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.
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.
Alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the Maldives so unless you are all inclusive buying alcohol in the Maldives resorts are very expensive. Wine is not usually included in the all inclusive deal just with meals. Also branded spirits are not included they have their local version. The mini bars in your room are also usually chargeable. Lion larger is OK and served icey cold.
Unique Suggestions: Tip the Bar staff well and they will give you larger measures.
Enjoy a day sight seeing around the small but busy capital but beware you'll be followed by locals who'll offer to give you a tour of the island in exchange for a visit to their shop. If you wish to wander around alone you'll have to be firm with them as they don't seem to understand the word NO. The capital is compleltely safe to walk around alone and when visiting shops haggle like crazy to get the best price!
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
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.
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
There's not really tourist traps in the Maldives, people is honest.
But you have to be careful and dont accept to buy coral, shark teeths or stuff made with turtles. We must preserve Maldives environment and animals !.
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
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.
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 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.
coming to this island was for me the trap, but I booked my holiday very very last minute so I was kind of lucky to go...
Unique Suggestions: If you however fall in the trap, bring your own banana's... LOL
Fun Alternatives: Try Mirihi, Vilamendoo, Lily Beach, Vakarufalhi, all in the same atoll.
There is no such thing as tourist traps here, well not that we encountered anyway. The Maldivian people are VERY HONEST! They will search for you for days to return something (even the most worthless item) that you have dropped or forgotten.
Fantastic people and no crime as such to talk about.
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
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