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Maldives do it yourself: Some tips I collected myself

And here we are to list some tips related to Maldives Holidays. I hope they can be of help to you once there, this is information that I collected personally during my trip to this wonderful country that I hope you will soon have the opportunity to visit. Having the opportunity to take vacations during the year, however, the best months of all are February and March, when the rains are rarer and the sky is clear of clouds.

During December and January (I was here in the Maldives on New Year’s Eve) it is possible to run into some short-term thunderstorms, given by moving away from the rainy season, more frequent during the period from May to October.

However, many of our compatriots take a trip to the Maldives in August, even if this is not one of the most favorable times of the year for a holiday in these parts, why? Because the Maldives, due to their conformation and their position in the middle of the Indian Ocean, are not subject to tropical cyclones and even in the rainy months they never experience more than 4-5 consecutive days of rain, so much so that it is not uncommon to observe long periods of good weather even during the most unfavorable months on paper.

For everything else there is luck (or bad luck) but as I like to say in these cases: better to take water in the Maldives than at home! 

Where to stay in the Maldives: resort or guesthouse

I take it for granted that if you are thinking of a DIY trip you want to do it also for budget reasons and for this you will prefer a guesthouse experience, rather than a glossy resort and for this I recommend you read the Maldives in-depth article in guesthouse to understand what it means to live an island of fishermen.

Regarding the resorts, I have little to say: I don’t like crossing half the world to experience a “hushed and fenced” experience. I’m not saying that you can’t enjoy a nice holiday in the Maldives in a resort, I’m just saying it’s not for me … I say above all that I prefer something else and, why not, some inconvenience given by having to live a place for what it is and not for that which must appear for the tourist. However, as they say in these cases, everyone has their own journey. I preferred a guesthouse holiday for my first time in the Maldives and for a thousand reasons given by my experience I can only recommend Dhiffushi: this island will enchant you!

The Maldives is a Muslim country and many women here wear burkas. Decent and respectful clothing that covers shoulders and knees is recommended for women. I have never heard a Maldivian make comments on clothing (I had the impression that it is an extremely kind and helpful population as well as, I add, “accustomed to tourists”), a sarong that covers right below the knee is enough.

Shoulders and legs covered, however, you should also have them on the beach and that is why the so-called bikini beaches were born for us Westerners, or beaches for tourists where you can safely wear the swimsuit of your choice. Many people do not know about the bikini beach issue in the Maldives or beaches for tourists: carefully choose the island where you will stay based on the beaches. In Dhiffushi there are 4 of them and they are all beautiful, but on other islands you may find a fairytale sea and the impossibility of entering in costume! I repeat: password, get informed!

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