The Maldives

About Maldives

The Maldives, a tropical paradise of pristine beaches, is 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. 

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Tourism in Maldives

Tourism is the largest economic industry in the Maldives. A tourist resort in the Maldives consists of an exclusive hotel on its own island, with its population entirely based on tourists and work force, with no local people or houses. These islands developed for tourism are approximately 800 by 200 meters in size and are composed of sand and coral to a maximum height of about 2 meters above the sea. In addition to its beach encircling the island, each island has its own “house reef” which serves as a coral garden and natural aquarium for scuba divers and snorkelers. The shallow water enclosed by the house reef also serves as a large natural swimming pool and protects swimmers from the ocean waves and strong tidal currents outside the house reef. 

What to do in Maldives

The Maldives is renowned for its incredible diving opportunities. The crystal clear water and shallow lagoons are perfect for snorkeling, while the reef walls offer a kaleidoscope of sea life for more experienced divers. The Maldives have an amazing diversity of sea life, with corals and over 2000 species of fish, ranging from reef fish and reef sharks to moray eels, rays and whale sharks. The island’s many sheltered lagoons also provide the perfect destination to enjoy an adventure-filled family holiday or romantic getaway for two.

Attractions in Maldives

Diving Bluetribe Moofushi, Sun Island beach, Alimatha Island, Manta Point, Banana Reef, Grand Friday Mosque, Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), HP Reef, National Museum, Veligandu Island beach, Bodu Mora, Hulhumale, Mulee Aage, Utheemu Ganduvaru, Biyadoo Island, Tiny Island Marine Conservation Centre, Kuda Bandos, Muraka Diving

Old Friday Mosque in the Capital Male'

Geography of Maldives

The Maldives archipelago consists of 1190 tiny islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. Only 185 of these islands are inhabited, while the others are used largely for tourism and agriculture. The atolls are composed of live coral reefs and sand bars perched atop a 960km submarine ridge, while the land features lush tropical vegetation with abundant local coconut palms. With an average ground level of 1.5m above sea level, the Maldives is by far the lowest country on earth and as such has a very fragile ecosystem. The capital and largest city of the Maldives is Male.

Climate in Maldives

The tropical climate is influenced by monsoons, although bright sunny weather with a light sea breeze can be expected most days.

Temperature: 30°C all year round | Sea temperature: 22°C to 28°C

Check in this post here the best time to visit the Maldives.

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Languages in Maldives

The locals speak Dhivehi, with English widely spoken in areas frequented by tourists.

Culture in Maldives

The local culture features a lively mix of South Indian, Sinhalese and Arab influences that is reflected in the traditional music, cuisine and art of the island.

Celebrations in Maldives during Eid Al Adha

Money/Currency in Maldives

The monetary unit is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR), while international credit cards are widely accepted by resorts.

Transportation in Maldives

Most tourists will land in the capital, Male, and will be transferred to their hotel either by seaplane or boat. These two means of transport are widely used for most trips between islands.

maldives on budget - seaplane
maldives on budget - seaplane

Where to stay in Maldives ?

In Maldives you can enjoy your vacation either in private Resort Islands, usually little expensive, or you can stay in one of the Hotels/Guesthouses on budget, located in one of the local Islands : that time you can really experience the real Maldivian Life & Culture and save lot of money. 

You can check here all informations and details about the best local islands that we recommend.  

hala Maldif Team are experts in Maldives on budget and we have direct contracts and agreements with most of Guesthouses in Maldives and you can book with us a standard double room starting from 60$ per night for 2 persons in bed and breakfast rate (including all taxes).

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Guesthouse in Gulhi Island
Hotel in Maafushi Island

Direct Flights to/from Maldives

There are frequent direct flights to Male from most international destinations including India,  Sri Lanka, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and major airports in  South-East Asia, as well as an increasing number of charters from Europe. 

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