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Top 10 Things about the Maldives you should Know

by Miriam Ernst
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Top 10 Things about the Maldives you should Know

Today is my birthday and after 28 years it is the first time I am celebrating it on holiday.
During the ITB in Berlin, one the biggest international tourism fairs in the world I was so lucky to win a trip to the Adaaran Resort in the Maldives.
This is where I am celebrating my 28th Birthday today.
It is my second time in the Maldives, both times on an island in a different area.
The first time I was in the South Ari Atoll, now in the North Male Atoll.
What you hear about the Maldives is true: perfect weather, white beaches, turquoise water, colourful fish and palms wherever you look.
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But there are also a couple of things that most people don’t know, so here are the top 10 things you should know prior to travelling to the Maldives:

1. There is fish in the water. And by fish I mean sharks!

Hai, sharkDon’t worry I am not planning to scare you or tell you not to go in the water. I simply want that you guys get it in your head and still come to travel to paradise. Every island has their own reef sharks. Some are small, some are slightly bigger and all of them are okay with you swimming around them. There is nothing to be scared of and if you don’t approach them, they won’t approach you. I perfectly understand how this can be scary or even a “no-way” experience for you, but if you feel like this, just go on a guided snorkeling tour for the start. Once you have experiences the sharks in a group you will feel more comfortable around them.

2. It’s all white beaches, but not every beach is powdery…

… so bring your shoes – just in case! No worries this does not mean, that the views are any different or that you will enjoy the beaches less, but just that there are more corals and that the white sand is not as powdery as some others are. So just bring your flip-flops and if you ave even your water shoes, which is great for exploring the area from the water.
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3. Don’t bring any high heels!

This is more a reminder for me than for you. I am just assuming that no-one is as high-heel crazy as I am, so just go on and jump to the next point. However if you are, then this is for you!
There is no place where you can wear your shoes! No, not even for photos. Standing in the sand with heels on just looks stupid and even the restaurant floors are filled with sand – if they are not, then the way to the restaurant is for sure! So do yourself a favour and don’t spend 2 kg of your luggage for your very favourite high-heels and save it for the next pretty bikini you’d like to wear in the Maldives or your snorkelling equipment.

4. Choose your island wise!

This is actually one of the most important point, if not THE most important one!
Every island in the maldives is different. This is based on the hotel but also on the island itself. Just to give you some examples, some of the islands have a house reef, some don’t have one and some barely have any area without it. So it is important to think about the kind of holiday you’re looking for and then choose which kind of island fits it best.
For me it is the combination of both. I need an area, where I just can go swimming and enjoying the water and a reef where I can see all the fish I want to see. Same goes for the animation in the resort. Do you wish to just relax? Take one just for adults without entertainment and children. You don’t want to miss on some entertainment in the evening? Then another island is the right one for you!

5. The maldivians are moslems!

Before I start explaining what it means for you I will start to explain what is does not mean for you! You don’t have to worry about yout clothing, so yes bring that super tiny bikini that you bought last week! You can surely buy alcohol in the resorts or you can get your own favorite alcohol such as glayva asda or Smirnoff, by comparing prices online at portals like mysupermarketcompare.co.uk. That said, you are allowed to drink it but keep in mind not to consume it near any holy places. And no one will ever tell you not to kiss your boyfriend while on your honeymoon. But it means, that if you want to experience a local island you should bring some longer clothes to respect them (I mean you want them to respect you as well when they travel to Germany, no?) don’t bring any alcohol to the local islands and if it is Ramadan, then don’t eat or drink in front of the people living on these local islands. One one limitation is even on the resort islands active: There is no nude sunbathing!

6. There’s not a lot to do!

Maldives, Island, Paradise, flying fox, cuteAnd by not a lot I mean barely anything. However this is not a negative thing, it is just important for you to understand. If you’re looking for a party-marathon and fifteen different excursions in the first week, then I wouldn’t suggest you to travel to the Maldives. And if you’re planning a three week vacation I would suggest you to hold on a second and think about it wisely. The Maldives are paradise on earth, you will love the sun, the sea and the beach. But are you sure you will not get bored of paradise at some point? I mean you can even drink that much fresh coconut milk, that you never want to see it again. So just make sure that you choose the right amount of time for your travels and maybe divide 3 weeks into different destinations rather than just one.

