The Maldives honeymoon is a perfect choice for this new normal. The Indian Ocean country was one of the first to adapt to the new situation with COVID-19, quickly opening its borders to international travellers.
If you think about it, it makes sense, since most of the hotels in the Maldives are located on private islands in the middle of the ocean. The Maldives honeymoon is perfect to relax and enjoy with your partner, between reefs, private pools, white sand beaches, or in an overwater suite.
That is, you will not have contact with large crowds where there may be the transmission of the virus and it will be like being isolated or isolated at home. But in the middle of paradise.
For added security, Maldives requires a negative PCR test before you can arrive in the country. But with your PCR you can easily get to Male International Airport and from there to the hotel or hotels of your choice.
Also, although the Maldives has never been a cheap destination, due to the international situation, prices are more affordable than ever.
10 reasons to travel to the Maldives on your honeymoon
The Maldives honeymoon trip is a unique experience, for many the first big trip of their life. This is why you must choose an unforgettable destination. We give you 10 reasons to choose the Maldives as the destination of your honeymoon:
- Its beaches, which can be enjoyed throughout the year as its crystal clear waters have very stable temperatures of around 30ºC.
- Its tranquility is perfect to disconnect. Can you imagine having a cocktail lying in a hammock under the stars in a bungalow in front of the sea? In Maldives it is possible!
- The luxury of its accommodations. During the Maldives honeymoon, you can sleep in rooms with sea views, get up in the morning and have breakfast on a terrace that overlooks the water. Or end the day in a private Jacuzzi a few meters from the beach.
- Diving and other water activities are very interesting in the Maldives as you can easily observe different species of marine animals thanks to its crystal clear waters that, at some points, offer visibility of up to 15 meters underwater.
- Its sunsets are ones that you will not forget. Maldives has the peculiarity of being one of the lowest countries in the world concerning sea level. That, added to being very close to the equator, makes the visibility. The colors, and the reflections of the sun during its sunset are a real spectacle.
- Privacy and intimacy. The type of accommodation that you will find in the Maldives (Villas, Bungalows, Water Suites, etc.) are designed to offer maximum privacy to their guests. This is one of the reasons that travelers who are preparing for their honeymoon value the most.
- It’s a pleasant temperature. The heat of the Maldives invites you to escape the winter cold to spend a few days of pleasant temperatures (it is usually between a minimum of 26ºC and a maximum of 31ºC throughout the year) on the beach.
- Activities of all kinds: if you do not dare with some water activities, such as diving, in the Maldives honeymoon. You can also do other very interesting activities, such as cycling through the sand and discovering its landscapes and interior jungles. Some hotels have bikes with wide tires to go through the sand with ease.
- Sleep in bungalows above the water. It seems incredible but in Maldives you can sleep in bungalows that are above the sea. You will only have to go down a small staircase if you want to enjoy a swim in Maldivian waters.
- Lost and lonely islands. If you like the idea of discovering an uninhabited island, in the Maldives. You can take an excursion to one of its almost 1,000 deserted islands to enjoy enviable peace.
For any other reason, the Maldives honeymoon is a safe and suitable choice for couples.
General data of the Maldives
Minimum budget The cost of traveling to the Maldives can vary a lot depending on whether you are going backpacking or if you prefer something much more organized. Since it is your Maldives honeymoon, we are going to focus on the budget to enjoy a quality stay. The minimum budget is €1,500 per person. But we recommend increasing it to €2,000 per person if you want to enjoy a dream resort.
Time zone in Maldives
The Maldives are located near the equator. They do not change their time depending on whether it is summer or winter. The time difference with the USA is nine hours more during the winter, and three hours more in the summer.
As we have just pointed out, the country is very close to the Equator. That means that it enjoys a mild and warm climate throughout the year.
The official currency is the rupee. But there is usually no problem using dollars or euros. If you have a credit card you can pay almost everywhere.
The official language is Divehi. But in tourist establishments and areas you will have no problem being served in English, and even Italian. If you manage better with French, in hotels you will be able to communicate perfectly. But it may cost you more outside of them.
Coffee in the Maldives can cost the equivalent of around €3. For travel, the normal thing is to go by ferry, which is the cheapest and costs a few euros. To stay connected, a SIM card costs around 30 euros.
Health and security
To travel from USA, consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to travel safely and review the appropriate measures regarding vaccinations.
What to see on the Maldives honeymoon?
If you are thinking of the Maldives honeymoon, the first thing you have to keep in mind is that it is a relaxing destination. To spend time with your partner, enjoy yourself together. Do some activity in the sea, but not see monuments, whether cultural or natural.
It does not mean that it is not a spectacular country. Whichever island you choose to stay on, I assure you that it will be incredible. The rainforest, the beaches, the reefs, or even the sunset. Is incredible!
