Frequently asked questions

Accommodations
before or after
the cruise

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

Resorts with a nice 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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More remote island-hotels with seaplane transfer
Guesthouse

Dhiffushi (North Malé Atoll)
http://www.bibeemaldives.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlLMx0X5Y7M/

Thoddoo (North Ari Atoll), a wild island, protected 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 (North Male Atoll)
http://www.metsurfhouse.com/

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

Hotel for one night in transit

For a night in transit near Male and the airport, we have selected various Guesthouse addresses on the island of Hulumale.
You can book directly on the Booking.com website with the possibility of cancelling without charge (according 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 meters. Located on the northern tip, opposite the airport, Barefoot is built in a wilderness area of the island.
https://thebarefoot.com/

To be booked directly on Booking.com (free cancellation under 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 the Booking.com website (free cancellation under conditions).

Waves Inn (airport shuttle)
Hotel in Raa Atoll

Day Use
Airport Hotel, Hulhule Island Hotel

Very convenient if you have to wait several hours at the airport in Male.

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 required. 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 for 6 months after your return date.
If you are travelling with your minor children, they too must have an individual valid passport.

Maldives Immigration website

Visa

A free visa is issued on site for 30 days.

Maldives Immigration website

Minor child: Authorisation to leave the country

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

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

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 baggage information, sorted by airline.

Please note that if you are travelling on a connecting flight, you should check with each airline.

You will also find details of baggage allowances directly on your flight confirmation or electronic 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/fr/fr/baggage-allowance-1

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

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 not allowed in the cabin and in the hold?

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

Visit the Airbagwebsite

Alcohol legislation

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

You will be able to consume alcohol (beer, wine, hard liquor) on the boats.

Is diving insurance compulsory?

YES. If you don't have one, you can subscribe to the DAN Short Term insurance for the duration of your cruise: for 7 days at the rate of 17 € or for 14 days at the rate of 25 €. This insurance covers you in case of a diving accident (sea search costs, medical costs and tank costs).

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 with the following vaccinations: diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A and B, whooping cough (the reappearance of which 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, for example 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 are going to the islands (repellent sprays for clothes and skin, electric diffusers, mosquito nets, etc).

Prevention and treatment of infectious otitis

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

CURATIVE TREATMENT :

Treatment of otitis externa most often requires the help of the doctor, mainly to check the integrity of the eardrum.

It combines :

  • cleaning of the ear canal with saline solution and, if necessary, aspiration of debris and exudate.
  • twice-daily instillations of an antibiotic-corticoid solution (Panotile®, Colicort®, Polydexa®, etc.) for 7 to 10 days.
  • If necessary, the ear canal may be meticulously filled or an expandable foam bandage may be applied if the ear canal is narrowed, in order to facilitate the penetration of the ear drops and to avoid stenosis of the ear canal. This wick is changed daily.
  • a suspension of diving and swimming until complete recovery. A delay of two weeks is often necessary.

An analgesic is often needed to calm the earache.

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

PREVENTIVE TREATMENT :

  • Before leaving on a trip :

An otoscopic examination by a doctor can identify and treat the factors that may be contributing to the problem: inflammation or dermatosis of the ear canal, earwax debris or plugs, exostoses, etc.

  • After immersion :

For divers with no particular predisposition to otitis externa, simply rinsing the ear canals with clean, fresh water is sufficient.

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

The use of cotton swabs is strictly forbidden.

Auricular instillation of magistral preparations has a beneficial effect in the prevention of otitis externa in divers. 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 acidic 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 should only be used after the integrity of the eardrum has been verified.

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

The most commonly used preparations are:

  • 40° or 60° alcohol, boronated 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 that antiseptic or antibiotic preparations are effective in preventing 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, etc.).

Borate alcohol

Preparation in pharmacy (48h)

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

1 ear bath after each dive

Antibio Synalar

On prescription

Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory for topical use in the treatment of otitis externa.

Ear bath (10 minutes) morning and evening

Surgam 200mg

On prescription

Anti-inflammatory used in the adjunctive treatment of otitis.

1 tablet morning and evening with meals

Oral antibiotic.

Is diving insurance compulsory?

