Shoes not required, OK, a pair of flip flops would be handy for the evenings. Both parts of bikinis, girls, remember what I said about 'No Jugs Out'. Cover up and wear proper clothing if you're taking a trip to Male, the Capital or inhabited local islands, as it is a muslim country.
Photo Equipment: Underwater camera, a must for attempting to snap those little camera-shy wriggly clown fish! You'll regret it if you dont. And you can explain how the grouper fish that only looks 6 inches in the photo is in fact as long as a three seater sofa.
Take very light clothing & flip flops. We found that you tend to wear the same comfy things for more or less the whole holiday. Travel as light as possible.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take plenty of plasters, antiseptic cream, mosquito repellent & bite cream. I know this sounds a bit scary but if you like to snorkel, you might cut yourself on the coral or rocks. I'm only talking a small cut, but if you get one on the bottom of your foot like I did, you'll need a plaster to keep the sand out.
Photo Equipment: Take an underwater camera (or two if you're getting the disposable ones). We took a disposable one and ended up buying another on while we were out there which cost about $19.
Miscellaneous: Dont bother with a hairdryer. I always take one and after trying to dry my hair once, I packed it away for the rest of the holiday! It's so humid, it takes forever to dry your hair, and if it's thick like mine it'll take forever and a day!!
Don't need shoes as it's sand everywhere, including in the restaurant!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you burn easily P20 is the best sunscreen I've used. Put it on 90 mins before going out and don't need to re-apply, even after swimming. Mossie spray and bite cream in case you get jelly fish stings.
Photo Equipment: Disposable underwater cameras. They're more expensive to buy on the island. Definitely worth having for snorkling.
Travel light, once on the island you're not going to need much more in the way of clothing than a few T-shirts, shorts and swim-wear.
A pair of flip-flops or sandals are all you'll need for you feet. Most of the time you'll be barefoot anyway!
Sarongs are really useful - even for us macho blokes. Hey, if Beckham can do it......
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: They apparently spray the whole island which might account for the fact that we had no problem with mossies, but you might like to take one of those zapper thingies.
Take plenty of high SPF sunscreen - you're going to need it (hopefully!)
Photo Equipment: www.Aquapac.com do some great waterproof bags which enable you to take your camera/camcorder under water.
Miscellaneous: Take your own snorkelling gear. You can rent it from the islands dive centre for about $6 per item per day, but to be honest, it's not that expensive to buy and I'd rather have my own snorkell than use someone elses!
If you do buy your own gear, get it from a proper dive shop rather than just a high street store. And while you're there, get some 'Ocean Drops' to use on the inside of your mask to stop it from misting up.
Travel light! You don't need much! Swimming costume, shorts etc and a towl! Even evenings are dress down!
Bring factor 30 cream, the sun is strong! Bring an old t-shirt to wear in the sea when scuba diving, your back burns.....
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent, no Malaria here, but you don't want mosquito dive bombing you all night!
Photo Equipment: Buy a cheap disposable water proof camera if you dont possess a quality water proof camera! You can take good shots with a disposable camera, see the ones on my pages.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Flippers, Snorkel and Mask are a must to visit the underwater world!
Miscellaneous: Ladies! I'm not being sexist, but generally the girls are not as into snorkeling as the guys, so bring a good book! :)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Make sure you take plenty of painkillers, plasters, sting/bite relief creams, mosquito repellant and of course any prescription medicines that you are likely to need.
One recommendation would also be ear drops - you can pick up ear infections when out snorkeling/diving. We personally didn't encounter this problem but there were others on the resort not so fortunate.
Its also worthwhile making sure you have sufficient supplies of your toiletries.
Most shops on the resort islands offer basics but are very limited and expensive in what they can offer.
If you can buy a waterproof housing for your camera I would highly recommend you do so. Our lagoon was no more than 4ft deep but still contained some of the most amazing fish/coral we had ever seen.
Whilst our camera could not do it justice we have still taken away some brilliant pictures we would otherwise not have had.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are reliant on allergy sun creams such as Piz Buin make sure you take more than you feel you may use. As a family of 4 on the resort island for 12 days we got through 15 bottles of sun cream. We really could have done with 2 or 3 more as we had to ration ourselves for the last few days.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Invest in a pair of aqua shoes even if you don't intend to snorkel. Being coral islands when walking in the ocean it can become rough/sharp underfoot. Aqua shoes also prevent any nasty surprises should you stand on something that doesn't like being stood on!
