Maldives

Sugar like sand beneath your feet, rich turquoise blue waves and the crisp salty fresh air makes Maldives a place like no other.

Enter this haven of over 1000 reef fringed islands dotted with lagoons to learn the local way of life and dive to meet the spectacular corals of the Indian Ocean. Shaped by a turbulent past, the islands have a friendly and hospitable character, and that’s what makes it so desirable.

Be it a relaxing holiday, honeymoon or a family vacation, your journey will be drizzled with an exquisite taste of magnificence. Resorts set on immaculate private islands, indulgent spas, diving with fantastic coral reefs and marine life coupled with gracious service where your every wish is taken care of, Maldives is an ultimate destination for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Steeped in rich traditions, the Maldives culture is heavily shaped by Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysia, Arab and Persian influences. Their cuisine is fused with beautiful spices, coconut milk and fish.

Here is where you can lose track of time, embrace luxury, soak up the Maldivian culture and just live in the moment as you traverse this tropical paradise.

 

SIGNATURE MOMENTS

Maldives is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands

The Maldives is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. Therefore, snorkelling here is naturally a spectacular activity.

Maldives tunning coral reefs and sea creatures

This island is known for its stunning coral reefs and sea creatures. A dive here is an opportunity of a lifetime.

Maldives Tours

You can even catch a wave at Maldives, with some exhilarating surfing lessons.

Maldives Local Bazaars

Sample the local culture at Male as you traverse local bazaars, quirky bars and marvel at the stunning mosques that give you a peek inside its rich Islamic heritage.

Maldives treatment with some incredible therapies

With the soothing ocean as a backdrop, a spa treatment with some incredible therapies, shall be a dream come true here.

Maldives beach is truly a magical experience

A walk on the ‘Bioluminescence’ beach is truly a magical experience.

Maldives Adventure Sports

If adventure sports is your calling, you can enjoy a range of water sports like jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and much more.

Maldives Traditional Cuisine

The traditional cuisine of the Maldivians draws from three main items – coconuts, fish and starch. Seafood here is of excellent quality and sampling some curries, broth and barbeque is a must.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Enter with an open mind
  • Maldives is an Islamic country. You are not allowed to bring pork and pork products, and alcohol. However, alcohol is available at all the resorts.
  • You can buy a local SIM card at the airport. Most of the private resorts come with wifi.
  • Bring USD with you. Though credit cards are used widely including the resorts. Keeping some cash is also important if there is a need to purchase odds and ends.
  • Dress modestly and respect the local culture when visiting or staying on inhabited islands, including the capital, Malé.

Travel Information

from October to April

The local language is Divehi. English is the second most popular language, widely used in schools, commerce and tourism sectors.

- The Maldives: Islamic Republic, Tropical Autocracy | J.J Robinson
- Gatecrashing Paradise: Misadventures in the Real Maldives | Tom Chesshyre
- Dive Maldives: A Guide to the Maldives Archipelago | Tim Godfrey
- Cook Maldives: Selections from the Local Table Spread | Shaai Sattar

All nationalities receive a 30-day visa on arrival, provided that you have a valid passport, an onward ticket to continue your journey and a reservation at a tourist facility or enough funds to cover your stay in the country.

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