorts:

Honeymoon in Maldives – Combined honeymoon trips

Another option that is made in some honeymoon trips is to combine two trips in one, and we propose several options:

Combined local island with resort in Maldives

A combination of two trips within the Maldives: a few days on a local island and several days in a luxury resort. It is a combination that allows you to try two different flavors: a more local one to see how Maldivians live and another a little more luxurious. It is also a way to make a trip to the Maldives more affordable.

Ukulhas in Maldives, the local island with resort beach

Honeymoon in India and Maldives

Two very different destinations but that precisely for this reason combine very well. The explosion of colours, flavours, culture, people… an intense first part of the trip, discovering an incredible culture that surprises at every turn. And to end a few days in the paradise of the Maldives.

Honeymoon in Sri Lanka and Maldives

The so-called Pearl of the Indian Ocean is opening up to tourism and it does not leave anyone indifferent: ancient monuments, impressive Buddhist temples, endless tea plantations, national parks with a varied fauna and also some amazing beaches are Sri Lanka’s letter of introduction. And very well connected with several flights a day, in just an hour and a half you can land in the Maldives.

Honeymoon trip to Dubai and Maldives

Another usual combination is that of Dubai with the Maldives Islands, two countries where luxury predominates. With our local contact you can visit the best-known Emirate of the United Arab Emirates for a few days. Dubai is world famous for its luxurious lifestyle, commerce, ultra-modern architecture and lively nightlife. No more than 3 or 4 days are necessary to experience all the charms of the Emirate, including visiting the tallest building in the world, the most luxurious hotels and even being able to spend a night in the desert.

Dubai with the Maldives Islands is an ideal combination for the honeymoon of couples who do not have many days, and in just over a week they can get to know two of the most glamorous places on the planet.

Organizing your wedding in Maldives

Another of the activities that can be organized in the Maldives is to organize a simulation of the wedding on the beach.

It would not be an official wedding, since Maldives is a Muslim country, but an unforgettable ceremony.

Viaje de novios en Maldivas - Boda en Maldivas
Honeymoon in Maldives – Wedding in Maldives

Honeymoon Good Offers in Maldives

In summary, the Maldives are a unique place in the world, and one of the most popular when it comes to organizing a honeymoon trip. Please contact us and we will help you choose the resort that best suits your tastes and budget, and at the best possible price: contact.

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What to do in Maldives: All things you can enjoy in a trip to the Maldives islands

The Maldives Islands are a unique heavenly place. They have some of the best beaches and best hotels in the world to relax and unwind. In this article we summarize what to do in the Maldives and what to see in the Maldives on a trip to the islands.

What to do in Maldives

Known for being the perfect place for a vacation and honeymoon, enjoying its paradisiacal beaches is the main activity to do in the Maldives. However, this paradise on earth has so much more to offer, and it really is suitable for any type of traveler.

This article summarizes all the things to do in Maldives for anyone to enjoy; Adventure seekers and honeymooners will find plenty of travel inspiration here, but so will those looking for a more local experience.

Maldives beaches

It is the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of this country: the beaches of the Maldives. One imagines the turquoise green beaches on the cover of a travel catalog. Many destinations use photographs like this, and the reality when you get there is disappointing. But in Maldives we assure you that the paradisiacal beaches are real. The secret is that they are coral islands, forming atolls protected by reefs that create interior lagoons of turquoise waters and with thousands of colored fish. The sand is white, the water is at the same temperature all year round (around 28º C), but it doesn’t feel so hot because outside the temperature is the same.

Here you can find all the information about the wheather in Maldives

What to do in Maldives: Paradise beach in the Maldives Islands
Paradise beach in the Maldives Islands

Sandbanks and desert islands in Maldives

The atolls of Maldives have hundreds of small islets in which there is no human presence or construction. It may be a small sandbar where there is nothing else or an island with vegetation, but the experience is interesting. Excursions can be organized to visit, stay a few hours, a picnic, a dinner … or even spend the night.

Snorkeling, diving, scuba diving in Maldives… The life under water

Maldives is one of the top diving destinations. There are many professional PADI dive centers where you can dive if you are not certified, or enroll in various dive options on one of the many reefs. Maldives has an abundance of marine life unique in the world. We talk below about fauna, such as rays, whale sharks or sea turtles. The crystal clear waters offer incredible visibility and there is no need for a wetsuit as the water is quite warm all year round.

Here you can find all the info about diving in Maldives

What to do in Maldives: whale shark in Maldives

In case the visitor is not attracted to scuba diving, snorkeling is an excellent option because the reefs in the Maldives are not usually very deep and you can see great marine shows without the need for diving equipment.

Surf in Maldivas

One of the water sports par excellence could not be missing in the Maldives. The calm waters of the lagoons in the atolls of Maldives could lead us to think that it is not a good place for surfing. But on the contrary, it is one of the destinations chosen by surfers from all over the world for its waves. The reefs protect many islands and leave very calm waters inside, but outside the waves are very good.

There are resorts with restricted areas for surfers, even with bars and exclusive rooms for them.

What to do in Maldives: surf in Maldives

All king of water sports

There is a wide variety of sports to practice in the Maldives: kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddle), water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, etc …

Maldives spa and massage

One of the most relaxing activities to do in the Maldives is to indulge in a relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment. The archipelago is known for having some of the best resorts and spas in the world, with excellent services and massage venues in incredible surroundings. Visitors can receive therapeutic massages and spa treatments from all over the world: Ayurveda, Balinese, Thai … Usually they have professionals from several countries specialized in different

Yoga in Maldives

This ancient philosophy began in India, not far from the Maldives. It is about uniting the physical, the mental and the spiritual. The word yoga means union, in this case the union of body and mind. Yoga classes can be taken at many local resorts and islands in the Maldives. Even in many it is a free group activity. Practicing yoga in the Maldives facing the sea, or even under the sea as we see in the photo, is a unique and very relaxing experience.

What to do in Maldives: Yoga in Maldivas
Yoga under the sea in Maldives

Other activities you can do in Maldives

Aside from the activities discussed above, many hotels and resorts offer many other options to entertain their guests. Some leisure alternatives in accommodation are the following:

Maldives Golf Resorts

Golf in Maldives
Golf course in Maldives

Despite the little land available on the islands, it may come as a surprise that there are some resorts with golf courses. Among the most prominent are:

Velaa Private Island: designed by José María Olazábal.
Meeru Island Resort & Spa
Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives


Many resorts have a free-use tennis court for their clients. In fact, some of them are chosen by first-line tennis players, such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Between the two they have 37 Grand Slam tournaments and have traveled to the Maldives several times. In the winter of the northern hemisphere, the tennis season stops and both tend to take the opportunity to visit paradise where there is always a good temperature. Despite being on vacation, they have to follow certain routines so they continue to train daily.

Sport fishing

Sport fishing is a popular tourist attraction in the Maldives with hundreds of fishermen coming to the country to catch a wide variety of fish species, especially the large ones. Renowned for being one of the best sport fishing destinations in the world, the Maldives is home to species such as tuna, sea bream, barracuda or swordfish. The country has strict fishing regulations that are enforced to maintain fish populations for the livelihood of the local population. Because of this, fishing is highly controlled and of course strictly prohibited in the many marine reserves.

The gastronomy in Maldives

In the resorts there are some of the best restaurants in the world, specializing in cuisine from around the world. The local cuisine focuses on fish and seafood, how could it be otherwise. And there are also cooking class options.

Dinner in an underwater restaurant

Dining in one of the underwater restaurants in the Maldives is an activity that allows visitors to enjoy an excellent meal with incredible views of the seabed. It is an experience that you will not easily forget. Underwater restaurants boast the most unique dining experiences in the world. It is ideal for the activity as a couple, although it is also possible to dine with the family and celebrate a special occasion, since there are options for all types of guests in these underwater restaurants in Maldives.

