The Maldives are made up of 1,190 individual coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, not all of them visible on a map and not all of them inhabited by humans. Due to the inaccessibility of the island, the nation is not ordinarily a common tourist destination.
Each resort is located on it’s own private island, creating a peaceful and relaxing experience for anyone wishing to visit. Most desires can be found within the resorts as it is somewhat difficult to travel between islands fo shopping, nightlife, entertainment, etc.
As the country is 99% underwater, marine-lovers will find many activities around the islands. A dive spot suggested for more experienced scuba-divers is Hammerhead Point (Rashoo Madivaru) where socializing with hammerhead sharks and manta-rays is ta daily experience. Early mornings are the best times for wildlife sightings.
Maafushi is the biggest island in South Male Atoll, is at the centre of the independent travel scene in the Maldives. A progressive island found in this conservative part of the world, it can be reached by public ferry from Male. Due to the fierce competition of small businesses, prices will be lowest in this area.
Important dates in Maldives
January 1 – New Year’s Day / Maldives embraces Islam
May 1 – Labor Day / May Day
May 27 – Ramadan Begins
June 21 – June Solstice
June 26 – Eid-al-Fitr
July 26 – Independence Day
September 2 – Eid-al-Adha / Hajj Day
September 22 – Islamic New Year
November 3 – Victory Day
November 11 – Republic Day
November 19 – National Day
December 1 – Prophet’s Birthday
– 99% of the nation is underwater.
– The Maldives is the lowest country in the world. It’s ground level averages 1.5 meters.
– It is the smallest country in Asia and the smallest Muslim country in the world.
Good to know
A visa on arrival is issued to all nationalities, valid for 30 days. No pre-arrival visa is required.
On the condition that your passport has a valid Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) and at least six months validity.
Culture and Etiquette in Maldives
Being an Islamic country, prudence should be practiced when it comes to dress. It is suggested to women to avoid wearing revealing clothing. i.e. tops above the elbows and skirts above the knees. This will apply when visiting most island towns
However, when at your island resort, the rules are relaxed:
Casual dress is commonly found due to the true island-living.
Even during dinner or in nightclubs, outfits are quite casual. Tailored pants or shorts, and button-down short-sleeves for men are common.
Bikinis on the beach and yoga gear for class is totally fine.