Frequently asked questions

Accommodations
before or after
the cruise

Island hotels in the atolls of North or South Male with boat transfer

Resorts with a beautiful reef for snorkeling

Bandos
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Embudu Village
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Biyadhoo
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Angsana Ihuru
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Thulhagiri
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Baros
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Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
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Huvafen Fushi
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Fihalhohi
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Malahini Kuda Bandos
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Island hotels further away with seaplane transfer
Guesthouse

Dhiffushi (North Male Atoll)

http://www.bibeemaldives.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlLMx0X5Y7M/

Thoddoo (North Ari Atoll), wild island, preserved from tourism

http://www.holidaycottage.com.mv/ http://www.holidaygrandmaldives.com/

Dhigurah (South Ari Atoll), 2 addresses for divers

http://boutiquebeach.club/ http://www.tme.mv/

Thulusdhoo (Atoll de Malé Nord)
http://www.metsurfhouse.com/

On the island of Maafushi (South Male Atoll), the number of Guest Houses is important, so there are a lot of tourists, we don't like too much...

Hotel for one night in transit

For a night in transit near Male and the airport, we have selected different addresses of Guesthouse on the island of Hulumalé.
You can book directly on the Booking.com website with the possibility to cancel free of charge (subject to conditions).

The H78
https://www.booking.com/hotel/mv/hotel78.fr.html

Rivethi Beach Hotel
https://www.booking.com/hotel/mv/rivethi-beach-boutique.fr.html

Ripple Beach Inn
https://www.booking.com/hotel/mv/ripple-beach-inn.fr.html

Hotel in Haa Alifu atoll

For a short stay (1 to 3 nights) before or after a cruise in the Far North.

Hanimaadhoo Island (airport)

Barefoot ECO Hotel
Mini-resort with a private beach of 800 metres. Located on the northern tip, opposite the airport, the Barefoot is built in a wild part of the island. https://thebarefoot.
com/

To be booked directly on Booking.com (free cancellation according to conditions).

Cerulean View Residence
https://www.booking.com/hotel/mv/cerulean-view-residence

Kelaa Island (30 minutes from Hanimaadhoo Airport)

Summer Home Kelaa
https://www.booking.com/hotel/mv/summer-home-kelaa

Hotel in Raa Atoll

For a short stay (1 to 3 nights) before or after a cruise in the Far North.
To be booked directly on Booking.com (free cancellation according to conditions).

Waves Inn (airport shuttle)
Hotel on Raa Atoll

Day Use
Airport Hotel, Hulhule Island Hotel

Very handy if you have several hours to wait at Male airport.

The Day Use includes a luggage room, access to the pool and showers, round-trip shuttles to Malé, round-trip transfers to the airport terminal, and optional meals.

No reservation. To be paid directly at the hotel reception by credit card or cash.

Hotel website: http://www.hih.com.mv

Formalities

Passport

Your passport must be valid and valid for 6 months after the return date.
If you are travelling with your minor children, they too must have a valid individual passport.

Maldives Immigration website

Visa

A free visa is issued on site for 30 days.

Maldives Immigration website

Minor child: Authorization to leave the territory

Since 15 January 2017, a minor child living in France and travelling abroad alone or unaccompanied by one of his or her parents must have an authorisation to leave the country (AST). It is a form drawn up and signed by a parent (or legal guardian). A child travelling with his or her parent does not therefore need a TSA. The form must be accompanied by a photocopy of an identity document of the signing parent.

https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F1359

Free baggage allowance on international flights

The weight and number of bags in the cabin and in the hold vary according to the airline, the destination and the options linked to the price of your plane ticket. Find in this list all the luggage information, sorted by company.

Be careful if you are travelling with a connecting flight, remember to check with each company.

You will also find details of baggage allowances directly on your flight confirmation or e-ticket.

