The Maldives is a small island nation located in South Asia in the Arabian Sea. It has an estimated population of 392k people. The reasons to visit this beautiful island retreat are numerous, but you will love the wonderful weather and blue water. However, if the nation is on your list of places to visit at some point or if you are lucky enough to live there, you should connect to a VPN when using the internet. We can explain that, shortly. First, though, please have a look at our list of the best VPNs for the Maldives.
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According to the Freedomhouse.org report, the country is listed only partly free and scores a 40/100. Additionally, it has an official religion of Islam that is mandated by law. That means you will likely be monitored. By connecting to a VPN, you create a layer of encryption. That will help to stop the prying eyes of the government from monitoring your internet traffic.
The second reason to connect to a VPN is to help you get around government censorship. As we mentioned, the country is Islamic. That means that some sites you may want to visit will be blocked from your view. To remedy that issue, what you would do is connect to a VPN in another region. That will make the blocking software think you are located someplace else. You should not have any issues from that point, on.
What is the best VPN for the Maldives?
We focused on the following criteria to determine our list of the best VPNs for the Maldives:
- High levels of encryption to protect your online privacy from the Maldivian government
- Ability to unblock websites and get around government censorship
- Speed test results from VPN servers in India for each provider
- Preference given to VPNs with multiple server locations that are close to Maldives
- Mobile apps and support for Amazon Firestick devices
Without further delay, here is a list of the best VPN services for the Maldives:
ExpressVPN brings together fast VPN access with MediaStreamer which acts as a Smart DNS service to unblock access to geo-restricted content. The VPN service will help encrypt your connection and unblock live sporting events. You will even find a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on their website. Being in the British Virgin Islands puts ExpressVPN outside the 5 eyes and 14 eyes countries. They maintain a no-log policy that has been verified through high profile legal requests over the years.
ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. Beyond the USA, the ExpressVPN network boasts thousands of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and watch your favorite streaming services from anywhere.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You will want to select the “All” tab, open Asia and then India. At this point, you can select a server there. As you can see, we tested a server in India to Malé and the speed was 119.89 Mbps.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of using ExpressVPN is their support for a wide range of devices. ExpressVPN offers custom VPN software for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Connect from your desktop and mobile at the same time with up to 3 simultaneous connections. You can also install the ExpressVPN web extension for Chrome or Firefox. Want to protect your entire home network with a single VPN account? If so you can use the ExpressVPN router app to get all set up. The MediaStreamer feature adds Smart DNS support for game consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, etc.), media boxes (Apple TV, Roku, Nvidia Shield TV, etc.), and Smart TVs.
ExpressVPN performed very well in our speed tests. They are a great choice for privacy and to unblock geo-restrictions. Customer support is available 24/7 to provide assistance and answer any questions. Enjoy the best VPN for less with confidence as ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
NordVPN is based in Panama which some users prefer to using a VPN company that’s actually headquartered in the United States. You will find that NordVPN has a strong presence in the US with servers located throughout the country. Members have full access to their network in the USA and beyond for a very good price.
You will find that NordVPN has perhaps the best mix of services for the price if you subscribe to a longer-term account. All users have full access to their network and custom software. You can connect using the VPN client for Windows or Mac. They also have an easy to use mobile app for both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices.
NordVPN hosts a number of servers in India, and you can use any of them. From the console, clicking on the 3 horizontal dots to the right of the country, you can locate the server area and see the percentages of the servers available. We tested the Indian server to Malé and we got a download speed of 152.07 Mbps.
Want to access streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world? If so NordVPN is a great choice. They are one of the only VPN services that can still unblock Netflix. You can sign up for unlimited VPN and SmartDNS service with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Private Internet Access (PIA) gives users a few different options. Unlike in the past, you no longer have to set up a profile for each VPN server. Now, you can connect to any of their server locations in 33 countries. As you can see below, the PIA team has organized their servers by region, country, and city. The server locations are listed in alphabetical order by country.
There are a lot of torrent users who love Private Internet Access. The service includes a feature that will stop your system from communicating if the connection to their service drops. Meaning if your encrypted VPN access is dropped for any reason it will keep you safe.
We use PIA’s Windows client and there isn’t much to it in terms of set up and usage. Its simplicity doesn’t mean the client isn’t feature rich. PIA offers different levels of privacy protection depending on your needs. You can control encryption levels and find the right balance between privacy and speed. As you can see, our speed test showed that PIA was running at 95.72 Mbps while connected from India to Malé.
When it comes to their Windows client the PIA team has included an Internet kill switch. The kill switch will kill your Internet connection anytime the VPN fails. That can really come in handy for those wanting to ensure anonymity. Private Internet Access offers members a 30-day money back guarantee.
CyberGhost was founded in 2001 by 7 enthusiastic young team members in Bucharest, Romania. Since that time the company has grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world. The team of 50+ members is focused on protecting users’ privacy. Robert Knapp, co-founder and CEO, continues to lead the team even after they joined the Crossrider group in 2017. Since that time the CyberGhost network has expanded quite a bit.
CyberGhost offers a nice mix of server locations, strong encryption, and the ability to unblock popular streaming services like Netflix, YouTube Red, and Amazon Prime. Some of the channels even let you unblock geo-restrictions for multiple regions. For example, you can access Netflix content in the US, UK, Italy, Germany, France and Japan. The Windows client also gives you the option to surf anonymously, protect WiFi, torrent anonymously, unblock basic websites (Google, Facebook Instagram, etc.), and choose a server.
Since we wanted to test a server in India, we opened the Windows client and expanded the interface. From there you will want to click on the “All Servers” tab if it isn’t already active. Scroll down to India and click to the right of the star. This will bring up a full list of servers in India. The CyberGhost network includes a number of servers in India. We connected to one of them and tested the performance. As you can see, our download speed was 10.80 Mbps.
The CyberGhost VPN client is one of our favorites. It is very easy to use and includes a number of advanced features to help protect your online privacy. They have a development team in Germany that is continually adding features to the client and mobile apps. You can sign up for full access to the CyberGhost network with a 45-day money-back guarantee.
The USA is home to several popular VPN services including IPVanish. We know from personal experience that IPVanish will work quite well no matter what region of the country you are in. Their servers are fast and the VPN service has more server locations in the United States than most VPN providers.
Along with a large footprint in the USA, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. Their VPN network has consistently been among the fastest in North America in our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries like the US and UK. You can select a location or get more specific by picking an individual server. IPVanish is excellent for gaming but can be hit and miss for unblocking popular streaming services.
IPVanish hosts a number of servers in India and you can choose to connect to any of them. We suggest selecting one that starts with “a” in the server name if possible. In most cases, you will find the “a” servers to be the fastest. We tested an IPVanish server in India and found the speed to be 1.06 Mbps on our cable Internet connection.
When it comes to value IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more. You can even set up your router to protect every device on your network. A 7-day money-back guarantee covers all new members.
No matter what your reasons for visiting the Maldives are, you will want to connect to a VPN if you are going to use the internet. In the sections above, we have provided you with some of our favorite options. That said, there are more listed on our top 10 VPN services list. Even though they will all work, we made our choices to properly optimize your performance while visiting the Maldives. Have a look at our guide to help you make the best decision.