But not only is it incredible, but you have it available throughout the entire archipelago. That is, wherever you go, you can enjoy it.
The only place where you will be able to see something else is Malé, the capital. It is a small city, with only 142,000 inhabitants, so you could visit it before taking the plane back. The most interesting is its fish market. Where you can see the most typical products of the country, and its main mosque.
In Malé, there are also beaches but I do not recommend them. Not only are they less well cared for and have poorer water quality than the resorts. But they also have different legislation.
Let me explain, Maldives is a Muslim country. So in the capital, you cannot swim in a bikini or find alcohol, for example. However, in resorts for foreigners, you can wear a bikini, drink alcohol, etc…
Without a doubt, you will enjoy the honeymoon experience more than in the capital.
I recommend combining different islands and hotels, to see different options, traveling between them by plane or ferry.
Male, the capital
Traveling to the Maldives is not synonymous with spending all your time at the resort. Dare to discover the most real part of life on the islands. You can do it by visiting Malé, its capital. First thing in the morning you can go through the curious fruit and vegetable market. And also take the opportunity to get lost in the streets of the city.
After the walk, you can recharge your batteries by having a coconut in the hundreds of improvised bars. That you will find it almost every step of the way. Be sure to pay a visit to the memorial to the victims of the 2004 tsunami, and stop by the Friday Mosque. If you are a woman, keep in mind that you are in a Muslim country. So outside the resort, you must adapt your clothing. Cover your shoulders and knees.
Much of the beauty of these islands is not what you see with the naked eye, but what is hidden in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Cheer up with diving, either with a cylinder or with a tube, and you will discover a truly unique and romantic natural environment. Under the crystal clear waters, you will find a wide variety of corals and marine fauna of spectacular beauty. Turtles, manta rays, colorful fish, and even the impressive whale shark will be very close to you. Do not worry about the diving equipment, in most hotels they have fins and snorkels for guests.
Spectacular sunrises and sunsets
A curious fact that you should know if you are going to travel to the Maldives for your honeymoon is that it is the flattest country in the world. This means that you can enjoy the horizon in all its splendor: nothing will interrupt your view. Consequently, sunrises and sunsets here are unique. There is not much difference between sunrise and sunset times throughout the year. Normally the sun usually rises between 05:50 and 06:15 and sets around 18:00 or 18:20. From any of the beaches, you can enjoy the spectacle of the sky changing color.
If it turns out that you are fond of photography and you have a good camera, you can get some truly unique snapshots. But it is also good to forget about the photos for a while and dedicate some time to yourself in an idyllic setting, it’s your honeymoon!
Get to know the local culture
The Maldives honeymoon is a dream for couples, so in the most popular atolls, you will have little contact with the reality of the islanders. If you want to know a little more about the daily life of the Maldivians, the best thing is that you go to one of the local islands. They are very quiet places, away from the hustle and bustle and luxury of tourist areas. But they will allow you to get to know the culture of the area a little better and live a more intense experience. An adventure as a couple that you will not forget.
The Maldives honeymoon is the perfect setting to enjoy marine fauna. If you don’t feel like spending all day underwater, there is also the possibility of taking a boat trip to watch whales and dolphins. You can choose a typical local transport such as the dhoni, or get on the boats of the hotels where, in addition, they will offer you an exquisite treatment and you can have a glass of champagne while you sail. Any of these plans that we have proposed will make your honeymoon trip to the Maldives spectacular.
However, when you get tired of exploring, you can dedicate yourself to one of the favorite activities of tourists, sunbathe for hours and enjoy the tranquility of this area. Honeymooning in the Maldives is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
What to do on the honeymoon?
I will tell you that on The Maldives honeymoon there are many things to do. Beyond spending time as a couple in the rooms, which we must not forget is a very necessary ingredient for a honeymoon, there are plenty of activities available in hotels.
The most common has to do with the reefs of the island. You can dive or snorkel and see all kinds of colorful fish. Few places in the world have as much variety as the reefs of the Maldives.
On the other hand, you can also do different marine sports. Kayaking, windsurfing… the options are innumerable.
One of the experiences that I like the most is island hopping. This is that from the hotel they take you by boat to a small island or tongue of sand in the middle of the sea. They leave you there for several hours with a picnic and then pick you up.
The feeling of being completely alone with your partner on a small island is incredible.
Lastly, I don’t want to forget the spa either. Massages and wellness treatments on a journey to take care of yourself and reconnect with each other.
Maldivian cuisine and drinks
One point that seems very important to me to enjoy the Maldives honeymoon is to take into account the food and drink options. I always recommend going all-inclusive.