Emirates https://www.emirates.com/fr/french/before-you-fly/baggage/

Qatar Airways https://www.qatarairways.com/fr-fr/baggage.html

Air France https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/fr/common/voyage-en-avion/preparation-voyage/bagages-avion.htm

Oman Air https://www.omanair.com/en/travel-info/baggage-services?cc=frn=en

Etihad https://www.etihad.com/fr/fly-etihad/baggage

Turkish Airlines https://www.turkishairlines.com/fr-fr/any-questions/baggage-information/

Sri Lankan Airlines https://www.srilankan.com/fr_fr/plan-and-book/luggage

Free baggage allowance on domestic flights

Officially, the allowance is 20 kg for checked baggage and 5 kg for hand baggage.
However, the Maldivian airline generally accepts 30 kg of checked baggage at no extra cost for divers arriving from abroad.
However, in case of boarding problems, please note that the supplement is only 1.30 USDper kilo.

What products are prohibited in the cabin and in the hold?

For a complete list (from baby food to umbrellas to lithium batteries),

Meeting on the Airbag website

Alcohol legislation

The import of alcohol and pork products (e.g. sausage) is prohibited.

You will have the possibility to consume alcohol (beers, wines, hard liquor) on the boats.

Is diving insurance compulsory?

OUI. Si vous n’en avez pas, vous pouvez souscrire à l’assurance DAN Short Term pour la durée de votre croisière : pour 7 jours au tarif de 17 € ou pour 14 jours au tarif de 25 €. Cette assurance vous couvre en cas d'accident de plongée (frais de recherche en mer, frais médicaux et de caisson).

DAN Maldives Diving Insurance

DAN Short Term Insurance Policy

Health

Vaccines

No vaccinations are required on arrival in the Maldives. However, it is preferable to be up to date for the following vaccinations: diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A and B, whooping cough (whose reappearance in adults, even in France, justifies vaccination for any trip).

Malaria prevention

There is no malaria in the Maldives.

However, mosquitoes can transmit viral diseases such as chikungunya and especially dengue fever, the most frequently transmitted disease (several hundred cases each year).

It is recommended to protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially if you go to the islands (repellent sprays for clothing and skin, electric diffusers, mosquito nets, etc).

Prevention and treatment of infectious otitis media

Warm waters are favourable to the development of the microbial flora. This can lead to inflammation of the external auditory canal accompanied by stabbing pain. As a preventive measure, it is advisable to rinse your ears with fresh, warm water after each dive and dry them well. Before snorkeling or diving, this can be supplemented by applying sweet almond oil into the ear canal to protect it from the outside environment.

CURATIVE TREATMENT :

The treatment of otitis externa usually requires the help of the doctor mainly to check the integrity of the eardrum.

He associates:

  • cleaning of the ear canal with saline and, if necessary, suctioning of debris and exudate.
  • twice-daily instillations of an antibiotic-corticoid solution (Panotile®, Colicort®, Polydexa®,...) for 7 to 10 days.
  • possibly a wicking of the ear canal or the application of an expandable foam dressing if the ear canal is narrowed to facilitate the penetration of the ear drops and to avoid stenosis of the canal. This fuse is changed daily.
  • suspension of diving and swimming until complete recovery. A delay of two weeks is often necessary.

An analgesic is often necessary to calm otalgia.

In case of tympanic perforation, the antibiotics that can be used in ear instillations are rifamycin (Otofa®) and lincomycin (Lincocin®).

PREVENTIVE TREATMENT :

  • Before you go on your trip:

The otoscopic examination by a doctor makes it possible to identify and treat the factors that promote it: inflammation or dermatosis of the ear canal, earwax debris or blockage, exostoses, etc...

  • After immersion:

For divers with no particular predisposition to external otitis media, a simple rinsing of the ear canals with fresh, clean water is sufficient.

For divers prone to frequent external otitis, this rinsing, possibly with mineral water, will be followed by a careful drying with a hair dryer.

