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General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

GETTING PREPARED FOR THE MALDIVES HOURS OF BUSINESS MALE’ From Sunday to Thursday 7:30 – 14:30 in the Government sector and generally 9:00 to 17:00 in the private sector, although most offices in the private sector open for a half day on Saturday. The weekend comprises Friday and Saturday. LEGALITIES IN THE MALDIVES IN BRIEF Narcotics The Maldives has strong anti-drug laws. Possession of drugs can result in serious repercussions. It is a good idea to carry either a Doctor’s letter or a copy of a current prescription, if carrying medicines. Alcohol This is readily available on the resort islands. It is not available in Male or at the airport. If you have bought Duty Free on your outward flight, as it will be confiscated at immigration and will not be returned. Religious Materials If deemed contrary to Islam, including “idols for worship” will be confiscated. A bible for personal use is acceptable. Pornographic material Fishing from beaches, an island and with rods . This is illegal. If you wish to fish, you may do so by booking one of the fishing trips organised and run by the resort islands. Collection of Marine items Nudism and topless sunbathing. Bikinis, board shorts and Speedos whilst on the island is more than acceptable when you are on the beach.

Language

Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldivians and most resorts have staff with alternative languages.

Travel Insurance

The reality is that with any holiday, we should all consider travel insurance. It’s probably a good idea to think about holiday insurance for your Maldives trip.

Departure

It is recommended by the airline companies to be at the airport 3 hours prior to departure and most resorts schedule thier transfers accordingly. DISABLED GUESTS Some resrts are better than most and the airport has a wheelchair lift and disabled toilets in the facilities. genning on and off boats requires manual lifting.  ELECTRICITY The electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. This is a European three pin sockets in use

Currency

The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa and comes in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 notes. A Rufiyaa consists of 100 Laarees. The American dollar is the most commonly used foreign currency at Kurumba and in Male’ so there is no real reason to exchange or bring Maldivian Rufiyaa. Please note that if you plan to pay in USD, you will need to ensure that the notes are in very good condition. Please note that most resprts accept USD, Pound, Euro and Maldivian Rufia and the major credit cards. There is no need to exchange your currency into Maldivian Rifiah prior to arriving at the resort as this may not be able to be converted back into your own currency. In the Maldives there is quite a difference between the buying and selling rates.

Local time

Maldives is 9 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, 12 hours ahead of Pacific Standard and UTC/GMT + 5 hrs. Some Islands practive Island time which is an hour earlier than Male'.

Safety

There is a very long list of items that may not be exported which can be summarised as: CoralShellsFish Any shark items The following are also forbidden in the Maldives.

Clothing

Casual clothing is normal in the Maldives. Lightweight cottons and linen clothes are recommended. Items for Ladies would be sundresses, kaftans, light shirts, sarongs, shirts & skirts. If you plan to visit a local Island or Male, it is advisable to have your thighs and shoulders covered if visiting the inhabited local islands. For the men, light cotton shirts, shorts, pants, board shorts and some light and comfortable smart casual for evening wear. Whilst on resort, most guest wear comfortable clothes throughout the day and night. Board shorts and bikinis are more than acceptable on the beach. Ladies can dress more freely and relaxed without feeling that you are offending anyone. Many guests wear slides or slippers are more than acceptable at any time of the day. High heels are not required.

Best travel time

Generally warm and humid. The sun shines all year round. The average temperature is around 29/32° Celsius. The wetter times are normally between May to June and September to November. These periods can be daily patchy light showers to good thunderstorms. The water temperature ranges from 24/30° Celsius. Umbrellas are in every room so there is no need to pack an umbrella. During this time the water is warm and the fish do not seem to mind the rain.

Visa requirements

A completed Disembarkation/Embarkation card. Blank cards are usually handed out on the inward flight, but otherwise they are available in the Immigration Hall. You will need to enter your passport number so it is a good idea to have this handy on the flight. A no-cost 30 day Visitor Visa. This is issued on arrival, with the date stamped in your passport. Requests for extensions to this visa (up to a total of 90 days) should be made to the Department of Immigration and Emigration. These are generally approved provided there is evidence of sufficient funds to finance the extension and you are staying on a resort island. If you are travelling from a Yellow Fever Infection area, a current Immunization Certificate is required. If you arrive without a hotel reservation, you must have at least $100 + $50 per day at your disposal. A Departure Tax is payable, but this is usually included in your airline ticket. For the most up to date tourist visa information http://www.immigration.gov.mv

Communication

If you’ve got a mobile phone, then we should say that it seems that only the major islands are covered by the Dhiragu. This operatoruses a GSM 900 network, which is well-suited with many international cell phone operators. However, please check your roaming costs as this can be expensive. You can purchase a pre paid sim card at the airport just outside of arrivals. Skype or similar programs can be used however the internet speeds can be intermittent throughout the Maldives.

