Maldives Warnings and Dangers

  • Wearing a t-shirt while snorkeling
    Wearing a t-shirt while snorkeling
    by SWFC_Fan
  • Wearing a t-shirt while snorkeling
    Wearing a t-shirt while snorkeling
    by SWFC_Fan
  • Titan Trigger Fish near the Water Villas
    Titan Trigger Fish near the Water Villas
    by Russ60

Maldives Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid sunburn: wear a t-shirt while...

    To experienced snorkelers, this will probably sound like obvious advice.However, if you're new to snorkeling, you may want to take heed of the following advice (from my own painful experience!):When out snorkeling, wear a t-shirt to prevent suffering from a sunburnt back. On our first day in the Maldives in November 2013, we covered ourselves in...

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  • Strict customs

    Everyones bags are checked at customs physically, if you are carrying any alcohol,pork, religious articles of other faiths, souveniurs of other faiths, many tourist from sri lanka had Budha souvenirs, all these would be taken from you at the airport, however you will be able to collect them on leaving the Maldives

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  • You want it bad you get it bad: Maldives

    The local agencies offered speedboat transfer to Club Med as much as 300 US dollars per person. They did not bother to answer if this is one way or return. Club Med charges about 50 Euro per person return. I gave this as an example to what happens if you try to make a deal with local Maldive tour agents or resorts. This is not a place to try to...

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  • CORAL !

    The Maldives is blessed with beautiful coral reefs. Unfortunately its beaches are plagued with broken bits of coral that you can step on. Watch you step and/or wear some footwear if you can. These nasty bits of nature can ruin your holiday with a gashed foot or cut toes. It’s a shame really. Just be careful and you should be fine.

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  • "Tropical Cruise":a Maldives bad trip!

    NEVER GO BY "TROPICAL CRUISE".I've just back from a Maldives surfary with the boat "TROPICAL CRUISE". Don't go TROPICAL CRUISE!!! The boat is a little old, slow and dirty trick. Our cabins were full of big black beatles. They were everywhere. Bathroom were little bad smelling, third-world style boxes. The boat was the last to leave in the morning...

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  • Titan Trigger Fish

    I read about these bad tempered fish before I went to Kuredu, they can be particularly viscious during the nesting season. There are plenty of trigger fish around the Island, I swam into (without realising) a few nests near the jetty around the shipwreck, one gave chase but luckily I realised and swam away quickly!!!!!

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  • Booze

    No boozing is allowed in the capital Male, so don't even think about taking any booze in there. The penalties are severe. If you want have a drink the resorts are all yours, the regulations don't apply to the resorts.

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  • Velidhu Island

    Always remember to use the common good sense, respect the animals don't disturb or hurt them and they'll respect you...and enjoy

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  • Be careful: strong clothing conventions!

    Because the Maldives are an Islamic state, there are strong clothing conventions for the women. The guest ladies have the obligation, to heed these regulate, and, to have a decent clothing. The kerchief and the tall gown are the outfit only for the women on the island. However, the guests must be careful to not carry to short skirts and sleeveless...

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  • Be careful, to corals on the underwater...

    Numerous corals are on the sea ground. Be careful, with the touch of the ocean earth!If you are without shoes, the split ends of the corals can you wound, and with shoe, you can shatter them. Avoid as much as possible the contact with the underwater ground!

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  • Customs

    The strict laws of Customs on the Maldives prohibit the importation of pornographic material (that does also mean nude or semi nude pictures on magazines such as cosmopolitan), firearms, alcohol and illegal drugs (also marijuana) into the country. Exports of coral, shells and other object removed from the marine environment is also prohibited. (see...

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  • Currents

    Helengeli is located at the outer reef, which is one of the reasons it is such a good place to snorkel and dive and see some of the big animals you can find iin the sea. It is a lso the reason why there is a current here that has to be considered when going into the water.The current is not the same on all times of the day. It is a good thing never...

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  • Trigger Fish!

    There are lots of things in the sea that can be dangerous, but next to the obvious ones (shark, stingray, stone fish), here is one I did not know about befor coming to the Maldives: the Trigger Fish.We were warned during our first meeting on the island about him. The giant trigger fish gets 30-40cm big, has a distinct coloration (see picture, it...

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  • Roaring reef

    First night waking up many times because of strange roar! I thouht that I sleep near airport. But it was a voice of coral reef waves which are not far from island. Just add the sound of coconuts falling on the roof - and next morning I woke up happy because I felt I'm in really exotic island)))) You can't hear the noice during the day, but be ready...

