The Maldives are a group of 1190 tiny tropical islands, most of which you can walk across in a couple of hours. Lying in pristine blue waters, their thatched roofs, virtually untouched coral reefs, privately owned islands and atolls with swaying palms and beautiful beaches are under threat due to global warming. Snorkel amongst colourful coral and fish, take a flight over the clear blue lagoons and dive under to explore the shipwrecked Maldive Victory or visit turtles and hammerhead sharks. But get your piece of manicured paradise before it is lost to the world forever. To get under Dhivehi skin read 'Mysticism in the Maldives', watch documentary film 'The Island President' and listen to the local sounds of Mezzo and Zero Degrees.
Best time to visit: December to April (the dry season). The average temperature in the Maldives is 30°C and rarely falls below 25°C. The temperature throughout the year is constant, but it can get very wet and humid in the two monsoons from May to October and November to April.
Coconut, fish and starch form the main ingredients of Maldivian cuisine, which has been influenced by the foods of Sri Lanka and South India.
Stamps, colourful island fabrics, local lacquer crafts, woven mats known as kuna, jewellery.
The Maldives is not for party lovers. Most resorts have bars, the occasional live music act and a few larger ones even have small nightclubs. Beach parties and barbecues are also popular. The Maldives is a Muslim country and locals are not allowed to consume alcohol. Restaurants do not serve booze unless they are in a hotel.
A 30 day free visa is issued on arrival for all nationalities, provided you possess a valid passport, valid return ticket and have enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives or a confirmed reservation in a Tourist Resort or a Hotel.
Maldives is well connected to the outside world. Male International airport is the biggest airport and has direct flights from various places. The airport is connected to the capital Male' by a 10 minute ferry boat ride. Due to the single runway, it is one of the safest airports in the world.
Seaplanes are often used as a quicker option by tourist. Catching a seaplane is a rare treat that adds an extra layer to your holiday experience.
Dhoni or Doni (pronounced Dōni) is a multi-purpose sail boat with a motor or lateen sails that is used in the Maldives. It is handcrafted and its use within the multi-island nation has been very important. A dhoni resembles a dhow, a traditional Arab sailing vessel.
Taxis are easily available and you will be charged 25 Rufiyaa for each trip no matter where you want to go in Male city.
Electricity is accessible generally without any intermission in every inhabited and resort islands. The voltage of the electricity provided in the Maldives is 220-240 volts. Additionally the utility frequency of the power supplied is 50 Hz.
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