I can't think of any traps we fell into, the Maldivians are generally VERY HONEST people. They will search for you for days to return something worthless that you have dropped. Fantastic people and no crime as such to talk about.
Once you have collected your luggage from the collection point and made your way to your Rep, you will probably be asked to wait a while while your transfer boat arrives.
There is a Cafe area with seats outside, and there are a number of people who look like nice helpful airport staff. They will say things like, "oh you must be weary sit down here, let me get you some water". I told him I would sit down but I had a bottle of water in my bag. "No, no, sit here and I will bring you a drink". He genuinely seemed concerned about our welfare.
He came back with two bottles of water, so we sat and drank them whilst waiting for our boat to arrive.
Then he came over with a bill for $20, yes you did read that right $20. I nearly fell of the Chair. Had I not just arrived in the Country and was not feeling so vunerable, beleive me I would have had something to say - I was just in a state of shock! I have kept the receipt for the comedy factor! We paid it - what else could we do - we had drank the water!
After speaking to other people in the resort, the same thing had happened to them, and it would seem we got off lightly compared to some others!
Unique Suggestions: Tell the man in no uncertain terms that you are not thirsty and you dont want to sit in his Cafe!
Fun Alternatives: Go and look at the beautiful sea instead!
This is what we called "the nuclear power station", actually it's not of course, it's a diesel powered electricity generator.
But it's sooooooo BIG and soooooooo NOISY !!!!!! and placed ecaxtly in the middle of the resort !!!!!!!
Unique Suggestions: Find alternative route to your room
Service can be a lot improved in Villivaru !!!!
I mean, it's not a matter of how local people work cause they work really well ... I just think the management of the island is driving this way.
Anyhow this happened only once ...
Unique Suggestions: Try ur best to keep urself the island clean and comfortable.
Fun Alternatives: Eat in the restaurant ? :-)))))
I am sure you must have read about this trap by now. We got this information from VT itself and thus were saved ;)
Once you come out of airport, you approach the counter for the resort. The guys at the counter will ask you to wait for the transport boat to arrive and lead you to a small cafe adjoining the counter.
This place hardly looks like a cafeteria. It has a few plastic chairs and tables. DO NOT buy anything here. They will overcharge you.
The wait for the transport boat is not very long.
Fun Alternatives: We took a bottle of water before getting of the plane. Though we did not use it, as the boat arrived in about 20 minutes.
When going to the Maldives, ALWAYS choose All Inclusive.
It is very expensive out there and the All Inclusive is of a very good standard.
We were glad we chose All Inclusive because otherwise we would have had to pay £5.00 for a Bacardi ! Also at the Airport on our return journey we bought some lunch and it was almost £20 for a couple of chicken sandwiches !
Don't be fooled, the drinks cost the earth and the food is not any better.
The cheapest rough price for a bottle of wine is around £20/£25. It was very nice wine but it would mount up if you were buying wine every night for two weeks.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure you have checked your transfers when booking.
quite often Islands are very far from the Airport and you could be stuck on a boat for four hours and that would be the last thing you would want after being on a plane for twelve hours !
Fun Alternatives: Take the Sea-plane !
Very quick and enjoyable - apart from when you are travelling in bad weather as we found out and had to land at the nearest Island and sit bobbing up and down in the sea which was ok if you had a cast iron stomach !
Making phone calls from hotels and resorts isn't cheap at the best of times and from the Maldives, the prices are frightening.
If for some reason, you want to ring home, the cheapest way is to take your mobile phone (that's a cellphone to you yanks).
The last resort I stayed at were charging US$6 per minute with a minimum of 3 minutes billed - whatever your mobile provider are charging, it will be less than that.
This is such an important thing to remember. Once on the you are at their mercy when it comes to buying drinks and food. My advice is to get All Inclusive or Full Board where possible - at least you know what you are going to pay for things.
You can't just walk to the nearest shop if you don't want to pay the prices the resort are charging.
Prices are high in the resorts due to high transport costs and as with anywhere touristy, the normal "fleece the foreigner" prices apply.
After proceeding through the exit of the airport you will be met by a resort representitive or will have to find your resort rep at his desk. They will tell you that they are waiting for other guests (if you get out ahead of others) and lead you to a seat in 'rip-off' cafe! If you sit down the water (small) will cost you 5 USD!
Fun Alternatives: Sit on a bench and wait for your group! Although there are actually few benches around!!!
Meeru has its own museum in the reception area. Entry is free and well worth a viewing.
Unique Suggestions: Outside by the pool area is the skeleton on a Hump Back Whale. Check out the size of it and the width of its jaw.
Dhiffushi Island is just a 10 minute journey by Dhoni. Well worth a couple of hours to see how locals live. It's only a small island, you can cross to the other side in a minute. It's an island you can see all the day and just have to visit.
Unique Suggestions: Have a look around the souvenir shops. There's 3 to choose from, all selling the same things. It's up to you to decide a price!
Unique Suggestions: It's a must do activity, if only once. The fish don't exactly jump onto the hooks, but most people pull something out of the water.
Mine was too small to keep, so was returned to live another day.
Since everything is expensive in the island, bring your own bottled water. Here they sell USD 3/bottle and u need more than a bottle a day.
But u can't bring ur own alcohol. Just when u pass the custom at the airport, they will ask u to open ur luggage and take ur alcohol away.
Unique Suggestions: U can fill a form to 'let' them keep ur bottle at the airport - u can pick it up when u fly back. Means, no own alcohol in the island.
Fun Alternatives: Price of a glass of alcohol in the resort = 6 - 15 USD.
My last day of the trip stay in Male (capital of Maldives) and my diving agent is nice to arrange a tourist guide to bring us for sight seeing. (Actually, Male is small and you can walk by your own). But the souviner shop he bring us is not honest and price double and more compare to the other.
The sales in the shop will cut the price half if you don't want to buy the item that you pick. However, it still expensive compare to other shop. Also some of itme is not locally make and import from Thailland, e.g. 4 pair wood chopstick. They sell at USD40 but it only cost USD 9 in Thaildnd. Even I buy it in HK, it only cost USD15.
Outside Male airport you may be wisked off to the bar outside and offered water - its not free! Like everything in the Maldives it can be expensive. Take a bottle from the plane to see you through to your resort island
More Regions in Maldives