Maldives

When you visit Maldives expect to be enchanted by this magical land of over 1190 tiny islands. There are inhabitants on only 200 of these, so there are resorts that will leave you with the ability to experience a true vacation away from it all. The oceans at Maldives provide you with every type of experience that you could want, from huge crashing waves for surfing, to gentle beach waves designed just for your relaxation. Relaxation is the key word that will be the theme of your vacation in Maldives as you lounge on the beaches or take advantage of one of the traditional spa treatments that are designed to revitalize you both physically and spiritually. There are so many activities to choose from that one holiday will not be enough.

Because Maldives has so many islands, there is going to be something that you will like. Many have beautiful lagoons that provide you with the charm and grace of a deserted tropical island that was placed there just for your enjoyment. All islands provide entertainment and you can participate in activities like scuba diving, jet skiing, surfing, night fishing, para-sailing or sports fishing. Maldives is a vacation spot that you will always remember.

Whats to love about Maldives

  • The weather- Being located on the equator, the weather is consistently wonderful all year round. You won’t have to worry about visiting in the wrong season, it is always the right season.
  • The Beaches- There are a wide variety of beaches, but one thing that they all have in common is that they are all pristine and enjoyable. If you like a busy beach for people watching, or a more private setting you can find it here.
  • The food- Although Maldives has a particular brand of food based on fish and coconut, they have also adopted the culinary dishes of many different parts of the world.
  • The people- The inhabitants of Maldives are unique, honest and hard working, As long as you are respectful of their cultural norms, you will be welcomed and accepted as friends.

Highlights of Maldives

  • Bandos- one of the most beautiful beaches in Maldives will capture your heart and restore your spirit, as you unwind on the comfortable shores.
  • Male is the capital of Maldives and is a wonderful island with the Sultan’s Palace on it that you can visit and get to know all of the culture.
  • Seenu Atoll-This is one of the most incredible spots for water sports that exists in Maldives. There are incredibly soft and friendly waters that invite you to swim, snorkel, dive, Jet Ski or any other water activity you might like to participate in.

Top things to see and do in Maldives

  • Diving in Maldives is something that you definitely should do. You will be able to explore the clear blue ocean waters and swim with schools of fish, that regard you as one of your own.
  • Water Sports- you are surrounded by water so this would make sense. You can enjoy parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, jet skis or even just swimming.
  • Night Fishing- Being a part of the culture of Maldives, it makes sense that going fishing might be something that you would like to experience, and they offer the unique trip of fishing at night.
  • Lost on uninhabited island. There are islands you can go to that don’t have anyone on them. This is the ultimate in getting away from it all.

Food of Maldives

The traditional foods of Maldives are not surprisingly based around fish, coconut products and fatty substances. Coconuts are used in every form that you can imagine, shredded, squeezed, the milk of the coconut. They deep fry it and prepare it in ways that you probably wouldn’t even recognize it as coconut. A must if you are visiting the islands. Fish is the other traditional food, and that usually means some kind of tuna. They traditionally cook and eat rice as well which is very good.

Culture of Maldives

Being an island nation Maldives has derived many of its cultural traditions around activities that have to do with the ocean. Trade has always been a major activity throughout the history of the country so it is understandable that the culture would have influences from all over the world. As you move from island to island there may be a distinctly different racial appearance which is attributed to the particular ancestry of those particular people, African, Southeast Asian, South Asian, or Arabic could be the heritage. They all speak the same language, Dhivehi, but there are different dialects on different islands. English is widely understood, in particularly around the resorts. The culture of Maldives is generally willing to change and adapt to new ways, but they are a conservative bunch. There is a traditional way that they expect people, especially women, to act and dress conservatively.

Weather of Maldives

Due to its convenient location on the Equator, the weather in Maldives is very consistently warm and wonderful year round. This makes it the perfect destination any time at all as the temperatures average 30 degrees Celsius in the daytime and 25 degrees Celsius at night. There are some occasional rain but it is most refreshing.

Location Facts of Maldives

  • Location: Southwest of Sri Lanka on the Equator.
  • Geography: 1,190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls. 202 are inhabited, 87 islands are exclusive resort locations.
  • Very warm climate and consistently nice temperatures.
  • Population: 270,000
  • Language: Dhivehibut English is widely spoken

Do’s and Don’ts of Maldives

  • Do cover yourself and dress conservatively in this culture. Men can wear shirts and shorts, women should cover themselves completely.
  • Swimming suits and bikinis are the norm on the beaches they should not be worn away from those acceptable situations.
  • Don’t ever display nudity in any public place.
  • It is traditional to eat with your hands, but it is considered very uncouth to use your left hand for this, only use your right. When in doubt you should use utensils, but otherwise the right hand only to eat with.
  • This is a Muslim nation and many are going to use traditional greetings of that religion.
  • Do respect all of the customs of the area and you will have a great vacation and learn a lot about a different culture as well.

Useful contacts

Australian Consulate

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