The use of cotton swabs is strictly forbidden.

The auricular instillation of magistral preparations has a beneficial effect in the prevention of external otitis of the diver. These preparations contain, associated or not, 2 components with different modes of action:

  • a drying component that reduces maceration: alcohol, aluminium acetate, sodium acetate, water-repellent silicone.
  • an acid component that limits the proliferation of pathogenic germs: boric acid, acetic acid.

To be effective, these instillations must have a minimum contact time of 5 minutes.

These products will only be used after checking the integrity of the eardrum.

Alcoholic preparations are not recommended in case of irritation of the auditory canal.

The most commonly used preparations are :

  • alcohol at 40° or 60° boriqué to saturation ;
  • borated hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide 10 volumes: 100 g, boric acid: 2.5 g, sodium borate: 0.5 g) ;
  • a preparation consisting of aluminium acetate 11 g, acetic acid 0.2 g and water 100 g ;
  • a solution of white spirit vinegar diluted 4 to 5 times with water (vinegar contains 4 to 6% acetic acid).

There is no scientific evidence of the efficacy of antiseptic or antibiotic preparations in the prevention of otitis externa.

  • Before immersion:

It is preferable not to introduce anything into the ear canal in order to respect the protective lipid film and not to create irritation of the canal.

However, some authors recommend the preventive instillation of an oily solution (sweet almond oil, olive oil, ...).

Borate Alcohol

Preparation in a pharmacy (48h)

77g alcohol 60°, 3g sodium borate, 20g glycerin

1 ear bath after each dive

Antibio Synalar

On prescription

Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory for local use used in the treatment of external otitis.

Ear bath (10 minutes) morning and evening

Surgam 200mg

On prescription

Anti-inflammatory used in the adjunctive treatment of ear infections.

1 tablet morning and evening in the middle of meals

Oral antibiotic.

Is diving insurance compulsory?

OUI. Si vous n’en avez pas, vous pouvez souscrire à l’assurance DAN Short Term pour la durée de votre croisière : pour 7 jours au tarif de 17 € ou pour 14 jours au tarif de 25 €. Cette assurance vous couvre en cas d'accident de plongée (frais de recherche en mer, frais médicaux et de caisson).

DAN Maldives Diving Insurance

DAN Short Term Insurance Policy

Protection of the
environment

Eco-friendly sun protection

Did you know that?

Corals live in harmony with microalgae (zooxanthellae) housed in their tissues. Some UV filters found in sunscreens activate viruses that multiply and kill these precious micro-algae.

Choose sun care products that are 100% mineral and non-ecotoxic for the marine environment, without chemical filters that pollute the oceans, parabens, PEG, synthetic fragrances, alcohol or pesticides.

Solar Protection EQ
https://www.eq-love.com

Thermal Spring Water Avène
https://www.eau-thermale-avene.fr

Eco-friendly soap and shampoo

Choose soaps and shampoos with low environmental impact without sulphate or silicone.

In addition to being aggressive to humans, sulphates and silicones are not biodegradable. Thus, sparing them to the planet would be a good deed! One might then ask the question, why use sulphates given their devastating properties? The answer is simple, the cosmetics industry loves them because of their low cost and high foaming potential.

So you will have understood, sulphates and silicones are to be avoided!

The Maldives

What is the currency in the Maldives?

The currency of the Maldives is the Rufiyaa (MRF or MVR). US Dollars and Euros are widely accepted everywhere.

The exchange rate is 1 USD= 15.82 MVR or about 1 EUR = 17 MVR.

Time difference

The Maldives archipelago is located in the time zone GMT +5. In winter you need to be 4 hours ahead of Paris, and 3 hours in summer.