Good to know

Some resorts are more suitable than others for children. Please choose carefully as long boat transfers can craete sick children and at times, sea planes and domestic flights can have long wait times. On ethe other hand, sometimes you are lucky and the views frmo the flight can be spectacular.   All luggage is x-rayed by Customs, after immigration. The following items may not be brought into the Maldives;

Important addresses and phone numbers

Health care such as a doctor’s surgery, dentist and optometrists are available in Male. Most resorts have an in-house doctor. A decompression chamber for dive incidents is available within North male' Atoll. We do recommend wearing mosquito repellant and sunscreens. In terms of Vaccinations, we recommend that you research you countries government travel advice website.

Living costs

The cultivated areas are not very extensive and are unable to provide even the basic food necessities for the inhabitants: for this reason, and to supply the high demand for foodstuffs occasioned by the development of tourism, large quantities of agricultural produce, particularly rice, are imported from other countries. Despite this, all the islands which are inhabited all year round have, of course, small plantations for the sustenance of the local population, where grains (above all millet, maize and sorghum), tuberous plants ( cassava, taro and sweet potato), flour plants (bread-fruit tree), vegetables (particularly onions and peppers) and fruit (bananas, mangoes, papayas, pineapples and other typical tropical fruit largely destined for tourist consumption) are cultivated. But the principal agricultural resource of the Maldives is still the coconut palm, which probably originated on these very islands, and which even grows spontaneously from the fruit which falls to the ground from the parent tree. It is not by chance that the coconut palm appears in the Maldives’ national coat of arms and that it is explicitly described as “Dhivehi ruh,” which means the palm of the Maldives. The economical and cultural importance of the coconut, after all, goes much further than the simple production of the fruit (which, however, are also exported). It plays an important characterising role in the traditional and particular life style of the islanders: in other words, for the people of the Maldives the coconut palm has an importance comparable with that of the bison for the Red Indians of the Great Plains in America or the reindeer for the Laplanders. It supplies a part of their food, oil and copra, wood for houses and boats, leaves to make mats and vegetal roofing, the fibres for ropes and fabrics and even a strong non-alcoholic drink “Toddy”. It is not without reason that the rent of an island is still established on the basis of the number of palms on it. However, for centuries the main economic activity in the Maldives has been fishing and it has only recently been undermined by the development of tourism. The Indian Ocean as a whole has over 700 species of fish most of which are present in the waters of the Maldives, which can for this reason be likened to a real natural aquarium: the shallows of the archipelago are populated by thousands of marine organisms with extraordinary colours, and of all shapes and sizes, giving the impression of a underwater paradise. This abundance of fish, favoured by the presence of relatively warm and shallow water, well oxygenated by the currents, has been exploited by the island population for centuries; their economy and their life-style have been built on fishing. More than a fifth of island labour is still employed in the fishing sector today and from this sector a sixth of the entire gross national product is obtained. Even in the remote past, however, the catch was smoked or dried in the sun and exported to the coasts of India and the now Sri Lanka, under the name of “fish from the Maldives”. Today fishing still largely takes place in the traditional boats hollowed out of coconut palm wood, called “dhoni”, which carry 8-10 fishermen headed by a boat leader (keolu). For this reason, above all at dawn and sunset, the sea of the Maldives appears to be full of dozens of little sail’boats and rowing boats which make the coastal panorama even more enchanting. Even today the fishing techniques normally used are, in fact, still the traditional ones (fishing-lines and small nets), even though the government is trying to modernise both the production systems and the means employed. In order to avoid competition with the states nearby and particularly those with more