Tips for Maldives (August – September 2022)
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Tips for Maldives (August – September 2022)
Avianca ” 23 Jun 2022, 16:08 am
Good afternoon forum members, I am planning to go to the Maldives this year between the end of August and the end of September. While I have not decided if it will be a budget (up to 180-200 thousand euros per couple) or an independent trip, so the following questions have arisen: 1) advise islands where you can see the bioluminescence. Found only about Vaadhu beach on the net, but I doubt that this phenomenon is only there. I couldn’t find anything for booking there on bookings. 2) Is there a ban on bringing in plastic? I read that the Maldives is going to have a total ban since 2023, but maybe there are some bans now. 3) Can you advise me which islands have water depth of 1,5-2 meters which starts at least 5-8 meters away from the shore. I am an average swimmer, but the companion swims in general axe, so would prefer islands where you can go a few meters from the shore. 4) Recommend islands where there is a high probability of encountering whale sharks – for them and bioluminescence is ready to go beyond the designated budget)) 5) What activities/excursions would you recommend for those who are not going to dive? Preferably with example prices. I’m all for snorkeling from morning to night, but a companion I suppose might want something else. Maybe there are outings just to bioluminescent islands, whale sharks, etc. 6) If flying with connections, which one do you think is better? The choice is between Dubai/Doha. If we don’t fly in a tour, of course we’ll take Aeroflot direct. 7) Have we had any problems in recent months with self bookings of hostels with the condition of paying cash on the spot and/or paying online through the Island. The problem we have, as many have, is difficulty buying cash currency. Even if we buy dollars, we are worried about staying with a cancelled reservation on the eve of departure. I read about the ban on export of local currency. If suddenly there is some left over, is there somewhere at the airport to spend it? 9) Also ask for advice, where is the best place to change currency (dollars to local)? And do I have to do it at all? 10) Is the “Mir” card not going to work anywhere?
Also I would be glad for any other practical advice and cautions.
Re: Tips for the Maldives (August-September 2022)
montgomeri ” 25 Jun 2022, 11:46 am.
Avianca wrote (a) 23 Jun 2022, 16:08: ) Recommend islands where the water depth (1.5-2 meters) starts at least 5-8 (and beyond) meters from shore. I am an average swimmer, but the companion swims in general axe, so would prefer islands where you can go a few meters away from shore.
Such depth at the entrance, almost nowhere. To enter the depth, you need to walk or swim, well, 20-30 meters. And only from there begins the actual depth, with no visibility of the bottom.
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Re: Tips for the Maldives (August-September 2022)
Krascp ” 25 Jun 2022, 12:37 am.
1) There are plenty of places to watch whale shark, but specifically it’s anyone’s guess. Read the dive forums. Well and here reports (old ones though). 2) I think that with the importation of two tubes of shampoo will not be a problem. 3) from experience, where was (Angsana Ihiru, Bartos, Kuramati) shakarnaya sandy bay with a normal entrance and a depth just for swimming – the island Kuramati, but it still have to fly inland, and the budget will be over. I don’t know about the whale sharks, but the Manta Point is awesome. In general, the beaches there plus or minus the same, for the atolls, tidal, canals to the depths. 4) study the Internet. 100% encounter whales this is the only island Oslob in the Philippines (attraction). 5) snorkeling (free), fishing is expensive and unreasonable, lying on the beach and going to an expensive spa. Of course there are places where you can be taken out on a boat for a day on some sort of spit, but the pleasure to be under the heat of the constant more. Better learn to dive, it will be the best entertainment to you, and buy the photographic equipment for underwater shooting (at least gopro with box). It is a hobby for life. 6) If you fly with connections, it is better to Dubai, so on the way back to go shopping and see the city. Nights for 3-4 at least. But there is nothing to do in the Maldives more than 7-8 nights, so to combine the useful with the pleasant it is better to browse in Dubai (though it will be hot). Fly Aeroflot 9 hours. and to Dubai 4-5 and then another 4. 7) I will not say, bought only normal hotels (and a long time ago) To spend there is a large souvenir shop, like a local dutik, but there is not much so. In principle, all hotels accept bucks, the exchange rate issue is not critical. 9) will not say, never changed, always currency if that we paid extra for entertainment. You will be the first guinea pigs.