Telephone & Internet

The telephone network is well developed in the Maldives and many antennas provide coverage of almost the entire country. You will be able to make calls and send SMS if you have the international option with your phone plan.
You can also buy a local SIM card at the airport for your calls and internet connection. This solution is more economical but you must have an unlocked phone.
The airport's Dhiraagu boutique offers packages for tourists. The SIM card is included in packages from 15 USD about.
You can see the communication and data tariffs (DATA) on their website: https://www.dhiraagu.com.mv/SME_Voice_Mobile_International_Roaming_Visiting_Maldives.aspx
Prices are in Ruffiah (MVR). The exchange rate is 1 USD = 15.82 MVR or about 1 EUR = 17 MVR.

A little geography...

Comprising 26 atolls spread over an area of nearly 90,000 km2 , the Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, south of India and Sri Lanka. The 1200 or so islands or islets bordered by immense white sandy beaches that make up the islands stretch about 850 km from north to south. These coral islands are grouped in rings called atolls. The various atolls are home to lagoons and are surrounded by a coral reef.

The Maldives is located just above the equator, resulting in a fairly constant temperature of 28°C throughout the year and a climate influenced by monsoons. The capital of the Maldives is Malé. The highest point in the Maldives is on the island of Wilingli, in the Addu atoll: it is 2.4 m high.

Where can I have lunch or dinner in Male?
  • le RAVIERA ( hotel Villingili View, terrace with view on the sea and on the village Villingili)
  • the SEAGULL CAFE, outdoor garden - Fareedhee Magu (angle chandanee magu)
  • the SALSA CAFE, small courtyard, in a street perpendicular to Chandanee magu, just after Voyages Maldives and in front of the phone booths.
  • JADE CAFE, good restaurant, Marine drive near ferries Airport
  • Small Indian restaurants, in Majeedhee Magu or small Maldivian shops on the port: Maldivian food (local cuisine rather spicy): 5 USD/person
How do I get around Male?

You can take a taxi. For any distance (without stop) the rate is 30 rufiyaa or 3USD. The island measures 1.7 by 1.1 km: it is therefore very easy to walk around it.

Diving Cruise

What type of wetsuit for diving in the Maldives ?

The ideal wetsuit for diving in the Maldives is a 3 or 5 mm wetsuit. A 7/8 mm suit will not be very practical underwater and will force you to take a lot of weight. The water is 28-30° so many of our passengers dive in shorty. However, a full wetsuit is preferable to a shorty that does not protect your knees.

What is the temperature in the Maldives?

All year round the temperature in the Maldives is around 30° and the water temperature varies from 28° to 30° depending on the depths.

What is the best time for diving in the Maldives?

The best season for diving cruises in the Maldives is from September to May with a peak season from December to April. During these 9 months, the current and visibility conditions are different, that's why we adapt the itinerary to observe a maximum of species, especially manta rays or whale sharks that follow the plankton concentrations. In February and March the weather and diving conditions are perfect : it's "the best of the best" ! Visibility will be very good to the east in the passes with a current always coming in to observe the pelagic fauna that concentrates there (reef sharks, grey sharks, schools of eagle rays, schools of barracudas, jacks...). West of the atolls, mantas gather to monitor plankton concentrations. You will dive next to the cleaning stations to follow the manta ray brushes and encounter whale sharks very frequently outside the atolls.

Is the noise during the inflation of the bottles likely to bother me?

For everyone's peace of mind and the safety of the divers, the diving equipment, tanks and compressors are on a second boat. This dive boat follows closely all underwater explorations. While the cylinders are being inflated, he moves away from the main vessel so that the noise of the compressors does not disturb the passengers.

I'm prone to seasickness, what are the mooring conditions?

At night, the boat is always at anchor in peaceful lagoons sheltered from swell and wind.

Can I go fishing on a cruise?

On board, we will lend you local equipment: fishing line and reels, hooks and sinkers. We don't have a fishing rod but you can bring your own. You will fish for snapper, grouper, jacks and larger fish such as barracuda, tuna or sailfish.

Are snorkelers accepted on a diving cruise?