YES. If you don't have one, you can subscribe to the DAN Short Term insurance for the duration of your cruise: for 7 days at the rate of 17 € or for 14 days at the rate of 25 €. This insurance covers you in case of a diving accident (sea search costs, medical costs and tank costs).

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 micro-algae (zooxanthellae) housed in their tissue. Some UV filters found in sunscreens activate viruses that multiply and kill these precious micro-algae.

Choose suncare products that are 100% mineral-based and non-toxic for the marine environment, without chemical filters that pollute the oceans or parabens, PEGs, synthetic fragrances, alcohol or pesticides.

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

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

Eco-friendly soap and shampoo

Choose soaps and shampoos that have a low environmental impact and are sulphate and silicone free.

In addition to being aggressive to humans, sulphates and silicones are not biodegradable. So sparing them from the planet would be a good thing! The question could be asked, 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.

As you can see, 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 on the GMT +5 time zone. In winter it is 4 hours ahead of Paris, and 3 hours in summer.

Telephone & Internet

The telephone network is well developed in the Maldives and there are numerous antennas providing coverage of almost the entire country. You will be able to call and text if you have the international option with your phone package.
You can also buy a local SIM card at the airport for your calls and internet connection. This is cheaper but you will need an unlocked phone.
The Dhiraagu shop at the airport offers packages for tourists. The SIM card is included in packages from about 15 USD .
You can see the rates for calls and data on their website: https://www.dhiraagu.com.mv/personal/for-mobile/plans/tourist-sim
Prices are in Ruffiah (MVR). The exchange rate is 1 USD = 15.82 MVR or about 1 EUR = 17 MVR.

A little geography...

Composed of 26 atolls spread over an area of nearly 90,000 km2 , the Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean, south of India and Sri Lanka. The 1,200 or so islands or islets with immense white sandy beaches that make up the islands stretch for 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 the monsoons. The capital of the Maldives is Malé. The highest point in the Maldives is on the island of Wilingli, in the Addu Atoll, at 2.4m.

Where can I have lunch or dinner in Malé?
  • the RAVIERA (Villingili View hotel, terrace with a view of the sea and the village of Villingili)
  • SEAGULL CAFE, outdoor garden - Fareedhee Magu (corner chandanee magu)
  • 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 Malé?

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.

Cruise
Diving

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 wetsuit will not be very practical underwater and will require you to take a lot of weights. The water is 28-30° so many of our passengers dive in shorts. However, a full wetsuit is preferable to a shorty which 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.

When is the best time to dive in the Maldives?

The best season for diving cruises in the Maldives is from September to May with a high 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 and in particular the manta rays or whale sharks which 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 in the eastern passes with an ever-returning current to observe the pelagic fauna that concentrates there (reef sharks, grey sharks, schools of eagle rays, schools of barracudas, jacks...). To the west of the atolls the mantas gather to follow the plankton concentrations. You will dive next to the cleaning stations to follow the manta rays and frequently encounter whale sharks outside the atolls.

Is the noise during inflation likely to bother me?

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

I am prone to seasickness, what are the anchorage conditions?

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

Can I go fishing on a cruise?

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

Are snorkelers allowed on a dive cruise?

The Island Safari and Gurahali dive cruises are suitable for non-divers who can explore the reefs by snorkelling either with the divers if the site is suitable for both activities or by taking the tender boat to explore other reefs.

However, the French instructor on board will not accompany the snorkeling trips as he will mainly be in charge of the snorkelers. 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 hire equipment on site and how much does it cost?

The rates for equipment hire on cruise ships and island hotels vary according to the stay. You should consult the relevant cruise and island-hotel pages on our website to find out the rate.

For all trips, we offer rental equipment which will be handed over to you by our representative on arrival at the airport:

  • the "Voyager Léger" package (BCD + Regulator with octopus) at the rate of 140 EUR/week.
  • LED headlight + rechargeable battery pack: 40 EUR/week.
Nitrox training

The rates for Nitrox training on cruise ships and island-hotels vary according to the stay. Please check the cruise and island-hotel pages on our website for prices.