advanced technology (above all Japan), the territorial waters have been extended by unilateral measures to 200 miles from the coast. This drastic measure to protect the ocean’s fish in general and the archipelago’s shoals of fish in particular, has been accompanied by the construction of modern plants for the preservation of fish which, today is exported mostly salted, frozen and tinned to the countries of the Far East (Japan, Korea, Singapore) and to Europe. The largest and most important catches from an economic point of view are mackerel and, above all, bonito, a type of small tuna fish which, once it is smoked and salted, is not only a nutritious and appetizing food, but is believed by the islanders to possess great strengthening and stimulating powers, to the extent of instilling exceptional physical energy and strength in whoever eats it. The Maldives sea also provided, at least up to the sixteenth century, another basic resource from an economic point of view. This was the shells of the Cyprea moneta variety which due to their beauty and as their name states, were for centuries the principal currency for trade on the Asiatic and African coasts of the Indian Ocean. The official foreign currency of the state became the rufiya a long time ago, but the shells which made the Maldives known as the ancient “money islands” are still collected by the natives to make necklaces and souvenirs. As far as the other economic activities are concerned it is worth noting that within the secondary sectors modern-type industries have in some cases taken the place of the old traditional craftsmen: for example, in the field of the construction of fibre glass pleasure craft and in that of the preservation of fish. Numerous forms of artisan production still remain, however, for example the production of ropes, wooden and metal objects and utensils, fishing boats in coconut palm wood and even the building of the very houses, constructed in palm wood on foundations of blocks of calcareous rock, hewn with an axe from the coral-reefs. The typical local handicrafts, which are mostly produced by women, appear to be largely destined for the tourist market and consist above all of coral, mother-of-pearl, and shell necklaces, objects made of varnished wood, coconut fibre carpets and mats, embroidery and arabesques. The main source of income is now tourism which can count on about 200,000 visitors yearly, by far the largest part of whom stay in the seventy or so hotel structures spread out on the main islands: in order to prevent an excessive impact on the environment and to limit the spread of modern and exclusive establishments (private clubs, residences, etc.), the government has set extremely severe taxes on building these on the islands which are not permanently lived on. It is worth mentioning that the discovery and the widespread tourist enjoyment of the naturalistic treasures of the Maldives was largely the work of Italians. Even now Italian tourists are a fifth of the total number, preceded only by Germans (almost a quarter), and European tourists taken all together are abundantly predominant. In addition to the extraordinary beauty of the natural surroundings and a notable series of good quality reception structures, tourists can also count on a rich programme of cultural and folkloric entertainment, which have their origin largely in Islamic tradition or in pre-existing tribal beliefs of an animistic type: even now, for example, fear of demons and monsters is particularly strong and thus they are exorcized by special witch-doctors (hakeem) using rites, antidotes and potions. The society of the Maldives is nevertheless pretty pervaded by the Sunnite Muslim culture, strongly present in schools, religion and politics and in the usages of daily life: the very Constitution defines the Republic of the Maldives as Islamic and the national flag clearly shows a white Crescent on a green background, bordered with red. Precisely because it is the state religion, Islamism has a fundamental role in the Maldives, and is present everywhere, even if it has particularly liberal attitudes and characteristics and is directed towards tolerance: nobody questions the daily prayers, the Ramadan celebrations and the Koranic law, but the women are, for example, exempt from wearing veils to cover their faces. From an strictly folkloric point of view the folk dances in costume, accompanied by traditional music mostly performed on percussion instruments as in the “bodu beru,” in the “thaara,”or in the “kadhaa maali” are particularly fascinating for tourists.