The Island Safari and Gurahali dive cruises are suitable for non-divers who will be able to discover the reefs by snorkeling either by accompanying the divers if the site is suitable for both activities or by leaving with the tender boat to discover other reefs.

However, the French instructor on board will not accompany the snorkeling trips as he will mainly take care of the scuba divers. The snorkelers will be supervised by a Maldivian sailor who will follow them along the reefs with the dinghy or the dive boat.

Can I rent equipment on site and how much does it cost?

Equipment rental rates on cruise boats and island hotels vary according to the stay. You must consult on our site the pages of the cruises and island hotels concerned to know the rate.

For all stays, we offer rental equipment that will be given to you by our representative upon your arrival at the airport :

  • the "Voyager Léger" formula (BCD + Relaxer with octopus) at the rate of EUR 140/week.
  • Led headlight + rechargeable battery pack: 40 EUR/week.
Nitrox Training

The rates for Nitrox training on cruise boats and on the hotel islands vary according to the stay. You must consult on our site the pages of the cruises and island hotels concerned to know the rates.

If you are in the Paris area and interested in a Nitrox training, you can contact from us Jean-Marc Nguyen from the club www.parisplongee.com at 06 64 15 21 31
Jean-Marc offers the TDI Nitrox training (technical diving organization recognized worldwide) in 2 hours of theoretical training only and you won't need to get in the water! The fee for the training is 150 EUR.

Do I need to have drift diving experience?

Drift diving experience is recommended but no worries if you don't have any. We dive in small groups (12 maximum) with 1 or 2 guides who will be able to assist you underwater so that you can be quickly at ease in a weak current to observe a maximum of species.

Is there a lot of power in the Maldives?

The strength of the current is the same all over the Maldives archipelago. It's true that you feel it more when you dive into the passes, especially in the southern atolls: Felidhoo, Meemu, Laamu and Huvadhoo. During a 7 nightsday cruise, you will do maybe 3/4 dives on the atolls of South Male and/or Felidhoo. The other dives will be on submerged reefs (Tilas in Maldivian) mainly on Ari atoll. The configuration of the Ari atoll is the same as in the north of the Maldives as the Baa atoll, so you won't have too much current. Moreover, you can count on the experience of our guides to make you dive on the most beautiful sites at the best time of the day, i.e. when the current is not too strong.

Do I need a reef hook for diving?

There are often currents in the Maldives. For more comfort you can come with a reef hook

The best is to see how the rehabilitation dive goes (it can be very sporty!!!). The on-board instructor will be able to advise you on the use of the hook.

What is the rate if I dive with Nitrox?

For rates, please refer to the description of each boat.

Is diving insurance compulsory?

OUI. Si vous n’en avez pas, vous pouvez souscrire à l’assurance DAN Short Term pour la durée de votre croisière : pour 7 jours au tarif de 17 € ou pour 14 jours au tarif de 25 €. Cette assurance vous couvre en cas d'accident de plongée (frais de recherche en mer, frais médicaux et de caisson).

DAN Maldives Diving Insurance

DAN Short Term Insurance Policy

The necessary equipment for the practice of diving

The necessary equipment for diving:

  • pressure regulator with octopus - DIN or bracket
  • mask
  • stabilizing vest
  • dive computer
  • palms
  • 2 to 5 mm thick full wetsuit (from 60 EUR): it is preferable to a shorty that does not protect your knees.
  • landing parachute : it must be orange or red (no yellow) with a 6 m thick cord (to avoid knots) and with a (fishing) lead at the end to make it easier to use. It is a safety equipment so we advise you to have your own.
  • lighthouse or lamp for night dives.
Prevention and treatment of infectious otitis media

Warm waters are favourable to the development of the microbial flora. This can lead to inflammation of the external auditory canal accompanied by stabbing pain. As a preventive measure, it is advisable to rinse your ears with fresh, warm water after each dive and dry them well. Before diving, this can be supplemented by the application of sweet almond oil in the ear canal to protect it from the outside environment.

CURATIVE TREATMENT:
Treatment of otitis externa usually requires the assistance of the physician primarily to check the integrity of the eardrum.
He associates:

  • cleaning of the ear canal with saline and, if necessary, suctioning of debris and exudate.
  • twice-daily instillations of an antibiotic-corticoid solution (Panotile®, Colicort®, Polydexa®,...) for 7 to 10 days.
  • possibly a wicking of the ear canal or the application of an expandable foam dressing if the ear canal is narrowed to facilitate the penetration of the ear drops and to avoid stenosis of the canal. This fuse is changed daily.
  • suspension of diving and swimming until complete recovery. A delay of two weeks is often necessary.

An analgesic is often necessary to calm otalgia.

In case of tympanic perforation, the antibiotics that can be used in ear instillations are rifamycin (Otofa®) and lincomycin (Lincocin®).

PREVENTIVE TREATMENT :

  • Before the diving season:

The otoscopic examination by a doctor makes it possible to identify and treat the factors that promote it: inflammation or dermatosis of the ear canal, earwax debris or blockage, exostoses, etc...

  • After immersion:

For divers with no particular predisposition to external otitis media, a simple rinsing of the ear canals with fresh, clean water is sufficient.
For divers prone to frequent external otitis, this rinsing, possibly with mineral water, will be followed by a careful drying with a hair dryer.
The use of cotton swabs is strictly forbidden.

The auricular instillation of magistral preparations has a beneficial effect in the prevention of external otitis of the diver. These preparations contain, associated or not, 2 components with different modes of action:

  • a drying component that reduces maceration: alcohol, aluminium acetate, sodium acetate, water-repellent silicone.
  • an acid component that limits the proliferation of pathogenic germs: boric acid, acetic acid.

To be effective, these instillations must have a minimum contact time of 5 minutes.
These products will only be used after checking the integrity of the eardrum.
Alcoholic preparations are not recommended in case of irritation of the auditory canal.

The most commonly used preparations are :

  • alcohol at 40° or 60° boriqué to saturation ;
  • borated hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide 10 volumes: 100 g, boric acid: 2.5 g, sodium borate: 0.5 g) ;
  • a preparation consisting of aluminium acetate 11 g, acetic acid 0.2 g and water 100 g ;
  • a solution of white spirit vinegar diluted 4 to 5 times with water (vinegar contains 4 to 6% acetic acid).

There is no scientific evidence of the efficacy of antiseptic or antibiotic preparations in the prevention of otitis externa.

  • Before immersion:

It is preferable not to introduce anything into the ear canal in order to respect the protective lipid film and not to create irritation of the canal.
However, some authors recommend the preventive instillation of an oily solution (sweet almond oil, olive oil, ...).

Borate Alcohol
Preparation in pharmacy (48h)
77g alcohol 60°, 3g borate of soda, 20g glycerin
1 ear bath after each dive

Antibio Synalar
Prescription
Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory for local use used in the treatment of external otitis.
Ear bath (10 minutes) morning and evening

Surgam 200mg
Prescription
Anti-inflammatory used in the adjunctive treatment of ear infections.
1 tablet morning and evening in the middle of the meals
Antibiotic by mouth.

Snorkeling Cruise

Do I have to book my first dive before I leave?

You can book your first dive when you register or decide on the spot. An instructor will make you discover the underwater fauna and flora between 3 and 5 m. You must have a medical certificate less than 3 months old authorizing the practice of scuba diving (no contraindication to scuba diving).

Is it possible to have a single cabin?

There are no individual cabins on the boats. If you are alone, you will have to share your cabin, with no guarantee that it will be with a person of the same sex. We will obviously do our best to ensure that this is not the case.

I'm prone to seasickness, what are the mooring conditions?

At night, the boat is always at anchor in peaceful lagoons sheltered from swell and wind.

