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Maldives (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741790131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741790139
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...for the adventurous traveler who wants to live like a native.' --Real Simple Magazine, June 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I'm pleased with this purchase. As expected it is not the latest edition of the LP guide to Maldives but it contained some of the information needed for planning my forthcoming trip. One disappointment in the content of the book is that it suggests that there is little to attract backpackers and concentrates on the more expensive resorts and dive facilities whereas I would have liked more information on the inhabited islands and the guest houses and small hotels springing up there. Maybe this has been addressed in the more recent updated edition. Unusually this is not a LP guide that I shall carry with me. It is more useful as a planning tool.
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I first went to the maldives in 1987 and have recently been back on a holiday. Once again the lonely planet was the best pick of the available titles in the local shop. It was very useful in 1987 when I was part working and not just going to one island. Very good on Male. The new edition seems pretty much as good and reasonably well written.
If you are considering going but cant decide which island to chose then it seemed to give quite objective advice whereas most of the other books pretty much just drone on and on about the lovely beaches and sea and are not a lot of use.
If you have already booked a holiday and are just going to one island for a week then i don't think you will really get much use out of a guide book anyway. You can find out most of the stuff on the net before you go that you will need.
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I agree with all the people above: When you have booked your trip to the Maldives you do not need Lonely Planet to tell you where you can find the beach on the island you are staying. If you think it is interesting you might find pleasure in reading the very informative brief on Maldivian history and current political environment. Even if this is not the case, you might benefit from the complete listing and review of all resorts in operation at the time of publication. But, you need to get hold of the book before you book your trip. If you plan to dive there is also valuable information for you in the book.
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As always with Lonely Planet, this is a good guide. Given that the Maldives is a largely resort based destination, it focusses a lot on choosing a resort. As an independent traveller, I would have liked a bit more about the other options avaiable such as liveaboards - there is some info but not a lot. Also the atolls without resorts are very poorly covered. Lonely Planet used to be the guidebook for those who travel independently and want to get off 'the beaten track' - however there's not much information here to help you do that. I visited places that Lonely Planet doesn't even mention. It would also be good if there was a bit more information about diving and snorkelling with more pictures - the 'fish spotters guide' and pics are good but could be fleshed out a bit!

If you're following the traditional Maldives tourism model of staying in a resort, this guide will be more than adequate. However it neglects Lonely Planet's previous target market of independent travellers who would rather jump off a cliff than stay in a resort!
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I went to the Maldives to visit my sister who lives there and so this wasn't very helpful for me. It is jus a review of all the hotels/resorts, so if you have already picked your hotel or want to know a bit about culture/other things to do, I wouldn't recommend this book. Not very useful.
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nice to have a book to read even though you can find all the information you need on the internet. Was a helpful book for choosing which island to stay on.
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I bought this as I am going to the Maldives for a year and am unsure which island I will be on. Although the book is focused towards those going to resorts for holiday, there is also a lot of information about the inhabited islands.

I haven't been there yet but feel that I know all that I need to before going just from this book.
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