MaldivesTravel hints



Best time to dive in the Maldives
(Last updated April 2017)

The Maldives have a hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to November and the northeast from December to April. Generally the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July. The temperature rarely falls below 26°C (79°F).
Visa & Passport requirements
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Maldives for the most up-to-date information.

Visitors to the Maldives must possess a valid passport (min. validity 6 months). The Maldives currently offer a free 30-day visa on arrival for passport holders of most nationalities, provided that you hold documents required for your next destination and proof of sufficient funds. Visitors who do not have a hotel reservation are required to hold at least USD 50.00/person per day to cover their stay.
Health
Hospital and medical facilities, including rescue and emergency services, are limited in the Maldives. The two hospitals in the capital, Male, offer general medical and limited specialist facilities. Many isolated resort islands are several hours travelling time from hospital facilities. In the event of an emergency, a medical evacuation to a location with suitable facilities may be required. Medical evacuation costs are considerable.

There are five decompression chambers in the Maldives. It may take several hours to reach facilities in an emergency.

The Maldives are a malaria-free zone, but the mosquito-borne dengue fever and chikungunya fever occur here. We recommend that you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including using insect repellent at all times, wearing long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and ensure your accommodation is mosquito proof.

With all travels into tropical climate you should have an active immunisation against tetanus and a current polio protection.

By far the greatest threat to health is sunburn. Give this your most careful attention. Always wear a sunscreen. Sunburn, seasickness, fatigue, coral cuts, fire coral burns, cuts and bruises are health hazards to be anticipated and can be avoided with common sense and care.

Medical kit suggestions
- Analgesic
- Insect repellent
- Anti-seasickness medicine
- Suntan lotion
- Sunblock cream
- Band aids (some large ones)
- Ear Drops alcohol/vinegar based. Daily use will prevent outer ear infections.
- Antibiotic ointment for coral cuts. Please your physician.
Currency
The currency of the country is the Maldivian rufiyaa.

Incidental charges can be paid by Visa, Mastercard or cash local currency with most dive resorts and liveaboards. Operators in more remote locations may only accept cash. Some permit fees may only be paid in cash. For credit card payments, service charges will apply.
Departure tax
All departure taxes from the Maldives are included in your international flight ticket.
Local time
The Maldives have only one time zone, which is 5 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
Language
The people of the Maldives speak Malivian Dhivehi and English.
Electricity
Electricity in Maldives is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Maldives with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. It is recommended to bring international adapters. Some liveaboards offer 110V outlets.
Certification requirements & dive gear hire
Please remember to bring your certification card with you. All certified divers must present their certification cards in order to dive.

Dive operations in the Maldives offer the possibility to hire dive equipment at extra cost. Please email us for advice. Tanks, weights and air fills are included in all cruise packages.

Please note that many Maldives dive operators have DIN tank fittings. If you have INT fittings on your regulator, make sure you bring an adaptor.
Dive insurance
All dive operators promoted by Diversion Dive Travel adhere to very high standards for safety and equipment. A current Diver Evacuation & Accident cover is recommended for all diving arrangements. For a nominal yearly membership fee, the DIVERS ALERT NETWORK (DAN) provides year-round diver evacuation and accident cover. For more details on membership and insurance options, please contact your regional DAN office according to your area of residence:

North America: www.diversalertnetwork.org/
Europe: www.daneurope.org/
South-East Asia/Australia/Pacific: www.danasiapacific.org/
General travel insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled travel arrangements, Diversion Dive Travel strongly suggest you consider taking out suitable travel insurance at the time of booking. Travel insurance policies are designed to cover losses such as cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, sudden illness or serious injury whilst abroad, and lost, stolen or damaged baggage and personal items.

Travel Insurance for Australian Residents:
www.diversiondivetravel.com.au/travelinsurance.html
Clothing suggestions
Casual & comfortable clothing including a light jacket is recommended, as evenings can get cool and liveaboards usually keep their airconditioning high in all indoor areas. Please keep sun protection in mind and be advised to respect local customs by not wearing swimsuits, short shorts, or other inappropriate clothing in towns, villages or public places.
Tipping
Tipping in the Maldives is something of a grey area. A 10% service tax is added to nearly everything from restaurants to shops and room prices. Some liveaboards charge also a minimal service fee per day. Nonetheless, locals working in tourism have gotten used to receiving tips and being rewarded for very good service. There are no set rules, give as much as you see fit. On liveaboard vessels it is customary to give the tip to the skipper or cruise director and ask it to be distributed amongst the crew.
Safety
Tourism is a major source of income for the islanders, and the crime rate is low. Local people are friendly and helpful. The Maldives are generally a very safe place to travel.
Links to more information
The following information is supplied by the foreign affairs section of the relevant country or the tourism authority of the destination. Please check the links for up to date information on visa and safety requirements, embassy and consular contacts, general information:

Australian Travel advice for Maldives
UK travel advisory for Maldives
US travel advisory for Maldives
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