Our Maldives travel tips provide a quick guide to what you should keep in mind as you plan for your holiday.
The culture of the Maldives is an amalgamation of South Indian, Arab and Sinhalese influences. Since almost all Maldivians are Sunni Muslims, day to day life in the islands follow Islamic precepts; therefore pork, alcohol, dogs and the public display of other religions are prohibited on the inhabited islands. When visiting mosques appropriate modest clothing should be worn. However, these restrictions do not apply to the resort islands, allowing tourists to act as they would like.
Weekends in the Maldives falls on Friday and Saturday, which means that government offices, banks and many stores are closed on these days. Again, there is little effect on the operation of the resorts except that the lunchtimes on Fridays may be adjusted to allow for prayers.
The Maldives has a very simple visa policy; everyone receives a 30-day visa free of charge upon arrival as long as you have a proper travel document, evidence of adequate funds (ie. a reservation in a resort or cash of at least US$25 per day) and an outbound air ticket.
For transport in the Maldives the options available are motor boat, seaplanes and private yachts. Motor boats come in many shapes and forms including the local wooden dhoni craft.
Resorts by law require payment in hard currency. Most of the best beach hotels in Maldives feature at least one restaurant, serving the cuisine expected by customers. Local Maldivian food typically features fish, and resembles South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine.