ONE SUMMER TRAVEL
Travel brochure
The Maldives
GENERAL INFORMATION
  • Money. The monetary unit of the Maldives is rufia, US dollars are also accepted for payment in local stores;
  • Voltage in the network - 220 volts, in the rooms there are adapters for sockets;
  • Time - ahead of Moscow by two hours;
  • The day off in the Maldives is Friday. Please do not schedule excursions for Friday;
  • Religion is 100% Muslim.
INTERNET ON THE ISLAND
  • On the Kamadhoo island you can always use Wi-Fi in the restaurant Nanaimo, it is enough to use instant messengers WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber.
  • There is no Wi-Fi coverage on the beach, rooms and other areas.

  • All communications, news, updates in the schedule and excursions take place on the Internet. Therefore, we recommend buying an Ooredoo tourist SIM card at Male Airport upon arrival. Our welcomer will help with this.
  • The island has a 4G tower, mobile Internet speed up to 80 Mbps.

The card for 14 days is $35 (17GB) or $50 (30GB).
PREPARATION FOR THE TRIP
Before departure, it is necessary to fill in the "health declaration" and pass PCR tests.
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In rare cases, employees of the airport in Male can ask you for confirmation of the availability of funds, for this it is enough to demonstrate the amount in dollars that you are carrying as a payment for the tour. There is no ATM on the island, so we recommend taking the necessary amount in cash US dollars. It is desirable to have part of the amount in small denominations.
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Make sure you take the first aid kit with you:
  • sunscreen (better "Pantenol," it is not sold in stores on the island)
  • wound/abrasion disinfectant,
  • patch/bandage in case you scratch coral,
  • tablets from seasikness.

Plus, what you always take - from a cold, pain, allergies, etc. The island has a hospital with a pharmacy, but it should be borne in mind that medicines in the Maldives are more expensive.
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Additional costs on the island:
  • excursions,
  • water entertainment (SUP-surfing, diving, etc.),
  • fruits and sweets, souvenirs
  • food in the local restaurant (optionally you can order additional lobsters, crabs)
  • photo shoots
  • massage therapist services
  • possible medical expenses and other.
On average, extra costs start at $400.
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COVID-19 coverage insurance is required. We can help you with this. In order to do this, write that you need insurance and we will advise you a trusted insurance agent.
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Recommendations
  • There are fitness and yoga mats on the island, but if you are used to doing practice on your own, take it with you.
  • We recommend taking special shoes for coral rif.
  • We recommend checking for fines and travel bans. There is an example of a ban on departure to a citizen of the Russian Federation due to car fines totaling more than 30,000 rubles.
    ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER
    EQUENCE OF ACTIONS:
    1. Fill in the migration card and go to passport control. You may be asked the name of the hotel - say VILLA KAMADHOO.

    2. Get your luggage. Note that the maximum baggage weight per internal flight is allowed up to 20 kg, hand-luggage 5kg (for the excess baggage is additional payment 1kg-2$).

    3. In the arrival hall of the airport you will be greeted with the KAMADU sign and taken to the local airport building to the reception desk for the domestic flight to Dharavandhoo island (5 min. by foot). If for some reason you do not see a welcomer, go to the rack No. 1 (located directly opposite the exit from the arrival hall) and tell that you need to Kamadhoo. Always on this rack there is our partner and you will be helped to get to an internal flight.


    Male Airport is located on the island of Hulumale (10 minutes by boat to the capital of Male) and consists of 2 buildings - international and local airport. From the international airport to the local airport - 5 minutes on foot.

    At Male International Airport you can:
    • buy a local sim-card with internet - operator Ooredoo (inform your welcomer about the need to purchase a sim-card);
    • snack in a cafe overlooking the ocean while waiting for a transfer.

    Flights from Male to Daravandhoo and back are operated by Manta Air
    (site https://mantaair.mv/) 3 times a day as scheduled:


    IMPORTANT (!)
    When buying international air tickets, please note that the latest
    local flight from Male to Daravandhoo at 17.30 (arrival at 18.00), and the earliest from
    Daravandhoo to Male at 06.15 (arrival at 06.45).
    Plan your International
    flight in such a way that there is a margin of time
    before local flight - not less than 1.5 hours,
    before international flight - at least 2 hours.



    TRAVEL TIME: Flight MALE - DHARAVANDHOO ~ 30 minutes

    4. Check in on the flight, show the passport at the counter, hand over your luggage. You don't have to pay anything at the airport check-in counter.

