A first glimpse of the trip to Maldives in 9 days
TRAVELLERS:On this occasion the "keys" will be Paula and Isaac that we abandon the idea of white Christmas accompanied by cold and snow and we go in search of the fine white sand and turquoise blue waters of this country.
TRAVEL TIME: It will be of 9 days, necessary when you need to disconnect from the world and get gasoline again to face the "new course". The best months (with more light duration between 8 and 9 hours) are January, February and March, we leave from the January 1, 2011 to January 09, 2011
TYPE OF TRAVEL: Travel as a couple Custom trip
ITINERARY:It will be updated in the "Travel Journal" section. Abandoning the idea of entering the country with a backpack and no destination, we have decided to enjoy a small "heaven" in this world, the island of Kandholhu, thus converting our CHRISTMAS STORY in a true dream, to reach the closest thing to a paradise island. We will also visit the capital, Male.
MAIN TRANSPORTATION: There are only two ways to access a group of islands: by air or by sea. Obviously, with a limited time, we have decided on the first and among the possible options, the most economical and direct that prevented us from stopping in other European countries going through two airlines: Qatar Airways and Emirates.
Being for several months both prices very similar and little fluctuating (around € 900-950) we finally found an offer in September 2010 with Emirates by € 865 / person from Madrid to Male with stopover in Dubai, and that met our schedule requirements, leave first thing and return at the end of day 8 to visit Male.
ACCOMMODATIONS:They will be updated in the "Accommodations" section. If something was clear before leaving, it was the kind of stay we wanted to meet. A heavenly place, far from any macroresort or nocturnal tourist, with nature, good snorkeling and above all a lot of peace and relaxation. The choice was not easy and you can see all the details in the two articles KANDHOLHU CRUISE & SPA RESORT I and KANDHOLHU CRUISE AND RESORT II as well as who we ended up reserving after much exploration, with special thanks to Kornelia of E-TWO TRAVELS & TOURS.
Also note that Kandholhu DOES NOT HAVE OWN WEB, it can only be booked through an intermediary, and in addition to our option E-TWO TRAVELS & TOURS, we bring another highly recommended alternative from the island, SPLENDID MALDIVES.
ID / CARD OF DRIVING: We always carry it.
PASSPORT: Valid for at least 6 months
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Never leave WITHOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE! It is an insignificant amount with respect to what it can cost you "a bad experience without insurance". We have traveled with all types of insurance although now we always travel with IATI after the good experience of the trip to Switzerland. Do not have the slightest doubt that we tell things how they happen to us, we do not want to lose the veracity of our diaries, and it also helps us to travel, so If you need insurance and you are a CHAVETAS reader, now you save 5% by clicking here (THE DISCOUNT APPLIES DIRECTLY AND IT ALREADY APPEARS IN THE PROCESS)
PRACTICAL DATA OF UTILITY:
LANGUAGE: Divehi (Maldivian language) is the most widely used, although on any tourist-oriented island as well as in the capital itself, one can be understood in English.
CURRENCY: The Maldivian Rupee or Rufiyaa is used, whose change at the time of the trip is about 15.78 MVR per EURO. The Dollar is also commonly used on any tourist island.
CARDS: Credit cards can be used without problems, with VISA and MASTERCARD being the most common.
GUIDE: Again the LONELY PLANET, although this time its last edition in English (not having its equivalent in Spanish)
CHAVETAS GUIDE: That is already usual in our trips (MORE DETAILS IN THIS ARTICLE)
PHONE: ROAMING with Movistar and Vodafone works perfectly (even better than in Spain). Curious, being many islands separated from each other.
INTERNET: It works between regular and good. They also have WIFI.
SECURITY: Absolute, both in the tourist islands and in the capital, Male.
VACCINES: No particular vaccine is necessary.
ELECTRICITY: The voltage is 230 V / 50 Hz with A / D / G / J / K / L plug, mostly triple flat (See WORLD PLUGS)
TIME DIFFERENCE: At the time of the trip, the time will be +4 hours compared to Spain
RELIGION: Sunni Islam is the official and practically only religion practiced in Maldives (99%).
Trip to Maldives: An approximate budget
In any case, and as Christmas story (and gift) that is, in this case we can not "publish" completely broken down the trip, although if you will find all the information you need to make your own without difficulty in KANDHOLHU CRUISE & SPA RESORT I (Paula, you don't look). An orientation could be something similar to the following (the DOLAR-EURO exchange is at $ 1.30 for € 1.00)…
Arise a trip to Maldives, being very transparent, It is an expensive whim. Many people often use it as the final auction of a magical trip through India or Sri Lanka, being an exceptional combination in our opinion. In our case, an exhausting end of 2010 and the occasional personal motive has led us here. An impulse? A desire? Do youA dream?
|LINK TO CORUÑA - MADRID - A CORUÑA (Iberia)||168,00 €|
|FLIGHT MADRID - DUBAI - MALE (i / v with Emirates))||1.730,00 €|
|HIDROAVIÓN MALE - W-FESDU (i / v with Maldivian Air Taxi)||461,54 €|
|KANDHOLHU ACCOMMODATION (Consult E-TWO second season)||Consult|
|KANDHOLHU EXPENSES (Meals, drinks and cocktails, SPA, various ...)||1.200,00 €|
|OTHERS (Visit Male, Ferry, meals, various, waters, ...)||50,00 €|
|TOTAL TRIP (EXCEPTING ACCOMMODATION)||3.609,54 €|
|TOTAL BUDGET (PER PERSON)||1.804,77 €|
Dream, madness or Christmas story, here we are, giving another little turn to this globe so large and encompasses so many incredible places to "discover". !! WE'RE GOING TO THE CURSES!
Isaac and Paula