Country and People

Country and People

History

The importance of the sea is also apparent if we take a superficial look at a map, or better still at a planisphere: the Maldives are located in the central part of the Indian Ocean and are a few hundred kilometres from the nearest coastal state (India): in the great subdivision of islands into continental and oceanic they therefore have every right to be placed within the second category. Despite the fact that their insular character is therefore largely dominant, the Maldives have almost never suffered from excessive isolation as they are located along the principal traffic routes between Europe, Africa and the Middle East on one side and the Indian subcontinent, the Far East and Australia on the other. Thus it is not by chance that evidence exists showing that they were already populated in the IV-V century B.C. However, a series of legends and scientific theories, partly born out by archaeological finds, even advance the hypothesis of the presence of inhabitants at least a millennium before. Written accounts, which thus are certainly reliable, by Pappo of Alexandria and Scolastico of Thebes, and in the VI century A.D. by another Alexandrian, Cosma Indicopleuste, show the islands were already known in the IV century B.C. The first colonizers of the island almost certainly came from what is now Sri Lanka or from Southern India and were probably of Aryan stock. The mythical Koimala, who having landed on the islands was proclaimed king by the natives, was also of this race. From the very remote past until fairly recent times their religion was Buddism, as is confirmed by the various remains of temples and pagodas, for example those of the atoll of Ari. Conversion to the Islamic religion dates back to 1153 and was performed by one of the many Arab merchants who travelled the route from the East to India: the Berber Abu-al-Bakarat. He dared to challenge one of the terrible sea demons worshipped on the islands (Jinis), preventing, by praying, the sacrifice of a virgin who was intended to placate the anger of the monster. The whole population, filled with admiration at this feat, was converted to Islamism and their chief became the first sultan of the Maldives. The modest tomb of the Arab merchant (Medu Ziyaarath) in the presidential garden of Malé is still a sacred place. Three great dynasties succeeded one another on the throne of the archipelago until the Portuguese arrived and in 1558 managed to subjugate the islands under the leadership of Captain Andreas Andre (in Maldivian Andhiri Andhirin) and to kill Sultan Alì the Martyr. There were various attempts at rebellion during the Portuguese occupation, which was particularly hard and violent, and they finally had a positive outcome due to the heroic exploits of the three Thakurufaan brothers. Although the eldest was captured and executed, the other two carried out a sort of guerrilla warfare which forced the invaders to surrender, allowing Mohammed Thakurufaan to be crowned as sultan. The Maldives continued, however, to be a target for foreign powers: after various further attempts to land on the part of the Portuguese, the islands were sacked several times by the Moplas pirates who had their bases on the Indian coast of Malabar. The invaders were repelled thanks to the heroism of certain chiefs (prominent among whom were Ibrahim Iskandar I, who constructed various minarets and the mosque of Malé, and Ghazee Hassan Izzuddeen), but eventually the sultans of the archipelago considered it wiser to place themselves under the protection of first the French, then the Dutch of Ceylon, and finally of the English, after they had taken possession of the large island nearby. Right back in 1887, and then again in 1948, the English recognised the full independence of the Maldives, although they shouldered the burden of their defense in exchange for substantial economic benefits and the concession of a aeronaval base on the island of Addu. In modern times the most important historical events for the islands were the agreement with Great Britain which established total independence (signed in 1965), the admission to the United Nations after a few months, the transformation of the sultanate into a presidential republic (1968) and the end of the English presence at the aeronaval base on Gan (1976). The Maldives are now, therefore, a presidential republic, provided with a parliament which has legislative powers (Majlis), which stays in office for five years and is elected on a territorial basis by the 19 atolls which make up the basic administrative units. The population amounts to about 270,000 inhabitants, a quarter of whom live in the capital Malé. They are largely of Sinhalese origin, but their primitive somatic characteristics have become much less distinct during centuries of contacts with the Arab and African world: their chief characteristic is low stature which makes them easy to distinguish from the Indians of more recent immigration. A psychological and sociological profile would reveal a very simple and peaceable disposition, and normally they also appear to be blessed with extreme good spirits and scarse aggressiveness. With a pinch of irony and malice, this natural predisposition towards optimism and cheerfulness can perhaps be explained at least in part by the simple fact of a very widespread custom in the Maldives, that of legally ending conjugal relations which do not work with extreme ease, thus putting an end to many reasons for argument and worry. Given the extreme simplicity of the legal action (it is only necessary to say three times in quick succession “I divorce you” before a public official, called a gazi, who will draw up the act ), the frequency of divorce is very striking, so much so that some people manage to perform this act up to twenty times in their lives. In spite of this, the character of the islanders is all in all particularly romantic, as is testified by their great love for music and poetry, which is expressed in particular in choral singing, dancing, ballads, verse and prose. This artistic and poetic entertainment tends to exalt, above all, love for nature and its deep harmony, and an efficient instrument of expression is found in the notable level of elaboration which has been reached both in the written and the spoken language. The spoken language (Dhivehi) derives from the aggregation of Arabic, Indian and English words into the primitive sinhala language (Sinhalese) and thus it has a very rich and expressive vocabulary. The written language (Thaana) was introduced in the XVI century by the legendary hero Thakurufaan and is made up of 24 letters, which are graphically similar to those of the Arabic and Persian alphabets, but are, all in all, simpler: its evident Arabic origin also shows clearly in the fact that it is read from right to left.