    5. Please note that if you are late for a domestic flight due to a delay in the international flight, the group will be sent on the next flight without additional charges. The order of the meeting at Male Airport will not change.

    6. The procedure for transferring to a boat to Kamadhoo after an internal flight.
    Upon arrival to the Daravandhoo island after receiving luggage, you need to leave the airport building, approach any of the employees and say one word to them "KAMADU."
    The loaders will pick up your luggage and send it to the island, and you will be taken to the bus that goes to the marina.
    Then you will be put on a boat to the Kamadhoo island, where our manager will meet you.

    TRAVEL TIME: Boat ride DHARAVANDHOO - KAMADHOO ~ 30 minutes
    TOUR PAYMENT PROCEDURE ON THE ISLAND
    The rest of the amount you need to pay to the leader on the first day of arrival in Kamadhoo.
    Payment for the tour is accepted in cash in US dollars, banknotes no older than 2007 (2007 is acceptable, 2006 not acceptable), without notes, seals, damage (due to the new Maldives banking law). Therefore, when buying currency, pay special attention to this.

    All payments for accommodation, meals in our restaurant and excursions at Kamadhoo are made EXCLUSIVELY in cash in US dollars. In local shops and cafes, it is better to pay ruffies.
    IMPORTANT (!)
    • At Male Airport, ATMs issue only ruffia.
    • You can change cash dollars for ruffias from our manager on the Kamadh island of at the most profitable rate.
    • There is no ATM or bank card terminals on the island. All payments are in cash only $.
    FOOD AT KAMADHOO
    Accommodation includes food at the Nanaimo Buffet Restaurant
    half board (HB = breakfasts + dinners) or
    full board (FB = breakfasts + lunches + dinners).
    If your tour does not include lunches, you can buy them locally for $15 a day.
    EXAMPLE BUFFET MENU
    Breakfast (9.00-11.00)
    American or Maldives (buffet): eggs (eggs/boiled), samball (tuna with coconut and carrot chips), beans, lavash/toast with butter and jam, yoghurts, tea/coffee, milk, fruits, cornflakes with milk, lentils stewed with spices, sprouted mash, fresh vegetable salad with coconut, rice / oatmeal.

    Lunch (13.30-15.00 ) / Dinner (19.30-21.00)
    Buffet - European and Maldivian cuisine. Various fish, grill, chicken, seafood, soups, salads, cut from fresh vegetables, rice/paste/potatoes with various fillers and sauces, dishes from cooked vegetables, cotta (local dish), fruits.

    Lobsters, shrimp, octopuses and crabs can be ordered for a fee.
    RESTAURANT MENU
    DEPARTURE
    The whole procedure is the same as upon arrival, only in Male there is no welcomer. After receiving luggage, you need to go independently from the domestic terminal to the international one.

    In preparation for the return flight, it is necessary to check the current rules of the airline and the country of arrival. It may be necessary to pass a PCR test, on the island they are made by ADK Hospital, cost ~ $150. To do this, you need to contact the manager on the island in advance, no later than three days before departure.
    LAWS OF THE MALDIVES
    Please read and respect the rules established on the island. Some violations are subject to significant fines. Our manager on the island will always help you find your way, please take into account his recommendations.
    Kamadhoo island is NOT a resort (approx. resorts - artificially created for tourists island hotels in the Maldives with villas on the water - what you are used to seeing in advertising brochures). Kamadhoo is one of the islands where the locals live.
    Outside the tourist beach Kamadhoo its prohibited to appear in swimsuits and too open clothes (mini-shorts, tops with necklines on straps, etc.), so when you go from the beach - you need to put on at least pareo, wear shorts/t-shirt.

    On excursions (by boat) swimsuits/trunks are allowed.
    Nudism, swimming and sunbathing topless are prohibited on all islands.
    • In accordance with the Maldives law, alcohol is strictly prohibited in the local islands.
    • If you smoke, it is better to bring cigarettes with you, since on the island they are expensive and not high-quality. You can carry 1 block of cigarettes per person.
    • It is forbidden to harvest live or dead corals, shells and other marine inhabitants from the sea floor;
    • Every coconut palm has an owner on the island, so you can't raise coconuts that have fallen to the ground, you can buy them in a restaurant, cafe or local stores for $2-4.