What to see in Maldives

Apart from having one of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the world, in the Maldives Islands we can contemplate a great diversity of fauna and flora; apart from being able to visit Male or take an excursion to local islands.

Maldives seabed
Family enjoying the spectacular seabed of Maldives

Whale shark in Maldives

It is the largest fish in the seas, and the Maldives is one of the best places to see it in the wild. The whale shark usually measures between 12 and 15 meters, but it is totally harmless, since it only feeds on algae and plankton. Is in danger of extinction.

In the Maldives you can even see it snorkeling, close to the surface.

Giant Ray Mantas

The giant manta ray is another of the most striking animals that can be seen in the waters of the Maldives. These fish can reach a wingspan of 7 meters and weigh 1,500 kilos. Like whale sharks, they are also harmless and feed on plankton and microorganisms that they achieve by filtering water while swimming majestically with their mouths open. And unfortunately it also coincides with the previous one in that they are in danger of extinction.

Other marine wildlife

We can find a great diversity of fauna in the Maldives Islands. Among the most famous aquatic animals are the crocodile fish, moray eel, napoleon fish, black marlin, sailfish, lion fish, stone fish, trumpet fish, flute fish, dolphin, barracuda or la hawksbill turtle.

Mejor Snorkel en Maldivas
Colorful fish in the depths of the reef

Sharks in Maldives

In addition to the aforementioned whale shark, there are many types of sharks, the vast majority totally harmless. In fact, there have been no reported shark attacks in the Maldives in the last 40 years.

In fact, in the lagoons of the resorts, even from the room itself, it is not uncommon to see harmless little blacktip sharks, they are called baby shark. There are also small whitetip sharks, which in adulthood and offshore can be aggressive. But it is not the case of those in the waters of the Maldives, which are young and shallow.

Other sharks that can be observed in the Maldives are the gray shark species, or the striking cat sharks, hammerhead sharks, thresher sharks, leopard sharks or zebra sharks. Sharks are very important for the balance of the ecosystem and as we discussed above they are not aggressive.

Turtles in Maldives

Sea turtle in Maldives
Sea turtle in Maldives

Five of the seven known species of turtles in the world are seen in the Maldives. All turtles use paddle-shaped fins to propel themselves through the water at speeds of up to 35 km per hour. During the nesting season, the females return to land to lay their eggs in a nest dug out of the sandy beach. After about two months, the hatchlings return to the sea. Sea turtles are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems.

Dolphins in Maldives

One of the friendliest inhabitants of the sea, they can be seen on specific excursions, with a good percentage of success. And sometimes even in a transfer or from the coast these mammals can jump from the water.

Male, the capital of Maldives

The capital of the Maldives Island is full of skyscrapers and narrow streets, surrounded by levees. Shopaholics can visit the local markets, which are full of fresh produce; or head to Chaandanee Magu, the place to get local souvenirs, such as carved wooden dhonis, miniature replicas of the boats that dot the waters of the area.

Male en Maldivas
Male, the capital of the Maldives islands

The golden-domed Mosque presides over the entire landscape, given that it is a Muslim country.

The National Museum traces the history of the Maldives Islands. It can be a curious visit if we have time to spare in Male, although it is somewhat expensive for what it offers. It opens from 10 am to 4 pm, except on Fridays when it is closed (it is a holiday in the Maldives, it closes almost everything).

Here we have a video from our YouTube channel in which we take a long first-person walk through Malé:

Excursions to local islands

The Maldives Islands are not only luxury resorts. In addition to the islands dedicated entirely to tourism, there are also the islands where the Maldivians live. And there is the option to visit these islands and learn about the local culture.

Some resorts have a local island nearby that can be visited on an excursion in a hotel boat. Although they are quiet places and without much to see, in Incredible Maldives we recommend the experience to see how the locals live. The resort is a world apart.

It is also possible to stay on a local island, here we talk about Ukulhas island.

Here we visit Thoddoo on foot, bike and from a bird’s eye view, a local island with charm and beautiful beaches:

Maafushi island in Maldives
Maafushi island

Other excursions in Maldives

Both from the resorts and from a local island you can take excursions of a few hours, to experience the underwater life, try the experience of being on a sandbar or simply enjoy the beauty of the reefs of the Maldives.

A sandbar is a tiny island of a few meters square in which there is nothing. A meal can be organized, where there will only be a table and chairs and where they will leave us alone in the middle of the sea, to come and find us after a few hours, interesting, right?

Sandbar Maafushi Maldives

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Diving in Maldives: all about diving in the Maldives islands

With its crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and great visibility, diving in the Maldives is one of the most spectacular activities that can be done on a trip to the islands. On a scuba dive in the Maldives, you can see giant manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, all kinds of corals, and an abundance of fauna and flora like few other places in the world.

Here we tell you everything you can see and do in the Maldives.

And of course you can consult us for a trip to the Maldives where you can practice scuba diving, snorkeling or other activities. In addition, the Maldives is a perfect place to obtain open water or other diving qualifications.

Diving in Maldives

Diving in the Maldives is one of the reasons that thousands of visitors are drawn to the islands each year. The waters of this archipelago offer a huge variety of underwater areas to be explored by all types of diving enthusiasts, from beginners to the most advanced.

Between the islands, there are channels that connect the Indian Ocean with the lagoons. This ocean water is packed with plankton and nutrients, which in turn attracts incredible marine life. Coral is beautiful in the Maldives, but what makes it so special is the high density of fauna on its reefs.

National Geographic considers Maldives one of the 5 best places in the world for beginners (link in English)

There are two options for travelers interested in diving in the Maldives:

  • Staying at a resort or hotel on a local island like Ukulhas island. For travelers who want to go scuba diving but also enjoy other activities in the Maldives.
  • liveaboard dive cruises. An option totally focused on diving in which different points are crossed with several dives every day.
Diving Maldives: Whale Sharks in the Maldives Islands
Whale Sharks in the Maldives Islands

Marine life in diving in Maldives

The flora and fauna in the Maldives is incredibly rich and varied. The marine flora of the archipelago is very well preserved. There are soft and hard corals with striking colors. The islands have a vast and diverse seabed.

During the dives, divers can share water with giant manta rays between 3 and 5 meters, entire families of sea eagles, barbed ray, 5 different species of sea turtles, whale shark, whip shark, guitar shark, tiger shark, leopard shark, gray shark, whitetip shark, blacktip shark, giant wrasse and schools of hammerhead sharks.

Best time or season to dive in Maldives

You can dive in the Maldives all year round. But if you have to bear in mind that the Maldives have two distinct seasons, a dry and a rainy one.

The northeast monsoon (with northeast winds) runs from late December to May. At this time of year, the skies are blue and there is little wind which means the seas are calm. The eastern atolls generally have the best visibility during this time. Reef sharks often congregate on the east side of each atoll; while the mantas move to the western sides in search of plankton. The current is also strongest at this time of year.

June through November is the southwest monsoon and the above process is reversed; as the mantas move to the east and the reef sharks to the west. The sea is usually more rough. This is usually the best season for giant stingrays.

The water temperature is fairly constant throughout the year at 27 – 30 ° C, except in the extreme south where the water temperature can drop to 24 ° C during the northeast monsoon.

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Diving Conditions in Maldives

Visibility during the activity is usually very good; since species can be seen from 20 to 50 meters. A day with poor visibility means that the water is full of plankton; So it is synonymous with having great chances of encountering whale sharks and mantas, which feed on these small organisms.

The ocean currents can be very intense, but these currents are what attract the large specimens. It is always convenient to have experts who know the area. You can consult us for the best dives in Maldives.

