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Malé, the capital city of the Maldives, is a bustling hub of activity and culture. With its vibrant markets, stunning beaches, and rich history, Malé is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the Maldives. Explore the narrow streets lined with colorful buildings, sample delicious local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the unique island atmosphere. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach or dive into the crystal-clear waters, Malé has something for everyone. Don't miss the chance to experience the beauty and charm of this enchanting city.

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Other Services

At Itaca Tours, we offer additional services to elevate your travel experience to the next level. We have partnered with various companies to ensure you have everything yo need for a seamless and enjoyable trip. 

 

First, you can request a SIM Card through Drimsim, ensuring you have internet and phone service wherever you go. This way, you stay connected with your loved ones and have access to maps, guides, and other essential travel information.

 

At Itaca Tours, we are partnering with GetTransfer who is the number one marketplace in the world for booking transfers, long distance travel, cab rides, hourly chauffeured car rentals and delivery services anywhere in the world. Millions of customers every year!  Unique and available before payment: best prices, vehicle ratings, hospitality ratings, car photos and descriptions.

 

Additionally, thanks of our partner Ekta, we offer travel insurance options for your peace of mind.

 

Lastly, we have partnered with Radical Storage to provide secure luggage storage services. You can leave your bags in a safe location while you explore new destinations, free from the hassle of carrying your belongings around.y

With these services, we aim to make your travel experience as convenient and worry-free as possible.

Tips to travel

Traveling to the Maldives offers a luxurious escape to pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and world-class resorts. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your trip:

 

Visa Requirements: Most visitors to the Maldives are granted a free 30-day visa upon arrival. Ensure that your passport has at least six months of validity from the date of entry. If you plan to stay longer or for specific purposes such as work or residence, check the visa requirements accordingly.

 

Best Time to Visit: The Maldives enjoys a tropical climate with two main seasons: dry season (December to April) and wet season (May to November). The dry season is the best time to visit, with clear skies, calm seas, and plenty of sunshine. However, prices tend to be higher during this peak tourist season.

 

Health Precautions: The Maldives is a relatively safe destination in terms of health risks. However, it's advisable to drink bottled water, especially if you're staying on local islands where water quality may vary. Apply sunscreen regularly and protect yourself from the sun to avoid sunburn.

 

Currency and Payments: The official currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR), but US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas. Major credit cards are also accepted at most resorts and upscale establishments. It's a good idea to carry some cash for smaller purchases and tips, especially if you plan to visit local islands.

 

Transportation: The main mode of transportation in the Maldives is by speedboat or seaplane, depending on the distance between your arrival airport and your resort. Resorts typically arrange transfers for their guests, so check with your resort for transportation options and prices. Local ferries and speedboats are available for traveling between inhabited islands.

 

Accommodation: The Maldives is known for its luxury resorts and overwater villas, but there are also guesthouses and budget accommodations available on local islands. Resorts typically offer all-inclusive packages that include accommodation, meals, and activities. Book your accommodation well in advance, especially during peak seasons.

 

Language: The official language of the Maldives is Dhivehi, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas and at resorts. Most hotel staff and tour guides speak English fluently, so you shouldn't have trouble communicating.

 

Water Activities: The Maldives is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Snorkeling, diving, and surfing are popular activities, thanks to the vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life. Many resorts offer complimentary snorkeling gear, but you can also bring your own if you prefer. If you're not a strong swimmer, consider taking a guided snorkeling tour.y

 

Respect Local Customs: The Maldives is a Muslim-majority country, so it's important to respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly when visiting local islands and religious sites, and avoid public displays of affection. Alcohol is available at resorts but is generally not permitted on local islands.

 

Environmental Conservation: The Maldives is vulnerable to environmental threats such as coral bleaching and rising sea levels. Respect the fragile ecosystem by avoiding activities that could harm marine life, such as standing on coral reefs or feeding fish. Choose eco-friendly tour operators and resorts that prioritize sustainability.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can have a memorable and relaxing experience in the Maldives, enjoying its natural beauty and luxurious amenities.

Travel Advisories

The U.S. Department of State has four Travel Advisory Levels: Level 1 - Exercise normal precautions; Level 2 - Exercise increased caution; Level 3 - Reconsider travel; Level 4 - Do not travel

 

Level 2 - Exercise increased caution when traveling to Maldives. 

 

Country Summary: Exercise increased caution in Maldives due to terrorism. Terrorist groups may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Attacks may occur on remote islands which could lengthen the response time of authorities.   

 

It's advisable to consult your country's official travel advisory website, for the most up-to-date information and specific travel advisories related to this country. Additionally, register your travel plans with your embassy or consulate for assistance in case of emergencies.

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