Tipping is expected from the porter who carries your bags from the boat to your room to your waiter and house-boy who cleans your room, On average everyone gave $1.00 per case or $5.00 in total. if no singles avaliable.
Waiter was between $20-$30 dependant on service, House-boy again $20 and you can pay this usually at the end of the holiday its up to you! Some think its better to tip up front as youll be looked after that little bit better..? again this is a guide, you can pay a lot more but this was what "seemed" to be expected. Oh! and if you get a favourite drinks waiter like we found at the bar a tip goes down well too. This was for a two week stay, very , very cheap Id say.
Don’t ever even think of phoning home! The only way to do this is using satellite phone which is very very expensive…try asking at the reception: they let me use their internet connection to send some emails at a very low price.
Probably you will go for a day trip in a tipical fishermen village...it's a good trip but when you get off the boat you'll be surrounded by people wanting to sell you anything...just try to avoid them and go on and have a look at the village...if you want to buy something do it just before going back to the boat: you'll get a better price because you are nearly leaving and rather than selling nothing they will give you their best price
when waiting for your boat at the airport, you will be tempted to buy a coke or beer be warned a small coke will cost you 4 dollars..you will find you will not wait long for your boat.
also think twice before taking a day trip to Male..its not that pleasant, with thousands of mopeds and taxi's and people trying to be your 'guide'..there are not many interesting sights on Male unless you like fish markets and tacky tourist shops.there is a nice mosque to see, and the action around the harbour is interesting....spend your time on your lovely tourist island, or better still visit a small 'local' island.
The flight from Mali to whatever Island you are staying at is very unreliable. They may tell you the plane is not available but it is most likely there were not enough people to make it cost effective. They then put you on a boat, bummer.
BOATS & DAYTRIPS
If you don't wanna spend all your money in expensive excursions organized by your resort, go one day to Male and ask local fishermen about the possibility of hiring their boat for a day. You can go fishing, island hopping, and know some isolated islands where tourists don't use to go normally...
WHEN YOU GET OF THE PLANE AT MALE, THET WILL LET YOU WAIT FOR YOUR BOAT/SEAPLANE AT A FEW TABLE CHAIRS JUST OUTSIDE THE AIRPORT, THERE THEY WILL OFFER YOU LAGER.WATER COKE ETC ETC...WATCH OUT THEY CHARGE WAY ABOVE THE ODDS,THEY WIL ALSO TAKE YOUR US DOLLARS AND GIVE YOU MALDIVIAN DOLARS CHANGE WHICH IS GOOD FOR NOTHING, IT'S CHEAPER TO BUY A FEW ON THE PLANE AND DRINK THEM WHILST YOU WAI
Not something I write from first hand experience but I undestand that the locals in Male sell turtle meat on the streets. Because turtles can seal their blood vessels, bits can be chopped off over a long period of time, thus the meat is always fresh. Therefore, the turtle is a living bloody mass for days on end.
Some tourists are obviously horrified by this and often pay to rescue the turtles from what is in store for them. It sounds cruel but don't pay any money to the people who offer to sell the turtle to you.
The turtle is released, much to the relief of the purchaser, only to be caught again 5 mins after the purchaser has walked away. It's simply a viscious circle. The turtle is caught again and they simply wait for the next distressed tourist to come along.
When visiting the capital Malé do not feel obliged to accept the tour or guides provided by the resort or the shops suggested by the guides. However be aware that they will pester you until you accept their help.
I didn't want one at first but because I was on my own I finally accepted to go with one on my terms. I told him I wanted to go into shops I wanted and not the ones he wanted. No need to say that after an hour he was a bit fed up with me. He wanted to carry my bags and I told him that carrying the bags is all the fun of going shopping. He wanted to take me into shops on the first floor and I didn't because once you are inside they close the door and pester you until you buy something. So when I saw we were returning to the port and I spotted a shopping centre I paid him and thanked him. I could see that he was pleased to go.
Never pay the price they ask. You can go to half the price or less sometimes if you buy lots of things. I got a lovely handbag for $5 which started at the asking price of $20. I bough a handmade mirror for $15 which was $35, so the bag was reduced to match my $20 bill. Never show all your money. If you only have $10 they will accept your price, better $10 than nothing.
The same applies to jewelery. I saw a platinum and 1.5k diamonds ring at the asking price of $3000 and after putting it on my finger twice it was reduced to $2100 if I had more time I would have got it at my asking price of £1000 but I spotted the shop too late, 10 minutes before I was due to get into the boat back to the resort, so I had to leave taking back with me the dream... It's no.1 on my shopping list if I go there again...
Male. Nothing much to see. The fish market is ok. Lots of tourist shops who won't let you leave withour buying something.
Male is is only a mile square.
Don't bother unless you're really boared or need some cheapo souviners
Why not picturing your baggage before leaving ? In case they loose it, you can simply show the picture, instead of filling in the standard description gorm at the airport.
Unique Suggestions: Some catch bigger fry than others. Your catch can be reserved and cooked for your Dinner Table for a small charge.
When visiting Maldives, in spite of what some people say, a day trip to Male (the capital city)is not a real tourist trap. But don't miss the fishmarket and avoid the souvenirs shops...
TRIP TO MALE (THE CAPITAL)BIT OF A WASTE OF TIME AS NOTHING TO SEE OF ANY INTEREST.Lots of religious buildings if your into that kind of thing.
Pic:A ten minute storm heading our way.
Ok, u don't have to pay for this but it is a trap !!!! do u expect such a kind of kitsch meadows at the Maldives ?
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