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Maldives COVID 19 Tourist Guide

Guidelines: All tourism facilities in the Maldives are open for the tourists. You can now enjoy exotic holidays in this popular island country. All tourist need to have a RT-PCR negative certificate in English, no more than 72 hours before departure. They must have a verified hotel reservation for the duration of their entire stay (no change of address allowed), also no island-hopping is allowed as of now. All tourists are also required to present a valid return ticket. Masks must be worn in all public places. All safety procedures must be followed by visitors. Click here to know more about Maldives COVID 19 Guidelines.

About Maldives Holidays

 Exotic vacations needn’t be expensive affairs to far-away island paradises that take ages to reach, even if you're flying there. It’s wholly possible to fly to an exotic locale that is affordable, and a stone’s throw away from India, three hours away to be exact. The best part? A 30-day tourist visa on arrival, for free. Where is this place? If you've pulled out Google Maps or are well versed with the geography of the Indian Ocean, you've already guessed that we're talking about the Maldives. 
 
If you’ve always dreamt of a vacation to the Maldives but never found the motivation, it’s time you checked out our Maldives tour packages that will make your dream vacation to the Maldives a reality. As mentioned before, your Maldives holiday doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg because our Maldives holiday packages start at an affordable less than 20 000, for a brief 3 night and 4 day-escape from the grind, to an uber luxe island extravaganza that is an ultra-opulent 3 night and 4-day affair. Here are top Maldives packages for you.

Top Maldives Packages

Maldives Holiday Packages No. of Nights Price* Package Include
Dhiggiri Resort (2N Beach Bungalow + 2N Over Water Bungalow) 5 Days / 4 Nights Rs. 74 064.00 Hotel, Meals
Maldives Makunudu Island Resort - Crazy Deal 5 Days / 4 Nights Rs. 60 776.00 Flights, Hotels, Meals
Maldives Dhamaka (Arena / Velana Blu / Velana Beach) 5 Days / 4 Nights Rs. 79 349.00 Flights, Hotels, Meals
Sheraton Full Moon Resort and Spa (2N Deluxe Room + 2N Ocean Pool Villa) 5 Days / 4 Nights Rs. 91 951.00 Hotels, Meals
Sun Island Resort and Spa (2N Standard Beach Bungalow + 2N Water Bungalow) 5 Days / 4 Nights Rs. 76 994.00 Hotel, Meals

Maldives Trip Experience

Every Maldives tour at Thomas Cook India allows you the freedom and flexibility to make this great escape to this idyllic beach destination and return to your daily routine renewed, refreshed and energized.

Thomas Cook's team of travel experts have meticulously curated every facet of your Maldives trip so that it is a holistic Maldives experience, as opposed to a simple holiday in the Maldives. After all, Maldives tourism is about making the best memories of your life. The icing on the cake is that you get a lot of value when you book with us - from hospitable accommodation to knowledgeable guides and scrumptious meals. All in all, you can be assured that you will have the best possible Maldives trip, ever. We guarantee it.

For a better idea about what to expect when travelling to the Maldives, visit the Maldives tourism section that will give you detailed pointers on everything about Maldives, such as How to Reach Maldives, Things To Do In Maldives, Best Times To Visit Maldives, Places To Visit in Maldives and much more. The best part is that Maldives holiday packages are available from all major cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Cochin. A Maldives holiday no longer has to be a faraway dream, thanks to our Maldives tour packages.

About the Maldives

Imagine clear turquoise-tinged waters framing moon-shaped islands ringed with white sandy beaches. Beaches so isolated, you’ll be hard pressed to find another soul and if you do, they’re probably immersed in creating their own little paradise without being a bother to you. Add to this the fact that you could fly in on Friday evening to start your Maldives holiday and fly out on Monday morning to be back at work with a bit of sand still between your toes, and memories of your vacation to the Maldives in your head. Do this once and you’ll realize that a Maldives holiday is the dream vacation you’ve always wanted but never really got down to taking because the dream felt unachievable. 

