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A Quick Guide into Flying a Drone in the Maldives

drone shot of maldives resort
A quick guide into flying a drone in the Maldives to capture a mesmerizing shot of the island archipelago from above.

Thinking of flying a drone in the Maldives? It’s easier than you think! You have probably seen the mesmerizing aerial shots of the scattered islands somewhere on the web. And if you have a drone, even you can capture an alluring shot from above.

In case you’re someone who doesn’t have a drone, you might still be able to capture a perfect shot from the above if you’re taking a seaplane or a domestic flight to your resort. But, some resorts will allow guests to rent a drone.

An aerial view of Seaside Finolhu, Maldives
Image: Seaside Finolhu

The rules for flying the drone in the Maldives are quite straightforward. While a beginner can fly a drone in the Maldives, it’s better to have some practice beforehand.

Prerequisites Before Flying a Drone in the Maldives

To avoid injuries or accidents, make sure to follow these simple prerequisites. After all, the last thing you would like to happen is having your drone fall into the ocean.

  • Check the weather: The wind speed should be under 20 mph or less than 15 knots. Make sure the cloud base is at least 500 feet as well.
  • Ensure the batteries are fully charged: Not only should your battery be fully charged, remember to attach it in the first place. And of course, verify the battery level on both your drone and remote.
  • Upgrade firmware: You could lose power while flying your drone. Hence, keeping the firmware up-to-date ensures the reliability of fail-safe landings.
  • Look for defects: Your drone should not have a part missing, imbalance, or any other irregularities before you take off.

Rules for Flying a Drone in the Maldives

Approval from Resort or Island

Depending on the resort you’re staying at, there’s a chance you might not be allowed to fly a drone. However, most of the resorts have designated areas to fly drones without invading the privacy of others.

If you’re staying on a local island, you need approval from the local island’s council. To obtain approval from the local island council, check with your guesthouse or accommodation provider.

Approval from MNDF and CAA

You need approval from the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) before you fly the drone. Likewise, you can do this while getting permission from your resort or island council. For approval, fill in the application form (available at this link) and email it to

Upon obtaining approval from MNDF, fill the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)’s form (available at this link) and email it to Remember to include a copy of the permit you received from MDNF along with the application.

Once you receive permission from CAA, you’re ready to fly your drone! Make sure to fly in the daytime to get the best panoramic shots of the island and ocean. Alternatively, you could also try and snap a great shot during sunset or sunrise. But hey, you’re more than welcome to use your own creativity and capture a drone shot the way you like.

Feature image by Sun Siyam Vilu Reef
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Apple Rumoured to Embrace RCS in 2024 – Find Out the Latest Updates!

Do you use WhatsApp or Telegram? Or are you an iMessage user?

Finding common ground to create a group chat can be a tricky task. For most iPhone users, the go-to messaging platform is usually iMessages. Although Apple has created this ease for texting between iPhone users, iMessage is unavailable across platforms. This has created the difficulty in reaching to your friends who use Google or Android phones. Now, you’re either left resorting to SMS, or other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Telegram or Messenger. But what if there was one single solution for it all – the RCS (Rich Communication Services)

What is RCS?

Although this might be the first time many of us heard the phrase RCS, this messaging channel is not new. RCS or Rich Communication Services was first conceived years ago, but it’s finally gaining popularity. RCS messaging is the upgrade that users need to get the same features available on iMessage. Unlike the iMessage system, RCS creates the perfect single-platform messaging App.

With the new RCS update, users can explore a variety of messaging features. Everything from sending and receiving large files such as high-resolution pictures and videos, read receipts, reactions, and typing indicators are all available!

But why are we hearing about this just now? Well, Google decided to add RCS to its default messaging Apps. With this new update, RCS became a popular hit, with Google reporting 650 million users monthly. Google data additionally shows that people are 35x more likely to read RCS messages than emails, while also using RCS messages to engage with brands. Here is how you can turn on RCS messaging as well!

Gone are the days of struggling to create a group chat with a combination of Android and Apple users. This addition has created the perfect single-platform messaging App, the days of struggling to text between users of different branded phones are a thing of the past. Although Google has taken the bold step to embrace RCS messaging, allowing users to enjoy the exceptional features, what’s the update on Apple?

Will Apple Embrace the RCS Messaging Platform?

There have been rumours that Apple is ready to embrace the RCS messaging platform in 2024. According to 9to5mac, the RCS feature is set to launch via a software update later this year. This would completely remove the barrier of iMessage features between Android and iPhone users.

Later next year, we will be adding the support for RCS Universal Profile, the standards as currently published by the GSM Association. We believe RCS Universal Profile will offer a better interoperability experience when compared to SMS or MMS. This will work alongside iMessage, which will continue to be the best and most secure messaging experience for Apple users, says an Apple Spokesperson talking to 9to5mac in November 2023.

Does this mean Apple is replacing iMessage? Of course not. Apple continues to reiterate that iMessage is the safest messaging platform for Apple users. RCS, if available on Apple later this year, will be adopted separately from iMessage. This will open up new horizons for communications and group chats in 2024!

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