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by tinkerbell9 Online Now Feb 13, 2011 at 2:41 AM

Hi!
I would like to travel to Maldives with a friend this coming summer around end June/ early July.
a) Is late June / early July a good month to travel to Maldives?
b) which is the best island to explore?
c) are there any hostels/ hotels/ bungalows that offer a reasonable price in Male?
d) I wonder is USD 500 is enough for 4 days 3 nights (including food / transportation and accommodation)

Thanks!

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    Re: Travel tips

    by Mozumbus Online Now Feb 13, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    I was also thinking of doing Maldives as part of our South East Asian trip but abondoned the idea part because its too expensive. From my internet research I can only comment that USD 500 may not be just enough should you like to stay on one of the islands. And if you stay in Male then this defeating the purpose, imo...

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    by Odinnthor Online Now Feb 13, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Yep, five hundred dollars will not get you much in the Maldives, except perhaps in Male. The Maldives are mainly a luxury destination of the highest order. I will agree that the Maldives are a great destination often overlooked, however that is mainly due to very high costs involved. Sometimes the prices are just way out of the park. The Baros Island Resort, prices for instance, will jump from600.00 to1200 per night, depending on the day and month, and that is for the least expensive room, which is still a Deluxe Villa. An over the water villa (Water Villa), the price jumps to900.00 and up.

    Here is the Baros Island Resort webpage for review.

    http://www.baros.com/

    If this works for you, then I highly suggest that you pre-book and do it now. Remember to include any of the activities that you may want to partake in as this resort is very popular. Also remember that all the resorts need either water transport or flights/heli transport.

    The Komandoo is a good choice as well. Cannot tell the present rates, but judging from the diving prices, they are likely in the same range as the new Centara.

    First you should be aware that June/July and well into August, are the monsoon season. Be prepared for a lot of rain. I do realize that those resorts that are open during the low season are likely attractively priced, but understand also that high season is quickly booked up, and the prices skyrocket.

    It is best to drink only bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. Know that water is expensive at the resorts. Be real careful in the ocean as swimming in the shallows can cause some serious cuts by the coral reef, and also not a good idea to walk barefoot in the sand due to small pieces of coral, (mainly due to storms and tsunamis), that can cut you.....and watch out for the Trigger fish amongst other things. (Do ask the staff).

    Do not attempt to bring alcohol with you, as this is a muslim country. It is available in the resorts but do not expect it anywhere else.

    It has been a while since I was in the Maldives. (I was a five star tour director), but I do keep up on things. If resort costs do not face you, then likely the resort will arrange transport. However, if you are considering using the dhoni as a water taxi, read on. Back then it was quite easy to rent a dhoni, and unless someone here says otherwise I would say that it is surely still possible today. It is almost impossible to go to the Maldives and not find yourself on a dhoni several times. Be aware of inflated price attempts though.

    ....further, do not forget to see a travel medicine specialist , for information on malaria tablets and such. Do not take advise on this issue from non-medical personnel, including us. If you are from the U.S., do not assume that your regular doctor knows what to tell you. Also take PLENTY of bugspray. Remember you are relatively isolated and cannot easily run to the store. If you go anywhere other than the resort islands, do dress relatively conservatively.

    Also, they may tell you that the water is drinkable, but I advise against it.

    By he way, the Adaaran Group has a fine collection of resorts in the Maldives. Take a look.....

    http://www.adaaran.com/

    Hope this helps……d:o)

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    by tinkerbell9 Online Now Feb 15, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    Thank! Very insight info

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    by gugliman Online Now Mar 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    partendo che le maldive sono sempre belle giugno e agosto non sono il top
    le isole si equivalgono la differenza la fa il resort
    prezzi ragionevoli sono estranei alle maldive
    500USD sono pochini ma dipende da dove parti

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