Before visiting the Maldives in November 2013, we purchased the 3 main items of snorkeling equipment to take along with us; masks, snorkels and fins.
Had we not done so, we could have purchased them at our resort – but at 2 or 3 times the price that we paid back home!
Alternatively, we could have paid to hire them (either hourly or daily) from the resort, but as we snorkeled for several hours each day, we would likely have paid more to hire them for the week than we did to purchase them.
We flew to the Maldives with Emirates, with a baggage allowance of 30kg per person, so packing the snorkeling equipment in our cases was no problem.
If you plan to snorkel extensively during your visit to the Maldives, it will likely be cost effective to purchase your own snorkeling equipment to take with you.
Before our trip to the Maldives in November 2013, I decided that it would be a good idea to purchase an underwater camera as we would likely be spending a significant part of our trip in and under the water.
This proved to be a good decision; we spent hours each day snorkeling and snapping photos of the amazing variety of coral, colourful fish and other marine life.
I didn't need a particularly sophisticated camera; just one that would allow me to get some clear photos while snorkeling. After reading lots of reviews, and ruling out several cameras where users had reported leaking after a few uses, I opted for the Fuji Finepix XP60. It was more than adequate for my needs; waterproof to a depth of 6m and capable of taking photos with a resolution of up to 16MP.
If you are visiting the Maldives, it is well worth taking an underwater camera with you. If you choose not to, I did notice that they were available to rent on snorkeling excursions operated by our resort (Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi).
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Photo Equipment: Please note: The Maldives does not let you bring your own alcohol, but will sell it to you in every hotel and resort. At VERY high prices.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You were warned!
Your Duty Free bottles all have the same problem- metal caps and distinctive shapes. Further, they are places in your luggage and/or plastic shopping bags that 2-3 local (Muslim) ladies check on the x-ray machine when you come into the country. What they do not do is make your remove clothing or check YOU physically. Big pockets on trousers and zip pockets on light jackets around your waste are not checked. The solution? Read below.
Miscellaneous: Solution: THE PLATYPUS 1 Water Carrier available at all fine camping supply stores. These beauties last a lifetime and can hold 1 litre of liquid and can be bent in half in a large pocket. You can secrete 1-3 on just 1 person. And they do not set off metal detectors or other scanning equipment. You also will need a disposable funnel (not pictured). Always best to sacrifice a 1-2 decoy bottles that get returned to you anyway.
Switched safely to your locked luggage once you are in your hotel, you will enjoy cheap drinks for your entire stay.
Please note the pictures were taken in Europe and I have not advised anyone to put anything into the PLATYPUS 1 except water. It’s not my fault if you use your imagination.
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You don't need to worry about leaving tons of room in your suitcases for souvenirs - you won't find lots that you can't find in Thailand, Vietnam and similar places. Be sure to remember that most airlines these days will not accept a suitcase weighing more than 32kgs as this presents a moving and handling problem for staff.
If you have a seaplane transfer to/from your resort, double check your luggage allowance on that flight - you may well find it is only 15kgs compared with your international flight allowance of 20kgs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to pack natural fibres as the heat and humidity will make you hot enough without synthetic fibres making it difficult for your skin to breathe naturally. Personally, ladies, I wouldn't bother packing anything with a heal. Most of the time you are going to be walking on sand so heals will just make walking a pain in the proverbial!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to pack prescription medicines (with certified copies of your prescription) to ensure that you don't experience difficulties bringing them into the country. I would highly recommend purchasing your sunblock and after sun lotions at home as they are expensive in the Maldives. Of course, once purchased, don't forget to pack them!!
Photo Equipment: If you're still using a 35mm camera, purchase your film in advance as it can be difficult to get hold of anything other than simply ISO200 film in the Maldives. Again, if purchased in advance, don't forget to pack it.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Resorts will provide beach towels so no need to take precious room up packing any sort of towels.
Packing a sarong is a great idea. If visiting a local island, it can be used to cover shoulders or thighs (remember you are in a muslim country and dressing modestly when away from the resort islands is a must). Additionally, a sarong can be used to drape over a beachside tree or bush to give you some shade.
Miscellaneous: Don't bother trying to smuggle alcohol into the country. It really isn't that expensive at the resorts; it certainly isn't watered down (in my experience) and you're more likely to get into trouble and fined for your efforts. If you are a drinker, go all inclusive.
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small! you taking only tiny things :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: dont get high heels! its all so simple and sand around! walk trough the beach, swim all day, so of course will need a lot of sun protection creams, A LOT and strong.
Clothes - light, very light :)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: whatever you might need, but creams would help to have then buying more expensive on the island.
Photo Equipment: of course!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: most things you can rent or even get for free, but if you into particular water sport (like kiting) best get your own.
