Things you should know before you travel
The Maldives is a one-of-a-kind tourism destination that might be perplexing to first-time tourists. As a result, I will do my best to supply you with important information and to answer any of your concerns.
First and foremost, it is a 100% Muslim country.
It is the lowest country in the world and the smallest in Asia.
It is also one of the most dispersed country in the world, each and every island is seperated by the sea.
There are 20 atolls and 1192 islands in all, with 515,137 people living on 200 of them.
With 158 tourist resorts and 250 local guest houses, transportation is the biggest challenge for visitors.
How to visit maldives islands?
Due to the distance, there are currently very few international flights to the Maldives, and many nations are not connected by direct flights. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Qatar, Sri Lanka, India, and Turkey are some of the most popular transit locations for visitors visiting the Maldives islands.
There are mainly 2 types of accomodations (Resorts & Guest Houses)
Maldives resorts are private islands that were created with tourism in mind. The bulk of these beach island resorts are owned and operated by a single entity. One of the most notable differences between these resorts and local islands is that visitors are authorized to consume alcoholic beverages, as well as access to bikini beaches, both of which are forbidden on local islands. Aside from that, a number of resorts provide massage spas, parties, and DJs, none of which are available on the local islands. The best lodgings for a pleasurable trip are resorts, however check the Maldives Hotels page if you want to stay on a local island and learn about the local culture and lifestyle, or if you want to stay on a budget.
Maldives Guest houses are also reffered as island and city hotels. Staying at one of these hotels on surrounding islands is a terrific way to learn about the local culture and traditions. Staying on a local island involves conforming to local customs and some limitations, such as (drinking alcohol and wearing a bikini are not permitted on local islands), therefore if you're looking for resorts or private islands where you may do so, go to the Maldives resorts page. Long and low-cost stays are suggested at Maldives hotels.
There is no transportation system that connects the Maldives as a whole. A portion of the nation is connected by plane, while another is connected by water. A ferry boat or an aircraft transfer are required to access an island. Ferry boat transfers are the most popular mode of transportation since they are the cheapest (1-5$ PP) and are suitable for short distances in good weather. Boats take long hours to go from one atoll to another with the average speed of 10km/Hr, and the speed boat 40km/hr. Many boats will shutdown during the bad weathers. As a result, there are no viable modes of transportation for cross-country travel. However, each atoll has its own internal ferry network, which runs one ferry daily in certain areas and one or two weekly in others (these are called "internal ferries"). Below are the modes of Maldives transfers
Domestic planes can only go to a few of the islands. Domestic planes are used to travel between Atolls; however, because most domestic airports are located on deserted islands, you will need to take a boat from the domestic airport to the Atolls' islands.
Male and Hulhumale may be reached via taxi from the Velana International Airport. Transfers by taxi are only possible between these two lands and take 15 minutes. The cab fare is around $7. In front of the speedboat jetty, there will be a taxi line.
The Maldives International Airport is home to the world's largest seaplane dock. Seaplanes are one of the most convenient methods to go to far-flung destinations since they can depart from an international airport and land immediately at most resorts and islands. There are also private charters available. The cost of tickets varies depending on the trip location (about 500-600$ PP to the closest Atoll) and private charter ship.
Speedboat transfers are the most convenient way to travel by sea in the Maldives, however there are no scheduled boats in much of the country. It is mostly employed for private rental. It is quick and comfortable, and the journey is pleasant on the calm water.
Religion & Culture
The Maldives was a Buddhist kingdom until the 11th century, and Berber/Maghrebi interest in the region was shown in Ibn Battutah's tenure there in the 1340s. According to a well-known Moroccan traveller, a Berber from North Morocco named Abu Barakat Yusuf the Berber was credited with establishing Islam on the islands after apparently persuading the local king after subduing him.
The Maldives is a unique place in the Indian Ocean, a lovely slice of paradise. The Maldives' culture is highly influenced by Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Arab, Persian, Indonesian, and even African elements, and is rich in culture and tradition. Maldivians are very kind, hospitable, and pleasant people who will go out of their way to ensure that your vacation is absolutely wonderful.
Maldivians, who are predominantly Muslim, are conservative and dress in traditional attire. Females wear a traditional libaas, a long dress with gold and silver thread, while males wear a sarong and white cotton shirt. Guests must likewise be fully dressed when swimming on the mainland's beaches, unless they are at a certified bikini beach.
The Maldives' economy is driven by the fishing industry, which comes in second after tourism. You may anticipate to eat a lot of fresh tuna, snapper, and lobster at your resort, as well as a variety of international cuisines. All-inclusive vacation packages are available at several resorts. Traditional Maldivian cuisine is hot and spicy, with a variety of curries, soups, and rice-based dishes. Mangoes, yams, and coconuts.
Music & Dance
Music and dance are an important aspect of Maldivian culture, and they have been highly impacted by their neighbours. The "Bodu Beru" is one of the most well-known Maldivian performances. Large groups of 15 to 20 men execute the dance, which includes a variety of drummers, dancers, and vocalists. Many resorts host regular cultural performances to keep their guests entertained, so keep an eye out.
Instead of the Persian and Urdu languages used in neighboring Muslim governments, Arabic has always been the primary language of governance there. The Maliki school of law, which was employed throughout most of North Africa and was the official one in the Maldives until the 17th century, was another link to North Africa.
Dhivehi, an Indo-Aryan language closely linked to Sri Lanka's Sinhala, is the official and most widely spoken language. The eveyla akuru script, which can be seen in historical records of rulers, was the first known script used to write Dhivehi (raadhavalhi). For a long time, a script called dhives akuru was employed. Thaana is the modern script, which is written from right to left.