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  • Animals

    In the Maldives while in the sea you have to be very careful they have invisiable fish that look like sand and if stood on can be very visous, the jelly fish are very strange looking fab too watch but not if you go too close!!!!seen diffent types of sharks but are harmless so wouldnt worry too much.the crabs are huge never seen crabs that size...

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  • THE SUN

    The Maldives is right on the Equator so it has the strongest sun in the world. Unless you have naturally very dark skin, you need to cover up. Sun screens and blocks are not all. If you go snorkelling put a t-shirt on! I didn’t and I now have permanent skin damage on my back. I thought I would be protected by the water. I wasn’t. A good hat would...

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  • Exploding Speedboat

    This is an rare accident and thankfully no one got killed BUT do not forget travel insurance. Many travellers forget about it but it can happen anywhere. Since there had been 2 previous similar incidents with Gulf Craft speedboats I would be rather scared of getting in one myself to be honest.Speedboat exploded due to short circuit21 October...

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  • Honeymooner drowns while snorkelling

    From the local newspaper (I have removed the names). Do take care and do make use of training when snorkelling/diving.Honeymooner drowns while snorkelling15 October 2006An English tourist has died while he and his wife were snorkelling at Enbudhoo Village Island Resort. Maldives Police Service officials confirmed the tourist's death at ADK Hospital...

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  • Coral and sea life

    Don't forget that there are many things in the sea that sting, like trigger fish, rays, puffer, lion fish, etc.Be careful when snorkelling or walking on the water because coral is sharp and can hurt you easily. Be careful of not damaging corals too !.Don't accidently stand on any sting ray if you dont wanna get stinged ! LOL, they are so close to...

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  • Sun

    Maldives are on the equator so the sun is very strong and you must use a high sun filter. Don't forget your sun cream ! it's essential !.My skin dont use to burn and gets brown very quickly, but there I had to use a 30 sun factor and I get burned one time, the first days !. Dont' forget your sun glasses because light is so bright. Take a hat too,...

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  • Don't Touch any thing under the water

    The only danger I could think of in the Maldives is under the sea. There are some amazing things to see but always remember no to touch anything you don't know what will bite or sting you. Also be careful when snorkelling that you aren't to close to the coral as I scraped my legs on the coral. We also had a monsoon while we were there and a couple...

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  • Help avoiding environmental problems

    This is not so much a warning/danger for you as for the Maldivian environment.The disposal of waste material is a big problem in Maldives island. You can help against that kind of problems by taking home your own rubbish like empty plastic bottles, empty aerosol bombs, plastic shopping bags and so on.

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  • Transfer by speed boat

    From Male airport the resort can be approached by sea plane or speed boat. If you suffer form seasickness DO NOT take the speed boat! I don't suffer from it, but I must say that the boat transfer was really awful and I couldn't have survive without the Travelgum (=remedy for car- and seasickness).

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  • sting rays

    Be careful of these beautiful creatures as they swim right up to the shore. Stepping on them would seriously spoil the holiday.

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  • Sunburn

    Make sure you wear high factor suncream and apply it regularly because the sun is very intense due to the island being very close to the equator.We spent a lot of time in the shade under the palm trees and still came home with a decent tan.

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  • Coral rash

    Be careful you don't accidentally scrape any part of your body against the coral. Not only will you damage the coral but it will also leave you with a nasty rash which gets very tender and sore for a couple of days.

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  • Bright Sands

    When I went to the Maldives, I was lucky to take a pair of sunglasses. My girlfriend however, didn't. It isnt much of a worry before noon, but once it hits 12, and your walking down the beach, the white sands reflect so much light, making you have to squint your eyes as you walk. But then, on the other hand, you have to be careful not to get an...

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  • The Current

    Once during my stay, I decided that while my girlfriend was sunbathing, I would go out and snorkal on my own. It seemed like a good idea, as she doesnt really like snorkelling.Anyway, as she was sunbathing outside our room on the water bungalow side of the island, thats where I took my snorkelling. I went out quite a bit, and it was still quite...

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  • Careful of the Sun

    Before the Maldives, I hardly ever used Sun protection cream. I know I should, but I never. When I went to the Maldives however, I decided to take a Factor 20. After aplying it everywhere, I walked down the beach and back...It took in total about half hour. THen i tok a dive in the sea...anyway, a few hours after, i noticed that I was already...

