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Fast facts about the Maldives

Islands in the Maldives are like strings of pearls, a timeless jewel.

  • Population: 294,000
  • Capital: Male; 83,000
  • Religion: Sunni Muslim
  • Inhabited island: 200
  • Currency: Rufiyaa, US Dollars are widely accepted
  • Language: Maldivian Dhivehi, (dialect of Sinhala), English
  • Number of Atolls: 26
  • Area: 298 square kilometers (115 square miles)
  • Total Coral Islands: 1,200
  • Altitude: 2.4m above sea level

 

Climate and environment

Tropical and sunny! Usually with beautiful weather and temperature of 30°C all year round.

Timezone

The Maldives is at GMT +5.

Speak Local Dhivehi

  • Hello: Assalaam Alaikum (Religious greeting for anytime of the day)
  • Good morning: Baajjaveri Hedhuneh
  • Good afternoon: Baajjaveru Mendhureh
  • Good night: Baajjavery reygandeh
  • How are you?: Kihineh?
  • Fine/Good: Ran’galhu
  • Thank you: Shukuriyya
  • Let’s eat: Hingaa Kaan
  • A beautiful day: Reethi duvaheh
  • My name is...: Aharengenamakee…
  • Fish: Mas
  • Shark: Miyaru

While in paradise…

Stay hydrated

Sun, sea and sitting on the beach for days are great when you sweat it out. But remember to stay hydrated with water all day long.

Leave these at home

The Maldives is a Muslim country. There are specific bans on certain things such pork products and alcohol from your connecting flights. Alcohol is available at the resort.

Tipping

It is not a must to tip but it is common to tip waiters or villa staff at the resort and at your discretion for appreciating the hospitality extended.

Beware of sun

This beautiful tropical island is close to the equator. Hence, sun and rays might be strong for your delicate skin. Protect them with rash guard vest, umbrellas or sun blocks all the time.

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