aqua shoes to prevent coral cutsin the ocean
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: plenty of insect repellant, and antihistamine cream and tablets, as mentioned before there is quite a problem with biting insects on kuredu, so be prepared, take plenty of repellant, and if you do get bitten antihistamine cream will cut down any reaction you may suffer- the antihistamine tablets will help stop the itching
Photo Equipment: take plenty of spare film and batteries- and at the very least one disposable underwater camera
Luggage and bags:
TRY TO TAKE A HOLDALL RATHER THAN A HARD CASE SUITCASE, IT TAKES UP LESS ROOM , AND YOU DONT NEED TO TAKE MUCH WITH YOU ANYWAY. KEEP SOME $1 NOTES HANDY TO GIVE TO YOUR PORTER ON ARRIVAL WHEN HE BRINGS YOUR BAG TO YOUR ROOM (ONE US DOLLAR PER BAG IS THE GOING RATE)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: CLOTHING SHOULD ALL BE LIGHTWEIGHT, PREFERABLY COTTON OR LINEN. SUNDRESSES, T-SHIRTS, SHORTS, SARONGS. LADIES REMEMBER TO TAKE A LIGHTWEGHT CARDI TO COVER YOUR ARMS IF YOU VISIT ANY LOCAL ISLANDS, IT IS A MUSLIM COUNTRY AND ARMS AND LEGS SHOULD BE COVERED AWAY FROM THE RESORT.DONT FORGET A SUN HAT. An essential item is a pair of aquashoes for wearing in the lagoon (see warnings and dangers)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: TAKE MOSQUITO REPELLANT, ANTI-HISTAMINE TABLETS AND CREAM IN CASE YOU ARE BITTEN.SAVLON SPRAY (IN CASE OF CORAL CUTS) AND OF COURSE LOTS OF HIGH FACTOR SUNCREAM!
Photo Equipment: YOU MUST TAKE SEVERAL DISPOSABLE UNDERWATER CAMERAS TO CATCH THE AMAZING UNDERWATER WILDLIFE.FOR YOUR ORDINARY CAMERAS/CAMCORDER TAKE PLENTY OF SPARE FILMS AND BATTERIES , THEY ARE HARD TO FIND AND V EXPENSIVE ONCE IN THEMALDIVES.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: YOU WONT NEED TO PACK A BEACH TOWEL AS THEY ARE PROVIDED IN RESORT.
Miscellaneous: ESSENTIAL PACKING IS PLENTY OF READING MATERIAL-NOW IS THE TIME TO WORK YOUR WAY THROUGH WAR AND PEACE.
Luggage and bags:
Make sure you pack one item of swimwear in your hand luggage because if you are travelling by plane and your case ends up going by boat, you could have a long wait for your clothes to arrive.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Who needs shoes ?????????
Maybe a pair of sandals for the girls just incase, but I bet you will spent all your time in bare feet !
Also plenty of sarong, the Maldivians are particularly offended if you are dress inappropriately.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Obviously bring headache pills and 'just incase' toiletries but definitely pack some tablets for upset tummies !
Photo Equipment: Loads of films for your camera, a video camera if possible and an underwater disposable as well. There are loads of fish !
Miscellaneous: might be a good idea to wear trousers that zip off into shorts, its boiling when you arrive !
Luggage and bags:
You don't need many clothes, so only take 1 lightweight case or bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You only need shoes to travel to Meeru then back home. You don't need shoes here at all if you don't want. All floors are sandy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take some cream for mosquito bites just in case. They say they hardly ever have them, but we did!
Photo Equipment: Waterproof camera for those snorkelling or diving shots.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Minimal clothing for the beach.
Miscellaneous: Just T-Shirts, shorts and swimming gear.
Luggage and bags:
Luggage & Bags - I think this pretty much depends on the report. Over at Club Med, it didn't really make much of a difference as they took care of the luggage from the time they greeted us at the airport till the time we left the club.
However, if you have dive equipment to carry around, you might not look forward to the walk to the dive jetty, which could be reasonably long sometimes...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing / Shoes / Weather Gear - As light as possible. Considering you might be spending a significant amount of time in the sea, do bring clothing that dries easily... Lotsa cotton Ts would also be comfy...
SWIM GEAR - BUY THEM BEFORE YOU EVEN LEAVE HOME. I have heard stories of people who went to Maldives hoping to buy a set there only to spend their holidays uncomfortably without one!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries - For those who are picky, bring EVERYTHING you need. Buying them on the island could be expensive or challenging...
Medical Supplies - Bring the basics....
Photo Equipment: Photo Equipment - Once again, bring everything you need. Batteries, film, spare CF cards... the works!
Miscellaneous: MOST IMPORTANT - Sun tan / sun block lotion. The sun in Maldives is HOT and STRONG. Your skin will thank you for a good bottle well stocked in your inventory! :P
Luggage and bags:
Diving Computer is a must, coz you easily go deeper than you think and beware of how long to stay.
Floating flag (sausage)
Many dirft dive in Maldive, it means you will assend away from the boat or easily away from the DM.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack a few T-shirt and bring 3 set of swimming suit. Since we have 3 dives per day. We can have a quick shower after each dive and change the dry swimming suit and wait for another dive. Normally one to 2 hours.
Photo Equipment: Bring the underwater camera. Or find a housing for your digital camera if you have. It's fun to share the picture after each dive.
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