Baros Maldives Useful Information
WIth direct flights from the U.K to Male usually departing once weekly through the large tour operators, the Maldives is a direct route to holiday bliss.
However if you are looking for a different length of stay or twin centre then we would recommend airlines such as Emirates, Sri Lankan and Qatar offering flights almost daily.
Although, please keep in mind that these flights usually involve a stopover.
Direct flight time from the U.K. to Male is approximately 10.5 hours.
Once you arrive at Male airport you may experience the atmosphere of organised chaos. If you arrive on a Monday, this is Male airports busiest day with weekly charters.
Once you have passed through Passport control, collected luggage, continue on through security and you will walk through to the arrivals lounge where you will be greeted by travel representatives awaiting their client’s arrival.
Prior to your arrival, you will be informed if your onward journey to your resort is by seaplane or by speedboat. Your representative will guide you with further instructions on where to get your transfer.
Do not fear, it really is not much different to your regular coach transfers in Greece or Spain, other than the exciting fact that you will be travelling by air or water rather than regular old road.
By the time you reach Male, you will most likely have travelled a good distance already and eager to reach your final destination. However the transfer itself is completely different and exciting, whether by boat or seaplane, this last little adventure will enhance your arrival and get you in the island spirit of things.
Tip: If your transfer is with a seaplane and the plane happens to be full (usually seating approx. 16 passengers) please be prepared that your luggage may be sent separately and will arrive a few hours after you arrive in the resort. But do not fret, as this is all well organised and just a part of the island charm as they do advise you in advance to travel with some light clothing/swimwear in your hand luggage so that you are prepared and can change into your holiday clothes and relax right away once on your island.
Remember to keep your camera handy for the transfer trip as you will see breathtaking sights along the way definitely worth capturing.
Right on the equator, the Maldives is a country of no real seasons.
Ranging between 78 degrees and 87 degrees, temperatures vary little throughout the year.
With an average of more than 2500 hours of sunshine annually, bring your factor 50! Luckily the ocean provides a pleasant cooling breeze.
As the Islands are typically tropical it may rain at any time with annual rainfall approximately 2000mm.It is unlikely that you will spend two weeks in the Maldives without seeing a drop of rain, therefore you will always find an umbrella close by in all accommodations.
The islands experience two monsoon periods, usually from May To November called the hulhangu and another, the iruvai, from December to April. Peak Season for tourism is usually in the drier months of December to April.
Health and Visa
U.K. passport holders are not required to apply for a visa prior to entry into the Maldives.
A visa will be required for registration that you will be asked to fill out a form during your flight to be produced on arrival at Male airport. There is no charge for this however there is a Maldivian departure tax which works out at about about £8. This charge is usually included in your overall holiday unless otherwise advised.
With regard to your Health, as you are visiting a tropical climate, although the country is known to be very health and hygiene conscious, we would advise that you research the most up to date information from your G.P. or Pharmacist at the earliest opportunity to prepare for your trip.
The Maldives have only recently introduced an “Airport Development Tax” . This tax is payable per passenger on departure from the Maldives. You will need to enquire about current charges for this.
Currency and Tipping
Maldives currency is the Rufiyaa (Rf) which is divided into 100 Laari (L) coins.
You may find it odd, but the most accepted currency used is the US dollar. As many places have ceased to accept the RUfiyaa currency, we would advise only using US dollars.
Nearly all resorts operate virtually on a cashless system, where any purchases you make will be added to your final bill and paid in full by credit card on departure. WIth the exception of buying a few nibbles at the airport or if you plan to take a few outside excursions, you will only need a small amount of cash on hand during your stay for tips at the resort.
It is advised to have some small denomination US dollar bills to hand for tipping. Usually around two dollars to your waiter or favoured barman is much appreciated and as a general rule about $10-$15 tip for your room maid for a full 7 night stay is more than adequate.
The Maldivian people are known to be extremely pleasant with a friendly demeanour and will not hassel you for tips, nor will their level of service drop if you don’t happen to tip them but we ask that you please keep in mind, that like many other sub continent countries, their pay will be minimal for the work they do.
What to take?
Now that is a loaded question…
You know what its like, especially for the ladies who like to bring a different outfit and pair of shoes for every occasion. Realistically, there is no need to take much more than lightweight flowing cotton clothing, swimwear, maybe a few tank tops and short, sandals, a hat and a pair of sunglasses. Even if it rains during your stay, its still warm and there is always somewhere to shelter you and keep you dry, so no need for rain gear. We must mention that topless and nude sunbathing is forbidden in the Maldives so please take note and respect the culture.
Beachwear is for the beach only as many of the restaurants will ask that you dress accordingly for meal times.
Most importantly, please note that it is completely illegal to bring Alcohol, Drugs, Pornography (which is open to wide interpreted by the Maldivian authorities) Firearms or Idols for worship into the country.
There is no need to bring any electrical adaptors as the whole of the islands operate on a 220v-240v 3 pin plug which is just the same as our UK sockets.
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