The difficulty varies depending on the dive sites. In each area there are options for all levels, from those who have never tried the experience to those who have traveled half the world practicing diving.

Best diving spots in Maldives

In each atoll of the Maldives Islands there are several areas that are ideal to enjoy diving activity. We are going to summarize the best areas of Maldives from a scuba diving point of view.

Diving in Ari Atoll

One of the best atolls for scuba diving in the Maldives. The deep channels of the Ari Atoll attract mantas, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and many other kinds of reef sharks. In the canals, strong currents mean that you have to be accompanied by an experienced instructor in the area, but divers will be amazed by the rich fauna. There are also easier areas near the reefs for beginners that will not disappoint because you can see practically the same fauna.

There are hundreds of interesting areas around the Ari Atoll, which makes it a very popular choice with divers.

Diving in Rashdoo

Rashdoo is one of the best dive sites in Maldives (within the top 5). It is north of Ari Atoll and stands out for several interesting areas. In Madivaru corner, two currents meet, the oceanic and the tidal currents, creating a point where reef sharks, mantas, sea eagles and huge schools of tuna, barracudas, snappers, etc. will feed themselves. It also has a manta point that is a cleaning station where giant blankets accumulate daily early in the morning. There are also caves and two wrecks near the island.

In total there are 21 cataloged dive sites and they are between 2 and 15 minutes by boat from the island, so many varied dives can be done easily.

North Ari

It is an area with many sunken ships, blanket areas, and many thilas.

Ukulhas stands out for its thilas, which are small underwater coral mountains full of marine life. Close to Ukulhas is one of the most famous spots for night dives in the Maldives, called Maya Thila.

South Ari

Baa Atoll

Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2011, Baa Atoll is home to abundant amounts of mantas in season. We will also be able to see glass fish, as well as the curious bat fish.

During the southwestern monsoon (May through November), the mantas use the entire reef as a cleaning station, providing excellent photo opportunities. Baa Atoll is also a popular area for whale sharks.

In addition, in this area the visibility is very good between November and May, although it is not the ideal season to see the famous giant mantas.

The most famous place to see the big animals is Hanifaru Bay.

Raa Atoll

A host of pristine reefs, located within the Raa Lagoon, boasting an impressive array of corals and fantastic marine life. On the western side of the atoll, you can find tunas, groupers, and wrasse, while stingrays and turtles frequent the eastern reefs and walls.

One of the most popular sites is The Labyrinth. This place is known for being the home of batfish and gray and white tip reef sharks, along with moray eels and groupers.

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Gray and white corals in Raa Atoll
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Seabed of Baa Atoll in Maldives

North Male Atoll

North Male Atoll, one of the most visited areas in the Maldives, is close to the capital and the airport. The well-known Manta Point is located in the southeast of the atoll, and as its name suggests, it is a privileged place for encounters with manta rays, as well as barracudas, turtles and napoleon.

Diving in Fuvahmulah or Gnaviyani

Gnaviyani Atoll, or Fuvahmulah is the smallest atoll in the Maldives, located on the channel between Huvadhu and Addu. Actually the whole atoon is a single island, but one of the best for diving in the Maldives.

Much less explored than most atolls, Fuvahmulah is a refuge that attracts numerous species of sharks and rays throughout the year. The unexplored reefs are the perfect place for regular appearances of thresher, tiger, silvertip, whitetip and gray reef sharks; as well as giants of the open sea such as hammerhead sharks and whale sharks.

South Male Atoll

South Male Atoll is quieter than North Male, and although it does not have the same marine diversity as the North Atoll, the topography and strong currents bring large species closer to shore. Diving here can be exciting and sometimes challenging, with deep channels and rapidly changing conditions. Cocoa Thila, one of the best dive sites in the Maldives, is a pinnacle that attracts horse mackerel, eagle rays, or whitetip and graytip sharks.

To the north, the Vadhoo Caves provide shelter from strong currents and the opportunity to explore the more unusual species found in the twilight.

Diving in Maldives on other atolls

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Noonu Atoll

Noonu offers a variety of diving suitable for different levels of experience, including some exciting drift dives and unique shark encounters. Christmas Rock, a submerged island, is home to whitetip sharks and rays.

It offers divers the opportunity to witness large groups of gray reef sharks, as well as leopard sharks and rays.

Lhaviyani Atoll

This popular atoll is well explored and offers more than 50 dive sites suitable for all skill levels. Hawksbill turtles and guitar sharks can be seen in its waters.

It is home to the wrecks of Skipjack 1 and Skipjack 2, which offer fascinating dives. Both boats are covered by a multitude of colorful corals where we will find butterflies, damselflies, glass fish and small blennies.

South of the wreck, the Madivaru Kandu offers some deeper places to explore, as well as encounters with eagle rays and whitetip reef sharks.

Ihavandhippolhu Atoll

The northernmost atoll in the Maldives. Diving here comprises wide, shallow channels with gentle currents and a vibrant selection of hard and soft corals. The overhangs and walls of the reefs are covered in coral. Reef sharks, turtles, wrasse, and mantas can be seen, as well as reef species such as grouper, moray eels, lionfish, and a variety of crustaceans.

The waters here are relatively unexplored, ideal for experienced divers, while the shallow areas offer the perfect zone for beginners.

Haa Alif Atoll

Another beginner-friendly atoll, Haa Alif also has wide channels and shallow sites that facilitate gentle dives drifting through reefs.

There are also more advanced sites with areas frequented by mantas and turtles.

Vaavu Atoll

Vaavu Atoll is an excellent destination for beginners to scuba diving, with shallow channels and sheltered sites that offer gentle snorkeling over beautiful coral reefs. The Vattaru Reef offers a relaxed dive filled with butterfly fish.

A more challenging site, Miyaru Kandu to the northeast experiences stronger currents with the possibility of seeing a hammerhead shark in the distance. Humphead wrasse and eagle rays are very common, while lucky divers may find a stingray or whale shark if the season is right.

Faafu Atoll

With a variety of diving and some unspoiled reefs, Faafu Atoll offers something for all tastes and abilities. Deep channels with fast currents attract stingrays and occasionally whale sharks throughout the year, and sites like Jumping Jack are noted for their bright coral.

Repeater’s Paradise is a shallow, sheltered site; which attracts stingrays, turtles and whale sharks to the reef.

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Hawksbill Turtle in Maldives

Meemu Atoll

Like the nearby Faafu Atoll, Meemu Atoll offers divers deep inland reefs with currents that support healthy corals and abundant marine life.

Shark’s Tongue is a challenging site with large corals. Gray and silver reef sharks can be spotted if conditions are favorable.

Dhaalu Atoll

The marine life around Dhaalu Atoll is diverse and unique, with several unusual species living around the wide canals. Inside the lagoon, the Lohi Island Cave is a dive that features sponges that are embedded around the cave entrance.

In the northwest, many species of moray are found, including giant moray eels and white-mouth moray eels. The long-beaked hawkfish also hide in these waters.

Thaa Atoll

Diving in the Maldives on Thaa Atoll has areas for all levels. The best sites have strong currents but offer abundant reefs. You can find mantas, turtles or bat fish.

More suitable for beginners is the so-called Caribbean Garden, a sheltered place with very little current. Whitetip reef sharks are often found in slightly deeper areas.

And along with Ari and Gaafu, possibly the best area for whale sharks.

Laamu Atoll

Gentle, shallow currents make Laamu Atoll ideal for new divers, or those looking to relax in smooth waters through exotic coral gardens. Underwater mini islands are a focal point for reef sharks, while mantas can often be spotted.

Huvadhoo Atoll

Huvadhu is divided into two administrative areas: Gaafu Alif Atoll in the northern part, and Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll to the south. It has a good number of species of sharks. There is diving here for beginners and experienced divers alike, where an outer reef protects an inner lagoon sheltered from ocean currents and waves.

