Indian Nationals are eligible for an on-arrival Maldivian visa for 90 days. The documents requires are –
A valid Passport for the duration of the stay
Latest photograph and completed form
Name of the hotel where the reservation is confirmed
Confirmed return tickets or appropriate tickets for onward journey
Photocopies of important bank statements
Maldivian Rufiyaa is the local currency but USDs and Euros are also accepted at the resorts.
Every resort in Maldives offers a range of water activities and provides snorkels, masks and flippers and a majority of resorts in Maldives have diving centers on the island offering instruction courses and excursions. To name a few, The Fun Island Resort & SPA, Sun Island Resort & SPA, Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, Centara Rus Fushi, Paradise Island Resort & SPA, Bandos Island Resort, Vivanta By Taj – Coral Reef, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon and Meeru Island Resort are well equipped with various watersports and scuba diving facilities in Maldives.
Among a few best Maldivian cuisine, you can try Tuna (fish), Rihaakuru (fish-based thick paste), Garudiya (Maldivian fish broth) and Kukulhu riha (Maldivian chicken curry). For breakfast or evening snacks you can try out Masroshi and Mas huni.
There are different sites for Scuba diving and snorkeling in the Maldives.
Few best sites for scuba diving in Maldives are:
– Maaya Thila in South Ari Atoll
– Guraidhoo Kandu
– Fish Head, North Ari Atoll
– Miyaru Kandu, Felidhoo Atoll
– Banana Reef, North Male Atoll
– Alimatha Jetty, Vaavu Atoll.
Best sites for snorkeling are
– Constance Moofushi south Ari Atoll
– Anantara Kihavah Villas, Baros and Angsana Ighuru ,North male Atoll
– Dhevan afushi Luxury resort gaafu Alifu Atoll,
– Six Senses laamu,
– Park Hyatt Hadahaa North Huvadhoo
Water sports in the Maldives, for swimmers and non-swimmers:
– Underwater walk
– Scuba Diving
– Big game fishing
– Jet Skiing
– Banana boat rides
Maldives is actually a year round destination, considering that the weather is mostly pleasant throughout except for the occasional thunderstorms that plague the island during the rainy season. However, for a more pleasant climate than other months, the best time to visit Maldives is from November to April.
That does not mean that Maldives cannot be visited for the rest of the year. Traveling to this beautiful place during the off season ensures that you get great bargains, be it on hotel accommodations or sightseeing packages.
The ideal duration for a Maldives tour can be said to be around 4 to 5 days, within which 2 days can be kept aside for beach activities, one day can be utilized for island hopping trip, and the remainder of the 2 days can be used for enjoying a spa session at the resort you are staying at, or just simply exploring all the attractions of the resort.
You can choose to stay for a longer duration, if you are changing hotels mid-way. At some resorts of Maldives, the rooms and resort amenities are what steal the show, instead of the beach and other views.
Some of the best places to enjoy surfing in Maldives are Lohi’s, Chickens, Cokes, Riptides, Sultans, Yin Yang, Mili, Mikado, Castaways, Voodoos, and Shangri-la.
Drinking laws in Maldives is strict for the muslim residents here. In legal terms, if you are 18 years old and not a Muslim by religion, you are free to buy and consumer alcohol here. Since Maldives is an Islamic nation, use of alcohol is strictly banned for the locals. Tourists are free to buy and drink alcohol in Maldives without much fuss.
In Maldives, the estimated cost for a snack meal is $15 and approx $40 for a meal at a decent restaurant. A buffet meal at a restaurant will cost you around $30. There are a host of luxury stays in Maldives which cost around $300 – $1000 USD per night.