Travel to Maldives
The Maldives is widely known for its resorts, each of which is a unique world surrounded by pure golden sands. This is a place “at the end of the world”, where there is no noise of cities and European civilization, where there is only exotic nature and endless expanses of the ocean.
Numerous underwater coral caves stretch throughout the Maldives archipelago, lush tropical vegetation creates the pristine and unique beauty of the islands.
According to calculatorinc, Male is the smallest capital in the world (length 2.5 km, width 1 km). Its main attraction is the mosque “Great Friday”, adorned with a golden dome. The Islamic Center is located on its territory. This largest mosque in the Maldives can accommodate more than 5,000 people at the same time. Nearby is the old mosque “Good Friday” with a unique minaret, the graves of national heroes and members of the ruling families.
Among other sights of the capital, noteworthy are:
- Presidential palace
- National Museum located in Sultan Park
- burial places of legendary Maldivian saints
It is also worth buying a ticket to the Maldives in order to visit the colorful local markets – fruit, vegetable and handicraft – places where residents of many Maldivian islands bring goods.
The Maldives is a discovery for diving enthusiasts. Numerous coral caves are the most interesting places for underwater exploration. Coral reefs protect coastal waters from predatory fish, so diving enthusiasts do not have to fear for their lives.
Maldives: Useful Tips
English is widely spoken in the capital Male and in the resorts.
The Maldives has a set of mandatory rules, the violation of which threatens not only with fines, but also with imprisonment.
It is forbidden to get corals, shells, starfish, etc. from the sea. It is strictly forbidden to break, tear live and dead corals in the ocean and near the coast, damage the shells and bring them to the surface.
It is forbidden to fish near the islands. For this purpose, fishing is organized in hotels, both for ordinary and large non-commercial fish.
Spearfishing is strictly prohibited.
It is forbidden to throw empty cans, bottles made of tin, glass, plastic and other garbage on the islands.
Shark jaws, handicrafts, light summer clothes, coconut oil, shells are brought as souvenirs from the Maldives.
Vaccinations against hepatitis A and B are recommended. Medical services are paid. To avoid problems, you should take out insurance.
Maldives: Cuisine of the Maldives
Local cuisine usually includes rice, fish curry cooked with coconut milk. Limes, chili and small onions add piquancy to dishes.
Roshi, local bread, is usually eaten with mas huni, a fish cocktail flavored with coconut, onion, chili, and lime.
Among the local snacks, fihunu mas – fish baked with chili paste, keemia – fried fish rolls, kulhi borkihaa – the most delicate fish pie are very popular.
Among the sweets, bondi – white coconut sticks – are very tasty.
Maldives: Culture of the Maldives
The population of the Maldives is mainly made up of Maldivians and Indians, who profess Sunni Islam.
Holidays and non-working days
- New Year – January 1
- Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan fasting) – date is not fixed
- Eid al Kebir (Day of Sacrifice) – March 15-18
- Islamic New Year – April 6
- National holiday – June 4-5
- Moulud (Prophet’s Birthday) – June 15
- Independence Day – July 26-27
- Republic Day – November 11-12
- Huravi Day – September 1
- Martyrs’ Day – October 28
- Victory Day – November 3
A carefree and simple existence in harmony with nature is the Maldivian way of life. Especially striking is the local hospitality. This trait is passed down from generation to generation among the Maldivians.
Maldives: Money and currency of the Maldives
The official currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa. One rufiyaa contains 100 lari. In circulation there are banknotes of 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 rufiyaas and coins of 50, 25, 10, 5, 2 and 1 lari. Payments at hotels can be made in both Maldivian Rufiyaas and US dollars. Visa, American Express, Master Card and travelers checks are accepted for payment.