20 Things not to do in Maldives


  1. Don’t sunbathe topless and wearing bikinis in the inhabited islands are strictly prohibited you can wear it at your island resort.
  2. Don’t buy or sell corals and turtle shells those are protected things in the Maldives.
  3. Don’t bring liquor or alcoholic products into the Maldives – The import of alcohol and consumption in the local islands are strictly prohibited. Only permit holders such as resorts and safari boats are allowed to import alcohol into the Maldives. However, alcoholic beverages are available for consumption in the tourist resorts.
  4. Don’t get involved in possession or consumption of narcotic drugs. Drug trafficking and possession carries harsh penalties in Maldives, including life imprisonment.
  5. Don’t smoke or consume food during the holy month of Ramadan in Malé.
  6. Do not litter the streets.
  7. Do not touch or pick corals when diving or snorkeling. Be conscious of the delicate local environment.
  8. Do not dispose plastic bags into the sea, it can be hazardous.
  9. Don’t hug or kiss in the public – Maldives is conservative when it comes to expressing physical displays of affection.
  10. Do not bring:
  • Religious materials offensive to Islam.
  • Pornographic materials, sex toys, books, magazines, videos and software.
  • Idols (for worship)
  • Live pigs.
  • Dogs (Prior permission and communication is required with your local agent in Maldives, dogs are only allowed in boats and live boards, it will not be allowed on land, except during arrival and departure at the airport.
  1. Unlike most destinations, don’t expect to find a tourist information center that will provide answers to all your questions.
  2. It is important to know that the Maldives follows a business week from Sunday to Thursday. Most places are closed on a Friday until after Friday prayer.
  3. Avoid sunburn: wear a t-shirt while snorkeling! When out snorkeling, wear a t-shirt to prevent suffering from a sunburnt back.
  4. 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.
  5. All travelers should practice strict mosquito bite avoidance, at all times.
  6. Avoid staying too many days in Maldives. Unless you are into a specific activities that requires time such as diving & deep sea fishing, Maldives is perfect for a short stay instead a long one. Anything more than 1 week will be too much for our opinion.4 to 5 days is usually sufficient if staying in one hotel and perhaps 7 days if 2 hotels. Opt for quality vacation rather than quantity when in Maldives.
  7. Food are expensive & limited choice, your 3 meals are mostly eaten at your hotel.
  8. DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL WITH YOU Bringing alcohol into the country, even airport duty-free bought is not allowed. All resorts and luxury properties serve alcohol, but heavily overpriced.
  9. Book the hotel through hotel booking sites, do not forget that the prices quoted do not include taxes – a total of 22 percent – and a return flight to the island has its price too.
  10. As no dogs are allowed in the Maldives, for people depending on guide dog, this might not be the best destination.

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