Ready to begin your tropical paradise getaway but still not sure what to wear in the Maldives? Packing the right clothes for this perfect island-country is not a difficult task. Below is what awaits you in the Maldives, and you be the judge of what appropriate clothes you should bring:
Many of those visiting this low-lying country are repeat visitors. They have been to the islands several times and could not get enough. According to reviews and testimonials, tourists come primarily for the sun and water.
No matter what time of the year, the sun always shines on the unspoiled Maldivian islands. There are monsoon showers from June to August but generally the climate is tropical-paradise perfect. People call the Maldives “heaven on Earth”.
Water, there’s plenty of it. Located in the Indian Ocean beneath India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives is basically a country made up of islands and atolls. There are about 1,200 islands, and only 200 are inhabited, while 100 are enjoyed as island-resorts. The Maldivian government do not allow tourists to visit the non-resort islands except with special permit, but this only goes to show that there is just one basic reason for coming here – to have fun in the sun.
The highest point in Maldives is only 8 feet above sea level, and 80% of the country is less than 3 feet above sea level. Most parts of the country are coral reefs. Can you imagine how much fun divers and snorkelers have here? The aquarium-like reefs are teeming with a huge array of marine life. There so many varieties of fish here, which include Puffer Fish, Jackfish, Lionfish, Snappers, Groupers, Moray Eels, Banner Fish, Bat Fish, Scorpion Fish, Turtles, Butterfly Fish, Glass Fish, Unicorn Fish, Tunas, Barracudas, and many more, not to mention manta rays and sharks.
Needless to say, the country’s economy largely depends on tourism, which is why the country stood still after the 2004 tsunami that killed more than 100 people and displaced more than 12,000.
For non-divers and non-snorkelers, there are other fun activities, such as big game fishing, reel-line fishing at dusk or dawn, island hopping to deserted islands ala Robinson Crusoe, picnicking, dolphin watching, sunset cruise on board a traditional dhoni boat, visiting local fishermen villages, a visit to the cultural center of Dhangethi Island, and yachting.
But if you really want to know what the Maldives is all about, check out its two unique accomplishments. One, it made a scuba diving record in 2006 when a total of 958 divers plunged into the waters at the same time; and two, Maldives was the first and only country in the world to hold a cabinet meeting underwater. Together with the president and vice president, it was under the waters where they signed a declaration calling for a worldwide fight against global warming.
Now what kind of country does things like these? The Maldives is all about water and everything fun about it. Just in case you’re still wondering what to wear in the Maldives, allow me to give you a little hint: I don’t think a tuxedo is appropriate.