The Maldives have one of the best literacy rate in the world with 98% and a large population can speak in English. English has firmly established itself in the country as a result of the country's opening to the outside world, the establishment of English as a medium of instruction at the secondary and higher levels of education, and the government's realization of the opportunities afforded by tourism.
The sugar white sand and deep blue ocean provide the ideal setting for a beach getaway. For good reason, many visitors come to the Maldives only to relax on the maldives beaches. The majority of island resorts have their own private sand beaches with lounge chairs and umbrellas. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Fihalhohi Islan, and the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort are among the resorts with particularly lovely beaches.
On a few Maldivian islands, there are public beaches, but visitors must be covered because it is forbidden to wear revealing apparel. Only a few "bikini beaches" (on the islands of Rasdhoo and Maafushi) allow sunbathers to wear traditional bathing suits. Travelers are advised to stay on or near the beaches of near by desert islands.
Activities & Places to visit
The Maldives primarily engage in water-based activities. There is only 1% of land in the Maldives, with the rest being ocean water. The average island is 2 km2 in size, and the sea separates all of the islands, making it difficult for people to visit them in a short amount of time. The Maldives are also recognized for its beautiful blue sea, diverse marine life, and white sand beaches.
There are virtually few activities in the Maldives. Yes, we understand that at a tourist site like this, there should be a diverse range of activities. Unfortunately, this is not the case; due to the islands' dispersion, traveling around the Maldives is difficult and time-consuming. That is why we do all of our activities in Male and Hulhumale. So, let's have a look at some of the things that are offered.
Astronomy and Wonders in Maldives
The lovely sea, coral beaches, and breathtaking sunsets are well-known in this piece of paradise, providing us with never-ending emotions. However, we should keep in mind that every sunset unveils a wonderful sky free of light pollution and full of treasures that we cannot see from our latitudes.
The Sun's Rotation You may see the sun rising and setting practically vertically near the equator. The course of the Sun in Europe is a line inclined at roughly 45 degrees above the horizon, as seen in the diagram below. The apparent velocity of the Sun at the equator, on the other hand, is perpendicular to the horizon.
You can see how the tides get 50 minutes later every day. Furthermore, the difference between high and low tide fluctuates during a two-week period (spring and neap tides). Tides, as we all know, are periodic variations in the sea level. Two high tides and two low tides occur every day, separated by around 12 hours.
The Moon, like the Sun and all of the stars, rises and sets vertically in the Maldives. The result is a strange effect in which the "horns" face upwards or downwards. We'll see... in brief, the Moon will be turned sideways. The moon's circular dark patches on its surface, which were once referred to as oceans, may already be seen with the naked eye. In the days leading up to the New Moon, when you can only see a thin crescent, you can notice a very nice effect. In fact, the air in the Maldives is so clear that the phenomenon can be seen for several days.
Wanderers (planètes) were the name given to those lights that resembled stars but were not set in the constellations by the ancient Greeks. Five planets can be seen with the naked eye; the other two were discovered with telescopes in contemporary times. A planet is easy to spot in the sky because its light is always consistent. Rather, the light from the stars twinkles. the planetc can be seen are (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Urenus and Saturn )
The Green Rays
The Sun is a reddish placid figure towards the horizon, distorted into an oval by the atmosphere. The green ray is a stunning phenomena that can be seen when the sky is particularly clear. The sun's final rays will appear deep green; how amusing it will be to behold the green rays. The Earth's atmosphere, which not only distorts the shape of the Sun but also has the ability to deconstruct it, is the cause of this phenomenon.
The International Space Station (ISS)
It is possible to see an extremely bright light in the sky, gently traveling over the constellations, in the hour following sunset or before dawn. It isn't a plane, though: it doesn't flash and stays a dot when observed through binoculars. This thing sometimes turns redder until it vanishes, as if engulfed by a shadow. So, you just saw the International Space Station
The Glowing Beaches
This glow in the dark effect is caused by a natural phenomenon known as ‘Bioluminescence,' which occurs when light is released or created by a living thing. Furthermore, the water is huge, enigmatic, and teeming with undiscovered creatures; it is thought that some aquatic animals are capable of producing light. As a result, the light that is created at Maldives Beachs are due to this. The most famous island for glowing beach R.Vaadhoo.
The Cleaning Station
Cleaning stations are areas on the reef where cleaning fish or shrimp can be found. Bacteria, parasites, and dead skin are picked off the skin, scales, gills, and even the mouths of fish by these little fish and shrimp. Cleaner fish are striped, colorful Wrasse family fish that are small (about 5 cm in length). Cleaning the fish is a win-win situation: the fish gets cleaned, and the cleaners get paid.
Cleaner shrimp wave their antennae at passing fish to promote their services, and cleaner fish conduct a short dance to show that they are available for cleaning. Because some of these small fishes are bait (food) for the big fishes, both sides agree not to hurt each other throughout this service.
Weather & Climate
The Maldives has a tropical monsoon environment with mild weather all year. Throughout the year, temperatures average between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius, with the warmest months being March and April. In the Maldives, winter is practically non-existent, with the lowest temperature reaching a pleasant 24°C.
The dry season in the Maldives lasts from November to April, with scorching temperatures and clear, sunny skies. The pleasant weather also makes for ideal beach conditions, and many people take advantage of this opportunity to go snorkeling or island hopping. The Maldives also have lovely tropical waters, with the best swimming month being April, when the sea temperature is 30°C.