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Name:                          

Republic of Maldives

 

Location:   

Indian Ocean, 500 kms from Sri Lanka and India

 

Area:                                     

90,000 km2

 

No. of Islands:             

approx. 1190

 

Inhabited Islands:       

about 100 resorts for tourists and about 200 local islands

 

Population:                           

approx. 298,000

 

Capital City:                

Male´(approx. 100.000 inhabitants)

 

Religion:                      

100% Muslims – Sunni

 

Language:                    

Dhivehi, English

 

Scripture:                     

Thana

 

Political Status:           

Independent Republic

 

Currency:                     

Maldivian Rufiyaa (1 USD = approx. 15.65 MRF)

 

Credit Cards:      

American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, JBC

 

Electricity:

220 – 240 V

 

Airport:     

Male International airport – (2 kms from capital city Male´)

 

Climate:    

tropical

 

Average Temperature:

day 30°C, night 25 – 28°C, water  29°C

 

Monsoons: 

South-west (May to October – brings more rain)

         North-east (November to April – less rainfall)

 

Day:                            

12 hours (sunrise at 6.00 a.m., sunset at 6.00 p.m.)

 

Time:         

GMT +5 hours

 

 

HISTORY:

The Maldives has been inhabited for at least 2,500 years. Buddhism was the prevalent religion. In 1153 AD the Maldives converted to Islam and became a Sultanate. In 17th Century Portuguesse occupied the nation for 17 years. From 1887 to 1965 the Maldives was a British Protectorate. The Republic was proclaimed in 1968.

 

THE PEOPLE:

Maldivians are very friendly and hospitable. You can make yourself understood in English everywhere. The culture was influenced by Asian and African nations.

 

LOCAL CUISINE:

Meals are very tasty, mostly flavoured with curry and chilli. You can find international cuisine at resorts. During the theme nights, you can taste some meals from Maldivian, Indian, Arabic, Chinesse and other cuisines. Buffets are always completed with European meals.

 

MEDICAL SERVICE:

The medical service in the Maldives is on good quality level. Most of the resorts have their own resort doctor. It is also possible to presume medical service at local islands or in capital city Male, where some good hospitals operate (arranged by resort).

Decompression chambers are also available.

 

VISA:

Visitors do not need visa for the entry to Maldives. All visitors get 30-days tourist visa on arrival. Passport has to be valid minimum 6 months after departure from Maldives.

It is strictly prohibited to bring to Maldives: alcoholic beverages, pornography (records, magazines, etc.), narcotics, guns or weapons and symbols of any religions.

 

RESORTS:

Resorts are islands for tourists. They differ in facilities and provided services, from standard to luxurious. Every resort has diving school, restaurant, bar (wide selection of alcoholic beverages), souvenir shop. Most of the resorts have water sports centre, spa, butique, special restaurant.

 

TRIPS:

Trips and excursions are organized by the resort. Guests can choose from broad range of trips, e.g. fishing, snorkeling, sunset trips, island hopping (also local islands), Male visit, picnics at uninhabited islands, submarine trip, seaplane flight, etc.

When visiting local islands or the capital city Male, we do recommend to cover shoulders and knees (applied also for gentlemen).  

 

DIVING:

The Maldives are one of the most beautiful and most interesting diving locations in the world. Every resort has its own fully equipped diving school, School organizes diving trips several times a day to different localities. The localities are far away maximum 45 minutes by motor boat from resort.   

 

WHAT TO PACK:

The Maldives are located in tropics. Sutan lotions with higher UV factor are essential. As for clothing choose light tropical cotton wear. Decent swimwear is required. Do not forget snorkeling equipment – if you do not have any, you can rent it at resort.  The Maldives are tropical country, pack also repellent.  There is not any poisonous insect in Maldives.

 

According to the Maldivian law, public nudity and topless sunbathing is not allowed.