About the Maldives and Rasdhoo

The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean, to the south east of Sri Lanka. The country is made up of 26 atolls and around 1200 islands, of which about around 200 are inhabited. The most beautiful of these islands is Rasdhoo!! This is where you can find the winter home of Bezz diving. We chose Rasdhoo, on Ari Atoll, because as well as offering beautiful, clean surroundings and great diving (we can see hammerheads, mantas and the occasional whale shark), it is also only a short distance from Male, which keeps the cost of travel low, as well as minimising our impact on the environment.
Rasdhoo is a local island, as opposed to a resort. This will give you a more real Maldivian experience, but it does mean that there are minor things that will require a little planning.

Money

The best idea is to exchange the money you will need before you travel. If this isn’t possible, then you can change money at the airport. While it is possible to change money at your accommodation, you won’t receive the best rates and there may be some unexpected card fees.

The local currency is the rufiyaa (Rf). As a very rough guide, 20 RF is equal to 1 US dollar, 1 euro or 1 British pound.

Electricity

The electricity supply is 220V to 240V, 50Hz AC. The UK-style three-pin plug socket is found as standard, but there can be some variations, so if you have a multi-region adaptor, it is always a good idea to bring it.

Internet

Wifi coverage is widespread in all guesthouses and restaurants, but 4G via a mobile or USB dongle is a good alternative as a back-up.

Telephone

If you plan to stay for a while or make lot of local calls and you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a local SIM card at the airport. The telephone provider with the best coverage for Rasdhoo is Ooredoo.

Public telephones available at your accommodation are not cheap to use. If you have internet access, Skype is a better option.

Vaccinations

There are no mandatory vaccinations, although it is always wise to have all your standard vaccinations up to date (Polio, Typhoid, Tetanus and Hepatitis). It is a good idea to check your own government’s advisory website.

Insurance

It is always sensible to have travel insurance that will cover your activities while you are on holiday. There is a medical centre and decompression chamber on the neighbouring island of Kuramathi, 400 metres from Rasdhoo so in the event of an emergency, you won’t be far from help.

Language

The national language of the Maldives is Dhivehi, but at Bezz Diving Maldives we have fluent speakers of English, Spanish, Italian, Basque, Maltese…

Flights

While it is possible to arrive to the Maldives by sea, air travel is the more usual option. We recommend the googleflights.com or Skyscanner search engines to find the best flights from your location. The destination airport is Malé International Airport, located on the island of Hulhumale.

From Europe we have found good connections from Milán, Rome, Frankfurt, London, Madrid or Barcelona.

Ferry

There are two options for travelling between Male and Rasdhoo.

One is the speed boat which operates every day, twice a day and the price is included in all our diving and accommodation packages (You will not have to pay anything to the local guys who operate the speedboat, and they will have your name on the passenger list).

Below you can find the schedule in order to book the best flight and not to loose time, having to spend a night in Male. Every trip takes 60-70 minutes.

MALE – RASDHOO BY SPEEDBOAT:

Saturday to Thursday:
10:30am From Airport to Rasdhoo
16:00pm From Airport Jetty to Rasdhoo

Friday:
09:30am From Airport Jetty to Rasdhoo
16:00pm From Airport Jetty to Rasdhoo

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Rasdhoo-Male:

Saturday to Thursday:
07:30am From Rasdhoo to Male airport
13:30pm From Rasdhoo to Male airport

Fridays:
07:30am From Rasdhoo to Male airport
14:30pm From Rasdhoo to Male airport

The other option, cheaper but much longer and much adventurous is the public ferry. This is the schedule:

PUBLIC FERRY MALE-RASDHOO:

From Male to Rasdhoo.
Mondays and Thursdays: 09:00am
(Departs from Villigili ferry terminal)

Sundays and Wednesdays: 11:00am
(Departs from Rasdhoo Harbour)

Travel Time: 3hrs 30mins – price 5$ aprox.
Tickets cannot be pre-booked, and are sold on the ferry.

Acomodation

Bezz Diving Maldives offers affordable accommodation included in the price of the diving package. We offer different types of rooms, from single, double or even triple rooms. All the rooms in our packages include Wifi, private toilet and breakfast.

Contact us if you need to know something else about our accommodation service.

Weather

Expect temperatures ranging from the high 20s to low 30s celscius. The dry season extends from November to April and the wet season is from May to October.

Culture

The official religion of the Maldives is Islam. No alcohol or pork products can be brought into the country. While alcohol can be found for sale in resorts, on a local island like Rasdhoo, it is not available.

A modest standard of dress is required, to avoid offence. In practice, this means wearing t-shirts and knee-length shorts as a minimum. Avoid bikinis, singlets, crop-tops, speedos etc. There is a beautiful bikini beach on the island where western style swimsuits (bikinis, speedos etc) can be worn, but in other places, to respect local customs, we recommend being covered from shoulders to knees.

Tourist Visas

On arrival, visitors from most countries will be issued with a 30 day visa, free of charge. In particular, visitors from the EU, Britain, Australia, Canada and the USA require a passport valid for 6 months after the date of travel and a return ticket.

You must also be able to provide evidence of accommodation booked for the duration of your stay or sufficient funds to support yourself.