The Republic of Maldives is a group of coral islands in the Indian Ocean to the west of India and Sri Lanka on the equator. The group of low lying islands consists of about 1200 islands, some smaller than a football field and some of the largest 1- 2 miles long. Only about 200 of these islands are inhabited by a population of about 250,000.
The Republic of Maldives is a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean about 417 mi (671 km) southwest of Sri Lanka. Its 1,190 coral islets stretch over an area of 35,200 sq mi (90,000 sq km). With global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice caps, the Maldives is directly threatened, as none of its islands rises more than six feet above sea level
The Maldives enjoy warm tropical temperatures year round, and a great deal of sunshine. Local weather is affected by monsoons, with May to September being the wet season; seas can be rough and winds brisk. Severe weather conditions are rare; however, Indian Ocean cyclones do reach the islands on occasion.
Diverse and colorful, the culture of Maldives enwraps you in a pleasant mist of traditional color and sea charm. The genesis of Maldivian culture is cloaked in mystery and the vibrant culture of Maldives traces its roots to the colorful traditions of the diverse communities that have made this stunning paradise their home. Dhivehi is the most commonly spoken language in Maldives and is an integral part of the culture of Maldives, though there are several dialects that are spoken in different atolls all over Maldives. A land of festivities, Maldives celebrates all the festivals that feature on the traditional Muslim calendar. Islam is an inseparable part of the culture of Maldives.
Tour the local cemeteries and feast your eyes on profusely carved tombstones that adorn the graves, shop for souvenirs carved and shaped with skill. Buy tortoise shell ornaments, red mats, lacquer ware, pillboxes and flower vases as you tour the bustling local bazaars. Boat building is of course an important part of local culture of Maldives. See craftsmen at work as they create sturdy dhonis or fishing boats on your tours to tropical Maldives with Tourism in Maldives.
Enjoy local music and folk performances as you experience the vibrant culture of glorious Maldives. Tour the local mosques and be charmed at the calligraphy on their walls and be a part of the close-knit community where every family knows each other on the island.
Ramadan and Kuda Eid are among the most important festivals that are celebrated with pomp in Maldives. Tourism in Maldives takes you on a joy trip to this glorious tropical land located on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
GMT + 5 hours
Bank Hours Sunday to Thursday
7.30am – 2.30pm
Sunday to Thursday
7.30am – 2.30pm (public),
9am – 5pm (private)
Shop Hours As a general guideline
9am – 12 noon; 2pm – 6.30pm; 8pm – 10pm (2pm to 6.30pm on Fridays). Weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.
No prior visas are required, a tourist visa of 30 days will be granted to all visitors with valid travel documents provided the embarkation/disembarkation cards are filled properly
As Maldives is a Muslim country, dogs, pigs/pork products, and pornography are forbidden. Alcohol cannot be imported without an official license, if imported without a license it should be declared at the customs and will be returned to you on departure. Wide ranges of alcoholic drinks are available in the resorts. Narcotic Drugs are strictly prohibited; the penalty for importing drug for any purpose is life imprisonment
Maldives weather is generally warm and humid. Sun shines all year through. Average temperature around 25 – 32 degrees Celsius. You will get an excellent amount of sun light throughout the year
The Maldives have a hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July. The temperature rarely falls below 25°C (77°F). The best time to visit is November to April.
Lightweight cottons and linens throughout the year. Light waterproofs are advised during the rainy season