Well…Most of you probably have no idea where or what this is? No, it’s not a fish!
The Maldives is a chain of 1190 small beautiful sandy islands which all lie in the Indian Ocean. The islands are grouped in to 26 atolls which are large structures encircling the lagoon. There are about 200 ‘inhabited islands’ in the Maldives where the locals reside. These islands are also extensively used to house resorts, on a one island, one resort concept. Being a major tourism destination, Maldives have some of the world’s most beautiful resorts. Get the insight in to these dreamy resorts here.
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Maldives’ main international airport is the Velana International Airport (VIA) and it’s situated on the island of Hulhule, which is a mile from the capital city – Male. The airport is equipped with its own restaurants, shops, public conveniences, a post office, a children’s play area and other commercial facilities.Find out everything you need to know before you visit the Maldives.
The Maldives has been influenced by sailors and other visitors from India, Sri Lanka, Arabia, Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia and even further afield over a period of more than 2,500 years, so that certainly makes for a fascinating melting-pot of cultures. The population also included Buddhists and Hindus, prior to the country’s official conversion to Islam in 1153 AD.
The Maldives is a chain of 1.190 white, sandy islands which lie like a string of pearls scattered across the glittering Indian Ocean. The picturesque islands are grouped into 26 atolls which are large coral structures encircling a lagoon. The Maldives has around 100 resorts each located on a private Island of its own offering guests an unparalleled sense of seclusion. There are also a further 200 'inhabited islands' where local people live. Guests interested in catching a glimpse of day-to-day life in the Maldives can visit some of the local islands on organized day trips
The Maldives is blessed with a tropical climate. The temperature hovers wound 30'C throughout the year with only a few degrees variation either side. A cooling sea breeze counters the humidity and it rarely gets colder than 25'C even at night or in the rain. The rainy season spans from May to October, but the name 'rainy season' is slightly deceptive. The sun shines for an average of 8 hours per day all-year-round, and rain for more than three days consecutively, is a rarity.
Dhivehi is the official language of the Maldives. It’s influenced by Sinhala, Sanskrit and Arabic, as well as French, Portuguese and English - which may give you some clues about the country's fascinating heritage. However, local resort staff are multilingual and most resorts also employ staff from around the world, so communication won't be difficult.
The Maldives is rich in folklore and some resorts offer guests the chance to listen to visiting storytellers at special events.
BoduBeru or 'big drum's a form of traditional drumming accompanied by dancing, and its perhaps here that Africa's influence on the country is the most apparent. BandiyaJehun is a folk dance which shares some similarities with the Indian pot dance - it is performed by women singing whilst tapping pots with their fingers.
Traditional crafts of the Maldives include beautiful lacquer-work bowls, boxes and vases, usually painted in red, black and yellow resin, and make for a great memento of your holiday. Women today, still hand-weave dried reeds to create beautiful mats, colored with natural dyes.
The small yet bustling city of Male lies on another island offering a dynamic shopping extravaganza while soaking up the city’s vibrant streets. The Velana International Airport (VIA) which is situated in the Male Atoll but on a separate island. Yes, you read it right - the airport has an island all to itself!
No. Seaplanes only operate during daylight hours usually between 6am – 4pm. If your international flight arrives before/after the operating hours, you will need to stay overnight in a nearby hotel and get the earliest flight out the next day. Please make sure to coordinate with your Destination Specialist regarding your transfers.FAQs »