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What tourists think about vacationing in the Maldives
We tell you about the paradise Maldives: is the rest on the islands so good and what pitfalls await tourists? The article includes reviews of vacationers in 2021 and 2022, information about the weather, leisure and prices, as well as tips. Up-to-date information about holidays in the Maldives now, under the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maldives is one of the few tourist destinations, whose photos from brochures are fully consistent with reality. In terms of natural beauty they have no competitors – the islands have fine white sand, tall palm trees and the most transparent water in the entire Indian Ocean. Shallow water is excellent for swimming with small children, and the climate is so mild that you can forget about the problem of acclimatization.
Holidays in the Maldives now
Maldives is a dream self-isolation! While there are very few tourists, the island you choose to vacation will be almost all at your disposal. Only the rare tourists will share the beach and meals with you.
As of January 2022, the Maldives is a truly safe vacation destination. At the moment, the borders of the island country are open to Russians, and a visa is not required. Here are the requirements for incoming tourists:
- A PCR test certificate in English with a negative result. By the time you arrive at the airport in Male, the test must not be older than 96 hours.
- At the airport, tourists will have their temperature taken. If symptoms of illness are detected, you will have to take a paid test (also for all satellites).
- Fill out the online health declaration 24 hours before arrival and 24 hours before the return flight. You must attach a PDF file with negative results for covid to the form. Everything must be in English. After completing the questionnaire, you will receive a QR code. Save it on your phone or print it out, and then show it at passport control.
- You need to have your hotel voucher, return tickets and insurance covering treatment from COVID-19.
- Wear a mask at the airport and during transfers.
Read more about entry conditions to the Maldives here.
Meals vary greatly depending on the hotel. Some tourists complain that the choice is sparse and the buffet is canceled. Others write that both the assortment is good and the buffet on the spot – everything is as usual. So choose a hotel based on current reviews.
Valuable advice from tourists: While vacationers are few, the hotel staff either themselves, or at your request increases the category of the room. A great opportunity to live in a luxury villa on the water for the price of a standard room! You can read on the forum Vinsky, what hotels exactly upgrade to more expensive rooms and where the good food.
Of the minuses – not all infrastructure is available to holidaymakers. Tourists in reviews write that because of the pandemic are closed spa, library, diving does not work. And here excursions still spend!
Elenadent: “There are very few people in the hotel, all the beaches are for you. Coronavirus only affected the fact that the buffet switched to a restaurant menu and the waiting time for your order is from 15 to 40 min. But this is a trifle to which you quickly get used to.
Boyarina.morozova: “There are not more than 20 people on our island, and we almost never meet them and have no contact. In the restaurant, we communicate only with the waiter, who works in a mask (full face) and gloves. In the restaurant, each room has strictly its own table and its own waiter who serves us daily. The buffet was removed with the arrival of the quarantine, in the morning we choose a menu for the day and then we take everything out. Vacationers are not forced to wear masks and have their body temperature taken once a day. There are sanitizers and wipes all over the hotel. The likelihood that we can catch covid is minimal on the island, which, of course, can not be said about the airport and the plane.
VovaVV: “The Maldivians have a very responsible approach to safety in terms of covid – starting directly from the plane (they take 29 people maximum in one bus), airport, all the transfers, hotels – everywhere themselves with masks, everywhere you are welcome A lot of ours, almost all are packers, “not ours” are there, but not many and from different countries. One can assume that these are individualists from Europe, via Istanbul. Asians are not at all.
How to plan a vacation in the Maldives in 2022
Look for cheap tickets on the Aviasales search engine, check for different dates. Look also for instructions on how to search for cheap airline tickets correctly.
If you are planning to go on holiday to the Maldives in 2022 by yourself, then budget the cost of the flight at least 30 thousand rubles – the cheapest round trip airfare per person flying from Moscow and St. Petersburg. Direct flights cost from 40 thousand rubles. Inexpensive to fly to rest in the Maldives is also possible from many other cities in Russia, but more often flights will be with a change.
