The vessels differ in their designs, size and even the services offered. Some are quite modest yatch-dhoanis, local boats adapted to the cruising needs. Others may have several rooms and offer facilities that are almost like a resort. The food is also diverse. Some boats even boast of restaurants while others have their own menus.
The liveaboards offer many activities including diving, excursions to both uninhabited and inhabited islands and fishing trips. A cruise in a liveaboard can be very entertaining. You have the opportunity of visiting many islands and experiencing the local way of life. You also get a chance of a lifetime to dive in many dive sites that are famous throughout the world for their unspoiled beauty.
Most liveaboards are offer diving equipment and have qualified instructors. The crew is familiar with the local waters and expert hands navigate you through the beautiful reefs and channels of the Maldives. The sight of the sparkling sea is a marvelous scene. Occasionally, you might see a school of dolphins dancing rhythmically. By night you can relax on the deck gazing at the millions of the stars above you.
In general, all the islands are small. The Maldives is a group of islands, which are scattered over a very large area in the Indian Ocean. As a result transport is mainly by Speedboat, Dhoni or Seaplane, or Helicopter.
On your arrival at the airport, our representative or the guide from the resort will pick you up. They will direct you to the correct boat or aircraft that will take you to your booked resort. Our Airport is also an Island.
The Maldives is hot throughout the year. Light, summer cotton and linen wear is ideal. Pack lots of tee shirts, beachwear, light skirts, cotton shirts, slacks and shorts. At the resorts where you�ll have to walk on soft sand most of the time, going barefoot may be ideal for some. However on visits to inhabited islands, where most of the streets are of compact sand, or Male� where most of the streets are paved, casual shoes or sandals are easy to walk on.
Regulations and norms
It must be said that official regulations do not allow public nudity anywhere in the Maldives. Even at the beach on your resort or swimming or snorkelling around your cruise boat. At least bikinis or swimming trunks is a must. Most resorts do not allow swimwear inside the restaurants, to avoid offending fellow holidaymakers. At the in-house bars or restaurants casual cotton tropical wear is highly recommended. Visiting inhabited islands or Male� the capital requires paying a little attention to what you wear. Most resorts would advice you on this before you leave on excursions. Please be sensitive to local norms, culture and traditions. On such visits it is important to be clad in a decent garment, which covers one�s body from the shoulders to the knees. If you envisage attending a formal meeting or making a formal visit, do bring along light formal wear.
All resorts have first aid facilities and on some you can get the services of a resident doctor and facilities for minor treatment. Some have clinics with separate observation rooms and small pharmacies. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and the ADK Hospital are the two major hospitals in Male�. In addition there are a number of smaller clinics where you may consult a doctor. In both the IGMH and ADK doctors are on duty 24 hours of the day. Both conduct surgery and offer a number of specialist services.
Personal Medical Requirements
If you suffer from a permanent disability or chronic illness it is advisable to inform your resort before arrival and find out whether they can cater for your specific requirements. Most resorts cater for special dietary requirements without additional charges. If you are dependent on any medications please bring along an ample supply, together with a valid prescription in case you are required to produce it at Customs.
Health and Diving
If you are planning to take up diving during your visit, it is a good idea to consult your physician and do a medical check-up to see if you are fit enough.
For safety, when diving it is important to exercise caution; follow the right procedures, use proper equipment and most important follow the directives of your instructor or guide. This is important even if you are an experienced diver. As one would understand instructors and guides working here are well versed in the subtleties of the local conditions, be it currents or tides. A decompression chamber is available, in case of a diving emergency.
Be careful where you eat and drink when in the Maldives. Registered outlets are usually safe. Avoid raw fruits and vegetables from dubious sources or of unknown nature without consulting someone you can trust. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Use sun creams of a high factor especially during the first few days. A variety of sun creams and lotions are available in all resort shops and boutiques.
Currency and credit cards
The local unit of currency is the Rufiya. However, all transactions for foreign visitors are conducted in US dollars (US$). Do not exchange travellers cheques for local currency on your arrival. We strongly recommend that you take most of your money in US$ travellers cheques in small denominations, as you may be given change in Rufiya. It is also useful to take a small amount in US$ cash, again in small denominations (one-dollar bills), for tipping the airport porters, room boys and boatmen, and so on. American Express and Visa cards are accepted on all islands. Other credit cards may be used, but it is best to check with the resort.
You must reserve US$ in cash to pay the airport tax on departure. Avoid accumulating local currency, as you may have problems at the airport on departure in reconverting Rufiya.
220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Round- and square-pin plugs are used.
All resorts have International Direct Dialing facilities. Some resorts provide access to Internet /E-mail. GSM Mobile phones are available for rent from Dhiraagu - The National Telecom Company.
Time GMT +5.
The water provided in resort areas is generally safe to drink. In other places, water for drinking or brushing your teeth should be boiled or sterilized, or use bottled water.
Paradise Island is located about 10 kilometers North of Male� International Airport. The island is nearly 1 kilometers in length and has a width of just 500 meters. Transfer to the island by speedboat takes about 20 minutes from Male' International Airport.
Paradise Island has 220 beach bungalows and 40 over water villas. Beach bungalows are built just on the beach few meters away from the seashore, while water villas are built on stilts of the lagoon. All 220 beach rooms have sea view and direct access to the beach. All water villas have private sun deck and staircase to the lagoon.
Special Treats / Honeymoon and Wedding Anniversary Specials
The Hotel takes pleasure to offer a bottle of Champagne & fruit basket for honeymooners and also for clients who celebrate their silver and golden wedding anniversaries; and a cake plus bottle of wine for birthdays celebrated with us. Repeaters will also be provided with a bottle of wine & a fruit basket.
Dining and Wining
There are 05 restaurants, they are Italian restaurant, seafood restaurant, Japanese restaurant, coffee shop, these restaurants are open round the clock except Japanese restaurant which regularly opens at all meal times unless requested by guests. All your prepaid meals will be served in main restaurant, these meals will be served on buffet. We also have 05 bars which serves a number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and varieties of cocktails.
Paradise Island also offers you a wide range of diving course being offering courses of PADI, BSAC, SSI & CMAS by qualified instructors.
When the sun is down, disco into the night, or small talk time away curled on a chair on the picturesque open air deck with stars above and islands beckoning across the sea. There is also a karaoke facilities.
A full range of excursion are also organized by the hotel including full and half day island hopping, Male� shopping, snorkeling trip for different location, photo flights, picnics, deep sea fishing, night fishing. There is a doctor for your medical needs plus attached pharmacy for your extra comfort.
Special Events - Cultural Shows and Live Music
The weekly cultural show (BODUBERU) and live music depending on house count of guests and a barbecue night provide a few climatic moments in an unforgettable holiday.