Can I go fishing on a cruise?

On board, we will lend you local equipment: fishing line and reels, hooks and sinkers. We don't have a fishing rod but you can bring your own. You will fish for snapper, grouper, jacks and larger fish such as barracuda, tuna or sailfish.

At what time should I arrive at Male airport to board the boat?

You should arrive at Male airport on the first day of the cruise ideally before 12 noon.

At what time can I catch my return flight from Male airport?

Disembarkation from the boat takes place on the last day of the cruise, after breakfast, between 7 and 8 am (depending on the flight schedules of the participants).
You can also take a return flight the evening before from 7:00 pm.

Can I catch a return flight on the evening of the last day of the cruise?

The disembarkation of the boat is scheduled for the last day after breakfast between 7 and 8 am. After dropping off your luggage, you have three options for this free day:

go to the village near Malé (VILLINGILI) with the ferry (5mn - return to ½ USD (7 rufiyaa) - go around the island or snorkel (fins/mask/tube) along the drop off and swim. But beware of T-shirts and shorts... it's a Maldivian village so not in a bathing suit. Plan a change of clothes for the return to Male. Possible lunch on the island in restaurants near the ferry station. Return to Malé at sunset at the latest (ferry every 10 minutes). To get to the KAM hotel take a taxi (25 rufiyaaa) or 35 mn by foot.
Spend the day on the island hotel of Bandos. Departure around 08.00 - return around 17h to Malé Admission fee, buffet lunch and transfers: 70 EUR/person
Spend the day at HULULE Hotel, on the airport island. Entrance, swimming pool, luggage room and buffet lunch: 75 USD/person. Transport included: free shuttles to Malé and to the airport.
Spend the day in Malé Go around the capital by the outer jetty (large pedestrian boulevards) Count about 2 hours and 6 kms. Various points of view, rest or shopping.

How much cash do I need for a week's cruise?

Allow about 200 EUR/person for expenses on board (christening, service charges, drinks, souvenir purchases, tips).

How do I pay for the extras on board?

Extras (tips, drinks, service charges) are paid in cash. We do not accept payment cards.

How much does it cost to rent snorkeling equipment?

Equipment rental (finsfull, mask and snorkel): 15 EUR/person/week Fins rental: 8 EUR/person/week Mask and snorkel rental: 8 EUR/person/week

If you want to use the equipment available on site, we will specify what you need (fins, mask and/or snorkel) by indicating your size for fins at the time of registration.

Rates are subject to change.

What equipment should I bring for snorkeling?

For more comfort, we advise you to come with your own snorkeling equipment: fins, mask and snorkel.

For snorkeling in the Maldives, we advise you to bring a short- or long-sleeved anti-UV T-shirt and sunscreen sunscreen.

How do I choose my snorkeling equipment?

For more comfort, we advise you to come with your own snorkeling equipment. Here are a few tips for buying equipment:

  • In order to choose the right mask, it is imperative to try it on. To do this, place it on the face without the strap, block breathing and apply light pressure to the glass. As long as you are not breathing, the mask should fit over your face, even if you are looking at the ground. So much for waterproofing. Second important test: being able to pinch your nose easily to balance the pressure in your ears when descending a few meters deep (Valsalva manoeuvre).
  • Fins are more practical when travelling and very comfortable with neoprene socks. It is preferable to choose bright colors (yellow) to be seen. For example: Palmes Mares Avanti Tre Superchannel (about 40 €). To avoid blisters, use neoprene socks (2 mm thick) to wear with your flippers.
  • Snorkels with a valve make exhalation much easier due to multiple water outlets as opposed to single snorkels.
Prevention and treatment of infectious otitis media

Warm waters are favourable to the development of the microbial flora. This can lead to inflammation of the external auditory canal accompanied by stabbing pain. As a preventive measure, it is advisable to rinse your ears with fresh, warm water after each dive and dry them well. Before snorkeling or diving, this can be supplemented by applying sweet almond oil into the ear canal to protect it from the outside environment.

