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It would seem that the paradise islands are a world of sun, sea and freedom, where you can afford everything. Nevertheless, the Maldives also has its own limitations, which you should be aware of before traveling. What is acceptable on paradise islands in the wardrobe?


Where not to go in short shorts

The Maldives is a Muslim country with all the ensuing consequences. The rules here are somewhat stricter than in Turkey or Egypt. Dressing frivolously when visiting local islands is not recommended. However, there are no strict prohibitions either. Upon arrival at the airport, you can walk, as you like. However, if you are going to visit the local islands where locals live, you should adhere to a certain dress code. Tops and short shorts will be appropriate on resort islands, but not on local islands.

  • If you are staying at a guesthouse on a local island, bring a T-shirt, longer shorts, and a dress.
  • On the inhabited islands, not all beaches are suitable for relaxing in ordinary swimwear, because the locals swim in burkinis or other clothes. However, many islands have so-called bikini beaches for tourists.
  • For each incident with topless or nude sunbathing, you will have to pay a fine of $ 1000.
  • You cannot walk in swimsuits on the territory of settlements.
  • Also, pay attention to the prints on the T-shirts so that they do not offend the feelings of believers.

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

Resort islands dress code

Maldivian resorts, intended for the recreation of guests from all over the world, have no special requirements for appearance. Dress appropriately for the occasion. If you enjoy a short T-shirt and shorts, you can safely spend the whole day in them.

  • In most hotels, you will come across the concept of no shoes, which means giving up shoes. For example, at Gili Lankanfushi. Simply put, dress-up shoes are not needed at all, especially stilettos and high heels. One of the reasons is that many Maldivian resorts do not have paved paths along which it would be convenient to walk on stiletto heels.
  • Also in the Maldives, it is worth giving up bright makeup and evening hairstyles. High humidity will not preserve beauty unless you are in an air-conditioned room.
  • Most hotels have a dress code for dining at the restaurant. On expensive resort islands, a light evening dress or suit will not hurt. Luxury resorts may have a specific dress code for dining. For example, guests will be asked not to wear beach clothes. Therefore, men should take light trousers that cover the ankles, as well as a short-sleeved shirt. For women, a dress or skirt with a light blouse is suitable.


What to take with you

  • Light clothing made from natural materials is best, because the Maldives is quite hot and humid. Choose clothing made from lightweight cotton.
  • You can forget your hairpins at home. Please bring comfortable shoes for excursions. For example, sneakers.
  • Bring a light jacket and trousers so you do not get wet if it rains in the Maldives.
  • Umbrella and raincoat if flying out of season.
  • T-shirts and shorts.
  • Eveningwear.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Hats, caps, sandals.
  • 2-3 swimwear. While one of them dries, in the other you can safely continue your rest. It is also a good opportunity to change images.
  • It is convenient for visiting the beach. In addition, in some hotels, guests go to lunch directly in beachwear, throwing a pareo over a swimsuit.


Feel free in the Maldives, this is your vacation and choose things that are convenient and comfortable for you. However, do not forget about some moderation when visiting the local islands, whose inhabitants are Muslims.

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