Avoid Drinking Tap Water
Amongst the various things about Maldives that you should know, this one is the most important. Water undergoes a different process in the Maldives to rid itself of all the harmful bacteria and germs. This process is known as reverse osmosis desalination. This process is very successful in eradicating all the germs and bacteria from the recycled water, it also rids the water of all the natural minerals that provide several benefits to the human body and ends up not being as nutritious as it should be. It is a better choice to opt for packaged mineral water sold in their stores.
Avoid Displaying Affection on The Streets
The Maldives is a pretty conservative country and public display of affection can draw in a lot of unpleasant stares and frowns from locals who may not be accustomed to such behavior. A peck on the cheek is prohibited too. The farthest you could go if you are a couple visiting the country is holding hands. This is definitely one of the things you should know before going to Maldives with your partner.
Importing Alcohol to Maldives is Prohibited
Being a Muslim country, Maldives frowns upon the consumption of alcohol. Even pork meat is not sold readily. It would be better to just steer clear of alcohol or pork meat in public as you might end up offending someone. Such actions may be interpreted as an attempt to corrupt their religion. However, these rules don’t apply if you have booked a room in any of the country’s resort islands. Nearly all resorts and liveaboard boats are licensed to serve alcohol, usually with a steep markup.
Wearing Bikinis is Limited to Resorts And Boats
As mentioned before, being a Muslim country, women are advised to avoid wearing bikinis or clothes that are revealing in public. This is frowned upon and considered a violation and disrespectful of their social customs. Even if you may not agree with these customs, it is better to relent rather facing any unpleasant consequences and consequently end up ruining what was meant to be a pleasant trip. Again, resort islands do not have any such rules and you can flaunt your best bathing costumes and relax under the sun.
Selling/Purchasing Black Corals or Turtle Shells is Prohibited
Last but not least, this one has to be remembered at all costs. Black corals and turtle shells are endangered species in the Maldives and are therefore protected by the government of Maldives. Hence, being caught in the act of selling or purchasing black corals and turtle shells can lead to severe consequences and harsh penalties will be incurred. In fact, catching or killing of sea turtles and sale of turtle products are prohibited in the Maldives since 1995.