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The Ultimate Maldives Packing List: What to Wear (and Not to Wear!)

Dec 07, 2022

Are you headed to the beautiful, tropical paradise of the Maldives? If so, you're probably wondering what to wear during your stay. Packing for a trip to the Maldives can be tricky, especially if you're not sure what to expect. Whether you're planning to spend time on the beach, by the pool, or on a boat, this blog post will provide you with the ultimate Maldives packing list. So, read on to make sure you have the perfect wardrobe for your Maldivian vacation at the Adaaran Resorts!


With crystal-clear waters, picturesque white sand beaches, and plenty of opportunities to take a dip, you’ll want to be prepared. Choose swimsuits that are comfortable, stylish, and functional. A few options include tankinis, one-piece swimsuits, and bikinis. If you plan on doing any water sports or snorkeling, opt for something that won’t come undone or slip off in the water. Be sure to bring several options so you can switch up your look each day. Don't forget to pack a few sarongs or other types of cover-ups.


Dresses are an absolute must-have! Not only are they perfect for days spent lounging around on the beach or by the pool, but they can also be dressed up for a night out at one of the many restaurants or bars located on the island. The key to packing dresses for the Maldives is to pick styles that are light, airy, and comfortable. Think breezy linen, cotton, and lightweight fabrics that won’t cling to your skin in the hot and humid climate. Maxi dresses are perfect for hot days since they’re loose-fitting, and shorter sundresses are great for days when you want to show off your tan. Floral prints, bright colors, and tropical patterns are especially popular in the Maldives – so don’t be afraid to go bold with your dress choices!

Shorts and Skirts

Shorts and skirts are great wardrobe staples for the Maldives. Not only are they comfortable and lightweight, but they also look great when paired with a variety of other items like dresses and tank tops. For women, lightweight skirts and shorts are perfect for a day out in the sun. They can be worn with a tank top or a casual blouse and sandals for a relaxed yet stylish look. For men, cargo shorts are a popular choice for the beach or for a day out exploring the island. For more formal occasions, you can opt for tailored trousers or khakis. Shorts can also be dressed up with a nice polo shirt and boat shoes for a smart-casual look. 


When packing for your vacation to the Maldives, you want to make sure you bring a variety of tops that are both stylish and practical. Depending on the time of year you are visiting, you'll want to choose light and breathable fabrics like cotton and linen that will keep you cool in the warm weather. For daytime activities, consider bringing a few tank tops or t-shirts that are perfect for sightseeing, as well as a few flowy blouses or dressy shirts if you plan to dine out at any of the restaurants. A lightweight cardigan or shawl is also a great addition to your wardrobe, especially if you tend to get cold easily.

Pants and Leggings

Whether you’re spending your days relaxing on the beach or exploring the islands and reefs, there are certain pants and leggings that you should consider bringing along. Choose lightweight, quick-dry materials that can keep you cool and comfortable in the tropical climate. For colder nights and early mornings, bring along a pair of leggings or long linen trousers. You may also want to pack a lightweight jacket or cardigan in case you get caught in a downpour or simply need something to layer with when the temperatures drop. If you plan on taking part in water activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving, you will need to wear a full wetsuit. Ask the  Adaaran resort staff what kind of wetsuits they have available for rental or purchase. 


If you’ll be spending a lot of time walking on the beach, the best choice is a pair of lightweight, waterproof sandals or flip-flops. It’s also important to avoid wearing shoes with leather soles, as this can damage the fragile coral reefs. If you’re planning to explore inland or do some sightseeing, then a pair of comfortable sneakers or walking shoes is a must. The terrains in the Maldives can range from rocky paths to muddy roads and even mangroves, so make sure your shoes provide enough grip to keep you steady. For those special evening occasions, bring a pair of stylish dress shoes. 

No matter what you choose to pack for your vacation in the Maldives, remember that comfort and practicality should always come first.

*Our all inclusive Maldives packages do not cover the cost of surfing and diving. Upon arrival, please speak with an Adaaran representative to book these water activities during your stay*