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Climate
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.

Currency
The local currency is Maldivian Rufia (MRF) and it is possible to change money at the airport upon arrival. The exchange rate varies roughly between 15 MRF and 15.42 MRF to 1 USD. Only licensed shops are allowed to accept foreign currencies and USD are the most commonly accepted.

Dress code
The 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.

Electricity
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 Scubaspa Ying and Scubaspa Yang.

Import restrictions
Import of the following is strictly prohibited:


PLEASE NOTE that all luggage is scanned prior to exiting arrivals.

Scuba

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.
 
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 30m without exception. This limit applies to all divers even on advanced level and training in deep diving. The maximum depth for divers with a beginner’s license is 20m.
 
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.

Spa

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 wellbeing 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?
The spa team arranges introduction meeting in late afternoon of embarkation day, they explain all details and take first bookings.
If you have a series of treatments as part of your holiday package, Spa 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. However this is a designated ‘whisper zone’, offering calm space for relaxation after all treatments. In the evenings the area may be used as HD cinema, we also organize our private dinners and lectures in there.
 
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.
 
What about payment for additional Spa services?
All information about payments, cancellations and gratuities are provided at our welcome meeting.
We accept cash in US dollars as well as Visa and MasterCard credit cards.