The Maldives is a sovereign archipelagic nation positioned in the Indian Ocean. This beautiful country is known as the flattest country in the world, and has over 1,200 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!
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.
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).
The US dollar and the local 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Maldives is 5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+5 GMT).
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.