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  • Rocky and Coral Waters

    If staying in Sun Island, be careful of swimming on the Water Bungalow side of the Island. It is full of coral, and rocks. Unfortunatly, while being full of coral, you would expect it to be beautiful under the water. Though infact, when i tried snorkelling, it was mostly the abandoned, and dead coral. You will of course come across some beautiful...

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  • Website information - often out of date!

    I know you are getting (hopefully) up to date information from VT members, but if you also look at Websites for information please get anything crucial confirmed by the island before going - many of the websites are very out of date with their information and if you go by the pictures/descriptions on some of them you might have a totally different...

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  • Worst time in the year to go

    June and July are the monsoon periods. It rained all 5 days I was there! :( The stormy conditions also meant that a number of activities such as sunset fishing or snorkelling were cancelled. If you must go around that period, at least stay longer and see if you can catch the sun out once in a blue moon. Dec/Jan remain the most popular season for...

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  • Clothing

    After all Maldives is an Islamic country. You can wear whatever you like when you are at your resort but when come to visiting Male or their residency village, it's better to wear sleeves shirt and long pants or skirt. That the excursion operator told us.

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  • Sting Rays

    These baby Sting rays are proberly more scared of you than you are of it, but a word of warning do not step on one as the tail will give you a nasty sting.

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  • When you're on excursion...

    Nothing so dangerous, but you need to take care of your equipment before moving from your boat on excursion. Let's check if your tender is ok (fuel, addles, ext.) and don't miss to carry a rope and still water.Here what happened to our group: we had to move by addling because our motor was broken down...luckily, we were so close to the beach!!!

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  • Mozzie City

    The remoteness of the maldives has one fall back ,you cant just nip down to the local supermarket whenever you like,so do take all the mozzie repelents,creams etc etc most islands do have a small shop however they are not WAlmart ot Tescos!!

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  • Don't smuggle in the booze

    The Maldives is a Muslim country. But at the resorts they do have liquor. At our hotel- i thought the beer or liquor wasn't that expensive compared to Singapore restaurants. But the more expensive hotel-usually the mark up. Smuggling in liquor, pork products, religious materials are serious offenses. Probably confiscation and a fine. I am sure it's...

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  • Hot! Hot! Hot

    It is very very hot! Mostly, I could only sit out for a maximum of 20mins until I needed to cool down in the sea or go for a snorkel. Make sure you bring high factor sun lotion or use P20 as we did and we didn't burn once. There are many different creatures on the island. There are the hermit crabs which hide under their shell. There are very timid...

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  • No Alcohol!

    Please remember that you cannot bring any alcohol into the Maldives as it's a Muslim country.........if you buy some at your originating airport, it will be held with Maldivian Customs until your departure day when you'll get it back.They x-ray all your luggage when you arrive. So don't even try to pull the wool over their eyes and just repsect...

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  • Fun Island Damaged by Tsunamis

    Fun Island was severely damaged by the tsunamis which struck the country on 26 Dec 2004.This is a terrible event and hopefully the resort will recover soon to start its operations again. I hope all the staff are fine, including Latif.This was such a great island with such a warm hospitable environment. Although I think it will never be the same...

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  • Prices for drinks

    This is just a warning for those who haven't booked "all inclusive". Water is quite expensive at the resort: 3,50US$ for a one liter bottle.

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  • Do not touch any thing in sea...

    You have to be very careful during scuba diving or snorkeling around the coral reefs. There are many poisonous creatures in the sea. So do not touch any of them otherwise you might be in trouble. During my trip I met some tourists with water sports injuries and few of had this same problem of poison. So be careful and be smart. Respect the marine...

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  • My friend Ray

    We saw 2 different stingrays from our deck at various points throughout the . They mainly came out at night.Just be careful not to tread on them!! They will only sting if provoked.

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  • Death by Coconut

    Before I visited the Maldives I was convinced I was going to get eaten by Sharks!So I surfed the net before I went and found out that that more people are injured or killed by falling coconuts than sharks in the world - not just the Maldives.Well my first thought was fine - I wont sit under any coconut trees and I will be fine!The whole island had...

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  • Yes, the sun DOES burn!

    Remember you are almost on the equator and those sun rays WILL get you , clouds or not. ALWAYS use sun cream, we are used to the sun but almost burned using factor 15 continuously.Remember to cover up your back when you snorkel.

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