What to pack for Maldives

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    Where are all the mosquitos?

    by Conflictrealms Written May 11, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: When visiting the maldives, I made sure I took plenty of mosquito repellent. However, after spending a week there, I didnt see one mosquito at all... Though I do think this was probably just the time of year. I went in May, and didnt see any. But its worth taking some repellent just incase...

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    Snorkelling Equipment

    by Conflictrealms Written May 10, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: If going to Sun Island, or infact any Maldivian Island, then be sure to take your own snorkelling equipment. You can hire it out there, but its not very nice not knowing whose mouth the mouthpiece has been in before yours. You can buy this equipment from home, or even at the shop on the island, for about the same prices you'd find in the UK.

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    Underwater Explorer Camera

    by kirsty_lamb Written Apr 15, 2006

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    Photo Equipment: An underwater camera may be of use in you are going scuba diving or snorkelling. You may be able to get one on your island. This is what we did as we hadn't though about it before, but we got some nice pics of some fish! Nice reminder of what it was like as it was our first time snorkelling.

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    Underwater Explorer Camera

    by kirsty_lamb Written Apr 15, 2006

    Photo Equipment: An underwater camera may be of use in you are going scuba diving or snorkelling. You may be able to get one on your island. This is what we did as we hadn't though about it before, but we got some nice pics of some fish! Nice reminder of what it was like as it was our first time snorkelling.

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    Dont pack too much but remember the suncream!

    by feag Updated May 24, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: As the island is so near (15 mins by speedboat) you can take a case (try and do a small one) you really wont need much, we took a case & a small holdall each and we had enough stuff by far.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: lightweight clothes, flip flops, nice sandals for evenings, sarongs, shorts, vest tops, but something to cover your shoulders when walking to lunch etc (as sun is so strong) HAT!!! (they do sell baseball caps & hats in shop tho) Men dress casual too in evenings (cas trousers/sometimes shorts) You may want aqua shoes or strap on old sandals for when in water as little bit sharp sometimes if you are further out. However be carefull not to step near and on the coral which is trying to reform itself!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tablets for upset stomachs, savlon and plasters (anything really you can take in small amounts in case you fall ill) stuff for insect bits & an insect spray for evenings.(body shop green gel is the best - sage & comfrey gel) Suncream of course.

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera and underwater camera is a must (loads of films) and a video camera and remember your batteries and films

    Miscellaneous: again ... suncream - factor 30+ no joke
    expensive to buy when there

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    High prices at the hotel gift shop.

    by trisanna Updated Apr 15, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: When we stayed at Club Rannalhi, we brought a tube of sunscreen, insect repellant and aloe vera gel for sunburns. We quickly ran out of the suncreen on the last day. At their gift shop-they were charging a lot of money for a tiny tube of sunscreen-around 20USD. I decided to go without it and suffered with a bad sunburn. Also, underwater cameras are twice what we paid for ours at Singapore's airport-around 20 usd.
    I know hotel gift shops mark things up, but this is too much. Load up on essentials before you arrive. Otherwise, there is a shop at the Male airport, which you can go to before you get the motorboat to the hotel.

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    Your packing list for Maldives

    by fashionapple Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Backpacks are ideal. There is no need to overpack because most of transportation is by boat / speedboat.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beachwear is must. Cotton shorts,shirts and bikini are ideal. While visiting Maale or any other local island you are recommended to wear proper dress covering body parts. Sandals and sun glasses are a must.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Its better to bring all medicines and toiletries with you. Although you can buy them from Maale but they would be expensive for sure. Do bring sun screen with you in good quantity.

    Photo Equipment: Its recommended to bring digital camera. Still cameras would also work but their films are quite expensive in Maldives.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your swim suites and water sports gear with you.If you fly Emirates they would give 10 KG extra for this. Every thing is too expensive in Maldives so better bring all such things with you.

    Miscellaneous: I would also suggest you to bring strong deoderant / antiperspirant because of humid weather.

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    what you shouldn't forget

    by call_me_rhia Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring shoes that you can wear in water (like reefshoes)... to protect your feet from corals and especially from the deadly stone-fish

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: high protection sun-screen (40 factor and over).

