Maldives Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Maldives

Where is it?: The Maldives are a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, southwest of India.

Why do people go here?: P eople come to the Maldives to relax on the beaches and to try some of the best scuba diving in the world. Unfortunately, independent tourism is pretty much close to impossible.

What are the main entry points?: The Male International Airport connects to India, Sri Lanka and a few European cities. It’s difficult to reach the Maldives by boat because of a number of restrictions.

Currency used: Rufiyaa

Country Code for Phones: 960

Area codes for Major Cities: No area codes required.

Religion: 99% Sunni Muslim

Population: 300,000

Ethnic Groups: South Indians, Sinhalese, Arabs

Government: Republic

Languages: Maldivian Dhivehi

Travel Information

Major Cities: Male, Seenu

Attractions: Diving, Resting, Relaxing on any of the 70+ island resorts

Accommodation: Asia Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Maldives Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Kudahuvadhoo

Health Issues: No Health Risks

Tips for Visiting

When to go: November through April are the best times to visit the islands.

Common Phrases: How are you?=Haalu kihineh?; Where are you from?=Kon rasheh?; Thank you=Shukuriyaal; I am sorry=Ma-aafu kurey; How old are you?= Umurun kihaa vareh?

Specific Events/Holidays: National Day; Victory Day, and Republic Day, Various Islamic Holidays

Getting Around: Getting around is organized by the restorts where you’re staying. Traveling independently is difficult, requiring special permits.

Good to know: Although the Maldives have glorious beaches, independent travel is extremely restricted and it’s close to impossible to visit the isolated communities, without a permit.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Maldives is the Hulule International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Maldives travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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