Miscellaneous: Maldives is a muslim country and you are not allowed to take in alcohol or cigarettes etc.so go easy on the dutyfree shopping on your way to maldives.eventhough you are not allowed to take it into the country,the resorts and hotels serve them like any other place.enjoy!
It can be very Uncomfortable if you don't get the right clothes. Since the weather is hot and humid it is advisable that you take along with you Nice Soft Linnen & Cotton Clothing. On the resorts you can be with the least clothing as its your choice how you wish to dress.
Make sure you also carry your swim ware. ( Its a little obvious LOL )
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suntan Lotion - for those of you who wish take away a nice tan back home.
Sunblock - for those of you who wish to protect what you have.
Photo Equipment: Underwater Camera - It is a must cause you will most probably have an opportunity to get some nice underwater pictures.
Miscellaneous: Pack very lite. You may not need many heavy clothes. Instead carry lots of juices, soda and water with you. There is no restriction on carrying this to Maldives. Will save you lots of money as each of these are very expensive
On the smaller islands you can go barefeet and don't need shoes.
It is a good idea to take some bathing shoes with you, because corals can be sharp!
Umbrella- it tends to rain from time to time, but an Umbrella was offered by the resort.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: What you normally need, plus a good desinfectant and band aids
Sunscreen with high protection! - this is close to the Equator
Ear drops !: if you snorkel or dive, get some divers ear drops (this is the reciept, a pharmacy will prepare it for you: Acid Aceticum glaciale - 0,5; Aqua purificata - 2,5; Alcohol Isopropylicus ad 50). Wash out your ears with fresh water every time you were in the sea and use the drops 1-2 times a day to prevent infections. There is much plancton in the sea around the maldives, many people get otitis from that.
Photo Equipment: Stock up at home with these underwater one way cameras. You will not often find them in the Maldives and if, you don't know how long they have been exposed to sun and heat. Better take some from home.
Miscellaneous: Snorkeling gear - you could also rent it on the islands, but if you have bad eyes, you may consider making yourself a mask with your correction.
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Mosquito repellent is a must !
Photo Equipment: Batteries & films for cameras sold more or less in every decent resort, anyhow expensive --- bring em from home if you can.
Miscellaneous: Books, books, books, books ... it's an amazing place as already stated but sometimes living in the heaven is not as funny as you might think if u do not have any 'occupation' ... and the best one up to me is reading !
Because Maldives is a muslim country you are not allowed to bring any alcohol into the country. Do not try and beat this as they x ray youre luggage as you enter to check.
You can of course buy alcohol at the resort bars.
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If you think about it you are going to an island so if you have forgotten anything you can't exactly pop to Asda. Medical wise I took everything I thought I may need eyedrops, eardrops, antiseptic, plasters, anti diarrhoea tablets, painkillers ect ect.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As little as possible it is hot so swimwear and cover ups for restraurant. Casual wear for evening. You are not out to impress so I would definately take less clothing if I went again. Flip flops. The resort had Rain coats and umbrella's for rain showers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you MIGHT need. There was a small gift shop which sold emergency items but they were very expensive.
Photo Equipment: Again take film, water camera's batteries as very expensive to buy on the island
Miscellaneous: Crisps and Chocolate you can buy at the gift shop but suprise again very expensive. We bought crisps on the island hopping trip as we were really craving them. We took Minstrals in our case thinking they wouldn't melt, but they did.
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These are the list of things I brought( i travel with 2 kids)
1. A first aid kit with plasters wil be good for all the cuts you get from walking on dead corals.
2. water shoes or booties(kids sometimes dont want to use them on the beach, that when the plasters come in)
3. lots and lots of biscuits and snacks for the in between meals munchies..
4. sweets and lollies for the kids or local kids when you do island hopping
5. drinking water
7. your own shampoos and shower gels or soap(you might not like the one given)
9. sun block & after sun care lotion
11.writing and colouring papers
12.shovels, spades and pail for building the sand castle/great wall or pyramid..
cloths should be very light as it is humid and hot there.nothing can be more appropriate than beach suits.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: just if one is using any medicine regularly that should must be carried along otherwise most of the medicine is available with other generic name.
Photo Equipment: a web cam must be carried along.
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Soft sided bags are better suited if your onward conncetion is by seaplane.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light cotton clothes are a must, sarongs and swimwear for the ladies in the day but shirts are required in the restaurant. You really can go 2 weeks without your shoes but the sand and the wooden piers do get HOT in the sun!
AT Hakuraa, the hotel supplied each room with 2 kagools incase of rain but a small umberella works just as well.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Very limited supplies although for more serious matters, the capital island of the attol is only 20 mins by boat away and the hotel arrange a free transfer boat to get you to hospital.
The manager in his welcome speech welcomes being left any medical supplies that are not used.
Photo Equipment: The shop did have 35 mm film and the dive shop hires out underwater film cameras.
Miscellaneous: Suncream and aftersun is sold in the island shop at $15 per bottle.
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