    Photo Equipment: cheap underwater cameras

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: fins, snorkels and mask to enjoy marine life. Bring also a t-shirt for snorkeling, so that you don't burn yourself

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    Dress Code

    by LisaMJ Written Oct 28, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Although the Maldives are associated with 'No news, no shoes', because we were staying in a top end resort, I thought it might be different. I packed for both eventualities, and I was right to pack my shoes! (Yes, all 9 pairs, but they were very versatile and inclided some lovely jewelled flip flops ;-)

    During the day, anything goes, although be sure to cover up swimwear in the restaurants. The walkways are sandy, but it's hard sand in places. Anyhow, I would always walk from our room barefoot and slip my shoes back on when we got to the bar/restaurant.

    Some women dressed in cocktail outfits, while some wore summery, casual, floral skirts and vests. I was somewhere in the middle, and wore silk camisoles, beaded vest tops, a smarter floral dress, black silk skirt, black and white floral skirt, always with a smarter vest /top. And I didn't look out of place. Yes I brought heeled shoes with me, and felt wonderful getting dressed up for dinner and wearing them.

    Miscellaneous: Lots of books! I got through 3 without even trying.

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    Not much needed!

    by Sunchild Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swim wear, shorts and some legere clothes will do! Shoes are very seldom needed :-)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all you need - as everything is really expensive!

    Photo Equipment: Bring your own films. And enough of them. A An Under- water-camera would be perfect. Can be rented there but is - what? Expensive!

    All can be bought/rented there, but very expensive.

    Miscellaneous: You'll need a few one-dollar-notes for the service-staff (if you pay with credit card). Cash is possible only in US Dollars!

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    Keep it simple!

    by Ali&Steve Written Aug 23, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimmies! Sunglasses! T Shirts & Shorts for gents. Sarongs, light loose gear for ladies, and maybe something slightly more dressy for the evening (to keep up with the Italians!) Flat sandals: heels stick in sand and there's nothing else to tread on! An absolute must for Filitheyo snorkellers - dive bootees or similarly protective footwear because getting out to the house reef across the loose coral and stones can be very painful. Umbrellas are supplied in your room in case of the odd shower.
    Ali's most important item: Waterproof mascara.
    Baldies: Don't forget your hat! Steve can testify to the pain and suffering of leaving this essential item behind

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring it all with you. "Personal" items for ladies are four times the price you'd pay at home. Pack sunblock and use it religiously - the Maldivian sun can be deceptively strong.Mossie repellent with plenty of DEET in it is essential, even though the whole island is sprayed every day.

    Photo Equipment: A decent camera. Definitely need one of those. An underwater camera if you have one, or divers can hire one from the Dive Centre.

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    As little as possible..

    by sahlenare Written Jul 19, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: If you go by the seaplane out to the other island.. then consider the space.. You do not have much space inside a seaplan.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Oh yes I brought shoes.. but I didn't need them.. One of the policies on the resort was - no shoes

    Photo Equipment: Bring a underwater camera!

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    Easy to get a sunburn while snorkelling

    by Gard Written Jun 6, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is easy to get a sunburn in the strong sun while snorkelling. I got a bit of a burn the first day so I had to wear a t-shirt while I was in the water the next few days. The nest time I go on a beach vacation like this I think I will buy one of those t-shirts that are made for wearing in the water.

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    You Don't Need Shoes

    by reeley Written May 5, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure that your luggage are waterproof in case of tropical downpours when you arrive. Your luggage could well be in the open during the boat transfer

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You just need flippers and flipflops. Anything else is just wasted luggage allowance.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you need it, bring it. You are not guaranteed to be able to get the medication or brands that you are used to

    Photo Equipment: Bring it with you - as much as you can carry. Also, there is so much sand that a small light weight tripod is useful to keep the camera away from the gritty stuff. Underwater cameras are a must - get them with flash included.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Light weight shirt or blouse is useful just to give your skin a little respite from the sun occasionally

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  • Useful !

    by kissgurami Written Apr 24, 2004

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: lots of sun block lotion!! the toiletries provided by the resort were so-so. SO it's best to bring your one and a new bottle of conditioner. It tends to fritz out ur hair.

    Photo Equipment: Bring spare underwater disposal cameras. it cost US20 per camera at Maldives Shop. There were too many underwater pix to take that we had to buy one even though we brought 2 along :p

    Miscellaneous: Lots of Mineral Water. Coz the tapwater is salty and defintely not drinkable. No tea/coffee making facilities in the resort. Every 1.5 litre of water cost US3. snorkelling n swimming tend to dry u out.

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