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MALDIVES

Maldives is located southwest of India and Sri Lanka. Its more than 1200 islands, of which 203 are inhabited, form one of the most emblematic places in the entire Indian Ocean and one of the most impressive and famous holiday destinations in the world.

They are also often considered to be in the Laccadive Sea within the Indian Ocean itself. They belong to the Asian continent, more specifically it is one of the southernmost points of the Asian continent.

The Maldives Islands are a series of coral atolls built from the crowns of an ancient submerged volcanic mountain range. All the islands are low, none rise more than 2 meters above sea level.

The reefs form a barrier that protect the islands from the destructive effects of the monsoons.

The capital of the Republic of Maldives is Male. Located in the Kaafu Atoll (or also called Malé Atoll), Malé is the largest city in the country with just over 100,000 inhabitants. The island on which it is located, with an extension of 2 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, is urbanized in its entire area.

Malé is not of great tourist interest, since it is a very densely populated city and the only area of ​​the country where we can see buildings of considerable height. It has quite narrow streets and most of them are very busy. Malé, the capital of the Maldives Islands, is the main source of supplies for the rest of the country.

Malé has a busy fish market, restaurants, shops on Majeedhee Magu main avenue, and the 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy Mosque (also known as the Friday Mosque), made of carved white coral.

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CLIMATE

NORTHEAST MONSOON – DRY SEASON

Known among the Maldives as Iruvai, the dry monsoon travels from the northwest between November and April giving rise to the coolest time of the year, offering an ideal temperature between 26 and 29ºC and sunny days. It is the best time to travel to the Maldives.

SOUTHWEST MONSOON – RAINING SEASON 

Between the months that go from May to October, the humid monsoon or hulhangu takes place, which blows from the southwest causing more rainfall

Although it is the rainiest time of the year, they are usually abundant rainfall of short duration after which the sun shines again and a very warm temperature is enjoyed. This time is very hot and there is a lot of humidity. For surf lovers, it is usually the season of almost perfect waves on the island of Thulusdhoo and surroundings.

SUNSHINE

The fact that the Maldives is located at the equator, Maldives receives plentiful of sunshine

CULTURE

Being an island nation, Maldives culture is based on the island lifestyle and revolves around the sea. The culture of Maldives is influenced by the cultures of Indians, Africans, Arabs, and Sri Lanka. The Maldivians have assimilated parts of all this and built a unique culture. Even today, Dravidian influences can be found in many aspects of the Maldivian lifestyle. As a result of this mix, although similarities can be seen and linked to other cultures, the Maldivian culture has emerged as its own unique identity, something that all Maldivians are very proud of.

RELIGION

At present the Maldives are an Islamic republic in which Islam is the only and obligatory religion. Officially 100% of the country’s population is Muslim and practices exclusively Sunni Islam.

There are some rules of Islam that must be respected throughout the country, and must be followed by tourists on each local Island and its capital Male. It is not a country with extreme radicalization in their religion and they appreciate, care and respect their main economy, such as tourism.

CUISINE AND FOOD

The cuisine of Maldives, like the lifestyle, is dependant on the sea. Therefore, fish is an integral part of the culture of Maldivies. The style of cooking again draws influence from Arab, Indian and Sri Lankan styles. Another primary ingredient used in Maldivian cuisine is coconut and its products, such as coconut oil and milk. Favourite local food items include:

Garudhiya: A fish broth served with rice, lime, chilli and onions.

Mas huni: A popular food throughout the island, smoked shredded fish, is served with grated coconuts and onions.

Fihunu mas: Barbecued fish that is basted with chilli

Since the Maldives is an Islamic country and most of its citizens are staunch believers of Islam, alcohol is prohibited although a local toddy called ‘raa’ is consumed.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

The Maldivians are expert craftsmen. They are incredibly skilled at wood carving and lacquer work making beautiful and intricate designs that are astounding. The carvings at the Friday mosque are a testament to these. The women of the country also make beautiful woven mats made from reeds that are dyed and woven into beautiful intricate patterns. One can also find beautiful jewellery made by locals adding to the culture of Maldives.

MALDIVIAN FESTIVALS

Since the main religion of the Maldives is Islam, most of the festivals celebrated here are Islamic festivals. The biggest festival in Maldives is Eid. He revels in pomp and ardor throughout the country, as in other Islamic countries. The other major Islamic festival celebrated here is the Prophet’s birthday, where the mosques are full of worshipers praying.

Another nationally popular festival important to Maldivian culture is the first day of the third month of the lunar or Islamic calendar. The event sees parades and marches that take place across the country. Another patriotic event is the celebration of Republic Day, on November 11, which celebrates the formation of the Republic of Maldives.

LANGUAGE

The official language of the Maldives is dhivehi. It has its origins in the Indian-Aryan group that first inhabited the country and is not far from the Sinhalese language spoken in Sri Lanka.

Due to tourism and the lack of language in the outside world, employees speak English almost perfectly in any hotel.

MONEY

The official currency in the Republic of the Maldives is the Maldivian rupee (MVR), better known as rufiyaa. All transactions with tourists are made with US dollars or by credit card.

Payment by credit card carries a charge of 3 or 4% surcharge on the total amount of the purchase.

When making a purchase in USD or €, they give us the change in rupees of Maldives, MVR. At the airport there is an exchange office, where you can change euros to rupee upon arrival.

Very important to know that there are no ATMs in the local islands. You must bring cash or credit card to make payments. In small supermarkets they only accept dollars or rupee (Usually dollars accept in any case).

DANCE

One of the attractions of the Maldivian culture is to witness the magnificent traditional dance and percussion show known as bodu beru dance («great drum» in Maldivian).

Performed only by men & women, it is an exciting experience. The dancers begin with a slow and indifferent swing and swing of the arms, which is animated as the tempo rises, to end in a rhythmic frenzy.

A set consists of between four and six percussionists, and the sound has strong African influences. It is a great experience, as the dance becomes more and more agitated as the night progresses.

TRANSPORT

The most used means of transport between the local islands and the capital Male is the Speed ​​Boat speedboat. There are also many connections between the local islands and the public ferry, the cost of which does not exceed $ 4 and the approximate duration varies between each island.

The most common means of transportation between the resorts is the seaplane. This option is usually chosen by tourists staying at the resort, as it is a faster way to reach their destination.

ELECTRICITY – PLUS

It is very important to carry an adapter for the mobile or laptops or tablets, type G (same in the United Kingdom). Most hotels have adapters for their guests but it is advisable to bring a spare one.

ITEMS NECESSARY FOR YOUR TRIP

To fully enjoy your vacation and not experience any incident on the local island, we recommend taking the following items:

Type G adapter.

50 + After Sun Protective Cream

Sunscreen for lips

Anti mosquito or body repellent

Clothing adapted for transit inside the local island (Islamic Religion)

VISA

To travel to Maldives, you only need to have a passport with a validity of more than six months and a ticket to leave the country. Upon arrival at the airport, a visa valid for 30 days is given free of charge.

In some cases, passport control requests confirmation of the hotel reservation. It is convenient to have it printed if required.

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