If you are in the Paris area and interested in a Nitrox training, you can contact Jean-Marc Nguyen from the club www.parisplongee.com at 06 64 15 21 31
Jean-Marc proposes the Nitrox TDI training (technical diving organization recognized all over the world) in 2 hours of theoretical training only and you will not need to get into the water! The price of the course is 150 EUR.

Do I need to have drift diving experience?

Experience in drift diving is recommended but no worries if you don't have any. We dive in small groups (12 maximum) with 1 or 2 guides who can assist you underwater so that you can quickly become comfortable with a weak current to observe a maximum of species.

Is there much current in the Maldives?

The strength of the current is the same throughout the Maldives archipelago. It is true that you feel it more when you dive in the passes, especially in the southern atolls: Felidhoo, Meemu, Laamu and Huvadhoo. During a 7 day cruise nights, you may do 3/4 channel dives in the South Malé and/or Felidhoo atolls. The rest of the dives will be on submerged reefs (Tilas in Maldivian) mainly on Ari Atoll. The configuration of Ari Atoll is the same as in the north of the Maldives like 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

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

How much does it cost if I dive with Nitrox?

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

Is diving insurance compulsory?

YES. If you don't have one, you can subscribe to the DAN Short Term insurance for the duration of your cruise: for 7 days at the rate of 17 € or for 14 days at the rate of 25 €. This insurance covers you in case of a diving accident (sea search costs, medical costs and tank costs).

DAN Maldives Diving Insurance

DAN Short Term Insurance Policy

The equipment needed for diving

Equipment needed for the dive:

  • regulator with octopus - DIN or bracket
  • mask
  • stabilizer waistcoat
  • dive computer
  • footwear fins
  • 2 to 5 mm thick full wetsuit (from 60 EUR): this is preferable to a shorty which does not protect your knees.
  • Deck parachute: it must be orange or red (no yellow) with a 6m thick cord (to avoid knots) and with a lead (fishing) at the end to facilitate its use. It is a safety equipment, so we advise you to have your own.
  • headlamp or lamp for night dives.
Prevention and treatment of infectious otitis

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

CURATIVE TREATMENT:
The treatment of otitis externa most often requires the help of the doctor mainly to check the integrity of the eardrum.
It combines :

  • cleaning of the ear canal with saline solution and, if necessary, aspiration of debris and exudate.
  • twice-daily instillations of an antibiotic-corticoid solution (Panotile®, Colicort®, Polydexa®, etc.) for 7 to 10 days.
  • If necessary, the ear canal may be meticulously filled or an expandable foam bandage may be applied if the ear canal is narrowed, in order to facilitate the penetration of the ear drops and to avoid stenosis of the ear canal. This wick is changed daily.
  • a suspension of diving and swimming until complete recovery. A delay of two weeks is often necessary.

An analgesic is often needed to calm the earache.

In the 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:

An otoscopic examination by a doctor can identify and treat the factors that may be contributing to the problem: inflammation or dermatosis of the ear canal, earwax debris or plugs, exostoses, etc.

  • After immersion :

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

Auricular instillation of magistral preparations has a beneficial effect in the prevention of otitis externa in divers. 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 acidic 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 should only be used after checking the integrity of the eardrum.
Alcoholic preparations are not recommended in case of irritation of the ear canal.

The most commonly used preparations are:

  • 40° or 60° alcohol, boronated 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 that antiseptic or antibiotic preparations are effective in preventing otitis externa.

  • Before immersion :

It is preferable not to introduce anything into the auditory canal in order to respect the protective lipidic film and not to create irritation of the canal.
Some authors however recommend the preventive instillation of an oily solution (sweet almond oil, olive oil, etc.).

Borated alcohol
Pharmacy preparation (48h)
77g alcohol 60°, 3g sodium borate, 20g glycerine
1 ear bath after each dive

Antibio Synalar
On prescription
Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory for topical use in the treatment of otitis externa.
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 with meals
Oral antibiotic.

Cruise
Snorkeling

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

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

Is it possible to have a single cabin?

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

I am prone to seasickness, what are the anchorage conditions?

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

Can I go fishing on a cruise?

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

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

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

What time can I catch my return flight from Male airport?