Look for last minute tours on Travelata and Level.Travel – they will find the best option. Usually prices for week-long tours for two people start from 130 thousand rubles.
Rest in the Maldives: what to do
Of the 2,000 islands, just over 80 are available to tourists, and you can travel between them by seaplane, boat or boat. Usually the hotel occupies the entire island, so the beaches here are not crowded. Infrastructure is diverse: there is a high-class hotels, some more simple, you can also settle in so-called guesthouses lower level (though, they are located on inhabited islands).
Cuisine in the Maldives is not sharp, but, according to tourists, nothing spectacular, mostly fish, rice, vegetables, fruit and juices. Very well developed water activities: fishing, yachting, diving, snorkeling, catamarans and water skiing. You can play games: beach volleyball, tennis, badminton, billiards, golf. In the evening is good just to walk around the island, admire the sunsets, have dinner or take part in local entertainment.
The rich world of flora and fauna will be a nice addition to a carefree beach holiday – in the Maldives, according to reviews of tourists, there are funny flying foxes, hanging from the branches of trees and constantly jostling with each other. One of the popular entertainment of the locals is to feed the mantas (stingrays), which in the evening in shoals come to shore. While swimming, you can see the many species of fish, sometimes swim in small sharks that are not a danger to humans.
The natives – Muslims, behave friendly and unobtrusive. Almost a third of Maldivians live in the capital – Male. If you intend to travel anywhere outside the hotel, you must cover the legs and shoulders, minimalism in dressing the locals are not welcome.
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Weather in Maldives
Temperatures in the Maldives are comfortable all year round, warm clothes are not necessary. The main influx of holidaymakers is from November and December to mid-spring. In February and March, there is practically no rainfall, the air temperature is +30 ° C, water +28. +29°С. In April, the air heats up to +32 ° C.
According to reviews of tourists about the weather, vacation in the Maldives is better not to plan from May to September, because at this time the weather deteriorates – there is a wet season. It rains more often and in large quantities, the humidity reaches 85%. But it is possible to rest in this period, the puddles dry up very quickly, and the water is like steamed milk.
November – December
The water temperature is +28°C, the air temperature is +29°C. Precipitation is heavy, but from the second half of December in the Maddives, the weather becomes clear.
January – February
Water +28°C, air +30°C. There is not a single cloud in the sky, sometimes there can be small ripples on the ocean, but most of the time the water surface is quiet and calm, the water is clear as glass.
March to April
It gets hotter, the air warms up to +31. +32 ° C, the water up to +29 ° C. Sometimes there are strong winds. At the end of April, the rains begin to fall.
Transition month from the dry season to the rainy season, the weather in the Maldives during this time is unpredictable: sometimes stormy, rainfall is mostly at night, but also during the day.
June – August
Daytime temperatures of +30. +31°C, water +27. +29°C, windy. Monsoons bring tropical downpours that fall in the afternoon and pour for 2-3 hours, or fall at night. The sea becomes muddy and unsuitable for diving, storms.
September – October
Air temperature +30°C, water temperature +27. +28°С. There are fewer storms as the intensity of rain gradually decreases in October and the rain falls mainly at night.
You can also read a more detailed overview of the weather in the Maldives by month.
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Maldives beaches are some of the best in the world. The sand is white and fine as flour, the water is clean and clear, and there is lush tropical greenery all around. Good beaches are on Fulhadhoo, Byadu, Fihalhohi, Maadhoo, the Four Seasons atoll Baa in the Maldives and the Four Seasons (Kuda Huraa) atoll North Male.
Construction work is underway on some islands, disturbing the peace of holidaymakers, and the cleanliness of the beach suffers. On the territory of the Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa 5 (Nunu Atoll) is active development, the beach itself leaves much to be desired: at first very long shallow, then immediately deep, no reef. The beaches of Fun Island 3 (South Male Atoll) are also spoiled by construction, and there is little vegetation on the island.
