GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE MALDIVES

About the Maldives

Maldives is a luxury holiday island destination comprising of more than 1190 islands in the Indian Ocean. Each year, more than 1 million tourists visit the resorts, islands and cruise boats on the island destination for pure relaxation. It is located in the Indian Ocean with a population over 400,000 people.

What is the weather like in the Maldives?

Maldives is a tropical country located across the equator with an average temperature of 30-degree Celsius. The weather in Maldives is mostly sunny and humid throughout the year, however tropical rain showers are expected from May to October.

When is the best time to visit the Maldives?

Maldives is an all year round travel destination with warm temperature and sunny days. However, cloudy skies and rain showers might be expected from May to October, considered low season in the Maldives. You can enjoy the sunniest skies between December and April.

Time difference of the Maldives?

The Maldives is 5 hours ahead of the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

BEFORE TRAVELLING TO THE MALDIVES

Do you arrange flights to the Maldives?

We unfortunately do not book international flights and always recommend our clients to book it directly from the departing destination since fares change depending on where you book it.

What Airport am I flying into?

You will be flying into Velana International Airport (MLE), the main Airport in the Maldives. Major carriers such as Emirates, Qatar, Turkish Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and many other European carriers fly into the Maldives frequently.

Do I need a Visa to enter the Maldives?

To enter the Maldives, tourists do not require a prior visa as a 30-day free tourist visa is granted upon arrival. You will only require your resort confirmation from Adore Maldives and your return international flight tickets.

What are the documents required for the Immigration?

Entrance to the Maldives is a seamless process. You will only require a passport with at least 06 months validity, international flight tickets and the resort voucher from Adore Maldives.

Can I bring alcohol into the Maldives?

Bringing alcoholic items is prohibited in the Maldives and those are held with Maldives Customs Authority until your departure. A wide selection of alcohol & spirits are available in tourist resorts, however, consumption of alcohol is forbidden in locals islands. 

Which currency should I bring to the Maldives?

US Dollars are the principal currency in the Maldives resorts, even though other currencies such as Euro & Pound Sterling are also accepted. The local currency in Maldives is called Rufiyaa (MVR).

What should I bring when visiting the Maldives?

Although everything for a hassle-free stay is readily available in the resorts. Please do not forget to bring an extra bottle of your favorite suntan, hats, sunglasses, water socks (reef walkers) if you like.

What type of Credit Cards are accepted in the Maldives?

Visa Card, Master Card and American Express are widely used in the Maldives.

TRANSFERS TO THE RESORTS & ISLANDS

Who will meet us on arrival at the airport?

The resort representatives will be there at the airport to greet you on your arrival. Hence, after you exit the Arrival hall, please look for the sign board of the resort you are staying in.

What time is my speedboat transfer?

Speedboat transfers are only organised for resorts within MLE atoll mostly. There are usually no set-timings for speedboats since they are owned and operated by the resorts Adore Maldives work with. Therefore, expect to be escorted to the speedboat waiting for you and other guests coming at the same time.

What time is my seaplane transfer?

Seaplanes are operated only during daylight hours in the Maldives. To ensure best connections, the seaplane transfers are arranged based on the timings of the international flights and shared only one day prior to the arrival or departure date. Seaplane transfers are arranged for arrivals no later than 15:30hrs (local time) and departures no earlier than 09:00hrs (local time).

How do I get from the airport to the seaplane?

On arrival you will be greeted & assisted by the respective resort representative. The seaplane counters are located outside the Arrival hall and the airport representative will assist you with the check-in procedure. Once the check-in formalities are completed you will be taken to the Seaplane terminal by a bus or a private vehicle of the resort. Most of the luxury resorts featured by Adore Maldives has its own lounge in the seaplane terminal where you can relax and refresh before your seaplane transfer.

What is the baggage allowance for seaplane & domestic flights?

The standard baggage allowance is 20Kg checked-in luggage and 05Kg hand luggage. Baggage exceeding the standard allowance permissible will be charged at the check-in counter directly.

What are the timings of the domestic wheel plane flights?

Domestic Wheel-planes are also booked based on the schedule of the international flights. The timings of the Domestic flights are shared only one day prior to arrival or departure. The domestic flights lands in domestic airport of different atolls, from there, the resort representative will receive you and escort you to the speedboat waiting to take you to the resort.

ONCE IN THE MALDIVES

What kind of activities can I do in the Maldives?

Maldives is synonym to pristine beaches, crystal-clear lagoons and abundant underwater marine life. If you are an avid snorkeler and would like to explore the marine life, Maldives resorts are the best. From underwater Spa’s to underwater Restaurant’s, surfing to island hoping, Maldives has something for everyone. Every resort has their own set of activities suitable for different age groups which can be booked directly with the resort on arrival.

Is English widely spoken and what other languages are spoken?

English is widely spoken by everyone in the country and especially on tourist resorts, hotels, restaurants and on the public transport. Many tourist resorts have guides and personnel onboard from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, China and Russia etc.

Are there hospitals and medical facilities?

Maldives has excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies, a large government hospital and many private clinics in the capital city, most of the resorts have resident doctors or nurses and has basic medical facilities available.

Does the resort cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, dietary requirements are taken very seriously in the Maldives. Therefore, it is always advisable to notify in advance any alimentary intolerances so that those items can be avoided, and food orders can be customised according to your preference.

Can my kids stay in overwater accommodations?

Usually children are allowed in all types of accommodations, however staying in overwater accommodations is at the parent’s discretion and requires signing a disclaimer form.

Can I place a baby crib in the villa without an extra charge?

Yes, baby cribs are provided free of charge, based on the maximum villa capacity.

Can I fly a drone in the resort?

Each resort has their own drone policy. However, most of the resorts allow drones on designated areas of the island due to privacy concerns. The resort will assist you find the most picturesque areas on the island for the perfect video shoot. Some resorts however do not encourage or has a no-drone policy.