We often fantasize about surfing in Hawaii, sipping on a pina colada in the Caribbean, snorkelling in the azure waters of Bali or partying it up in glamourous Miami. Our misconceptions have turned island vacations into unattainable feats, reserved only for the highest of high-flying jet setters. The only beaches we finally wind up visiting are those we’ve always visited like Goa or Pondicherry and the affordable islands we think of visiting are Sri Lanka or Bangkok. Think again, Maldives tour packages are here to redefine Maldives tourism and give you a chance to enjoy an exotic escape. If you're reconsidering your decision to visit the Maldives because the thought of wading through a sea of humanity before getting to the actual sea is off putting, think again. The beauty of Maldives tourism lies in the fact that not many people flock to these beaches, simply because they think a Maldives holiday is out of their reach. But you know better now, don't you?

from a plethora of Maldives honeymoon packages curated by Thomas Cook India.

How to reach the Maldives

Sparkling crystal pools that are shrouded by graceful palms and lined with soft sand, where you can lay down on the beautiful beach at night and witness the unmatchable beauty of twinkling stars. Little spots of sand hidden amidst craggy rocks that disappear with the incoming tide that are perfect for a candle lit picnic. Tiny tidepools that are obscured by a ring of rocks forming a natural infinity pool, where you can take a dip with your partner in the turquoise waters. Such cosy spaces abound in the Maldives, allowing you a level of privacy that you always wanted but could never have at other beach destinations. On a honeymoon in the Maldives, you will feel the love blowing in the sea breeze that caresses your bodies. To add to this, most of the hotels and resorts in the Maldives have special spa treatments, day trips and romantic dinners that couples can enjoy during their Maldives holidays. You really can’t go wrong with a Maldives honeymoon package from Thomas Cook India. Go on, spark the excitement in your marriage and experience the most passionate honeymoon by choosing from a plethora of Maldives honeymoon packages curated by Thomas Cook India.

Honeymooning in the Maldives

Flying is the quickest way to start your Maldives tour, with a flight from the Indian mainland to the Maldives lasting just about 3 hours. The country’s main airport is Male International Airport located on Hulhule Island in the North Male atoll, just off the coast of the island capital of Male. It is well connected internationally, especially with India, with direct flights from metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Cochin. The longest duration is about 6 hours from Delhi and the quickest is the flight from Cochin which gets you there in under 2 hours. Getting there, however, is the easy part; it is taking your return flight after your Maldives holiday has ended that is the tough part.

From the airport, you can take a ferry, speedboat or a seaplane to the island of your choice within the Maldives.

Taking the scenic route is also possible with a 7-night, 8-day Cruise to the Maldives that starts your vacation to the Maldives in style. Departing from Mumbai and with stops at Mangalore and Cochin before an onward voyage to Male, this mode is for the times you have time and wish to make your journey as memorable as your Maldives vacation.

Travelling within the Maldives

Since the islands are tiny with narrow roads, driving to get from one place to another is out of the question. You can walk or cycle across the tinier islands, whereas larger islands such as Malé have taxi services. The most excitement during Maldives holidays however, is found during island hopping within the Maldives. Based on your budget you can take a leisurely cruise in a traditional Maldivian 'Dhoni', beat the waves in a speedboat, a ferry or even take a yacht with a full bar and cabins, or you could fly between the islands in a seaplane.  

Best Time to Visit the Maldives 

The best time to visit the Maldives is from November to April. The island nation is warm and sunny year-round, but consists of a dry season and a wet, rainy season. There are pros and cons to visiting in each season. The best weather in the Maldives lasts from November and April, owing to minor to no precipitation and warm, tolerable temperatures. However, this is also the busiest time of year and, as such, the room rates at resorts and hotels cost a little more than they normally would. However, since every resort sits on its own island, you won't have to fight the throngs of tourists like you might during the peak season at most other destinations.

