Maldives

The Maldives are a collection of islands, conveniently located in an area of the Indian Ocean with access to several major international sea routes.

The culture of the Maldives has some influence from Arabia, due to its location in the Indian Ocean; it’s a crossroads and is central to trade routes between the Far East and Middle East.

The incredible thing about the Maldives is the region is less than 1% land mass, as most of the region is oceanic in nature. These aquatic areas are home to some of the most incredible treasures of the word, with a diverse selection of marine life, and a reef structure than encircles the island; it’s an amazing beauty to behold. The landmass also contains some of the most picturesque landscapes found across the world, and is seen as a beautiful piece of natural landscaping.

There are almost 1200 islands in the Maldives, but with less than 300km2 of land, there’s an incredible amount of water-based exploration to be done.

With the beauty and diversity of the Maldives, it’s a blissful escape, where it seems anything is possible.

Overall information:

  • Country full name: Republic of Maldives
  • Area: 300 km²
  • Population: about 400,000 people
  • Capital City: Male, about 100, 000 people
  • Commercial City: Not available
  • National Language: Dhivehi
  • Religion: Sunni Islam
  • National flower: Finifenmaa (Pink Rose)
  • Currency: Maldives Rufiyaa (MVR)
  • International Dialing Code: +960

Climate:

Maldives is a state of islands lie in the Indian ocean making its climate decidedly oceanic tropical. The weather here all year round is sunny and humid with 2 seasons: dry and rainy.

The dry season with average temperature is 30oC almost the time Dec – May, there are significant tourists come here during this time to enjoy beautiful sunny beaches, blue sky, crystal sea, low humidity all day and enjoy twinkled stars, very pleasant cool at night.

The rainy season is Jun-Aug with 25oC lowest, the water level this time is low, sea is quiet making it most ideal for diving, windsurfing or exploring coral cluster

For the best, no matter when you want to travel to Maldives, please contact our team to get the best consultancy or tailor-made itinerary

Life style & cultural differences:

Greetings: When greeting, the locals here may give a fist to your belly, tourists therefore please do not feel unhappy (if you are hurt) because this action shows that they love you.

Communication: Maldivian people are so friendly, approachable and funny. Even the fact only the less Maldivian can speak English well (except high level persons or service staff) but if you ask them, they will try somehow to response or help you. However, if you just say something badly about their national religion, they will never forgive you.

The taboos: Travelers should remember some taboos below to avoid unexpected misunderstandings and troubles may cause when travelling to Maldives:

  • Do not bring any materials of other religions such as Catholic bible, Buddhist statues, other religious pictures / symbols… it is not allowed here or you are thought to humiliate the locals and break their law, only Islam’s materials are acceptable.
  • Do not give negative comments about their national religion, failure to do so, serious penalty may be applied to you and even imprisoned because 100% Maldivian people are devout Islam followers.
  • Do not wear very short clothes entering Islamic shrines. Also do not wear bikini or any swimming suits in the public areas and beaches throughout Maldives, you are just allowed when you are in the private resorts / hotels with private beaches / swimming pools, but nude or semi-nude are absolutely unacceptable.
  • Do not use cigarette, alcohol drinks and pork in Maldives, these are prohibited and strictly controlled by the state government. However, only private resorts / big hotels are allowed to sell alcohol drinks for tourists.
  • Do not show couple affection in the public areas, especially people from “The third world”. Homosexual relationship has not yet approved by Maldives government.

Money & Payment: Travellers need not to change local currency when traveling to Maldives because the service suppliers can accept USD, EUR and GBP. However, remember to bring much cash with you especially small USD notes and make sure cash are new, not crinkled or torn otherwise it will be not accepted. Banks, ATMs, credit cards are available and acceptable in Male capital and big islands.

Funnies: How to say some simple Dhivehi words / sentence or learn more at https://wikitravel.org/en/Dhivehi_phrasebook

English

Dhivehi

  1. Hello
  2. How are you?
  3. I am fine
  4. Thank you
  5. What is your name?
  6. My name is LAN
  7. Where are you from?
  8. How much?
  9. Very cheap / very expensive
  10. I am sorry
  11. Yes / No
  12. Good bye
  1. Assalaamu Alaikum
  2. Haalu kihineh?
  3. Ran'galhu,
  4. Shukuriyaa
  5. Kon nameh kiyanee?
  6. Aharenge namakee …
  7. Kon rasheh?
  8. Meege agakee kobaa?
  9. Agu heyo / Agu bodu
  10. Ma-aafu kurey
  11. Aan / Noon
  12. Vakivelan

Public holidays:

  • 01 Jan, New Year Day, International New Year
  • 12 Jan, The day Maldives embraced Islam, First day of the Month of Rabi’ al-thani
  • 01 May, May Day, International Labor day
  • 06 Jun, Ramadan, First day of Ramadan
  • 06 Jul, Ramadan, End day of Ramadan
  • 26 Jul, National day, Independent day
  • 11 Sep, Eid al-Adha, Important feast of Muslim Calendar
  • 02 Oct, Islamic New year
  • 03 Nov, Victoria day
  • 11 Nov, Republic day, Commemoration abolition of monarchy and establishment of the Republic of Maldives in 1968.

 

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