CURATIVE TREATMENT :

The treatment of otitis externa usually requires the help of the doctor mainly to check the integrity of the eardrum.

He associates:

  • cleaning of the ear canal with saline and, if necessary, suctioning of debris and exudate.
  • twice-daily instillations of an antibiotic-corticoid solution (Panotile®, Colicort®, Polydexa®,...) for 7 to 10 days.
  • possibly a wicking of the ear canal or the application of an expandable foam dressing if the ear canal is narrowed to facilitate the penetration of the ear drops and to avoid stenosis of the canal. This fuse is changed daily.
  • suspension of diving and swimming until complete recovery. A delay of two weeks is often necessary.

An analgesic is often necessary to calm otalgia.

In case of tympanic perforation, the antibiotics that can be used in ear instillations are rifamycin (Otofa®) and lincomycin (Lincocin®).

PREVENTIVE TREATMENT :

  • Before you go on your trip:

The otoscopic examination by a doctor makes it possible to identify and treat the factors that promote it: inflammation or dermatosis of the ear canal, earwax debris or blockage, exostoses, etc...

  • After immersion:

For divers with no particular predisposition to external otitis media, a simple rinsing of the ear canals with fresh, clean water is sufficient.

For divers prone to frequent external otitis, this rinsing, possibly with mineral water, will be followed by a careful drying with a hair dryer.

The use of cotton swabs is strictly forbidden.

The auricular instillation of magistral preparations has a beneficial effect in the prevention of external otitis of the diver. These preparations contain, associated or not, 2 components with different modes of action:

  • a drying component that reduces maceration: alcohol, aluminium acetate, sodium acetate, water-repellent silicone.
  • an acid component that limits the proliferation of pathogenic germs: boric acid, acetic acid.

To be effective, these instillations must have a minimum contact time of 5 minutes.

These products will only be used after checking the integrity of the eardrum.

Alcoholic preparations are not recommended in case of irritation of the auditory canal.

The most commonly used preparations are :

  • alcohol at 40° or 60° boriqué to saturation ;
  • borated hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen peroxide 10 volumes: 100 g, boric acid: 2.5 g, sodium borate: 0.5 g) ;
  • a preparation consisting of aluminium acetate 11 g, acetic acid 0.2 g and water 100 g ;
  • a solution of white spirit vinegar diluted 4 to 5 times with water (vinegar contains 4 to 6% acetic acid).

There is no scientific evidence of the efficacy of antiseptic or antibiotic preparations in the prevention of otitis externa.

  • Before immersion:

It is preferable not to introduce anything into the ear canal in order to respect the protective lipid film and not to create irritation of the canal.

However, some authors recommend the preventive instillation of an oily solution (sweet almond oil, olive oil, ...).

Borate Alcohol

Preparation in a pharmacy (48h)

77g alcohol 60°, 3g sodium borate, 20g glycerin

1 ear bath after each dive

Antibio Synalar

On prescription

Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory for local use used in the treatment of external otitis.

Ear bath (10 minutes) morning and evening

Surgam 200mg

On prescription

Anti-inflammatory used in the adjunctive treatment of ear infections.

1 tablet morning and evening in the middle of meals

Oral antibiotic.

Are certified divers accepted on a snorkeling cruise?

Yes, certified divers can make exploration dives, up to a maximum of one per day.

Is diving insurance compulsory?

OUI. Si vous n’en avez pas, vous pouvez souscrire à l’assurance DAN Short Term pour la durée de votre croisière : pour 7 jours au tarif de 17 € ou pour 14 jours au tarif de 25 €. Cette assurance vous couvre en cas d'accident de plongée (frais de recherche en mer, frais médicaux et de caisson).

DAN Maldives Diving Insurance

DAN Short Term Insurance Policy

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