Brief Look at the Maldives

Brief Look at the Maldives
Brief Look at the Maldives

Brief Look at the Maldives

The Sunny Side of Life – Maldives is an island nation famed for being one of the best tropical destinations around the globe. The traveler’s paradise has a unique natural beauty like no other, with pristine beaches of white sand, crystal clear waters of turquoise hue and an underwater beauty with a diverse ecosystem. Each year, thousands of tourists worldwide visit Maldives to spend a relaxing vacation in this tranquil haven. Before visiting any destination, it is important to know some of the key things about that particular place. And so, here is a brief look at the Maldives, a paradise on earth.

Location & Coordinates: Indian Oceans – 3° 15′ N 73° 00′ E

Continent & Region: Asia – South

Capital: Malé city

Population: 393,595 (estimate of July 2014)

Largest Island by Population: Malé City

Number of Islands: 1,190 islands

Number of Atolls: 26

  • Ihavandhippolhu
  • Thiladhunmathi
  • Maamakunudhoo
  • Etthingili Alifushi Atoll
  • Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi
  • Fasdhūetherē (Fasdhūtherē)
  • Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi
  • Goidhu Atoll
  • Faadhippolhu
  • Kaashidhu Atoll
  • Gahaafaru (Gaafaru) Atoll
  • Male’atholhu Uthuruburi
  • Male’atholhu Dhekunuburi
  • Thoddu Atoll
  • Rasdhu Atoll
  • Ari Atoll
  • Felidhe Atoll
  • Vattaru Atoll (Falhu)
  • Mulaku Atoll
  • Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi
  • Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi
  • Kolhumadulu
  • Haddhunmathi
  • Huvadhoo Atoll
  • Fuvahmulah
  • Addu Atoll

Inhabited islands: 201

Number of Resorts: 105

Government: Republic

President: Abdulla Yameen

Religion: Islam (Sunni)

Nationality: Maldivian

Ethnicity: Sinhalese, South Indians and Arabs

Language: Dhivehi

Currency: Rufiyaa (MVR, RF, MRF) and Laaris (coins)

Accepted Currencies: USD, European currencies, Credit Cards, Travellers Cheques, etc

Economic Industries: Tourism, Fishing, Shipping

Time Zone: UTC+5 (GMT+5)

Date Format: DD/MM/YY

Weather & Climate: Tropical. Seasons; Iruvai Monsoon – December to April, Hulhangu Monsoon – May to November

Average Temperature: 30 °C 86 °F (high), 25 °C 77 °F (low)

Resort Seasons: High Season; December – April. Low season; May – November

Main Airport: Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Hulhulé)

Visa: 30 day tourist visa will be issued upon arrival

Access: Via Chartered Flights and Scheduled Flights

Local Transport: Motorcycles and Cars (on the islands). Dhoni, Ferries, Speed boats, Sea Planes, Safaris, Yachts, Cruisers, Scheduled and Chartered Flights

International telephone code: +960

Mobile Operator: Dhiraagu, Ooredoo

Cable TV Operator: MediaNet

Internet Service Providers: Dhiraagu, Raajje Online (ROL)

Electricity: 240 Volts. 50 Hz

Clothing: Light weight cottons and linens. Modest clothing that covers the body (less revealing). Bikini/Bathing Suites can be worn in resorts only.

Prohibited: non halal food, Alcohol, un-prescribed Drugs, firearms, dogs & dangerous animals, nudity (and topless sunbathing), pornographic materials, promoting religions (other than Islam), Purchasing, selling or taking corals and turtle shells.

Weekdays: Sunday – Thursday

Weekends: Friday and Saturday

Bank Hours: 09:00 to 15:00 on Sundays – Thursdays

Working Hours (Government): 08:00 to 16:00 on Sundays – Thursdays

To book a beach holiday at this tropical island paradise, contact us at Budget Resorts Maldives.


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