If you are planning a holiday to The Maldives, then one of the concerns that you may have is the safety of the area itself. Normally, people wouldn’t associate a paradise like this with danger, but during 2018 there was a lot of political unrest that did present danger.
As well as this, there are many people who have voiced concerns about swimming in the area. The Maldives is a beautiful place to visit and one that you should absolutely travel to if you get the opportunity. With this in mind, here are a couple of tips to stay safe during your stay in The Maldives.
Stay Away from Certain Areas
This is one of the most important things to keep in mind, when traveling to The Maldives. As we have already mentioned, there is political unrest in the area and this has been quite significant over the last twelve months.
However, it is important to remember that the majority of the political unrest that has caused problems for tourists and locals alike has been largely confined to the capital of Male.
If you are going to be traveling to The Maldives at anytime of the year, then it is best to avoid Male. The political situation in the city is quite unpredictable and the last thing that you want is to get caught up in any dangerous protests from the locals.
Pre-Arrange your Transport
This is definitely a good idea to keep in mind. A lot of the popular tourist destinations in The Maldives will require you to travel through Male to reach your destination. If you want to stay safe, then it is a very good idea to pre-arrange your transport to and from the airport.
By doing this, you can avoid having to walk through any dangerous areas by yourself, especially if your flight gets in during the evening. There are plenty of firms in the area where you can book your transport from the airport to your destination before your arrival.
Be Sensible When Swimming
This sounds like something that should probably be common sense, but it is surprising how many tourists make the mistake of not using their head when swimming in The Maldives.
If you are not a strong swimmer, then it is generally best to stick to the pool at the resort that you are staying at, if there is one. There are many people who will try to enjoy the reef with an inflatable who cannot swim at all. As you can imagine, this can be incredibly dangerous because the sea is unpredictable.
If you want to explore the reef properly but you are not a strong swimmer, then there are plenty of firms in the area who will offer snorkelling and other activities that are safe and have an instructor on hand to guide you through the water.
These are the only real dangers that you will face when visiting The Maldives. In general, it is a beautiful tourist area that is perfectly safe as long as you are sensible. Enjoy your holiday!