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Maldives First Timers - Need Help

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Maldives First Timers - Need Help

Good Morning All - My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to the Maldives from Dubai the first week in May 2016. We have never been so any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. We are planning on spending 4 to 5 nights. Our budget will be roughly $3000 - $3500 for the entire stay. We are open to either half board or AI. We would prefer to stay in an over water bungalow. We love to snorkel and will be bringing our own equipment so accessible reef at the resort would be preferred. We will also be dive certified and would love to do a day excursion and dive. We would like transportation from Dubai included. We have found some resorts offer speedboat transfer? We would also prefer an adults only environment if possible but not a deal breaker. We had found a decent deal at the Centara Ras Fushi resort but have no idea if this resort is worth the $$ and will give us what we are looking for. We enjoy nice things but we are very easily pleased travelers looking for an abundance of sea life as well as fully belly's throughout the day. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.

Biggin Hill
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1. Re: Maldives First Timers - Need Help

Centara Ras Fushi is very overpopulated - over 100 rooms on a very small island, and located near to the island that acts as the rubbish depot for all the resorts and the capital, so if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction it can be very smelly, you can get smoke from the rubbish island and there could be a problem with flies. I'm not sure I would stay there even if it was free.

Your budget won't stretch to Komandoo which is adults only, the flights from Dubai will be at least $500 each and then the seaplane is another $300-$400 each so you would be best looking at resorts that are in the north or south male atoll so you can transfer by boat - but that will be at least $100 each.

I would suggest you contact a decent Maldives specialist tour operator, Purely Maldives, Simply Maldives and Magic of the Maldives all operate from the uk, but deal with international travellers. Just beware of agents based in the Maldives as some have very dodgy practices.

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2. Re: Maldives First Timers - Need Help

Not sure if I have understood you correctly but just to be clear, Dubai is approximately a 4 hour international flight away from The Maldives hence the airfare quote mentioned by alliefat. You would then land at Male airport and it is from there that you take a speedboat, seaplane or domestic flight onward to your chosen island.

Ditto to the suggestion to contact a specialist agent as mentioned. They can quote for accommodation only or the whole package.

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