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LOCATION & GEOGRAPHY
The Maldives, a tropical paradise of pristine beaches, are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts) in the Indian Ocean. They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia.
The atolls stretch southwards from there and past the western side of Sri Lanka, ending just over the other side of the equator in the Southern Hemisphere. Each atoll is blessed with incredible biodiversity including an abundance of exotic corals and a rainbow spectrum of marine life.
Maldives lies between. Latitudes 4 degrees 17 north and longitudes 73 degrees 50 east, Southwest of Sri Lanka, straddling the equator
WEATHER & CLIMATE
Generally warm and humid with year around sunshine. Average temperature is around 29 - 32 degrees Celsius, rarely colder than 25 degrees Celsius.
Maldives is a year-round destination. You are sure to fall in love with the wonderful weather no matter when you visit. However, depending on what you want to do, here's a monthly break-up of the climatic conditions in Maldives.
October- April: These months constitute summers in Maldives and are also the peak tourist season. Between October and April, the island boasts of dry weather. There will be little or no rain showers during this time, hence, making it ideal for tourists to travel.
May - September: Mostly defined by the monsoons, which generally last from May-end to August, the weather during this time is mostly wet. Make sure you carry an umbrella when you go out. Very few tourists prefer to come during this time and hence it is an off-season in Maldives. However, some resorts offer great deals during this time which budget travelers can keep a track on.
The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa although US Dollars can also be used in the capital city. The exchange rate for the US Dollar is fixed at MRf.15.42. There are ATMs at the airport and in Male’. Resorts generally accept most currencies and credit cards. Commonly used credit cards are American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, JCB and Euro Card.
GMT + 5 hours (DST) /GMT + 4 hours (BST)
VISA TO MALDIVES
Free 30 days Visa upon arrival for all visitors
No prior visa is required to enter the Maldives and based on immigration requirements, entry permits will be granted on arrival.
However an entry permit does not permit visitors to take up employment set up any business or conduct any professional activities (paid or unpaid) except with the consent of the government and in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations of the Maldives.
Visitors entering the Republic of Maldives should fulfill the following requirement for the grant of an entry permit into the country.
Possession of a valid international travel document issued by the Government of a Sovereign State.
Possession of a valid return air ticket to a destination where the passenger has permission to enter, together with necessary visas for the onward journey to the next destination.
Possession of minimum of US$30.00 per person per day or confirmed hotel reservation for the intended period of stay in the Maldives.
Maldives Customs Service has a duty to protect the Maldives from drugs, firearms and other harmful goods, and to stop smugglers evading taxes that fund vital public services. There are certain goods that you are not allowed to bring into the Maldives under any circumstances, and some goods that are restricted.
Narcotics and psychotropic substances, Pornographic material (including sex toys) such as books, magazines, films, videos, DVDs and software , Religious materials offensive to Islam, Live pigs ,Idols (for worship), Liquor and Alcoholic Products, Pork and its by-products, Chemical and Chemical Products, Pets.
From Sundays to Thursdays 0800hrs to 1500hrs in the government sector and generally from 0900hrs to 1700hrs in the private sector. Additionally, most offices in the private sector are open for half days on Saturdays. The weekend falls on Fridays and Saturdays.
WHAT TO WEAR
Dress is generally casual. T-shirts and cotton clothing are most suitable. In Male’, the capital island, and other inhabited islands it is recommended that women respect local customs and wear modest clothing.
As the Maldives comprises more sea than land, it is only natural that fish (mainly tuna) have always been the most prominent element of Maldivian food. However, with travelers from different parts of the world, new seasonings and vegetables were introduced in to the country and added to the existing (limited) repertoire of seafood and tubers (e.g. taro & sweet potato). Each new discovery was incorporated into the diet in quantities most palatable to Maldivians. Thus Maldivian cuisine now comprises Arabic, Indian, Sri Lanka and Oriental tastes blended into a unique cuisine that embodies a culinary identity of its own.