Public holidays

At the time of writing, this is the known public holidays in the capital Male. You will only notice this if you visit Male the Capital city where some shops will be closes. 1-Jan Saturday New years Day 4-Feb Friday National Day 15-Feb Tuesday prophet Muhammadh's Birthday 7-Mar Monday The Day Maldives Embraced lslam 26-Jul Tuesday Independence Day 1--Aug Monday Beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan 30-Aug Tuesday Fit'r Eid Day 3-Nov Thursday Victory Day S-Nov Saturday Hajj Day 6-Nov Sunday Al'h'aa Eid Day 1.7-Nov Friday Republic Day 26-Nov Saturday Islamic New year Day WHAT TO PACK LIST Toiletries Sunscreen with high SPF Insect repellent Lotion (Aloe Vera) or after sun Your own skin care or face wash cream Vital medications Normal home toiletries such as toothbrush and paste, razor and cream, deodorant etc Make Up – if you just cannot do without Clothing & Attire Sunglasses Hat or cap for shade from the sun Light cotton clothing, sarongs, sun dresses, light shorts or pants, light shirts Bathing suits. Board shorts, bikinis etc Slides, slippers & comfortable shoes Other items Digital camera or video camera Reading and personal entertainment Rucksack for day trips Other special personal effects you may need Diving certificates, ticket and log book, or required doctors letters if you have a medical condition and want to dive Travel documents If you have special medications – a doctors certificate Credit Card (Visa, Bankcard or American Express) US dollars (Local Maldivian Currency is not really required) Passport Flight tickets Hotel booking vouchers Travel itineraries Travel insurance details This is not a comprehensive list on the getting prepared fact sheet, however we hope that it is helpful to your enjoyment when staying in the Maldives.  

Religion

Islam was introduced around 800 AD and the moderate form practiced in the Maldives has remained virtually unchanged. Government regulation does not allow any form of other religious statues, monuments or celebrations within the Maldives. During the holy month of Ramadan (August/September), Muslims are required to fast between sunrise and sunset. They are expected to use this period of abstinence for prayer and contemplation. In practice, guests on most resorts are unlikely to be affected by Ramadan but there may be some periods where a few extra staff have left for a quick meal break.

