For many, the Maldives is a once-in-a-lifetime dream holiday destination. And it does offer holiday experiences that you can't find anywhere else in the world. However, you still need to know a few things if you want to make your vacation here truly perfect. If you're travelling to the archipelago for the first time and are wondering about things to do in the Maldives and how to get the most out of your time, read the tips below.

1. Respect the Local Customs and Religion

The Maldives is a majority Muslim country. Therefore, there are strict rules to follow outside of the resort islands. When you're not at your resort, be sure to follow these guidelines:
Don't bring alcohol into the country, or consume it on a local, inhabited island. You also won't be able to drink it at the airport, except at the Hulhule Island Hotel, situated on the airport island.
Dress appropriately. Other than on resort islands, you should dress modestly when in public, especially in the capital, Malé. Don't wear shorts above your knees, and for women, it's advisable to bring a scarf or wear long-sleeve tops.

2. Don't skimp on experiences

The Maldives has a lot to offer, and you shouldn't pinch pennies when you're here as that'll ruin your holiday. Instead, do your research, plan for possible tours, activities, and shopping, and prepare a suitable budget. Some top things to do in the Maldives are snorkelling, going on a sunset cruise, and touring the city of Malé.

3. Take the Time to Experience the Local Islands

Most travellers spend their whole vacation on their island resort. While that's perfectly acceptable, you can have a more rewarding experience when you visit a local island and experience Maldivian culture. At our Club Med Maldives Kani Resort and Finolhu Villas, we can arrange tours of Malé and also authentic local fishing trips where you can learn more about the local way of life.

4. Bring a Quality Underwater Camera

Whether you stay at a locally owned resort or a private island resort such as Club Med, you'll be doing a lot of swimming and maybe some snorkelling. So bring a good underwater camera to capture the colourful marine life of the Maldives. At our resorts, we provide GoPro cameras that'll allow you to record amazing footage during your stay.

5. Pack Suitable Outfits

Be sure to pack lightweight outfits that'll keep you comfortable in the tropical Maldivian weather. If you plan to do a lot of swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving, it's worth packing some of your own equipment with you. For trips to the local inhabited islands, make sure to pack modest clothes like a pair of jeans or long skirts that cover your legs.

6. Check the Weather Conditions

While the Maldives has a dry and wet season, with the dry season running from November to April, it's best to be mindful of the weather before you leave your accommodation for any activity. Even in the dry months, it can rain, though rarely and usually not for long. If you're here during the wetter months, showers come more frequently but also tend to not last long.

7. Check Out All-Inclusive Holiday Offerings

All-inclusive holiday packages have become more popular in the Maldives and being a pioneer of all-inclusive holiday resorts, Club Med offers some of the best value for money packages you can find. Both at our Maldives Kani Resort or Finolhu Villas, we provide all-day dining, open bars, and numerous excursions and activities from performances to watersports in one package.

For first time travellers, Club Med offers wholesome and unforgettable Maldives holiday experience coupled with excellent value. When you stay with us, we'll provide everything you need for a perfect holiday so you can focus on enjoying yourself. We can even suggest you things to do in the Maldives according to your preferences and arrange them for you. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay at Club Med Maldives!