Dozens of dive sites along the pristine reefs showcase tropical fish. Whale sharks can also be found in May and June, when changing ocean currents increase plankton blooms.

The northern part, called Gaafu Atoll, Gaafu Alif ‘or Huvadu North, is famous for both whale sharks and smaller ones.

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Impressive encounter with several Whale Sharks

Addu Atoll

The southernmost of the atolls, Addu is as picturesque above the waterline as it is below. Sharks, turtles, and mantas are regularly seen on deeper dives.

Advanced divers can explore the remains of the British tanker Loyalty. It is the largest shipwreck in the Maldives and a huge artificial reef that supports all kinds of marine life.

Open Water in Maldives, Advanced and other certifications

Given that we are talking about one of the best places in the world to dive, it is not surprising that the Maldives is one of the best options for obtaining diving qualifications, including the famous open water.

Depending on the place the prices change, but you can consult us since we can offer prices similar to those of Spain in an incredible environment and in waters at 28/30 degrees centigrade.

Snorkel in Maldives

In the Maldives you can snorkel practically anywhere. It is not convenient to do it on inhabited islands, such as the capital Malé, but all resorts and most local islands have areas to practice the activity; either on your beach or from your room on the water.

The resorts have areas with different levels of difficulty for all types of people. For those who want to dive for the first time, they can start with the calm waters of the lagoons; since there is no depth or waves or currents. More experienced divers have a greater variety of options, highlighting opportunities to see large animals such as turtles, manta rays and whale sharks.

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Weather in Maldives: Best time to travel to Maldives

The weather in Maldives is somewhat complex, since it is a tropical monsoon climate with warm temperatures throughout the year.

Maldives is located to the southwest of India and Sri Lanka. Its more than 1200 islands, of which 203 are inhabited, form one of the most iconic places in the entire Indian Ocean and one of the most impressive and famous holiday destinations in the world.

Even taking into account that it has two very marked seasons, the climate in Maldives in general does not show great changes. We have prepared this article to try to explain the weather in Maldives.

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Climate in Maldives, when to travel to Maldives and weather in Maldives

Climate in Maldives: Dry season and wet season

The climate in Maldives is made up of a wet season (associated with the humid south-west monsoons and strong winds and storms), which begins in May and lasts until the end of October. During this period of the year, you can see some contrasts compared to the period between November and April, where the dry season (associated with dry monsoons in the northeast of winter) and sunny days, make travelers come from all over the world to enjoy of its paradisiacal beaches.

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The weather in Maldives: Temperature in Maldives

The Maldives has average temperatures that do not vary much throughout the year, so the climate in the Maldives remains stable throughout the country. It is true that there is usually more rain in the south during the wet season, but even so, the average annual temperature does not drop below 25 degrees Celsius.

In fact, you can safely travel without warm clothing all year round, because temperatures never drop below 23/24 degrees, even on winter nights.

Weather in Maldives: rainy season in Maldives

In the wet season, rains tend to be more frequent, but it must be taken into account that showers are possible throughout the year. It is an unpredictable tropical climate but it has the advantage that it tends to be punctual rainfall.

Later in the article we have the average temperatures and rainfall in Maldives month by month.

Weather in Maldives, Meteorology: Best Time of Year to Travel to Maldives

During the dry season, there is hardly any rain and there is less humidity, while the wet season is characterized by winds and rain. Next, we will explain what is the best time of year to travel with a better climate in the Maldives and what each of them can offer you.

Maldives weather from November to April

During this time of year, the climate in the Maldives is characterized by low rainfall, the temperatures are warm and very pleasant and the clear turquoise skies make this undoubtedly one of the best times to travel to the Maldives. The sea is usually calm and the waters very clear, perfect conditions for both snorkelling and diving enthusiasts and sun lovers. Temperatures do not usually exceed 30 degrees during the day, or drop below 20 degrees at night. This is undoubtedly the most popular period to visit the islands..

Maldives weather from May to October

Although the wet season in Maldives takes place during this time of year, it is still a good time to visit the country. It is true that humidity and rain increase during these months, but since they are such low islands, the clouds pass very quickly so the rain usually translates into small storms that usually last a short time. This is why the climate in the Maldives is normally still pleasant during this period. It all depends on luck of course, we can find several days of rain.

During these months, the islands are less saturated with tourists and the low season offers multiply. All this makes it not a bad time to travel to the Maldives.

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Weather in Maldives in July, August and September (weather in Maldives in summer)

Many people ask us about traveling to the Maldives in the summer months in the northern hemisphere. Although in Asia it is the monsoon season, the Maldive islands suffer much less from this meteorological phenomenon, and as we have explained, although storms can fall, they tend to be punctual and soon the sun rises.

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Information for travelers

The climate in Maldives makes it one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Thanks to its extraordinary natural beauty and a very pleasant climate with constant temperatures during most of the year. Even so, it must be taken into account that being a tropical climate, storms during the rainy season vary greatly from one year to another.

When it comes to choosing a date to travel to the Maldives, whether in the dry season or in the wet season, the temperature will always be good, and it will depend on your vacation availability, but it is not a crazy idea to travel in the wet season.

Here you can see the average rainfall and temperature statistics taken over 15 years:

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The weather in Maldives for diving lovers

For diving enthusiasts, both seasons have their advantages: during the dry season, the visibility of the seabed is excellent due to the northwest currents that begin to flow more strongly in November, gradually weakening with the arrival. of the month of February.

During the wet season, the water has a greater amount of plankton and nutrients. As a consequence, more of the famous whale sharks tend to concentrate in shallower waters closer to shore than during the dry season. However, visibility is not as good as during the dry season months.

Dream Holidays in Maldives

Maldives has more than 100 resorts. Each of the complexes tends to occupy its own private island, which makes this country a unique tourist destination in the world. The tranquility and privacy are assured in each of them, where you can enjoy a totally paradisiacal environment with beaches and movie sunsets.

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Where is Maldives located?

The Maldives Islands is a place that we associate with paradisiacal beaches, white sands and crystal clear waters, but many people do not know where they are or that they are a country in themselves.

The Republic of Maldives, Maldive Islands or simply Maldives, is an independent island country, and it does not have any territory on the continent.

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About the Maldives

Maldives is an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean, 450 kilometres from India and southwest of Sri Lanka. The islands are also often considered to be in the Laccadive Sea within the Indian Ocean itself. They belong to the continent of Asia, more specifically it is one of the southernmost points of the Asian continent.

It is a tropical country that includes 26 atolls with a curious shape of giant rings that are made up of more than 1000 coral islands.

Where is Maldives located? – Map of Maldives

Here is the location of the Maldives on the map:

Where are the Maldives?

Surface of Maldives

The Maldives Islands are a series of coral atolls built from the crowns of an ancient submerged volcanic mountain range. All the islands are low, none rise more than 2 meters above sea level.

The reefs form a barrier that protect the islands from the destructive effects of the monsoons. The rainy season, from May to August, is brought by the southwest monsoon; while from the months of December to March, the northeast monsoon brings dry and light winds.

The atolls have sandy beaches, lagoons, and lush growth of coconut trees, along with breadfruit trees and tropical shrubs. Fish abound in the reefs, lagoons and seas adjacent to the islands, making it an ideal place for snorkelling and diving.

Little history of Maldives

The archipelago was inhabited as early as the 5th century BC by Buddhist people, probably from Sri Lanka and southern India.

The Portuguese settled in Malé from 1558 until their expulsion in 1573. In the 17th century, the islands were a sultanate under the protection of the Dutch rulers of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and, after the British took possession of Ceylon in 1796, the islands became a British protectorate, formalized in 1887. In 1932 the first democratic constitution was proclaimed, where the country remained a sultanate. A republic was proclaimed in 1953, but during that year the country became a sultanate again.