May to October is officially the rainy season, with the islands seeing between 5 and 10 inches of rain monthly and accompanied by strong winds and the occasional tropical storm. Visitors will likely find better pricing during this time of year, however your dreams of chilling in an open bungalow on the water might be blown away by strong winds and wild waves. Wild waves are what make the Maldives a mecca for surfers during the monsoon, because the area sees bigger waves and better swells for surfing during these months.

May to July is when the Maldives shine through, thanks to the perfect temperatures and the thinning crowds. You might experience some brief periods of heavy to moderately heavy rainfall but this is literally the calm before the storm. The Maldives is one of the few places that allows you to cherish this period and get home before things get a little too stormy.

Places to See in the Maldives

Male

Despite its tiny size, Male is packed with experiences. This island city is dotted with beautiful buildings like the 17th century Old Friday Mosque, bustling markets like the Male Market and national monuments like the magnificent Mulee Aage Palace. With a population of 133,412 and a size of about 9.2 sq.km., Male is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Here you can rub shoulders with Maldivians going about their everyday business with a smile on their face and the sun in their eyes. Some other notable places to see are the newer Grand Friday Mosque, National Museum, the Sultan Park, Rasfannu Beach, Sinamale Bridge, the Victory monument, Jumbhoree Maidhan and the Tsunami monument.

Feydhoo

The southernmost inhabited island of the Maldives, Feydhoo is the last speck of land in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, which means it is remote, quiet and serene as many tourists seldom venture this far. This makes it perfect if you're seeking a quiet, romantic Maldives holiday. Places to visit include Gan Beach, Huludu Lagoon Beach and Meedhoo Jetty. Additionally, you'll find Hulhudhoo Harbor in the area.

Hulhumale Island

Take a speedboat across the sparkling waters that surround Male and you’ll arrive at the Hulhumale Island, with its spectacular beaches, glass topped mosque, a beautiful promenade and serene, green neighborhoods. The most interesting fact about this island, however, is that it has been reclaimed from the sea, to meet the rising demand for land for development from space starved Male. It is connected to Male by the Sinamale Bridge, an architectural wonder. While on the island, not visiting the beautiful Hulhumale beach would be a crime. Have an afternoon picnic in Hulhumale Central Park, which is a stone’s throw away from the beach. Who are we kidding, in the Maldives, every place is a stone’s throw away from the beach! Thomas Cook India's curated Maldives tour packages will show you a side of Hulhumale Island few have seen before. 

Utheemu

For a little history, head to the northernmost of the Maldivian island chains to the island of Utheemu – once the home of Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu, the leader who drove the Portuguese invaders from the islands in the 16th century. Utheemu Ganduvaru is the sultan's palace and is this tiny island’s claim to fame.

Maafushi

If you’re going slightly off the beaten path, Maafushi is the place to be. Once ravaged by the tsunami, this island is now firmly back on its feet, with a variety of beautiful resorts and beaches that are best described as ethereal, Maafushi is the Maldives own little quiet corner. This is a beautiful pocket of the world to tuck yourself into. Stroll on the pristine beaches, laze at the Maafushi promenade and enjoy coffee at its small coffee houses.

Beaches in the Maldives

The Maldives are home to of the most ethereal beaches in the world. The Islands have fine, pearl white, soft sand that you can lie down and take a nap on, while the sea breeze fans you and the sound of the sea lulls you to sleep. Remember to watch out for the tide though. The beaches of the Maldives are nestled amidst beautiful coral reefs that you can explore via snorkelling and diving to give you vacation goals that can be ticked off your bucket list. Here are some beaches you need to visit during your Maldives holidays.

Hulhumale Beach - The most popular beach in the Maldives that you need to visit during your Maldives holidays.

Vabbinfaru Island Beach - Vabbinfaru is famous for its jet skiing and other water sports. This promises a rush of adrenaline during your otherwise peaceful Maldives holidays.

Fulhadhoo Beach – This is a secluded beach that is located far away from the bustle. Perfect for romantic Maldives holidays.

