The Maldives straddle the middle of the Indian Ocean and comprises more than a thousand islands across 90,000 sq km. Two hundred of these islands are inhabited and of these almost half are used as holiday resorts.
Renowned across the world as island paradise environments, the Maldives offer good weather on a year-round basis, sandy beaches, turquoise water and a rich marine world. Producers come here specifically for this scenery and the islands’ proximity to India allows good access to filming equipment.
The location allows easier privacy for high-profile talent, while there’s an abundance of high-end pampering available after a long day’s shooting.
Access to the islands is usually through connecting flights via Sri Lanka or destinations in the Middle East.
Alternatively charter flights are often available directly to the capital of Male. Around 30% of the islands’ 360,000 inhabitants live in the capital. Recent productions filming the region include South Africa’s version of Survivor.
The Maldives received a huge boost in recognition when Rogue One: A Star Wars story filmed its climactic battle on the islands, fully utilising its unique aesthetic.
Climate The Maldives is one of the world’s most beautiful tropical destinations with fine weather throughout the year.
It has a year-round hot tropical climate with an average temperature of 30C throughout the year although temperatures can fluctuate between 23C and 32C .
Trees - tropical, wild, untamed & natural
Beaches – white sands & turquoise waters
Culture, history, simple, unusual & unique
Underwater - tropical fish, brilliant colours
Resorts – luxury meets natural paradise
The best camera available in the Maldives is the Sony F3. The Sony EX3, HDSLR ( Canon 7D/5D-MK2 & MK3), DVCAM and Betacam are widely used. Grip equipment includes remote head equipped cranes from Varizoom and Glidecam camera stabilising systems. For editing & compositing several platforms are used. Avid, Finalcut Pro and Adobe are the more popular choice.
Filming equipment can be imported without taxation for 30 days. If it you need it for longer you can apply for a special extension, which can last for up to two years, by paying 5% of the applicable customs tax.
Source: The Locationguide