Maldives Tourist Traps

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  • Tourist Traps
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  • Tourist Traps
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Maldives Tourist Traps

  • Sea & Sun Agency Maldives is a scam

    I book a package with Sea & Sun Agency on for last Nov 2011 trip. The worst thing happened when i reach there is the resort saying that i did not make a booking. I make a call to the person in charge in but it keep as we wait, in the end i make a report at tourist police. Until then only he appear. I wasted my first day for my honeymoon here....

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  • Avoid Deluxe Accommodations

    In Club Med Kani I recommend standard beach bungalows from room number 220 to 250. Deluxe Villa and Water Bungalows very highly overrated and two story buildings are not interesting, and the eastern side of the island is not prefferred for the beach because it is windy and shallow. Deluxe Beach Villa has non-working Jakuzzi. It is a shame that Club...

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  • THE 10% SERVICE CHARGE

    Every tourist hotel in the Maldives, outside of Malé, is an isolated island where there is no need for money. For every drink, meal and souvenir, you just sign you name and write your room number down. So far, so good. Then you notice that there is a place to put a tip (gratuity) when you are signing. Well it was a good drink, so you put down a tip...

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  • Maldives - which island to stay

    Maldives is a heaven for romance, and a nice place for family vacation too. I stayed in Paradise Island last time. There is a big resort on that island with completed facilities, providing all the convenience you want. Price of everything (from hotel to food)on Maldives islands are high. But the beautiful atol scenery are definitely worth of...

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  • HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY

    Only 4 counties in the world do not allow you to bring alcohol into the country with you: Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iran and the Maldives. Unlike the first 3, the Maldives will happily “detain” your Duty Free alcohol and then promptly serve you alcohol before you even leave the airport area - at a huge price. Yes - total hypocrisy. A small can of coke...

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  • Souvenirs: watch what you buy!

    You can buy all the shells and corals you want, most probably you will not even be stopped as you leave the Maldives - although it is highly forbidden. But woe on you if you get caught when you enter your home country. They are most probably stricter with the rules for the protection of the environment. You won't only loose your souvenirs, but also...

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  • Tourist traps ?

    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 !.

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  • No Alcohol allowed

    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...

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  • male

    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...

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  • Baggage tip

    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.

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  • Tipping

    One of the worst things about the holiday was that alot of the staff seem to expect a tip. When we arrived, and they put our baggage in the room, I got 2 dollars ready, for 2 bags that one guy had carried there. After he put the bags in, he just stood there, and this other guy came up and stood beside him expecting a tip too. Well, i didnt get out...

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  • Pricey Drinks...

    If going to the Maldives, be sure to try and get All Inclusive. We went full board, but upon arrival, was offered All Inclusive for $35 a day per person, which we accepted straight away.Though we were All inclusive, you still need to sign a bill after drinks, just so the hotel know where the drinks are going. But when checking prices, we noticed...

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  • Don't take water for granted

    Maldives comprises of islands and huge bodies of water right? It's a different story when it comes to drinking water.Be prepared to pay US$ 10 for a 1.5 litre of mineral water !!! We all can't do without water, eh? So either be prepared to spend a huge sum of $$$ on drinking water or ..... Bring your own water, juice whatever your thirst fancies....

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  • International telephone calls...

    If you are staying in Maale then never use the telephone in your hotel for international calls. It would be very expensive. Even for Pakistan the hotel's rate was $2.6 per minute which is very expensive. I would recommend you contacting a local shop and get a telephone booth card. There is vast network of telephone booths in Maale. Just buy a...

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  • Machchafushi island is the trap!!!!!

    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... If you however fall in the trap, bring your own banana's... LOL Try Mirihi, Vilamendoo, Lily Beach, Vakarufalhi, all in the same atoll.

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  • Nothing?

    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.

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  • Nothing?

    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.

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  • The Most Expensive Bottled Water in the...

    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,...

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  • Meeru - the nuke !!!!!

    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 !!!!!!! Find alternative route to your room

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  • Villivaru - the service

    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 ... Try ur best to keep urself the island clean and comfortable. Eat in the restaurant ? :-)))))

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  • Outside Airport

    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...

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  • Go All Inclusive !

    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...

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  • Phone Calls

    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 -...

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  • Spending Money

    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...

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  • Male Airport

    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! Sit on a bench and...

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  • Meeru Museum

    Meeru has its own museum in the reception area. Entry is free and well worth a viewing. 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.

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  • Visit to local island

    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. Have a look around the souvenir shops. There's 3 to choose from, all selling the same things. It's up to...

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  • Night Fishing

    Night Fishing Some catch bigger fry than others. Your catch can be reserved and cooked for your Dinner Table for a small charge.

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  • Night Fishing

    Night fishing. 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.

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  • Bring your own bottled water, but no...

    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. U can fill a form to 'let' them keep ur bottle at the airport - u can...

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  • Dont' follow the local tourist guide

    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...

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  • Airport drinks

    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

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  • Tipping

    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...

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  • When visiting Maldives, in...

    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...

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  • Don’t ever even think of...

    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.

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  • Probably you will go for a day...

    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...

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  • TRIP TO MALE (THE CAPITAL)BIT...

    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.

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  • when waiting for your boat at...

    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...

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  • The flight from Mali to...

    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.

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  • BOATS & DAYTRIPSIf you don't...

    BOATS & DAYTRIPSIf 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...

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  • WHEN YOU GET OF THE PLANE AT...

    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...

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  • Not something I write from...

    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...

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  • When visiting the capital Malé...

    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...

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  • Male. Nothing much to see. The...

    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

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  • Ellaidhoo - too much, really too much !

    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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