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1. FAQs about diving in the Maldives

1.1 What are the advantages of liveaboards?

In addition to luxurious comfort, choosing a liveaboard has the great advantage of not being restricted to dive sites within only a few kilometers from your hotel. The most beautiful sites are often very far from each other. Between dives, the boat will travel the distance required to take you to the next famous site! Generally, you can do three dives per day. During trips, you will also have the time to enjoy all the pleasures of a cruise, the activities and service offered by the crew.

1.2 What are the highlights of scuba diving in the Maldives?

The Maldives archipelago is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful diving destinations in the world. The proof is that more than 70% of people who have dived in the Maldives go back...! Pelagic species are abundant there. Encounters with many manta rays, whale sharks, nurse sharks and all the marine wildlife in the Maldives make every dive a genuine experience. Learn more about diving conditions, regions and seasons in the Maldives

1.3 What is the best season for scuba diving in the Maldives?

The Maldives enjoy two monsoons. Monsoons here are not synonymous with rain. The northeast monsoon from December to April is the most popular, as conditions are optimal during this period. Diving conditions, however, are good throughout the year except maybe during the months of July and August, when operators' offering is more limited. Learn more about diving seasons in the Maldives.

1.4 What is the best region for diving in the Maldives?

The Maldives archipelago extends over 800 km from north to south and 120 km from east to west. There are 4 main diving areas: the Northern, Central, Southern and Deep South regions. The most well-known and frequented is the Central region. Each region has its own distinguishing characteristics; to learn more, please refer to our detailed description of each Maldives diving region.

1.5 How much diving experience do I need for diving in the Maldives ?

For the Maldives, you will usually be required to have done approximately 50 dives and obtained recognized diving certification. As this will depend on the dive sites visited, please verify the experience required under the description of the route you have chosen. Also note that ocean currents can sometimes be strong in this region, so it is necessary to be comfortable diving into the current. Many dive sites reach 30-meter depths. Learn more about diving in the Maldives.

1.6 What kind of diving wetsuit do I need for the Maldives?

Water temperature is fairly constant in the Maldives. It fluctuates between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius, with the exception of the Deep South where the temperature can go down to 24 degrees Celsius during the northeast monsoon. We recommend a one-piece 3 to 5-mm diving wetsuit. A hood is not necessary. For those sensitive to cold, maybe a 7-mm diving wetsuit...

1.7 About the Diving Equipment

You can rent scuba diving equipment from the boat operator. It is necessary to do so in advance. Therefore, you must select what equipment you will need at the time of booking. Prices are displayed for informational purposes only, as equipment rented must be paid for on board. The cruise price does not include the cost of any rental equipment.

1.8 Is it possible to take courses?

Yes, it is usually possible to take courses. It depends on availability and the chosen itinerary. Please contact us at: support@dailydive.com for more information about course availability and bookings.

1.9 Is scuba diving insurance mandatory?

Yes, insurance that covers various scuba diving accidents is mandatory. You can purchase it before departure or pay on board for temporary coverage. Please make sure, however, that it is possible to do so on the boat you have chosen.

1.10 How many dives are planned?

You can do 2 to 3 dives per day. Generally, night dives are also scheduled, which are spectacular in the Maldives with manta rays and nurse sharks. Make sure your departure flight is at least 24 hours after your last dive.

2. Booking FAQs

2.1 Do you have the lowest prices?

Yes, we have and guarantee the lowest prices! If you find less expensive elsewhere, we will refund you the difference. We deal directly with boat operators without any intermediaries.

2.2 I am traveling alone. Do I have to share my cabin?

It is common on boats to share your cabin with another diver. Prices displayed are for 1 person in a shared cabin. If you are traveling alone, you will share your cabin with another diver of the same sex. You also have the option to book a cabin for yourself with an additional payment of up to 80% of the price of the liveaboard.

2.3 How do bookings and confirmations work?

We do the maximum several times a day to display the most current availability. All boat operators, however, do not have a computerized system offering availability that is 100% up-to-date. That is why we need to ask them for a confirmation after you have made your online booking. You will receive a booking confirmation or cancellation within 24 hours of booking. The amount will be charged to your credit card only after the confirmation of your booking. In the event of an operator's refusal, the amount authorized on your card will be cancelled. Therefore, it is important that you do not book your flight before receiving a confirmation.