Disembarkation from the ship takes place on the last day of the cruise, after breakfast, between 7am and 8am (depending on the participants' flight schedules).
You can also take a return flight the evening before from 19:00.

Can I fly back 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 approximately 200 EUR per person for expenses on board (christening, service charges, drinks, souvenir purchases, tips).

How can I pay for extras on board?

Payment for extras (tips, drinks, service charges) must be made in cash. We do not accept credit cards.

How much does it cost to rent snorkelling equipment?

Equipment rental full (fins, 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, please specify what you need (fins, mask and/or snorkel) and indicate your size for the fins when you register.

Prices are subject to change.

What equipment do I need for snorkelling?

For your comfort, we recommend that you bring your own snorkelling equipment: fins, mask and snorkel.

For snorkelling in the Maldives, we recommend that you bring a short or long-sleeved anti-UV T-shirt and sun block.

How do I choose my snorkelling equipment?

For your convenience, we recommend that you bring your own snorkelling equipment. Here are some tips for buying equipment:

  • To choose the right mask, it is essential to try it on. To do this, place it on your face without the strap, stop breathing and apply light pressure to the glass. As long as you are not breathing, the mask must remain on your face, even if you are looking at the ground. That's it for the seal. The second important test is to be able to pinch your nose easily to balance the pressure in your ears when descending a few metres (Valsalva manoeuvre).
  • Slipper fins are more practical when travelling and very comfortable with neoprene socks. It is best to choose bright colours (yellow) to be seen. For example: Mares Avanti Tre Superchannel fins (about 40 €). To avoid blisters, take neoprene socks (2 mm thick) to wear with your fins.
  • Valved snorkels make it much easier to exhale due to the multiple water outlets as opposed to the single snorkel.
Prevention and treatment of infectious otitis

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

CURATIVE TREATMENT :

Treatment of otitis externa most often requires the help of the doctor, mainly to check the integrity of the eardrum.

It combines :

  • cleaning of the ear canal with saline solution and, if necessary, aspiration of debris and exudate.
  • twice-daily instillations of an antibiotic-corticoid solution (Panotile®, Colicort®, Polydexa®, etc.) for 7 to 10 days.
  • If necessary, the ear canal may be meticulously filled or an expandable foam bandage may be applied if the ear canal is narrowed, in order to facilitate the penetration of the ear drops and to avoid stenosis of the ear canal. This wick is changed daily.
  • a suspension of diving and swimming until complete recovery. A delay of two weeks is often necessary.

An analgesic is often needed to calm the earache.

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

PREVENTIVE TREATMENT :

  • Before leaving on a trip :

An otoscopic examination by a doctor can identify and treat the factors that may be contributing to the problem: inflammation or dermatosis of the ear canal, earwax debris or plugs, exostoses, etc.

  • After immersion :

For divers with no particular predisposition to otitis externa, simply rinsing the ear canals with clean, fresh water is sufficient.

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

The use of cotton swabs is strictly forbidden.

Auricular instillation of magistral preparations has a beneficial effect in the prevention of otitis externa in divers. 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 acidic 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 should only be used after the integrity of the eardrum has been verified.

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

The most commonly used preparations are:

  • 40° or 60° alcohol, boronated 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 that antiseptic or antibiotic preparations are effective in preventing 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, etc.).

Borate alcohol

Preparation in pharmacy (48h)

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

1 ear bath after each dive

Antibio Synalar

On prescription

Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory for topical use in the treatment of otitis externa.

Ear bath (10 minutes) morning and evening

Surgam 200mg

On prescription

Anti-inflammatory used in the adjunctive treatment of otitis.

1 tablet morning and evening with meals

Oral antibiotic.

Are certified divers allowed on a snorkeling cruise?

Yes, certified divers can do exploration dives, up to one per day.

Is diving insurance compulsory?

YES. If you don't have one, you can subscribe to the DAN Short Term insurance for the duration of your cruise: for 7 days at the rate of 17 € or for 14 days at the rate of 25 €. This insurance covers you in case of a diving accident (sea search costs, medical costs and tank costs).

DAN Maldives Diving Insurance

DAN Short Term Insurance Policy

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