Landscape

From the preceding short historical summary, and in particular regarding the martial events, the extremely important strategic role of the Maldives stands out clearly. In recent times they have even been described as the “aircraft-carriers of the Indian Ocean” and have whetted the appetites of the greatest world powers (Great Britain, United States, Soviet Union, China). From this point of view, their capacity to maintain relative political and administrative autonomy appears quite extraordinary, if one considers the enormous dispersion of the archipelago and the exceptional number of islands of which it is made up: we are talking, in fact, of about 1192 officially recognised islands (of which little more than 200 are permanently lived on) , but their number rises to over two thousand if one counts the minor cays. The dimensions of the islands are, in fact, generally very small, a fact which can clearly be seen from the total surface area of the whole archipelago: just 298 square kilometres of land, more or less the surface area of the Tuscan archipelago. This myriad of rocks and small islands is furthermore spread out in a vast area (almost 90,000 sq.km.) which extends for over 800 kilometres in a latitudinal direction and 130 in a longitudinal direction, giving rise to a long island axis, positioned in a North-South direction. The very name “Maldives,” however much it is of debatable interpretation, seems to refer to the morphologic layout of the archipelago or to the very large number of islands of which it is composed, deriving from the Sanskrit malodheep (garland) or mal dvipa (a thousand islands). Both the unusual arrangement of the islands and the extraordinary quantity of them are directly attributable to the very origin of the archipelago, largely linked to the action of coral-producing polyps. In fact, these are coral reefs and islands which have developed for the most part in the characteristic atoll structure: even this word, which as is known, indicates a typical ring arrangement of the coastline, comes, not by chance, from a word of Maldivian origin (atholhu). In the Maldives almost all the land above sea-level is, in fact, positioned in a garland around the 26 main atolls which make up the archipelago and bound inner basins of wonderfully calm, transparent and crystalline water. The temperature of the water, generally higher than that of the surrounding ocean (by virtue of the strong irradiation of the sun on the shallows of the lagoon), favours the presence of luxuriant and exuberant underwater flora and fauna. Much has been written about the origin of the atolls, but the most credible theory remains that of the great naturalist and geographer Charles Darwin who guessed that the ring-shaped arrangement of the madreporic reefs was probably due to the gradual submersion of a pre-existing island, often of volcanic origin, either due to it sinking, or due to sea levels rising during the present interglacial period: the development of coral-producing colonies, in fact, can only take place in moderate depths where the presence of dissolved oxygen and of sunlight are greater, for which reason the polyps were obliged to progressively raise their constructions along the old perimeter of the submerged island. Contrary to common belief, however, the colonies of polyps only provide the frame of barrier reefs, whilst a large part of the organogenic calcareous rock which makes them up (about 90%) derives from other marine organisms, for example alghe and molluscs, which find protection in the gorges of the reef. The action of sea and wind then deposit large quantities of debris on the submerged madreporic reefs until they completely emerge and the growth of pioneer surface vegetation starts. These sands, also of organic origin, are generally very white and they also settle along the sides of the lagoon, giving rise to the magnificent beaches which characterise madreporic islands. In many cases the calcareous ring of which the atoll is made up is discontinuous, which makes the coastal setting even more magical and allows boats and open-sea fish to enter the inner lagoons. Precisely because of this particular morphological origin, because of the lack of hills to shelter them from the wind and because of their position in the middle of the open ocean, the Maldives would seem to be particularly exposed to the risk of hurricanes and cyclones, which are frequent in other subequatorial and tropical areas. This risk is however only seeming, in that the climate appears conditioned by the presence of the monsoon wind which blows periodically from or towards the continent. In winter the earth monsoon from the north-east prevails; it is dry and relatively cool, and brings clear skies from December to April. In the summer, on the other hand, the sea monsoon arrives, blowing from the south-west and loaded with humidity derived from the evaporation of the ocean; it brings rainy and unsettled weather from May to October. The absence of hills, which would cause the cloud mass passing over on its way to the Indian subcontinent to rise and instantaneously discharge its water content, limits the quantity (about 2000 mm of rain per annum) and above all the violence of rainfall. It is for this reason that even in the more humid period the rains do not arrive with the devastating violence with which they usually hit the not far away coasts of Bengal, Malabar and Coromandel. Sea storms, which may take place above all during the change of season linked to the inversion of the monsoon, are furthermore kept under control by the natural defense provided by the coral reefs, which limit the force of the waves in the inner lagoons. Generally speaking the climate of the Maldives can be described as hot and humid, with average air temperatures which oscillate between 26 and 33°C. The heat is, however, mitigated by the presence of gentle and constant sea breezes which make staying here very pleasant for tourists. The same can be said for the sea water which, in addition to its already much-praised qualities of transparency, limpidity and colour, has a temperature which never goes below 24°C and thus allows the presence of a very rich underwater life. Despite the quite high air and water temperatures which are constant throughout the year, the coral islands which make up the archipelago of the Maldives only have luxuriant vegetation in some places: the scarcity of vegetal soil and the lack of fresh water, both surface (rivers and lakes) and underground (springs), along with their small size (most of the islands measure less than a square kilometre surface area) and the very nature of the coral reefs of the islands, greatly limit the growth of large and flourishing plants and trees; however, the magnificent coconut palms which border the lagoons, some areas of rain forest (from which fine wood is obtained) and the mangroves are an exception.

Getting around

Getting around

Arriving

When arriving into the Maldives, you will notice the airport is a separate Island called Hule Male’ and the approach is quite spectacular to see if you have a window seat through the day. The airport does not have air bridges and you can expect to feel an average of 30 degrees Celsius as soon as you leave the plane, so we advise not to put on additional layers. Once you have completed your immigration form and cleared immigration, you will pass customs. Please note the very strict rules on alcohol (will confiscate and not return), pork and other restrictions as mentioned below. Once you have cleared customs, walk outside and nornammly your hotel will be waiting outside with a sign. When checking in, we will need your passport and a copy of your credit card for pre authorization.  

By plane

Please check with your agent that they have forwarded through your flight details to your place of accomodation. transfers are easily available between the airport and Male'. If you have arrived with a booking and have not advised transfer times, most proprties and key travel agents have welcome desks just outside customs.  