7. Go for All-Inclusive!

Most of the holiday packages you can book will include this anyway, but just in case I am adding this point to the list. The Maldives are not as expensive as you might think – if you are travelling on a pre-organised package, however if you’re just looking at the hotel night prices on the resort’s homepage you will get a hearth-attack. Every extra you are booking on site is on the price level of the homepage and therefore way more expensive than what you’d have to pay in advance. As the resorts are all on separated islands, there is no restaurant or possibility for you to eat outside. Also, if you are planning to keep visiting the Maldives again, you could think of other options like renting out a resort or opting for a timeshare. This way, you can ease your nerves with the price part. But again, for timeshare, you might have to invest every month along with other owners of that property for maintenance. If at any point, you feel that you no longer require that space, or have a shortage of funds, you can simply reach out to timeshare exit companies near you. They might help in finding a replacement for you. But, remember to seek this option only when you are a regular to the Maldives!

8. Don’t import Alcohol!

Following point number 7, don’t think you can fool the resorts and bring alcohol with you from the duty-free shop, it will be taken from the customs when arriving in the Maldives!
Besides alcohol there are some more limitations for importation, such as anything related to religion that is not Muslim and could be for anything BUT the own use (e.g. more than one bible) or pork.

9. Take a photo camera with you!

You will never take as many pictures as you will during your trip in the Maldives. Wherever you look you’ll see a photo motive, every angle is pretty, every three worth a photo and you want to remember the colours at sunset and sunrise forever!
Even better? An underwater camera! The underwater world is impressive and these fish look like from another world!
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10. There is no weather guarantee!

Yes nearly all year the weather is incredible and the sun is shining on constant 28-30 degrees, however the weather can change anytime and there is no guarantee for good or bad weather at any time.
Usually people say December and January are the best months to travel, but just the past week before I have been in the Maldives the weather was incredible bad and rainy all day for days! In June when I travelled the last time it was rainy season and yes we had some tropical rains, but they just stayed for ten minutes maximum and then the weather was as perfect as ever!

The Give-Away: Beauty products Biotherm (Value > 120 €) – CLOSED!!!

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As I told you in my last give-away, the month of december is very special for me. Therefore I want to share this with you and am offering my second give-away to you all. Last week I was offering Beauty Products, this week I have the Biotherm Skin Oxygen Set. The next give-away on Sunday is a laaarge make-up set from L’Oreal. And the last one on Christmas evening is the most valuable give-away with an amazing hand-made bag! Not telling the brand yet… Trust me it is worth to stick around!

Today’s give away is a lovely set of Biotherm:

  • Biotherm Skin Oxygen – Depolluting Cleanser
  • Biotherm Skin Oxygen – Cooling Gel
  • Biotherm bag

How to be the lucky winner??*

  • Add a comment below with your best birthday experiences before Tuesday 19th of December 2017 6:00 PM (Berlin time)
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  • You must be older than 18 years
  • You must live in Europe or have an address that I can send the package to, that is in Europe
  • For more than one participation check out my Instagram and Facebook.

*The decision is final and is exempt from legal procedures.

Good Luck!

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steffi 17 December, 2017 - 10:09 AM

Urlaub in New York 😀 glg

Maike 17 December, 2017 - 11:35 AM

My best birthday experience was a surprise trip to Paris by my boyfriend. It was one of the best and most defining experience of our early relationship. Have a great weekend 🙂

Anastasia (@AnastasiaTT) 17 December, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Vor 3 Jahren hat mir mein Freund zum Geburtstag eine Reise nach Paris geschenkt. Es war traumhaft. Einen wunderschönen dritten Advent wünsche ich.
Liebe Grüße,
Anastasia T.

Miriam Ernst 23 December, 2017 - 7:02 AM

Liebe Anastasia, du bist die glückliche Gewinnerin! Herzlichen Glückwunsch !!!
Bitte schicke mir innerhalb von 7 Tagen deine Adresse per E-Mail an info@be-sparkling.com
Ich wünsche dir schöne Weihnachten !!

Lyndsey 17 December, 2017 - 7:08 PM

My best birthday experience was for my 30th birthday at chester races ladies day with my family and friends

Shan G 17 December, 2017 - 7:28 PM

One of my best birthday experiences was a bbq with all my friends, we laughed, ate burgers and celebrated, it was lovely!

pljonesey 17 December, 2017 - 8:14 PM

well, I spent one of my best birthday experiences in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah!

Sarah Austin 17 December, 2017 - 8:16 PM

My best birthday experience was a big party on my 30th with all my friends and family!

Rebecca Howells (@Peanuthog) 17 December, 2017 - 8:24 PM

Trip to Venice over 21st birthday

Julie 17 December, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Definitely when my niece was born!