In 1965, the Maldives Islands achieved full political independence from the British, and in 1968 a new republic was inaugurated and the sultanate abolished. The last British troops left on July 26, 1965, a date celebrated in the Maldives as Independence Day. Maldives became a member of the Commonwealth in 1982.

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Resort island in the Maldives

Political System of the Maldive Islands

The constitution of the Maldives was adopted in 2008. The head of state and government is the president, assisted by a vice president and a cabinet. The president and vice president are directly elected by universal suffrage for a maximum of two five-year terms. The cabinet is made up of the vice president, government ministers, and the attorney general. With the exception of the vice president, the president appoints cabinet members.

The 2008 constitution established Islam as the official state religion. Non-Muslims cannot become citizens, and the government is prohibited from enacting laws that contravene the principles of Islam.

The highest legal authority is the Supreme Court. The president in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission appoints its judges. All judges must be Sunni Muslims.

Capital of the Republic

The capital of the Republic of Maldives is Male. Located in Kaafu Atoll (or also called Malé Atoll), Malé is the largest city in the country with just over 100,000 inhabitants. The island on which it is located, with an area of 2 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, is urbanized throughout its area.

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Male, capital of the Maldives Islands

Malé is not of great tourist interest, since it is a very densely populated city and the only area of the country where we can see buildings of considerable height. It has quite narrow streets and most of them are very busy. Malé, the capital of the Maldives Islands, is the main source of supplies for the rest of the country.

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Maldives Language

The culture of the Maldives is influenced by different visitors who came to the Maldives throughout the ages. We can see Indian, Sri Lankan, Arab, Persian, Indonesian, Malaysian and African cultural traits.

The main language of the country is Dhivehi. The Dhivehi is a unique blend of Arabic, English, Hindi, Sinhalese, and Urdu. Hence, it is similar to many of the languages spoken in North India, Southeast Asia, and Sri Lanka. Of course, since tourism is a major industry in the country, almost all international languages are spoken in hotels and resorts, such as English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. Most travelers will easily find someone who can communicate with them fluently.

Tourism in the Maldives Islands

Although the Maldives Islands is not an inexpensive or affordable destination for many people, in recent years new accommodation options have been created to adapt the stay to a greater number of potential clients.

Here we show you how to travel to the Maldives, with a video taken by ourselves:

Getting to Maldives – Maldives Airports

The Maldives Islands are served almost exclusively at Malé International Airport, whose official name is Velena International Airport (MLE). This airport is located on the artificial island of Hulhule, in the North Malé Atoll.

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Male Airport, Maldives

A large number of airlines operate at Malé International Airport. SriLankan Airlines ranks first as the largest foreign airline as they now operate 35 weekly flights to and from the Maldives. Other airlines that fly here are Aeroflot, Air France, Air India, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, Condor, Etihad, Emirates, FlyMe, Hong Kong Airlines, Lufthansa, Korean Air or Turkish Airlines.

There are also some other very small domestic airports found in and around the Maldives Islands. These domestic airports provide you with an easy way to get from one island to other, and you may be heading to one if you are taking a private transfer by plane. Some of these airports are Ifuru, Kadhdhoo, Dhaalu, Fuvahmulah, Thimarafushi, and Kooddoo Airport.

Types of Islands, for tourism in the Maldives – Resorts

The resorts are private islands for tourism in the Maldives. They are perhaps the most famous type of accommodation in the Maldives and what any tourist thinks of when visiting them. They are usually very complete complexes, cared for down to the smallest detail and where we will spend a stay in the closest thing we can find to paradise. They usually offer numerous activities to their guests and have a very complete restaurant service. On the resort islands you do not have to follow the strict laws of the official Muslim religion in the country.

Because of all this, it is the most expensive type of accommodation in the Maldives.

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Maldives local islands

The local islands were opened a few years ago to international tourism and are a cheaper option for tourism in the Maldives. The best known are Maafushi, Thulusdhoo, Gulhi, Rasdhoo …

Here we see a local island in the Maldives, Thulusdhoo:

Hotels on Maldives local islands

Urban hotel accommodation has recently become popular with tourists visiting the Maldives. In fact, it has been only a few years that it has been allowed by law to stay on local islands. The tourist can stay on a local island in Maldives and enjoy a variety of excursions, visit local shops and dine at its restaurants. It is one of the ways to save on vacation in Maldives. They are usually 3 or 4 star hotels, quite basic.

Guesthouses in Maldives

Guesthouses are the cheapest category of accommodation in the Maldives. It is defined as “an establishment that is not a resort or a tourist hotel, but that has been developed in accordance with the standards determined by the Ministry of Tourism to provide accommodation to the tourists and the family of the house is looking after the guest.” .

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Ukulhas in Maldives, the local island with a resort-like beach

Ukulhas in Maldives is a local island that stands out for its paradisiacal beach. The island is surrounded by transparent lagoons and coral reefs, which extends around 10 sq mi. and is home of about 1,000 inhabitants. Ukulhas in the Maldives is located about 70 kilometers east of Male, on the edge of the North Ari Atoll. At the eastern part of the island there is a magnificent beach of fine white sand leapt by turquoise waters of one of the most beautiful lagoons of the atoll.

Ukulhas in the Maldives is the closest neighbor to the local island of Rasdhoo, only about 9.3 miles away; and it has several options of restaurants, guesthouses and variety of accommodation. Due to its proximity, we recommend the travelers who have a time enough to make a split stay that includes both the island of Rasdhoo and this beautiful local island of Ukulhas in the Maldives.

Ukulhas in Maldives

Known as the first eco-friendly island in the Maldives, you can discover all the hidden secrets and activities available on this beautiful local island in Maldives.

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Ukulhas, the ecological island

Ukulhas is an island located approximately 44 miles from the capital, the city of Malé. Its population is well known for its good waste management practices and is now considered the “first island with systematic waste management” in the Maldives.

In 2014, Ukulhas won the Green Leaf award for its outstanding services in the protection and preservation of the island’s environment. It is a pride for its local people, a true reflection of the dedication and commitment of each and every individual within its society.

How to get to Ukulhas in Maldives

The most common way to get to Ukulhas is to travel from Malé or from neighboring Rasdhoo, which is a common point to move around. Ukulhas can also be reached from other local islands.

The two main transfer alternatives to go to Ukulhas are the public ferry and the speedboat.

The public ferry runs the route Malé-Rasdhoo-Ukulhas from Monday to Thursday, leaving the capital of the Maldives Islands at 9 in the morning and arriving in Ukulhas after noon. This ferry does not make the direct trip, as it has a quick stop in Rasdhoo of around 10 minutes.

There is also a public ferry connecting the main Rasdhoo islands – Ukulhas, Rasdhoo and Thoddoo – on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

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Ukulhas Harbour

Best time to travel to Ukulhas

Ukulhas in particular, and Maldives in general, is a destination to travel in any month of the year. Its location allows a not too strong tropical climate, so you can enjoy the warmth of the archipelago with a constant temperature throughout the year.

The the rains are scarce between the months of November and April; but this is also the peak tourist season in the Maldives and hotel rates tend to be more expensive. From May to the end of October is the year perior when the rains are frequent, although they are very short in time, so you can always enjoy the sun throughout the day also during low season.

Staying in Ukulhas – Hotels and Guesthouses in Ukulhas

Ukulhas is a quite touristy island so there is a wide variety of accommodation; from the most basic to some of good quality.

West Sands is a good hotel located a few meters from the beach; with beautiful rooms and a high quality restaurant.