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and enjoy

Liveaboard Safari's   Cruise The Maldives  aboard and abudent variety of safari vessels with all the facilities and amenities to make your holiday a one of a kind experience. This is becoming more popular and no longer just for divers or surfers. With over 1000 Islandds and 3000 Coral reefs, holidaying on a liveaboard can be an amazing experience and at times, mroe cost effective than staying on a resort.   Adventurer 2 Phone: +960 335 6734 Amba Phone: +960 3323624 Amphibiya Phone: +960 3002550 Anloren  Phone: +960 3329240 Ark Royal Dive Yacht & Spa   Phone: +960 3325994 Asmas   Phone: +960 3323624 Atoll Explorer   Phone: +960 333 2200 www.atollexplorer.com Barutheela   Phone: +960 3332525 Black Pearl Bliss   Phone: +960 6660751 Blue Dolphin  Phone: +960 3315439 Blue Shark   Phone: +960 3327826 Blue Shark 2  Phone: +960 3327826 Bolero of The Grand Safari   Phone: +960 3340970 Bounty    Phone: +960 3331559 Britt    Phone: +960 3326545 Carina    Phone: +960 3310101 Carpe Diem    Phone: +960 7973700 Cat Fish    Phone: +960 3324933 Dhondhooni    Phone: +960 3316454 Dhoni Stella 1    Phone: +960 7784769 Dhoni Stella 2    Phone: +960 7784769 Dolphin 1    Phone: +960 3317077 Dorado    Phone: +960 3326309 Dream Voyager    Phone: +960 3312256 Eagle Ray    Phone: +960 3314841 Faiymini    Phone: +960 3315089 Fathima    Phone: +960 3331559 Felicity    Phone: +960 3312328 Flying Fish    Phone: +960 3327066 Gaaviya    Phone: +960 3331811 Gahaa     Phone: +960 3322019 Gomafulhu    Phone: +960 6643157 Gulfaam    Phone: +960 3322019 Haira    Phone: +960 3324525 Hamathi    Phone: +960 3324525 Hammer Head    Phone: +960 3324213 Hammer Head II    Phone: +960 3324213 Handhu    Phone: +960 3312985 Handhu Falhi     Phone: +960 3312985 Hariyana     Phone: +960 3321447 Haveyli    Phone: +960 3327066 Horizon    Phone: +960 3321169 Horizon II    Phone: +960 3321169 Island Safari - 1     Phone: +960 3320952 Island Safari - 2    Phone: +960 3320952 Keema    Phone: +960 3313539 Kethi    Phone: +960 3322019 Keyif    Phone: +960 7772984 Kirudhooni    Phone: +960 3316454 Koimala    Phone: +960 3322019 M.Y Blue Pearl     Phone: +960 7774688 M/Y Conte Max    Phone: +960 332 1837 M/Y Dhoni Barabaru    Phone: +960 332 1837  M/y Duke of York & Spa    Phone: +960 332 1837 M/Y Maavahi    Phone: +960 332 1837  Maha Maldives    Phone: +960 3318854 Maldiviana    Phone: +960 7773393 Manthiri Dive Cruiser    Phone: +960 3325634 Moonimaa    Phone: +960 3331512 Muna    Phone: +960 6643157 Nautilus One    Phone: +960 3315253 Nautilus Two    Phone: +960 331 5253 Noah Seamarc pvt ltd    Phone: +960 3331626 Nooraanee Queen    Phone: +960 3310314 Orca    Phone: +960 3327067 Passion    Phone: +960 6660751 Pearl Win    Phone:  Pretty Tombili    Phone: +960 3320981 Rani    Phone: +960 3327438 Rani II    Phone: +960 3312743 Sachika    Phone: +960 3346812 Savruga    Phone: +960 7772984 Sea Coral    Phone: +960 3322019 Sea Farer    Phone: +960 3322019 Sealife Safari    Phone: +960 3316516 Seduction    Phone: +960 6660751 Serenity    Phone: +960 6660751 Shadhas    Phone: +960 3335035 Soliel    Phone: +960 3335035 Soltan of Blues    Phone: +960 3320330 Southern Cross    Phone: +960 3337554 Sting Ray     Phone: +960 3314841 Sublime    Phone: +960 6660751 Sultan of Fervour     Phone: +960 3320330 Sultan of Madivaru    Phone: +960 3320330 Sultan of Maldives    Phone: +960 3320330 Sunset Queen    Phone: +960 3325977 Tropic Breeze    Phone: +960 7776483 Tropic Wave    Phone: +960 7776483 Umeedhu 5    Phone: +960 340622 Vaareydhuni    Phone: +960 3320856 Vindhu II    Phone: +960 33312149 Wattaru    Phone: +960 3335844 Yasawa Princess    Phone: +960 3308786  

Shopping

The capital, Male is the ideal place to shop. Stores open anytime between 07:30 and 09:30 and close at 23:00. On Friday, they open at 13:30 and close at 23:00.

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