The reason is that prices in the Maldives for food and drink are incredibly high. So that you understand me, a single beer can cost you at least 10 dollars in a hotel (around €8.5 in exchange) and a cocktail at least twice as much.
The same goes for food. In hotels and resorts in the Maldives, there is often both buffet and restaurant dining, with some truly amazing restaurants with top chefs.
If it is included in the trip, it will be much cheaper than paying there for what we consume. In addition, as the hotels are either on private islands or on other islands where there are only other hotels, there is no possibility of eating outside the hotel with local prices (except in Malé capital).
Regarding the type of food, fish is the protagonist. In addition, the dishes are heavily influenced by Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine. Quite a few spices are used, coconut milk is also essential and we will see samosas, curries, and similar dishes, as well as grilled or en papillote fish.
In the most important hotels, there are usually also quite a few European or North American gastronomic options. In practically all of them, you will find English and continental breakfast, as well as options such as hamburgers, pizzas, sandwiches, etc…
Still, since you are in the Maldives, I recommend you try the local specialties. It’s all delicious. Of course, if you are not a fan of spicy, let me know because sometimes they can go overboard (although the food is normally a little less spicy than in India or Sri Lanka ).
When to go on a honeymoon trip to the Maldives?
As for the best time to go to the Maldives honeymoon, we find it from November to April, coinciding with the so-called dry monsoon. It hardly rains and the days are very sunny. On the other hand, it is also somewhat more expensive.
The other option to go to the Maldives honeymoon, from May to October, is not a bad idea either. It coincides with the wet monsoon, but it is a monsoon with which you can live perfectly. Normally the rains are very abundant, but for quite a short time, the storm rarely lasts more than two or three hours.
Then the sun comes out again. This time, in addition to being cheaper, is the most recommended for diving.
As for the temperatures, it is quite hot in the Maldives throughout the year. Normally between 27º and 31ºC. In addition, being a country made up of small islands, it is always very humid, which makes the thermal sensation higher.
In the dry season, the humidity is lower and the heat is less oppressive. Even so, if you choose the Maldives honeymoon for your trip, you have to be clear that you will be hot and you will need to swim in the pool or the sea to cool off.
It is a destination to be without clothes, enjoying the others and the good temperatures. And if it rains for a while, you take refuge in the room.
That’s why I think it’s perfect for a honeymoon.
What to take on a honeymoon in the Maldives?
One of the best things about the Maldives honeymoon is that you don’t need to bring anything special. By wearing some light clothing and a swimsuit or bikini, you can enjoy the experience to the fullest.
I’ve just told you that temperatures don’t drop below 27 degrees, so you won’t need a coat on this trip. It is quite common to carry only one carry-on bag.
You do have to keep in mind that there are only ATMs in Malé, so it may come in handy to bring some money changed from home just in case. Likewise, in the hotels, there are no supermarkets or anything like that, although you will find products such as sunscreen, souvenirs, etc…
I always recommend buying sunscreen and mosquito repellent, at least when you get there, in case anything happens and there isn’t enough in the hotel. It rarely happens, but good, to prevent it.
Also wear a cap or hat and sunglasses, as the sun is very strong on the islands.
Vaccines and visas
As for the requirements to go to the Maldives, they are quite simple. There are no compulsory vaccinations nor do you need a special visa.
If you will have to have two blank pages in the passport and at least six months of it in force. With that and a negative PCR, we have at least 30 days to tour the different islands of the country.
As for the vaccines, although there are none mandatory, it is advisable to get the one for tetanus and Hepatitis A. As I always say, it is best to go first to the international vaccination center closest to your home and have a doctor recommend that your vaccines be put or not beyond the mandatory ones.
It’s much safer that way.
Remember that you can choose between seeing a single island. which would be the cheapest option, or traveling between several, which is the most interesting. To give you an idea, a 7-day trip traveling through different islands can cost around €5,000 per person.
I hope you found it interesting and helped you make up your mind. You already know that I am here to prepare you for an incredible trip to the Maldives and that you enjoy your honeymoon.
Do you want to make your honeymoon even more special?
Give yourself the pleasure of spending at least one day in a truly luxurious resort. You will stay in a bungalow on the sand, and even in a cabin on the sea! And you will have truly spectacular views. In addition, they will treat you like a king. You will not lack absolutely anything. The worst thing about this experience is that sooner or later it ends, and it’s time to go back to normal.
But it is something you will never forget. Can you imagine not saying anything to your partner and surprising her with a night at one of these resorts? After a surprise like this, there is no doubt that your marriage is going to start on the right foot. In addition, your photos will be the envy of all your friends and more than one will want to copy your idea of going to the Maldives on a honeymoon. If this is your perfect honeymoon plan, Trip.co will put you in contact with the most suitable travel agency to organize it.