MALDIVES

Maldives
 
The Maldives or Maldive Islands, officially Republic of Maldives, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls stretching in a north-south direction off India’s Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka.
 
The atolls of the Maldives encompass a territory spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making it one of the most disparate countries in the world. It features 1,192 islets, of which two hundred are inhabited. The Republic of Maldives’s capital and largest city is Malé, with a population of 103,693 (2006). It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, in the Kaafu Atoll. It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives. Traditionally it was the King’s Island, from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located.
 
The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and area. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet.It is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres

 
CLIMATE
Generally warm and humid. Sun shines all year through. Average temperature around 29 – 32 degrees Celsius.
 
WHEN TO GO One must visit the beautiful island nation between December and April, which is the dry season. This is the high season, however, and resorts can be fully booked and prices are higher than the rest of the year. The Christmas-New Year period is the busiest and most expensive part of the high season.Between May and November it’s still warm, but the skies can be cloudy, humidity is higher and rain is more likely. This is the low season, and there are fewer tourists and prices are lower. The transition months of November and April are said to be associated with increased water clarity and better visibility for divers.
 
LANGUAGE
Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldivians and visitors can easily make themselves understood getting around the capital island. In the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, German, French, Italian and Japanese.
 
CURRENCY
The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa and Laaree. The exchange rate for US Dollar at the time of writing is MRf.11.82 for the dollar. One Rufiyaa is equivalent to 100 laarees. Rufiyaa bank notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500. Coins are in the denominations of MRf.2.00, MRf.1.00, 50 laarees, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 laaree. The US Dollar is the most commonly used foreign currency. Payments in the resorts and hotels can be made in most hard currency in cash, travellers’ cheques or credit cards. Commonly used credit cards are American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, JCB and Euro Card.
 
CLOTHES TO WEAR
Dress is generally casual. T-shirts and cotton clothing are most suitable. In Male’, the capital island and other inhabited islands it is recommended that women wear modest clothing without baring too much. Sun glasses and a wide brimmed beach hat as well as enough sun cream with a high protection factor should not be included
 
Things to Buy : Stamps, colorful island fabrics, local crafts made using lacquerwork and weaving. The woven mats known as kuna, with elegant geometric designs, black-coral jewelry, items made from turtle shell.
Things to do : Scuba diving, Diving, Snorkeling and Windsurfing.
 
GETTING THERE
Name of Airlines
Country of Origin
Originating Sector
AIR SAHARA
INDIA
DEL/COK/TRV/MLE/TRV/COK
 
Free 30 days Visa upon arrival for all visitors
No prior visa is required to enter the Republic of Maldives. Entry permit will be granted to visitors on arrival at designated ports of entry, based on the immigration requirements.
 
EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Maldives City Area Telephone Codes: +960 331, 2, 3 - Male
 
Maldives Mobile Telephone Codes/Operators
Dhiraagu: 78, 76, 79
Watanya Telecom: 96, 97, 98, 99
 
Maldives Emergency Telephone Numbers
Ambulance: 102
Fire Department: 118
 
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