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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Top 10 tips for the Maldives

I've written this post to help you if you've never been to the Maldives before and you're thinking about booking a holiday, or perhaps you've booked a holiday and you're thinking about all the things you need to organise to make the most of your trip. I've put together this list of Top 10 Tips, based on my own personal experience of our stay at the gorgeous Reethi Faru resort. We had a fantastic stay, and I hope that this post helps you with planning your trip to the Maldives.
1. UV protective clothing                                                                                                                   
Before you go, I would recommend purchasing a UV protective long sleeved rash vest and shorts/leggings for snorkelling. I didn't know about this beforehand, and when I went snorkelling in my bikini (wearing SPF50!) I burnt my back. There were other people who wore UV protective gear when they went snorkelling, and this is because you genuinely need it if you burn easily. A t shirt may also work but a UV protective one is best.  Don't worry if you think you'll look a bit daft; you won't be the only one, and sunburn is never a cool look (and it's sore too!). 
2. Snorkel equipment   
I would also recommend that you pack a snorkel, mask and fins (you definitely need the fins to protect your feet from the coral.) These items take up a fair bit of room in your suitcase, but it usually works out more costly to hire the snorkel equipment when you're at the resort unless this is included, so check before you go.
3. Snorkelling tours
If you're apprehensive about snorkelling then go on an organised snorkel tour. During our stay at Reethi Faru, we initially weren't sure about where it was safe to go snorkelling (e.g. entry points and currents), and we were a bit worried about getting hurt on the coral, so this was really helpful and gave us the confidence and knowledge to go on our own at various access points around the island. 
4. Photography
Consider getting a waterproof camera to take some underwater shots of all the amazing reef fish and sea life; it really is like nothing else you've ever seen. I didn't have one, but I think I would have enjoyed taking photos under the sea, especially when a turtle came to say hello! I really enjoyed taking photos of all the beautiful scenery, and it's nice to have lots of memories to look back on.
5. Sun
Avoid the sun between 11 and 3. Its the strongest sun we've ever experienced, so find some shade and enjoy a book and a nice cocktail! It got quite hot and humid in the day time, and it was nice at sunset because the temperature was more comfortable.
6. Mosquitoes
The mosquitoes aren't too bad; we got bitten a couple of times but they spray the island every afternoon. Jungle Formula helps, but you really don't need to worry about mosquitoes. 
7. All Inclusive
If you can afford it then definitely go all inclusive. It can be tempting to just go for the b&b option because it appears to be so much cheaper when you're comparing options, but it's usually a false economy. If you're not sure then take a look at the prices for food and drinks and how much you think you'll spend each day. To give you an idea of prices, they add 23% tax on top, so a diet coke works out at about £5. You could probably just have breakfast and dinner if you wanted to save money, but we preferred going all inclusive.

8. No shoes
You won't wear shoes for the entire holiday and you'll enjoy it (and I'm a girl who loves her holiday sandals and flip flops!).  I was surprised by how quickly I got used to walking around the island with bare feet, and it certainly helps with making you feel more relaxed.

9. Seaplane  
I would recommend choosing a resort island which is accessed via seaplane. It bumps up the cost but it's an amazing experience to fly over all the islands.We flew with Trans Maldivian airways, who are only permitted to fly from sunrise to sunset. The beauty of the Maldives is at its best when you can see all the tiny islands below you, and it adds to the adventure of your holiday. The baggage allowance is 25kg, which includes 20kg of checked-in luggage and 5kg of hand luggage per person.

10. Holiday books 
Bring some good books; the Maldives is the perfect location to relax and enjoy a good read! There are lots of fun things to do in the Maldives, but you can't beat relaxing by the pool or on the beach and having a really good rest.

Let me know if you've been to the Maldives before; I'd love to hear what your experiences were! Thank you for reading, Angharad x

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