Hotel reviews in Maldives
A unique feature of the Maldives is that each island is occupied by one hotel. However, tourists, having paid a considerable amount for the tour, are often perplexed to find the furniture in the rooms or a humming refrigerator.
So, according to reviews, hotel Fihalhohi 4 * (South Male) has a good beach, but gray washed out linen and a complete lack of entertainment. Hotel Island Resort 4* (North Male) disappointed vacationers with untended territory and old furniture in the rooms. Annoying mosquitoes, with which no one fought. In the hotel Adaaran Select Meedhupparu 4 * (Raa Atoll) tourists did not like the food and old furniture.
Some of the best tourists in their reviews about the rest called hotels:
Conclusion : carefully read the most recent reviews of tourists for 2021 and 2022 about rest in the hotels you are interested in the Maldives. If you’re going on vacation on your own, book a hotel on Ostrovok.ru – there you can find a hotel with a good discount and read the reviews.
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Reviews of prices in the Maldives
On those small islands, where the hotel occupies almost the entire territory, high prices for accommodation, food, drinks and excursions, as the tourist has no alternative. Can afford the rest here can only people with good income. Prices are about the following: a bottle of water costs 3-5 dollars, a cocktail – 10-15 dollars, a bottle of beer – 10 dollars, a bottle of wine from 50 dollars, tours average of 150 dollars, two-hour snorkeling – 40 dollars, spa services – 100-150 dollars. Read more about how much it costs to vacation in the Maldives in 2022.
But on the more or less big islands, where the locals live and there are hostels, the prices are lower and you can rest much more budget – but for this you need to go to the Maldives on their own.
Tour prices in the Maldives on New Year and Christmas holidays and the May vacations – 30-50% higher than usual. You can save a little money by going out of season (May – September). Hotels make attractive offers and room rates are reduced by 30%. If you find a cheap flight, the savings will be substantial. We recommend searching for tours on the service Level.Travel – it finds the most favorable offers.
Reviews about the excursions
According to reviews of tourists, excursions in the Maldives – not the strongest side of the holiday. As a rule, travelers are offered a trip to Male, dolphin safari, snorkeling with mantas, fishing island and uninhabited island.
The capital Male is a lively big city with stores and bazaars, there are no special attractions, but for a change you can visit, see the Islamic Center with a golden dome, buy souvenirs. But lovers of shopping will be slightly disappointed, there is nothing interesting for them. All other excursions are somehow connected with sea bathing and souvenir shopping.
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The Maldives is the perfect place for diving. It’s hard to find an island that doesn’t offer schools, there is beginner’s instruction and the professional association is well represented. The water is clearest from January to April, in December there can be turbulence due to the windy weather. From June to September the sea is rough and the water becomes murky.
Wedding and honeymoon in the Maldives
The Maldives is the best place to have a romantic honeymoon. Wedding ceremony costs a lot of money, but the emotions received are worth the money spent. Service is better to book in advance.
Useful tourist tips
Tourists in their reviews recommend to stock up on sunscreen and medication. In the Maldives, the sun is active, it’s easy to get burnt even in cloudy weather. There are no pharmacies on the islands, and in the hotels, everything is very expensive.
For diving and snorkeling will require a medical certificate, it is better to make it at home. A special vaccination is not necessary, it is generally recommended to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B and take out insurance. Insure your trip →
In addition, there are a lot of rules and restrictions on the islands, which must be followed in order not to spoil your vacation unnecessary fines:
- You can not bring alcohol, drinks bought in duty free are taken away. The hotels have everything, but very expensive.
- It is forbidden to take out corals, shells, turtle shells, you will have to limit yourself to a souvenir of the gifts of the sea.
- For trash and other violations of environmental rules there are strict penalties.
- You can sunbathe topless only on the island of Kuramati, in other places it is forbidden.
Otherwise, the rest rest in the Maldives – it’s a truly heavenly pleasure and will bring many positive emotions.
Read also a comparison of the Maldives with other popular resorts on the quality of rest. Perhaps you will be interested in tourist opinions about vacationing in the Seychelles.
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