February 26th, 2018
Those of you who know us we are not a company who will express our opinions on political issues anywhere in the world. But we felt as a company who make regular trips to the Maldives we were in a good positions to give some advise and tips on travelling during this tough time.
Firstly let us tell you that regardless of what is going on in the country and how much it is affecting the local people living there due to certain decisions or not by political leaders – it is affecting the tourism industry far more and this is their main source of income.
For those of you who are not aware the Maldives is made up of about 1,200 islands. 100 or so of them are the private resorts and 200 of them are local islands. Note what we say ‘islands’ meaning that they are separate to the main island, the capital called Male. With all the media attention online and in the news it is showing complete chaos and unrest in ‘the Maldives’ but as a tourist you are very unlikely to even see anything going on during this time. When you fly into the Maldives you arrive at Velana International Airport. This island is separate from the main island Male (you have to take a speed boat or ferry to reach the main island). When you arrive at the airport during this time if you have not made contact with your guest house host, make sure you contact them so they can arrange for your boat or sea plane transfer to their island. Understand that unless you make a point of visiting the government building in the main island of Male it is highly unlikely you will even notice anything going on other than business as usual.
The island where you will be staying will be completely unaffected, calm, relaxed and simply gorgeous. You will still be able to snorkel, dive, visit sand banks, go on boat trips totally unaware of the political issues.
The issues are with the residents and local people of the Maldives not with tourists. I was there just a couple of weeks ago when all this started to erupt and the only reason I knew about it was because I watched the news and on Facebook news feed!!
So I urge you if you are booked or wanting to book a vacation to the Maldives during this time, you really have nothing to worry about. As a family we love the Maldives because the local islands are so safe so we love taking our 10 year old daughter to enjoy the islands and play with the local children.
If you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact us for questions or better still contact your local island guest house host who will put your mind at ease.
We will be back in a couple of months again regardless of what is going on in the country.
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