The Maldives are an archipelago of a multitude of small islands scattered over a wide expanse of the Indian Ocean. The islands are situated in proximity to the Equator and in recent decades have gained worldwide renown as a pristine tropical haven for holidaymakers from around the world. The local people of the Maldives are descended from settlers from India and Sri Lanka and speak Dhivehi. The predominant religion is Islam.
Islamic guidelines prohibit alcohol, pork, dogs and the public practice of other religions on the major islands; however these rules do not apply in the resort islands. The weekend falls on Friday and Saturday in the Maldives. A 30 day visa is provided free of charge if you have a genuine travel document, evidence of adequate funds and an outbound air ticket. Transport within the islands is by motor boat, helicopter or seaplane.
The Maldive Islands are blessed with a delightful tropical climate, providing warm temperatures under sunny skies for the greater part of the year.
The Maldives offer the water sport enthusiast with an array of options from swimming and snorkelling to scuba diving, surfing, sailing, parasailing, waterskiing, catamaran sailing, fishing, angling and dolphin watching.
There are several attractions of note which will draw the attention of every visitor to the island nation. These include the Grand Friday Mosque, the Male National Museum, the President’s Palace, Republic Square and the unforgettable Male Fish Market.