What to pack for Maldives

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    Pack Light

    by trevndebs Written May 20, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: 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.
    Pack lots!!

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    Underwater Camera

    by SWFC_Fan Written Dec 8, 2013

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    Photo Equipment: 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).

    Fuji Finepix XP60 underwater camera

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    Snorkeling Equipment

    by SWFC_Fan Written Dec 8, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: 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.

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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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    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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  • Non alcoholic beverages

    by unmesh111 Written Aug 16, 2007

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    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

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  • Take everything you MIGHT need

    by Andreaflem Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: 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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    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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    mosquito repellant is must to be carried along

    by margretpears Written Jun 9, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

    snap it you are taking too long
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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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    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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    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

    posing in a sarong!!
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    Stuff to Bring, and Stuff to Leave at Home

    by philmayne Updated Jan 7, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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  • Take as little as possible!

    by Sally01 Written Feb 19, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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!!

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    Loads of repellent !!!!!!!

    by MOSSETT Written Aug 15, 2003

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    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 !

    Sunset ........

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