Things to do in Ukulhas in Maldives

Ukulhas in Maldives is an island more focused on carrying out activities than on touring around it. There are some small mosques on the island, the oldest dates from the mid-17th century. However, most of the people visiting Ukulhas is looking for greater emotions through the different activities that can be done there.

Ukulhas Beach and its House Reef

The beach is fairly the main attraction of Ukulhas. It has a length of almost 0.6 miles; so it occupies almost the entire western part of the island. Some hotels have direct access to the beach. There are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas; so you can comfortably lay down under the shade of the trees. Even when highest season and the island has many visitors there is never a feeling of high occupancy, as the beach is really large.

Ukulhas Bikini Beach is quite clean, like the rest of the island. But this rule applies mostly to the period from November to April. The rest of the time, waves and currents carry some dead coral. In addition, during the low season the tides are usually higher, so most of the beach is under water and sometimes you cannot walk from one end to the other. Depending on the time of the year, the size of the beach could change and move from one to another area of ​​the island. This is because of the wind direction and the absence of an external reef, so it serves as a barrier for the waves.

Its house reef is located a few feet from the beach, so simply by putting on your diving goggles and entering the water you can discover the wonders of the sea. You can meet many fish and turtles, and with a little luck, even small sharks (totally harmless).

Ukulhas in Maldives Beach
Ukulhas Beach

Snorkel in Ukulhas

Near to Ukulhas Bikini Beach, you will find a vast and beautiful coral reef with live corals of all different types. In it you can see various marine species, including huge banks of parrotfish. In addition, it is also possible to meet stingrays, small cuttlefish, turtles and octopuses.

Ukulhas is a perfect place to observe the turtles in total freedom and in their usual habitat, since there are a large number of animals of this species living around the island and on its reef in search of food.

Diving in Maldives

Ukulhas has several excellent diving spots in its surroundings. Some thilas are among the best in the area and the fauna is very varied; with mantas, turtles and sharks (harmless) as strong points.

Sandbank Tour (Sandbank in Ukulhas)

In the area around Ukulhas there are several sandbars that are available for your visit at different times of the year. Most of the tourists seen three of them. These places are a unique experience in the Maldives; where you can feel like Robinson Crusoe, cut off from the outside world.

The length of the longest is approximately 140 meters and is available all year round. In it we will find a beautiful reef with many fish, stingrays and even turtles.

Sometimes tourists from Ukulhas resorts are brought to this sandbar, so it can be crowded or no one is there.

There are no palm trees so you need to bring an umbrella and a cooler (many accommodations provide these). And lots of sunscreen and a hat can help.

Romantic dinner in Ukulhas

Ukulhas hotels in Maldives can organize two types of romantic dinners for couples: on the beach and on the sandbank.

Visit a resort

From Ukulhas, trips to tourist resorts such as Nika Island, Gangehi or Ellaidhoo by Cinnamon can be arranged. The cost depends on each resort. The hotel only charges for transfers to and from the complex. But the entrance fee is paid separately at the resort (they usually have fees around 100-150 euros per person).

The price includes the time of stay on the island (generally from 10:00 to 17:00), towels, food and drinks (depending on the resort), the possibility of visiting bars, restaurants, SPA and other resort amenities.

Access to the villas has an additional cost.

Combo – Ukulhas with a Resort in Maldives

Our agency offers an interesting combination of a local island with a resort; to try the two main accommodation alternatives in the Maldives.

Combining a local island hotel with a resort is a perfect way to stay on a budget on multi-day stays.

Cheap Hotels in Maldives

Maldives Islands are a luxury destination, with some of the best resorts in the world. But there are also options of cheap hotels in Maldives, understanding a cheap price within the context of prices in Maldives. In this article we highlight some of these resorts; where you can enjoy the luxury of the Maldives without having a very large budget. Also other ideas to travel to Maldives cheap. And of course you can compare with our web: Maldives Arena.

Cheap hotels in Maldives

Stays in the Maldives are not cheap, but traveling to paradise is not as unattainable as many tourists have in mind. Many people have the idea of ​​super luxury and off-budget resorts, but there are also cheap resorts and hotels in the Maldives with three or four stars with good prices and excellent service.

The cheapest option of all is travel to local islands, where there are guesthouses and basic hotels.

Cheap hotels in Maldives
Cheap Hotel and economic resort in Maldives

Cheap Hotels in Maldives – Some of the Best

In the Maldives, most of the accommodations are luxurious; and many people have the idea that they are beyond their economic means. In this article we highlight a number of resorts where you can get an idyllic vacation on a budget.

Paradise Island Resort

Although the Paradise Island resort is listed as 5-star in some places, it still belongs to the affordable beach resorts in Maldives. It is more of a basic 4*, although there are also categories of villas for higher budgets. The resort’s superior beach bungalows are literally cheap and can be booked from 150 euros / USD per night.

Without compromising the quality of service and amenities, there are 220 rooms of various types to reserve. Since Paradise Island Resort and Spa is located so close to the airport, only 10 kilometers away, transportation is also easier and cheaper, helping to reduce travel expenses.

Paradise Island Resort

Paradise Island Resort - Cheap Hotels in Maldives
Paradise Island Resort

Fihalhohi Island Resort

Fihalhohi is the last island in South Malé and is located on the southwestern edge of the atoll, about 28 kilometers from Malé International Airport. The transfer time to the resort by speedboat would last approximately forty minutes. Accommodation options at Fihalhohi Island Resort on the beach are quite affordable.

The perfect warm climate of the island makes it the ideal place for water activities and excursions. Unlike paradise, surrounding the beach is an impressive coral reef that is teeming with abundant marine life that can be seen while doing snorkel with just a pair of goggles and a snorkel.

Fihalhohi Island Resort

Sun Island Resort and Spa

Sun Island is the largest resort in the Maldives, both in terms of area and number of rooms. It has rooms in the interior of the island (garden), beach and on the water.

Sun Island Hotel has 68 water bungalows located on the beautiful turquoise lagoon. These unique rooms are spacious and furnished with Maldivian-style furniture leading to a wooden pier, creating a sense of privacy secluded from the rest of the island. The transfer is done by means of a domestic flight of about 30 minutes followed by a short trip by speedboat.

Sun Island Resort and Spa

Sun Island Resort and Spa
Sun Island Resort and Spa

Gangehi Island Resort & Spa

Located on the outskirts of North Ari Atoll, Gangehi Island Resort is a small resort that can be reached in 25 minutes by seaplane (boat can also be arranged, but it is more than an hour away). This quiet isolated island has lush vegetation; on one side it is bordered by a coral reef near the shore, on the other it opens onto a wide lagoon. The marine life is of great beauty: an amazing variety of tropical fish of all shapes and sizes swim around beautiful corals along with sea turtles and sharks.

Thanks to its strategic location in North Ari Atoll, Gangehi Island Resort is able to offer countless dive sites suitable for beginner, advanced or expert divers.

Gangehi Island Resort & Spa

Gangehi Island Resort & Spa
Gangehi Island Resort & Spa

Bandos Maldives

The Hotel Bandos Island Resort & Spa is 7 kilometers from the airport so the transfer is 10 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport. The Hotel Bandos Island Resort is one of the most popular resorts in the Maldives and falls into the range of the cheapest, being able to stay there from around 150 euros per night.

The resort is famous for being one of the best family resorts in Maldives. You can relax and enjoy while your little ones have a great time. The turquoise of the lagoon, the lush green vegetation, the pearl white beaches, the azure blue sky and the abundant sun create a feeling of perfect tranquility.

Keep in mind that almost all the rooms are on the island, only 2 are on the water.

