All About... The Maldives
The Maldives is an archipelagic nation located in the Indian Ocean. This beautiful nation is known as the flattest country in the world, and has around 1,192 islands scattered across 26 pristine and unique atolls.
There are over 300 Resorts in The Maldives, a booming 'guesthouse' industry and the most mesmerising diving in the world. Without a doubt, there is lots to explore here in The Maldives, from uninhabited islands, sandbanks, resorts and local islands... Here are useful facts about The Maldives that you must know before you visit!
The Maldives is a sub-tropical country with two monsoon seasons. Maldivian climate is hot and humid. There are two seasons: dry (November to April) and wet (May to October).
Every tourist is applicable for the 30-day tourist visa, which allows you to stay in the Maldives for a month. If you wish to stay longer, you can extend your visa without a problem.
The US dollar and the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR) are the currencies used in the Maldives. Bring USD or withdraw Rufiyaa at the airport. Resorts accept credit cards but local islands don't.
Malé is the capital city of the Maldives. It is famous for being one of the most densely populated capitals in the world, a concrete jungle, with around 130,000 inhabitants living on the island.
Dhivehi (Maldivian) is the national language of the Maldives with its own alphabet. Most Maldivian's speak fluent English as their second language so there isn't too much of a communication barrier.
Learn Dhivehi here.
In resorts, you can wear whatever you please. However, in the capital or on local islands, it's best to dress conservatively. Many local islands now have bikini beaches to cater for tourists.
The Maldives is a Muslim country. Non-Muslim religious materials, and pork are forbidden upon entry. Alcohol is forbidden except for on resorts and boats.
The Maldives is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+5 GMT).
The exchange rate is
USD $1 = 15.42 Rufiyaa.
Resorts accept credit cards, but you will need cash for local islands. You can withdraw Maldivian Rufiyaa at the airport.
The Maldives telephone code is +960 followed by the local number.
You can purchase a local SIM card with 4G data and call packages. Most tourist facilities will have high-speed Wi-Fi.
The electricity supply in The Maldives is usually 240 volts, with the standard UK-type three-pin socket. Although, it may be useful to bring an international adaptor.
Explore the atolls of The Maldives...
Each and every one of the 26 Maldives atolls is different, has its own character and special something. For instance, Lhaviyani atoll is known for its abundance of green sea turtles, Ari Atoll for its fascinating whale sharks, Laamu Atoll for its dense green forests and Baa atoll for the famous Manta Ray hotspot - Hanifaru Bay!
Have a look to see which atoll is for you, don't forget that we can also mix and match the atolls in order to create the perfect trip for you! Here's a little guide to the wonderful atolls of The Maldives.