What South Africans ought to know earlier than they e book a visit to the Maldives
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The borders of the breathtaking island paradise of the Maldives are now open to travelers from South Africa.
With no mandatory quarantine measures, the strictest health and safety precautions, and travelers getting a 30-day visa on arrival, the Maldives is an ideal option for anyone looking to take an island break during Christmas 2020 or start 2021.
If the Maldives is on your bucket list, Club Med shares a few useful things to know before planning a trip:
The Maldives are perhaps best known for their idyllic white beaches and crystal clear turquoise seas in the Indian Ocean.
This tropical nation consists of 26 ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands – many of which are still uninhabited.
With reefs that offer streaks of color, tiny jewel-like islands surrounded by the whitest soft sand and surrounded by the clearest shallow water imaginable, it’s no wonder the Maldives fascinate travelers.
The Maldives is home to about 5% of the planet’s reefs, and the reefs are home to thousands of species of fish, drawn to the rich nutrients that flow into the currents.
The Maldives have their own unique culture and traditions influenced by different cultures on the edge of the Indian Ocean. The traditional cuisine offers fish and coconut as well as various dishes that have no parallels in the region.
When should i go
The tropical climate means warm temperatures all year round. The average maximum temperature is 31.5 degrees Celsius and the average minimum temperature is 26.4 degrees Celsius.
The southwest monsoons from May to October bring rain, while the northeast monsoons from November to April are generally sunny.
What SA travelers should know
Most travelers fly into the capital, Male, and then take resort transportation – either a boat or a seaplane. Flying Emirates from Johannesburg to Male is an easy, enjoyable 14-hour flight (including a stop in Dubai where children and parents can stretch their legs).
Remember: if you are traveling to the Maldives, you will need to provide a negative PCR test, which will be done no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
The Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR) is the local currency. If you are a budget conscious traveler, the good news is that you have the option to vacation at an all inclusive resort that includes your meals, drinks, land and water sports.
The Maldives, which has long been considered a sanctuary for honeymooners or wealthy couples, is also actively seeking families. Few resorts were designed for children until around 10 years ago (with babysitting facilities and activities for children), but things have changed these days.
From 2016, Club Med Kani visitors will be able to enjoy activities specially designed for children ages 4 to 10 and 11 to 17. Club Med Finolhu Villas welcomes children 12 and over and can use the children’s facilities at their Kani Resort (five minutes from Finolhu.)
The Maldives for couples and friends
Over 99% of the Maldives are marine animals, which makes it the ultimate playground for sea fanatics and water sports enthusiasts, whether you’re a couple looking for an active island vacation or a group of friends looking for adventure. Activities include jet skiing, wake boarding, diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, and parasailing.
If you and your significant other are looking for a relaxing island honeymoon or romantic getaway, gorgeous beach walks, spectacular sunset dinners, luxurious accommodations, gourmet cuisine, idyllic spas, and superb wellness retreats are for you.
The latest Covid-19 updates for the Maldives can be found at https://visitmaldives.com/de/covid19-updates