Bandos Maldives

Bandos Maldives - Cheap Hotels in Maldives
Bandos Maldives

Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Located in the South Malé Atoll, just 34 kilometers from the Velana International Airport, Adaaran Club Rannalhi is one of the cheap resorts of the Malé Atoll where you can book holidays and affordable honeymoons . It belongs to the Sri Lankan chain that has several resorts in Maldives, and despite its cheap price range, Adaaran Club Rannalhi gives you a great experience.

The Adaaran Club Rannalhi offers 96 beach villas and 26 water villas. The speedboat takes about 45 minutes to get here.

Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Adaaran Club Rannalhi - Cheap Hotels in Maldives
Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Tips for traveling to Maldives on a budget

Besides choosing a cheap resorts or hotels in Maldives; There are other aspects that must be taken into account when it comes to saving a little more the budget of our stay on the islands.

Next, we give a series of tips that should be taken into account when trying to live a luxury experience in the Maldives Islands with a not too high budget.

Travel in the Low Tourism Season

One of the best ways to travel to the Maldives on a budget is to go during the cheapest time of year. As in almost all holiday destinations, in the Maldives there is high season and low season.

During the low season, there are fewer tourists traveling to this archipelago; which means that hotel rooms are not in great demand. Due to this, the tourist complexes lower their prices and this is when the client can find better deals.

The peak of the low season is the month of June. Keep in mind that it is low season for a reason. June is the rainiest time in the Maldives, it usually rains more frequently during the month. Although it can rain at times, it is not usually all day; and you can save a “peak” at resorts and hotels.

Beach in Maldives
Amazing beach in Maldives

Early Booking Offers

Another way to save some budget on your Maldives vacation is to book your accommodation in advance. Many resorts have early bird specials where you get a discount by booking your stay several months in advance.

Take a good look at the prices of transfers and taxes (the small print)

To get to your hotel, resort or local island in Maldives you always need a transfer; which are more complicated and expensive than in other destinations. This type of service could be by speedboat, seaplane or on a domestic flight to any of the local Maldives airports.

And you also have to take into account that accommodation in Maldives has to add a good proportion of the price for taxes.

It must be taken into account that many of the offers that we can find on the Internet do not include taxes or this obligatory transfer service to reach the resort, so that tourists will find unpleasant surprises upon arrival; since they represent a good percentage of the final price.

The best way to save on the budget would be to make the transfer in a speedboat. By seaplane, we have the possibility to enjoy all the atolls of the archipelago from the air; which offers a great view of the Maldives, but is usually much more expensive. But it is not always mathematical, and sometimes there are offers that include the transfer or discounts.

Seaplane in Maldives
Seaplane in Maldives

More information about Cheap Hotels in Maldives

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Coronavirus in the Maldives

As throughout the world, the coronavirus in the Maldives is deeply affecting travelers and tourism. We summarize in this article the situation today (March 2022).

Coronavirus in Maldives: cases

Right now, in March 2022 there have been some 172000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported throughout the pandemic, of which 297 have died. It is one of the least affected countries in the world despite the movement of travelers. The authorities are taking their work very seriously because tourism is very important to them.

In the beginning of 2022 there was a high rebound in cases due to new variations, much more contagious but less dangerous. The contagion curve is already normalized and there has been a slow but continuous decline in cases for several weeks.

Here we have the official website of the Ministry of Health where they explain the cases:

Evolution of the pandemic in Maldives by daily cases:

Covid in Maldives cases 2022
Daily cases Coronavirus Maldives. Source: Google and JHU CSSE COVID-19 Data

Omicron in the Maldives

The new strain of the Coronavirus Omicron has not affected the Maldives at the moment.

As many other countries have done, the Government of the Maldives has also imposed travel restrictions on several African nations to prevent the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 from entering the country. Since last November 28, the Maldives has prohibited entry to travelers from seven African countries.

The Ministry of Health in a statement announced that citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini will not be allowed to enter the Maldives.

Travelers who were in these countries during the last two days before entering the Maldives, must undergo 14 days of quarantine.

State of borders and resorts due to coronavirus in Maldives

On March 27, the borders were closed due to the pandemic. On July 15 they reopened, we explain below.

Travel to Maldives after Covid 19 – Coronavirus

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has confirmed on June 23 the opening of the borders from July 15, 2020:

  • On June 1, clients who have private planes or super yachts have begun to travel.
  • Normal flights have begun on July 15 and several resorts will begin operating. The list is gradually increasing, you can see below.
  • The opening of accommodation on local islands has been postponed until October 15.

Coronavirus in the Maldives – travel insurance

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Can you travel to the Maldives in the coronavirus pandemic?

Yes, the borders are open from July 15 to travel to resorts. In addition, the resorts are giving good deals and a lot of cancellation flexibility.

New in September: from September 10 it will be mandatory to present a negative PCR test on arrival in Maldives made 96 hours before the flight departure (4 days) and a health declaration. We explain both in the next section.

The Maldives Ministry of Tourism has confirmed that:

  • Borders will be opened to all nationalities (there will be no excluded countries)
  • There will be no extra charge, the Maldives visa will remain on arrival and free.
  • There will be no quarantine on arrival.
  • A negative PCR test will not be required any more upon arrival in Maldives (from March 2022).
  • It will be mandatory to present a health declaration (we will explain later)
  • If symptoms occur, a test may need to be done by the traveler.
  • You must bring a reservation made in advance.

PCR test to travel to the Maldives

As indicated above, from middle March 2022, is NOT mandatory to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 to enter the Maldives. For both, vaccinated and not vaccineated travellers.

IMUGA health declaration form

IMPORTANT: It is mandatory to submit an online health form within 48 hours before arriving in Maldives. This “Traveler’s Health Declaration” is presented to mitigate health risks and facilitate visa procedures. The presentation of this same form is also mandatory for all people who leave the Maldives Islands at the end of their stay.

Travelers can complete and submit their health declarations through the “Imuga” immigration online portal at:

This procedure can be done directly at the airport, but there is a special queue in which you can lose a lot of time; so it is much more convenient to do it in advance on the Imuga page.

Maldivas Incredible will help all its clients in case of any doubt in the procedures.

The declaration of health is mandatory for all travelers entering or leaving the country, including tourists, work visas and locals.

What security measures are taken at Male International Airport?

  • With the new security measures in place, the capacity of the arrivals hall has been reduced from 1,000 passengers to 570. The departure terminal will also be reduced from 1,200 to 750 passengers.
  • Social distancing measures have been taken with clear visible social distance information and markings on the floor at passenger terminals. This includes the ticket sales points and check-in counters, and the pre-flight inspection area at the international terminal and the domestic terminal at the airport.
  • Tall glass sheet spacers have been installed between the counters.
  • Hygiene measures have been intensified throughout the airport. All seats and desks, rest areas, ticket sales and check-in counters, along with the floor and tarmac area of ​​the airport are subject to regular disinfection processes.

Are there any restrictions on accommodation for my stay in Maldives?

  • It is mandatory to have a confirmed reservation in a tourist accommodation registered with the Ministry of Tourism before traveling to the Maldives.
  • The resorts, boats on board and hotels located on uninhabited islands are available from July 15, 2020.
  • Guesthouses and hotels located on inhabited local islands will be open from October 15, 2020 (information further down in the article).
  • Travelers visiting the Maldives during Phase 1 (July and August) of the opening must book their entire stay in a single accommodation. As of October 15, stays are allowed on several islands, resorts and hotels with conditions.
  • A number of guesthouses and hotels located on inhabited islands will be able to accommodate transit passengers awaiting domestic transfers under special permits.

Will there be a Covid-19 test for all people arriving in the Maldives?

  • Travelers do not must submit a PCR test and will not be subject to any tests or quarantine measures upon arrival in the Maldives unless symptoms are detected.
  • Travelers with symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to a cough, runny nose or shortness of breath upon arrival, will undergo a PCR test at a cost to the traveler.
  • Local health authorities can conduct random tests at no cost to travelers.
  • A health declaration card will be required as part of the arrival procedure. This will be issued in Immigration.