Tara Clover 17 December, 2017 - 9:41 PM

My best present ever was last year when my partner organised front row seats for me to see my favourite singer, George Benson. I don’t think my 50th could be topped. x

Louise crocker 17 December, 2017 - 10:29 PM

My favourite birthday was my 25th. I was thrown a surprise party reuniting me with friends and family I hadn’t seen for years.

Lauren Main 17 December, 2017 - 10:37 PM

For my 18th birthday I took part in a zombie apocalypse thing, where me and my friends got chased around a forest at night by a load of actors dressed up as zombies! Was scary as hell, but proper fun!!

Senja Kaarela 17 December, 2017 - 11:23 PM

My best birthday experience was definitely this year, I turned 30 and dreaded the huss and fuss and craziness that usually comes with it, I hate being the center of attention but thankfully my beloved other half knows me well so instead of feeling socially awkward at some horrible party on my birthday I got to spend it at Killarney National Park hiking with my boyfriend, just us, the fresh air and nature around us!

Christin 18 December, 2017 - 12:10 AM

To know beeing pregnant

Graham Ross 18 December, 2017 - 3:26 AM

My best birthday experience was going to Amesterdam

greig spencer 18 December, 2017 - 8:34 AM

When i went to vegas for my 30th, i had an amazing time

Rachel White 18 December, 2017 - 12:18 PM

My best birthday experience was a surprise break to Prague for my 400th!

Rachel White 18 December, 2017 - 12:18 PM

40th. .. not 400th! !

Lulu 18 December, 2017 - 1:52 PM

My best birthday experience was a trip to the Greek island Skiathos. I just spent the whole day at the beautiful beach, with the man I love.

Morgane Gilson 18 December, 2017 - 3:12 PM

My best birthday was during my semester abroad, it was heartwarming to see how many people I barely knew came to celebrate with me!

Kirstie-Alice Billings-Layton 18 December, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Being taken up on stage during a pantomime and getting a goody bag when I was a kid :).

Colin Gault 18 December, 2017 - 8:29 PM

Tickets to a Liverpool match for my 50th

LOUISE HEATON 19 December, 2017 - 4:03 AM

My best birthday I’d say was last year when I got a 40 second glimpse of my ‘Lovely’ as I call him on video chat…The volume on Bren’s phone wasn’t working but still, it was fantastic to see my wonderful friend smiling after chatting for such a long time…(We have been friends since 2014)

Michelle Stewart 19 December, 2017 - 10:12 AM

My best birthday was a teddy bear tea party when I was 5 awesome

Natalie Gillham 19 December, 2017 - 10:57 AM

A theatre trip with my daughters!

Irene Murdoch 19 December, 2017 - 11:48 AM

My best birthday was when I was 8 years old and received the Poodle puppy which I had longed for. This started a life-long love of Poodles and I have owned them ever since, though sadly my Ringo died aged 14 in October.

carol Boffey 19 December, 2017 - 11:56 AM

a lovely meal with my man

Lynn Fullarton 19 December, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Best birthday was being taken to New York for my 30th – amazing experience.

Alessandra P 19 December, 2017 - 1:25 PM

When for my 24th Birthday, I was for the first time working during my birthday, in the hot Milano in August, I celebrated with a nice lunch and gelato with my colleagues and some friends and then, my boyfriend arrived in the city in the afternoon. We drove until reaching in the evening Monterosso, Cinque Terre in Liguria. It was a surprise and it was a lovely birthday.

Maureen 8 January, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The Maldives is by far the best vacation I have had and you are so right on all of the 10 things you mentioned. Happy birthday! I hope you had an amazing day and vacation.

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rawsonjl 9 January, 2018 - 12:17 AM

That looks amazing!

Blair Villanueva 4 May, 2018 - 8:47 AM

OMG I want to visit Maldives! This is becoming one of the hottest destination and I heard it isn’t expensive.

LaiAriel Samangka 4 May, 2018 - 12:14 PM

This is my dream destination and hopefully I can get here soon. I love how you were able to convey the facts about maldives, which would help me set my expectations. It is also served as a a useful guide, especially for someone who haven’t been here and planning to come here. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

Punita Malhotra 7 May, 2018 - 4:40 AM

I keep seeing these posts that say ‘Maldives is not expensive’ but I’m yet to find an all-inclusive resort package that suits me 🙂 Will keep looking.

Denny George 11 May, 2018 - 5:41 AM

I’ve wanted to go to Maldives for some time now. Hopefully I’ll make it sooner than later, and when I do your tips will certainly come in handy. Nice photos!


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