Sun Island Beach – Located on the aptly named Sun Island, this beach is famous for its groves of tropical flowers. A must see during your Maldives holidays.

Dhigurah Beach – A beach where you can dive with whale sharks and explore the blue waters with these behemoths. A must on your Maldives holidays.

What to Eat in the Maldives

Light, fresh, tinged with every kind of spice – the cuisine in the Maldives is delicious, homely and comforting. Which means your Maldives holiday will be full of familiar flavours that somehow still feel exotic. With hits of chilli and the freshness of ginger, this food will make you sweat a little to cool you down a lot in the Maldivian sun. Here is a list to make you salivate:

Maldivian Biryani

This is a variant of biryani native to the Maldives that uses local spices such as pandan, lemon and lemongrass, which adds a new dimension of tropical flavour to the biryani you know and love.

Garudhiya

This fragrant fish soup is served with rice, chilli, lemon and onions and is perhaps the Maldives’ most famous dish. It is light, nourishing and most importantly, lip smackingly delicious if tuna soup is your thing. If not, there’re plenty of other options to choose from.

Bis Keemiya

Think of this as a samosa stuffed with hard boiled eggs, onions, shredded cabbage and spices, because that’s exactly what it is. One bite of this and you’ll either hate it completely or forget all about the plain old aloo-stuffed samosa back home

Boshi Mashuni

This is a mixed salad of shredded banana flowers and coconut all gently dressed with fresh, fragrant turmeric, cumin, lime and Maldivian chilli. This will keep you full, yet agile enough to explore the small islands on foot.

Mas Huni

To prepare this dish, smoked and shredded tuna is sprinkled with lemon, coconut and onions. Consider this a healthy tuna salad served with hot chapatis on the side. Roll it up for a quick snack on the go or pack some for a beach side picnic.

Mas Roshi

This is an evening snack made by steaming together flaked fish and a coconut dough. It is versatile as it is eaten for breakfast, between meals and even as an accompaniment to the main course of a meal.

Saagu Bondibai

The Maldivian version of sabudana kheer or payasam. This is a smooth, creamy pudding made with tapioca pearls and coconut cream, delicately flavoured with saffron and cardamom. 

Things to Do in the Maldives

Grab a bite underwater

Many famous restaurants in the Maldives such as Ithaa at the Hilton Maldives and Subsix on Kudahuvadhoo offer diners the chance to eat a meal inside a glass walled dining room that is submerged underwater. Feel like a Bond villain as you sip on a cocktail surrounded by schools of fish and interesting conversations. This is one of the most unique experiences on any Maldives itinerary.

Witness the stars fall into the ocean

Add magic to your vacation to the Maldives with a trip to Vaadhoo Island in the Raa atoll. Here, you can witness what is best described as a sea full of stars when bioluminescent plankton cause the water to take on a surreal blue glow.

Dive deeper into your Maldives holiday

Maldives tourism has many tour operators who will equip you with the gear required for some adrenaline pumping, heart thumping water sports. The list is long and exciting but you can go fishing, surfing, parasailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, windsurfing, jet skiing, speed boat racing, banana boat riding and snorkelling. Thomas Cook India's Maldives tour packages will ensure you have a thrilling time on these islands. There’s something for everyone’s level of physical fitness and daring and if you wish to take up an activity, you can always sign up at one of the many training centers for beginners around the islands.

Spot some sea creatures

During your vacation to the Maldives, you can take a boat ride out to sea to spot some goofy dolphins playing around underwater. These friendly fish will swim up to your boat and if you’re lucky, you might even get to feed one or boop its snout. If you wish to go deeper, you can always get on a submarine to go whale watching. This is a breathtaking experience as you can observe these behemoths of the blue in their natural habitat.

Maldives Visa

A Tourist Visa is granted to travellers of all nationalities when they visit the Maldives. A Tourist Visa allows you to stay in the Maldives for 30 days, but may be extended for another 60-day period. The full 30-day visa is not the right of the visitor to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Immigration to issue for a period of not more than thirty days and any period less than thirty days.

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