Good to know
The Maldives has a tropical climate with warm temperatures all year round and enjoys a great deal of sunshine. The temperature varies very little throughout the year and is usually found between 25° and 32° C. Although the weather pattern is determined by the monsoons, the Maldives sits on the equator so the monsoons aren’t as defined as in neighbouring countries. Severe storms are very rare.
The local currency is Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR) and it is possible to change money at the airport upon arrival. The exchange rate varies roughly between 15 MVR and 15.42 MVR to 1 USD. Only licensed shops are allowed to accept foreign currencies and USD are the most commonly accepted.
Maldives is a Muslim country and it is rightfully expected that visitors respect this by adhering to a certain dress code when visiting local islands.
In Malé one can get the impression that a dress code doesn’t exist, as many tourists ignore it, despite being informed at welcome meetings and by their tour guides. Although things in Male ‘appear’ to be slightly more relaxed than on local islands, the dress code still reflects the great modesty expected by Muslim culture. Appropriate dress for women would be to cover their shoulders and knees, whereas shorts are acceptable for men.
The electric current in the Maldives is 220V, 50HZ AC. The most common standard for power outlets is the British system. It is always wise to bring a travel adaptor as you can occasionally find yourself in need of one in some hotels. We use British power outlets onboard both yachts, please note all cabins are equipped with universal plug adapter.
Import of the following is strictly prohibited:
- food items containing pork meat
- objects of religious character
- pornographic material
PLEASE NOTE that all luggage is scanned prior to arrival.
Recommended onboard clothing is a holiday casual. A strict “no shoes” policy applies to all Scubaspa vessels.
For lounging at the sun decks use of proper sun protection and sunglasses is advisable.
Check-in and check-out
Embarkation starts at 14:00 on Saturdays, guests are requested to book their flight tickets accordingly. Earlier or later arrivals might be accepted however must be discussed with Reservations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note Saturdays are solely dedicated to collecting all guests from the airport thus neither sailing nor activities like dive, snorkelling or spa treatments are scheduled or organized.
We have two standard airport transfers scheduled for Saturday on 7-night holiday - first at 7 AM and the last one at 8.45 AM. The dive boat will transfer all guests to Velana International Airport near capital Male’.
On 4-night holidays the disembarkation is scheduled at 13:45 after lunch and guests will be transferred to local airport in Maamigili, situated in South Ari atoll, 80 miles away from Male’. 4-night holidays package DOES NOT include local flight ticket back to capital Male’.
Trash must be properly disposed of in containers provided throughout the vessel or in waste bins provided in cabins/suites. Trash or other foreign objects must never be flushed down a toilet and guests are prohibited from disposing of or throwing any item overboard.
Scubaspa is equipped with state-of-the-art RWO biological sewage treatment plant to eliminate any pollution to environment, the plastic use is cut to absolute minimum by providing mineralized purified water produced onboard, reusable tumblers and glass drinking straws are provided.
We accept cash in US dollars as well as Visa and MasterCard credit cards.
The exchanging of dives to spa treatments within a package is not available.
The Scuba Holiday Package is only available for certified divers. Guests who wish to complete PADI Open Water Course are required to take Scuba&Spa Holiday Package, this course is only available during 7-Nights Holidays, due to its length and intensity. Clients who booked the Spa Holiday Package can request a payable Discover Scuba Diving Course. Those who have selected the Scuba Holiday Package may book chargeable spa treatments, depending on availability.
Internet onboard vessels
Scubaspa Maldives provides free package of 1GB of data for each guest.
Once your data is used you may upgrade your internet package.
Please note, we provide 4G speed data (up to 15mb/s). The yachts are covered with hot spots, you can log up to 4 appliances at once. The range depends on proximity of broadcasting transmitters located on local islands. Good reception is available most of the time, except for times when yacht crosses open ocean (few hours throughout a week) and more remote areas in Vaavu atoll.
Areas where drones can be flown are very limited in the Maldives, as much of the country consists of islands with sea-plane ports, restricting the use of drones.
To fly a drone in the Maldives you must obtain approval from the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) and a permit from the MCAA.
Please use the link DRONE PERMIT
It must be submitted to the MCAA by emailing email@example.com
General rules to fly a drone in the Maldives
• Fly only during daylight hours and in good weather conditions
• Do not fly above 400 feet above ground level
• Do not fly over people
• Do not fly near military installations, power plants, or any other area that could cause concern among local authorities
• Do not fly near airports or in areas where aircraft are operating
Scuba diving in the warm turquoise Maldivian waters is a unique and truly magical experience and the philosophy of Scubaspa is to bring this “magic” to every single dive you take with us. Our experienced team of Instructors and Dive Masters has an in-depth local knowledge, which is vital in taking you to best dive sites. Their mission is twofold. First comes your safety, nothing is more important. Second is your total pleasure.
What do I need to bring if I want to dive?
If you are a certified diver you must bring your diving license and your log book as well.
All divers need to provide a medical certificate issued within the last year.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions and/or will be taking any medication while on holiday, we will ask to look over the attached medical form. Please, note that as part of the check-in for the diving, you will have to complete a medical statement. If you answer one or more questions of the medical statement with a “yes“, we will need a medical certificate from a doctor, which states that you are fit to dive. Please keep in mind, that we will not be able to take you diving without the release if any of the conditions mentioned in the form applies to you.
Do I need to bring my own dive gear?
It is advisable but not necessary. We have all necessary equipment for rent onboard.
Please note that diving computer is mandatory while diving in the Maldives.
What is the maximum depth you dive to?
We strictly follow the Maldivian dive regulations, which limit dives to a maximum of 30 meters without exception. This limit applies to all divers even on advanced level and training in deep diving.
Open water diver is certified to dive down to only 18 meters. Night and deep dives are available only to divers with advanced diver certification. If guests wish to upgrade their level, advanced diver course is available onboard.
Do I need a minimum amount of dives if I want to dive with you?
No this isn’t necessary. We have a team of experienced dive professionals, who are used to leading groups of mixed abilities and different levels of experience. Groups will be divided according to their skills to ensure maximum enjoyment for all our guests.
Welcome to a unique Spa experience where traditional Asian therapies and the latest natural holistic treatments are created to embrace your whole being. Each Spa treatment is designed to bring deep relaxation, optimum well-being and rejuvenation. Let all tensions dissolve with the ebb and flow of the Indian Ocean, as the mind and body are restored to a natural state of peace, harmony and balance.
How can I make a reservation for a Spa treatment?
You can meet our Spa Team during first reception at 17:00 on embarkation day arranged in Lagoon bar area.
If you have a series of treatments as part of your holiday package, treatments can be booked during your holiday at Reception on the Spa Deck.
If available, extra Spa treatments in addition to those you have already booked, can be purchased at Reception on the Spa Deck.
Can I have access to the Spa outdoor lounge if I am not receiving any treatments from the Spa?
We allow all guests to have access to the Spa outdoor lounge. Please note this is a designated ‘whisper zone’, offering calm space for relaxation after all treatments. In the evenings the area may be used for Movie Nights, lectures or private dinners.
What if I have special health considerations?
We appreciate that each guest requires individual attention and we take great care in choosing the right treatment for every guest who visits our Spa. However, if you have any concerns about a medical condition, or are taking any medication, we would strongly advise that you consult your GP before booking a treatment.