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Airport Transfers

Please check with your agent that they have forwarded through your flight details. To reconfirm your transfers, please click here to pre-register.

Arriving

When arriving, you will land on the airport island called Hulhule. The airport does not have air bridges and you can expect 30 degrees Celsius as soon as you leave the plane. Once you have cleared immigration, you will pass customs. Please note the very strict rules as mentioned below. Once you have cleared customs, one of our team members will be waiting with a Kurumba sign. If the person is assisting another guest, please go to the Universal Resorts counter on the first row, number four. When all the guests on that flight have cleared customs, our team will take you to the Kurumba speedboat and your transfer will take approximately 10 minutes. When checking in, we will need your passport and if the accommodation expenses have not been prepaid, we kindly request you to settle within 24 hours of your arrival. If you have booked via an online travel agent, please ensure that you advise us of your flight details.

Checking In

Check-in time is 14:00. Early check-in can be arranged subject to availability for arrivals after 09:00am. There are times when this is not possible as the outgoing guests are checking out at 12:00 hrs and we will certainly do our best to have your room ready as soon as possible.  A shower room and waiting lounge is available.

Checking Out

Checkout time is at 12:00. Late checkouts are available subject to availability, can be confirmed the day prior to your departure and late checkout fees apply. Kurumba provides a shower room and storage space if you would like to most of your day. Alternatively, there is a relaxation lounge near the library if you are looking for a quiet place to rest prior to your flight. Our team will leave a departure letter for you to reconfirm your transfer and flight details the night prior to your departure. Maldives airport recommends being at the airport 3 hours prior to arrival and we normally organise transfers around 2.5 hours prior to your flight departure.

Children Facilities

Kurumba has good children facilities and for further information, please click here to see the Children’s fact sheet. 

Clothing

Casual clothing is normal in the Maldives. Lightweight cottons and linen clothes are recommended. Items for Ladies would be sundresses, kaftans, light shirts, sarongs, shirts & skirts. If you plan to visit a local Island or Male’, it is advisable to have your thighs and shoulders covered if visiting the inhabited local islands. For the men, light cotton shirts, shorts, pants, board shorts and some light and comfortable smart casual for evening wear.

Whilst at Kurumba, most guests wear comfortable clothes throughout the day and night. Board shorts and bikinis are more than acceptable on the beach. Ladies can dress more freely and relaxed without feeling that you are offending anyone.  Many guests wear slides or slippers are more than acceptable at any time of the day. High heels are not required.

Climate

The average temperature is around 29/32° Celsius. The wetter times are normally between May to June and September to November. These periods can be daily patchy light showers to good thunderstorms. The water temperature ranges from 24/30° Celsius. Umbrellas are in every room so there is no need to pack an umbrella. During this time the water is warm and the fish do not seem to mind the rain.

Currency

The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa. The American dollar is the most commonly used foreign currency at Kurumba and in Male’ so there is no real reason to exchange or bring Maldivian Rufiyaa. It is important that the USD are new notes as local banks do not accept old or torn notes. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted in the Maldives.

Departure

Our Kurumba team will send you a letter the day prior to your departure. It is recommended to complete the checkout the day prior if you have an early checkout to avoid any cashiering delays as bank credit card payments can be problematic. It is recommended by the airport to be at the airport three hours prior to departure and we schedule our transfers 2.5 hours prior to ensure that you make your flight.

Dietary Requirements

We are able to cater of a number of dietary requirements. Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Free, Halal and Jain can be catered for. Not all dishes are suitable for all guests and we request at least 48 hours notice. If you have any dietary requirements, please click here to pre-register. 

Disabled Guests

Please click here to see the disabled guests fact sheet.

Electricity

The electrical current is 230 volts & 50Hz. This is a European three pin, type G or British Standard 1363.

Health

Kurumba has an in-house doctor that is on the Island 45 weeks of the year and 6 days per week. A decompression chamber for dive incidents is available within easy reach of Kurumba. We do recommend wearing mosquito repellant and sunscreens. In terms of vaccinations, we recommend that you research your countries government travel advice website. 

Language

Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldivians. Kurumba has staff with alternative languages.

Laundry

Laundry can be completed at the resort either with a wash and iron or dry cleaning.

Legalities In The Maldives In Brief 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • A completed Disembarkation/Embarkation card.  You will need to enter your passport number.
  • A no-cost 30-day Visitor Visa.  This is issued on arrival, with the date stamped in your passport. Requests for extensions to this visa (up to a total of 90 days) should be made to the Department of Immigration and Emigration. These are generally approved provided there is evidence of sufficient funds to finance the extension and you are staying on a resort island.
  • A Departure Tax is payable, but this is usually included in your airline ticket.
  • Strict rules apply for importing of narcotics, alchol (will be confiscated), religious materials contrary to Islam, pork, pornographic materials, explosives or weapons. 
  • For the most up to date tourist visa information, please visit http://www.immigration.gov.mv
  • For the most up to date customs regulations, please visit http:/www.customs.gov.mv


Local Time

Kurumba Maldives is 9 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and UTC/GMT + 5 hrs.

Maintenance

We have a philosophy of continual improvement and maintenance is completed year round. This is to ensure that we can provide the best quality for our guests. Generally, this is completed in an understated manner to create minimal guest disturbance.

Meal Plans

Meal plans start and finish with the standard checking time of 14:00 and checkout time of 12:00. You can upgrade your meal plan on arrival and this will need to be for the duration of your stay.

Payment & Money

Please note that we accept USD, Pound, Euro & Maldivian Rufiyaa and Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Maestro & CUP credit cards. There is no need to exchange your currency into Maldivian Rufiyaa prior to arrival at the resort, as this may not be able to be converted back into your own currency. If you intend to pay in cash, the Maldives Banks will only accept tender that is free of tears, fading or any other defects. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted by the banks.

Pre-Registration

Please feel free to pre register and tell us about your dietary requirements, other preferences and reconfirming your travel times. This can also make the check in process a little more efficient; Please click here for our Pre-Registration page. 

Religion

Moderate Islam is practiced in the Maldives. Government regulations do not allow any form of other religious statues, monuments or celebrations within the Maldives.

Room Requests

We are more than happy for you to email and request specific rooms. We are unable to guarantee specific rooms due to other guests requests and that we normally allocate rooms that guests are departing on that day. We will do our best to fulfill your requests and your best option would be to give us three or four preferred rooms or approximate area. Please click here to complete our pre-registration form. 

Room Upgrades

To upgrade your room, you are best to email our reservations team prior to your arrival or when you arrive. These upgrades are subject to availability and chargeable.

Shopping

The capital, Male’ stores are open between 08:30 and 10:00 and close during prayer times. On Friday, they open at 14:00 and close at 22:00. Kurumba’s Nala Boutique in reception offers a range of swimwear, resort wear, gifts, toiletries, snacks, entertainment items, local arts and crafts and prices similar if not lower than Male’.

Travel Insurance

The reality is that with any holiday, we should all strongly consider travel insurance.

Telephones

On Kurumba you will have the Dhiraggu telephone network. This operator uses a GSM 900 network, which is well-suited with many international cell phone operators. However, please check your roaming costs as this can be expensive. You can purchase a pre-paid sim card at the airport just outside of arrivals. Skype or similar programs can be used however the internet speeds can be intermittent throughout the Maldives.

What To Pack List

Click here to download your Holiday Checklist.

 
This is not a comprehensive list, however we hope that it is helpful to your enjoyment when staying on Kurumba.