Opening of flights to Madives after Covid 19

The company that manages Maldives airports, Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has confirmed as of June 21 that 10 international airlines have confirmed the opening of routes to Malé International Airport (Velana International Airport).

Most airlines that flew before the pandemic have returned to operation.

List of open resorts in Maldives

We give below the most updated list we have of the state of the resorts in Maldives due to coronavirus Covid 19.

They have opened on July 15

  • Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
  • Angsana Ihuru
  • Angsana Velavaru
  • Taj Exotica Maldives Resort & Spa
  • Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
  • Fihalhohi Island Resort
  • Noku Maldives
  • Cocoon maldives
  • You & Me by Cocoon Maldives
  • Lily Beach Resort & Spa
  • Amilla Fushi Maldives Resort and Residences
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
  • Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah
  • Taj Coral Reef Resort & Spa
  • The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah
  • SAii Lagoon Maldives
  • Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
  • LUX * North Male Atoll Resort & Villas
  • Amila fushi
  • Soneva Fushi
  • Soneva Jani
  • Rahaa Resort
  • Amaya kuda rah
  • Velaa Private Island Maldives
  • Paradise Island Resort & Spa
  • Cinnamon Resorts (Hakuraa Huraa, Dhonveli, Ellaidhoo, Velifushi)
  • Kudafushi Resort and Spa
  • Six Senses Laamu
  • LTI Maafushivaru, Maldives (July 22)
  • OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
  • Atmosphere Kanifushi
  • OBLU SELECT at Sangeli
  • VARU by Atmosphere
  • OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli
  • Olhuveli Beach & Spa
  • Ayada Maldives (July 25)


  • Cheval Blanc Randheli
  • ROBINSON Club Noonu
  • Centara Hotels & Resorts
  • Vakkaru Maldives
  • Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
  • Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
  • Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
  • One & Only Reethi Rah
  • Dusit Thani Maldives
  • Six Senses Laamu
  • LUX * South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas
  • Hotel Jen by Shangri-La
  • Fun island resort
  • Royal Island Resort & Spa
  • Sun Island Resort & Spa
  • JOALI Maldives
  • Bandos Maldives
  • Coco Bodu Hithi
  • Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
  • Biyadhoo island resort
  • Adaaran Prestige Vadoo
  • The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
  • Sun Aqua Iru Veli


  • Kandima maldives
  • Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives
  • Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
  • Kagi Maldives Spa Island
  • Filitheyo Island Resort
  • Pullman Maldives Maamutaa
  • Amari Havodda Maldives
  • Constance Moofushi Maldives
  • Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
  • Dhigufaru Island Resort
  • Meeru Island Resort
  • Vilamendhoo Island Resort
  • Veligandu Island Resort
  • Champa Central Hotel
  • Kagi Maldives (new)
  • Kudadoo
  • Hurawalhi
  • Komandoo
  • Heritance Aarah
  • Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Adaaran Select Meedhuparu and Adaaran Prestige Water Villas
  • Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi (surf only)
  • Embudu Village
  • Summer Island Maldives

From October

  • ROBINSON Club Maldives
  • Outrigger Konotta Maldives
  • Rihiveli The Dream
  • The St. Regis Maldives
  • Kurumba Maldives
  • Velassaru Maldives
  • Kuramathi Maldives
  • Kandolhu Maldives
  • Dhigali Maldives
  • Faarufushi Maldives
  • Seaside Finolhu
  • Fushifaru Maldives
  • Medhufushi Island Resort
  • The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi
  • The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
  • JA Manafaru
  • Kanuhura maldives
  • W Maldives
  • Baglioni Resort Maldives
  • Amilla Fushi Maldives Resort and Residences
  • Ozen Reserve Vittaveli
  • Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
  • AS Cocoa Island
  • Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
  • Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
  • Naladhu Private Island
  • Baros Maldives
  • JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa
  • Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
  • Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort
  • Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives
  • Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
  • Innahura Maldives Resort
  • Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa (October 15)
  • Constance halaveli
  • Safari Island Maldives
  • Dreamland
  • Angaga Island Resort
  • Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Other resorts:

Coronavirus in the Maldives: Local Islands

Local islands opening in Maldives

The Maldives Ministry of Tourism confirmed that it allows the opening of accommodation in Local Islands from October 15. The Health Protection Agency has published a revised standard operating procedure, aimed at preventing the transmission of COVID-19 in the tourism sector.

Before arrival at the Local Island

All tourists planning to stay at a local island hotel or guesthouse must have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 before entering the Maldives, as is the case with resorts. We explain the procedure at the top of the article.

Also, for any tourist who has stayed on a local island another PCR test is mandatory before departure from Maldives. If a specific deadline for PCR tests is set in the immigration requirements of the destination country, this deadline must be followed. Otherwise, the PCR test must be done within 96 hours prior to departure from Maldives. Guesthouses should facilitate PCR testing for tourists; and this or the guesthouse must bear all associated costs.

List of Local Islands open to tourism

This is a list with the official information combined with information on the hotels and guesthouses located on the islands themselves.

  • Guraidhoo: Opens November 5
  • Dhiffushi: closed until November
  • Dhigurah: closed until November
  • Dhangheti: opens November 1
  • Thulusdhoo: open
  • Fulhidhoo: open
  • Maafushi: open
  • Thoddoo: open
  • Mathiveri: open
  • Huraa: open
  • Fodhdhoo: open
  • Thinadhoo: open
  • Gaadhiffushi: open
  • Ukulhas: open
This list is verified where possible but we cannot be held responsible for the veracity of the information or if there are last minute changes.

While staying on a Local Island in Maldives

The use of the mask will be mandatory in public places for local people and for tourists staying on any of the local islands of the Maldives. Existing mask use guidelines should be followed.

It is recommended to use the contact tracing application “TraceEkee” to facilitate contact tracing. Tourists cannot enter private residential houses, but they can use public cafes and restaurants. Cafes and restaurants will follow the infection prevention measures provided by the Government of Maldives.

In addition, tourists can enter any commercial premises on the island.

Traveling between islands during your stay in Maldives

Tourists will be able to travel between two local islands; and between a resort and a local island for tourists as long as the resort or local island is not under travel restrictions.

Tourists must make a departure check before traveling from a local island to a resort or other local tourist island. This is to ensure that a symptomatic person or a quarantined person does not leave the island. In the exit exam, it must be ensured that the tourist:

  • You have not had episodes of fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, or trouble breathing.
  • You are not in quarantine or isolation.
  • The temperature will be monitored to rule out fever.

Any tourist with a fever or respiratory symptoms will be required to take a COVID-19 test.

What happens if a tourist develops any symptoms of coronavirus?

If a tourist or the staff of a local hotel or guesthouse develop any symptoms of the disease they should immediately wear a mask and remain isolated until medical consultation and tests. If the tourist shares the room with other people, they must isolate themselves separately in the designated isolation room in the accommodation. Close contacts of the tourist should wear a mask and self-quarantine in their room.

A medical consultation and a COVID-19 PCR sample should be carried out for all symptomatic people at the specialized clinic on the island. If the results are negative, the tourist can come out of isolation.

What happens if a tourist tests positive for Covid-19?

If the symptomatic tourist tests positive for COVID-19, the health authorities will inform the patient of the result. Contact tracing of the positive case should be done by the island’s COVID-19 task force. All close contacts should undergo a PCR test. Identified close contacts between staff and tourists should be quarantined at the island’s designated quarantine facility.

For possible cases of positives, quarantines or problems in the trip, we recommend traveling with insurance:

Coronavirus in the Maldives

More information

Visit these web pages for more information on the situation of the coronavirus in Maldives:

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