2.4 What is included in the price?

Details about what is included and not included in the price can be found on each boat's descriptive page. Please refer to the respective boat's page for more information. Generally, prices includes nights on the boat, meals, about 3 dives per day and taxes. Scuba diving rental equipment is not included and must be paid on board. International flights are not included. For internal flights, please read the detailed description of what is included and not included on the boat's page.

2.5 Can I cancel or change a booking?

You may cancel a booking without any fees any time prior to receiving a confirmation. If you have received a confirmation, the boat operator's cancellation policy will apply. Please refer to the boat's detailed page for more information about cancellations.
To make any changes to a booking, please write to us at: support@dailydive.com.

2.6 Are non-divers welcome?

Yes, if you do not scuba dive, you are welcome to go on the cruise and enjoy the services offered by the crew or do some snorkeling. The rate for those who do not scuba dive is often reduced. Please contact us at support@dailydive.com and we will adjust the price for you.

3. Payment FAQs

3.1 What currency will payments be made in?

Prices are displayed in your country's currency. Payments, however, will be made in the local currency of the boat operator, either in EUR or USD. Thus, the price displayed in your currency is just an estimate at the exchange rate of the day published by the European Central Bank.

3.2 Is it possible to pay in several installments?

Payment in installments is possible for most boats. A certain percentage of the total amount is due a specified number of days before departure. Each boat has their own payment policy. Please refer to the boat's detailed page for more information about possible payment options.

3.3 When will my card be charged?

You will provide your credit card information at the last step of your online booking. The amount will not be charged immediately, however; only when you receive our booking confirmation within the next 24 hours.
If we are unable to confirm your reservation due an availability issue on a boat, for example, your card will not be charged for any amount.

3.4 What payment methods are accepted?

We accept most major credit cards. Since the list of payment methods is susceptible to change, please visit our payment page where up-to-date information is available.

4. General FAQs

4.1 Do I need a visa to travel to the Maldives?

The tourist visa issued upon arrival at the Malé Airport is free. All nationalities are eligible for the visa for a stay of up to 30 days. Your passport must be valid at least until the end of your trip.

4.2 What currency and card should be used in the Maldives?

The national currency is the Rufiyaa (MVR), however, the currency most commonly used for tourism-related activities is US dollars. The following credit cards are usually accepted: American Express, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Euro Card and Diners Club.

4.3 Are internal flights necessary?

Many liveaboards depart from and return to Malé, thus not requiring any internal flights. However, itineraries in the Northern, Southern and Deep South regions may require an internal flight to reach the boat. These seaplane flights are a real opportunity to discover this magnificent archipelago, as the atolls reveal their beauty from the air. Therefore, these flights should be considered more of an opportunity than an added inconvenience. In general, the boat operator will take care of booking your internal flights.

4.4 Which vaccines are needed?

If you come from an area where yellow fever is present, the vaccine is mandatory. If you come from Europe, North America, Central and Austral Africa, Asia or Oceania, this does not apply to you.

4.5 Is it possible to connect to the Internet?

If the boats offer Wi-Fi, it is possible to connect to the Internet. However, the signal varies a lot depending on your distance from the islands and the connection speed is often slow. It is not suitable for transferring large files or streaming. If the boat offers a satellite connection, it will be better, but you will probably have to pay for it. What you can do to optimize your connection is buy a SIM card upon arrival in Malé and use your cell phone network to go online. It is not very expensive and very useful because you will not have to share the boat's Wi-Fi connection.

4.6 Is the consumption of alcohol permitted?

Yes, only on the boat. However, you cannot import alcohol into the country; it will be confiscated at customs and returned to you when you leave. It is an operation than can take some time. Boats usually have a bar where you can find beer, wine and cocktails.

4.7 Can children come on board?

Generally, yes, but that depends on the boat operator. Each one has their own rules and discounts. Please refer to you chosen boat's detailed page in order to learn more. If the information is not provided, please contact us at: support@dailydive.com
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