What is Maldives?
A: Maldives is some small scattered islands in the Indian Ocean,
comprising about 2,000 or more single islands, across Equator,
having an average temperature of 31 Degree Celsius. Indeed,
Maldives do represent in Common Wealth and in United Nation.
It's a Democratic nation, holding a population width of about
Q: What's the time difference?
A: Maldives is five hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Q: When is the best time to visit Maldives?
A: If you're looking for a few extra hours of sunshine then
you should visit the Maldives between December and April,
which is the dry season. This is the high season, however,
and resorts can be fully booked and prices are higher than
the rest of the year. The Christmas-New Year period is
the busiest and most expensive part of the high season.
Between May and November it's still warm, but the skies
can be cloudy, humidity is higher and rain is more likely.
This is the low season, and there are fewer tourists and
prices are lower. The transition months of November and
April are said to be associated with increased water clarity
and better visibility for divers.
Q: Do I need a visa to visit Maldives?
A: No prior visa arrangements are required. A tourist visa
of 30 days will be given to visitors with valid travel
documents (Passports etc..), on arrival.
Q: What vaccinations should I have?
A: Normally, no vaccinations are required by the Maldives
authorities. However, visitors should check with their
carrier when making reservations, as health regulations
may change without notice.
Q: How is the Airport?
A: The Airport looks like an Aircraft Carrier from top. But
actually, it's an island long and thin. This Airport could
be considered as the safest Airport in the whole world.
The reason behind this is that, there is only one run way.
Therefore there is no possibility in landing 2 to 3 planes
at once. One at a time is the Airport's hidden policy.
Q: What is the Capital?
A: The Capital of the Maldives is "Male'" pronounced "Maa-ley".
Male’ would also be counted as one of the smallest
capitals in the world in terms of its physical size. One
third of the country’s population, of about 75,000
people lives in Male’. Different from any other island
in the country, Male’ is a city of high-rise buildings
and paved roads. While the government offices are located
in one area, the main streets are lined with shops and offices.
In the old bazaar area, which still houses the country’s
hub of wholesale and retail trade, the lanes are so narrow
that a single vehicle would find it difficult to navigate
through, especially with its throngs of busy people.
Q: What is the currency used?
A: In Maldives we have our own currency called "Maldivian
Ruffiya" (MRf). One United States Dollar is equivalent
to 12.85 MRf (Maldives Monetary Authority buying rate) and
this value doesn't vary much.
Q: Where is the best area to stay?
A: All the hotels in Maldives have an excellent transportation
system so visitors can easily reach other islands, no matter
where they stay. Most hotels are located on their own Private
Island or small islands where only a few resorts exist
along the waterfront areas, all offer a high standard of
service and unless you need to be in a particular spot,
it really doesn't matter where you stay.
Q: What types of water activities are available?
A: Most visitors enjoy the lagoons as the natives do, swimming
and snorkeling in the warn, turquoise waters, or canoeing,
sailing, wind surfing, parasailing, deep sea fishing, jet
skiing and water skiing. The Maldive islands are world
renowned for their scuba diving and snorkeling. Or you
can go on a shark feeding expedition, where you're in the
water with hungry reef sharks that are being hand-fed by
a guide. You can charter a yacht, perhaps with a captain
and chef, to sail among the islands.
Q: Could I be able to take liquor to the Capital City/Island?
A: Nobody is allowed to bring in liquor to Maldives, unless
he or she has a special import license for liquor, beer
and related products. If somebody has bought liquor and
beer and related items on his/her way to Maldives from
a duty free center, then products should be bonded in custom
on their arrival to Maldives. And the goods will be released
on their departure.
Further nobody is allowed to bring in liquor, beer or related
products to the Capital City/Island. Thus the Capital City
Hotel's will not offer liquor, beer and related products.
Q: Will I be able to use my electrical equipment in Maldives?
A: Voltage in Maldives is 110 or 220 volts, depending on
your location. An adapter is recommended for using appliances
you bring with you. Most major hotels provide hair dryers
and other amenities.
Q: Is Maldives safe for the visitor?
A: Yes, Maldives is probably one of the safest places in
the world and the only danger to be concerned about is
a coconut falling on your head...do not stand under these
trees if the wind is blowing harder than a gentle breeze.
Even then though, the resorts trim their palm trees regularly
and this shouldn't be a problem worth worrying about.
Q: Is the water safe to drink?
A: The water is drinkable, and most hotels also offer bottled
Q: Is English widely spoken?
A: Yes, there will be no problems in communicating with people
in many hotels, restaurants and on the public transport.
Q: Can I use my Visa Card, Master Card, and Debit Card to
get cash from the bank?
A: Most of the local and souvenir shops in Male’ accept
all major credit cards but none of these shops can get you
cash from your card. There are two or three merchants who
get can get you limited cash and this is only possible during
weekdays as these merchants will be issuing you a cash check
which you will have to en-cash it from the bank. The ATM's
at the moment are only for locals and will not accept your
credit or debit card.
Q: Are their ATM's on the Capital City/Island or anywhere
A: The ATM's are located at a few places on the capital island
only and at the moment provide service only for locals and
will not accept your credit or debit card.
Q: Why are
the Maldive Islands called "The Last Paradise”?
A: Maldives and Her Islands have long been referred to
as a tropical paradise. But their unspoiled islands are
for everyone. If you're looking for a familiar, commercial
environment like your own hometown, you won’t find
it in the Maldives. These extraordinary islands are for
people seeking the unique, novel or adventurous honeymoon
experience who want to visit a destination whose culture
is different from their own.
Q: Why is Maldives a favorite among honeymooners?
A: Maldives is simply the ultimate in romance. Couples can
immerse themselves in the incredible beauty of the islands
and the casual, relaxed pace. With its mesmerizing sunsets
and sweet aroma of flowers, Maldives radiates romance.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast brought to your overeater bungalow
by canoe. Find a secluded islet for a private picnic. Arrange
a traditional Maldivian wedding ceremony or renewal of
vows. Spend a romantic evening dinner for two at your hotel.
Or simply take a leisurely stroll along a secluded white
sand beach and enjoy the most spectacular place on earth.
Q: Are there hospitals and medical facilities?
A: Maldives has excellent medical and dental services, pharmacies,
a large government hospital and many private clinics in
the capital city of Male’, all of the resorts are
also equipped with outstanding medical facilities and clinics.