The transition months of November and April are considered to have increased water clarity with better visibility for divers. However, if you are from a Central African or South American country, or if you have travelled through these areas before arriving in the Maldives, you need to have a valid certificate indicating that you have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Returning visitors do not need to choose the same resort twice thinking that their first was the best. And because we respect your personal space, you will never be disturbed unless you wish to be. Tipping is very common among travellers visiting the Maldives. If you have bought liquor, beer and related items containing alcohol from a duty free shop while on route to the Maldives, these products must be bonded in the airport’s customs department upon arrival. However, all resorts and hotels – other than hotels in the capital Male’ – offer world famous brands of liquor, beer, and other alcoholic beverages. The speedboat jetty is only a 2-minute walk from the arrival terminal and to catch the seaplane, guests take a 5-minute bus ride to the other side of the airport island. There are no night transfers available to resorts far from Male’ or the airport. This is the low season with fewer tourists and lower prices. Normally, authorities in the Maldives do not require vaccinations. This is only possible during weekdays and you need to visit the merchant in order to get cash. All resorts are located on private islands with rooms around the island that offer a high standard of service. In the Maldives, we go out of our way to make our visitors feel welcome from arrival until departure. You are not allowed to bring liquor to the Maldives. Resorts in other atolls further from the airport, offer speedboat and seaplane transfer services. When you book your holiday with Vermillion Travels, either one of our representatives or a member from the resort you will be staying at will meet you at the airport. How much of the Maldives do liveaboard companies cover? What sort of trips are liveaboards normally used for? Can we experience both liveaboard boating and a resort? These hotel-boats are capable of comfortably accommodating ten passengers. When you arrive and proceed from the main gate, after clearing customs and immigrations, please look for a representative holding a sign with your name on it. What sort of diving spots are available in the Maldives? A support boat equipped with a compressor, weights, tanks and related gear, accompanies each passenger boat. If your reservation includes a night in Male’ or the airport hotel, this will also be arranged by the representative. Passes follow the same order and are generally classified by different skill-levels. Lycra 3 mm wetsuits are popular in tropical waters but some divers prefer a 5 mm suit when diving more than once a day. Most boats have itineraries of 7 days or 14 days allowing you plenty of time for exploring a wide range of dive sites. What sort of trips are liveaboards normally used for? These vessels can also be used purely for leisure, study tours to the inhabited islands, fishing and surfing trips or shorter snorkelling excursions. Can we experience both liveaboard boating and a resort? They usually spend their first week on a liveaboard, diving or just relaxing and getting pleasure from just being near the sea. There are now vessels ranging from 17m in length for groups of 6, to vessel as large as 45 meters and capable of comfortably accommodating groups of 20. How are the liveaboards organized and do they run on a set schedule? If you do stay for a night at the airport hotel, or in Male’, you will be transferred the following morning to your resort from the airport. What sort of diving spots are available in the Maldives? A diver should therefore be able to dive from the shore, from a motorboat as well as being able to handle a drift dive. Today, smaller vessels are mostly used for leisure, and fishing tours, while larger vessels now operate as dive centres. If a passport expiry date falls within 30 days of arrival, tourists cannot extend their stay beyond the passport’s expiry date. The Maldives are five hours ahead (GMT ) of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During these months, hotels and resorts tend to get fully booked with prices and rates that are higher than during the rest of the year. Most shops and souvenir boutiques on the capital island Male’ accept major credit cards and traveller's checks. How are transfers arranged to and from the resorts? However, all visitors need to have a valid passport. The most popular period to visit the Maldives, therefore also the peak season, is between December and April. The tickets will be handed back to you at the airport on the day of your departure. Can I use my Visa credit card or debit card to get cash from the banks? The resort islands near these sites offer boat service to the breaks and some resorts have their own surf break with direct access. You can also view resorts with water bungalows on our site,
The Maldivian capital Male’ is only 10 minutes by boat from the international airport. Some of these airlines fly daily, weekly or twice weekly and connect the Maldives to many major centres around the world. As the airport is situated on a long and thin island, from above it looks somewhat like an aircraft carrier. There are certain scheduled flights such as Malaysian Airlines and Indian Airlines that require passengers to reconfirm their return flight 72 hours before departure. Protecting the fragile eco-system surrounding these islands is extremely important to both resort owners and an increasingly important aspect for their guests. What activities and sports are available on the islands? We have selected a few dedicated resorts for honeymooners. We will notify you by return e-mail with confirmation or notice of unavailability within 24 hours. All of our listed rooms rates are per room and per night. Infants below 2 (1.99) pay government bed tax of USD 8 per person per day. You will be informed of these rates at the time of your booking. We advise you to contact your local ticketing offices of, for example, Emirates, Sri Lankan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Air India, Euro fly, Condor, Air Europe and other carriers serving the Maldives for flight and ticket information. The remaining balance must be paid 30 days before your arrival, or, immediately if your arrival is less than 30 days from when you received confirmation of your booking.
Average temperature on the Maldives is 29 degrees Celsius. Should you choose to make your reservation with a hotel or resort of your choice, please contact them directly. You can make payment via bank transfer or arrange a money transfer through Western Union.
The country consists of a network of beautiful coral islands and the sea between them, with a land surface area of 1% of the country’s territory. The country’s territory covers an area of 90,000 square kilometres and consists of approximately 1,200 coral islands. Please contact us for a full holiday quotation including transfers, excursions and other related inquires. Regardless of how you contact us, be assured that we will reply to you within 24hrs. Can I make a booking directly to the hotel’s reservation office?
The Ministry of Human Resources Employment and Labour can provide work visas. Between May and November it's still warm, but the skies can be cloudy, humidity is higher and rain is more likely. There are two or three merchants that can provide you with limited cash. Generally all islands in the Maldives provide immense natural beauty and all resorts offer their own unique style. Most resorts located in Male’s atoll are accessed by speedboat.
Working or engaging in employment while visiting with a tourist visa is prohibited. In the Maldives the currency is called "Ruffia" or Rf. All resorts, liveaboards and most souvenir shops accept major cards and cash payments in US dollars. Christmas and New Year is the busiest and most expensive part of the peak season period. Will I be able to use my electrical equipment in the Maldives? None of these shops are, however, able to provide you with cash from your credit card and there are currently no ATMs or cash machines in the Maldives. At the moment, the main transport method is by motorboat, speedboat and seaplane. The Maldives is made up of a small island group scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, roughly 500 km from the southernmost tips of Sri Lanka and India. Resorts on this website have rates listed where available. Reservation requests are generally made here on this site using our reservation form. Please ensure all required information is provided, including home and office phone numbers, to complete any reservation using this method. If you only want to check availability, just send us an e-mail or mention this when you fill in the reservation form. We will, upon your arrival, present the original voucher to the hotel reception.