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Destinations in Maldives

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Regions in Maldives

The Maldives consist of 26 atolls, or atholhu in dhivehi – the origin of the English word. These are not individual islands, but huge ring-shaped coral formations hundreds of kilometres wide, fragmented into countless islands.

Naming the atolls is complex, as the atolls have both long traditional Dhivehi names such as Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi and snappy code names such as Baa, which refer to administrative regions and can consist of more than one geographical atoll. The code names are actually just the letters of the Dhivehi alphabet, but because they are easier for non-Maldivians to remember and pronounce, the code names are popular in the travel industry and are therefore used here. Of the 20 administrative atoll groups, only (parts of) 10 are open to tourism, and from north to south these are:

  • Lhaviyani (Miladhunmadulu Uthuruburi)
  • Raa (Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi)
  • Baa (Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi)
  • Kaafu (North and South Male Atoll). Location of the capital Male and the airport, home to most Maldivian resorts.
  • Alifu (Ari). To the west of Kaafu, the second most popular group.
  • Vaavu (Felidhu)
  • Meemu (Mulak)
  • Faafu (Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi)
  • Dhaalu (Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi)
  • Seenu (Addu). The southernmost atoll, the second largest in population and home to Gan International Airport.

Cities in Maldives

  • Male – the capital and largest city
  • Seenu – second largest city and short-lived home of the Suvadive secessionist movement

Other destinations in Maldives

  • Kuredu – one of the inhabited islands of Lhaviyani Atoll
  • Rasdhoo – small inhabited island and the capital of North Ari Atoll
  • Ukulhas – small, 1 km long island of Alif Alif Atoll

How To Travel To Maldives

By plane Virtually all visitors arrive at Malé International Airport (IATA: MLE), located on the island of Hulhulé next to the capital Male. The airport is served by a large number of flights to China, India, Sri Lanka, Dubai and major airports in Southeast Asia, as well as an increasing...

How To Travel Around Maldives

Getting around in the Maldives is done in three ways: boats, seaplanes (air taxis) and private yachts. Boats are the Maldivian equivalent of the car, while planes and private yachts are mainly reserved for tourists. Air taxis and boats prefer not to operate at night. So if you arrive at...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Maldives

The Maldives has a remarkably simple visa policy -- everyone gets a free 30-day visa on arrival provided they have a valid travel document, an exit ticket and proof of sufficient funds, defined as either a confirmed reservation at any resort or USD25/day in cash. This can be extended...

Accommodation & Hotels in Maldives

For a long time, the Maldives had a policy of keeping tourists on special islands, which meant they could only stay in full-service resorts, where the cost of an overnight stay started at around US$200 and rose into the stratosphere. However, the brief democratic flourishing under the rule of...

Weather & Climate in Maldives

The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate (Am) according to Keppen's climate classification, which is influenced by a large area of South Asia in the north. The presence of this land causes differential heating of land and water. These factors have caused a flow of saturated air from the...

Things To See in Maldives

Most visitors come to enjoy the myriad of plush resorts, excellent beaches and stunningly colourful marine life. Due to the island's isolated location, the number of animals on land is limited, but just beneath the surface of the beautiful blue ocean there is an abundance of wildlife to see....

Things To Do in Maldives

Diving and snorkeling in Maldives Apart from turning the water bungalow into a rock on your honeymoon, the main activity in the Maldives is diving. The atolls are all coral reefs hundreds of kilometres from any major land mass, which means the water clarity is excellent and the underwater life...

Food & Drinks in Maldives

Food in Maldives All resorts are self-contained, so they have at least one restaurant that generally serves the type of cuisine expected by guests. (i.e. modern European or generic Asian). Breakfast is almost always included, and most resorts offer the option of half board, which means you get an evening...

Money & Shopping in Maldives

Currency in Maldives The local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR), divided into 100 Laari. However, the resorts charge for their services in US dollars by law and require payment in hard currency (or by credit card), so there is absolutely no need to change money if you spend all...

Language & Phrasebook in Maldives

Maldivian Dhivehi, a close relative of Sinhala (spoken in Sri Lanka) but with borrowings from Urdu, Hindi, Arabic and many other languages, is the official language. It is written in a remarkable hybrid script called Thaana, which uses Arabic and Indian numerals as the basis of the alphabet and...

Internet & Communications in Maldives

There are two mobile phone operators: Dhiraagu and Ooredoo. Both sell local prepaid SIM cards with internet connection at competitive prices. The former of them is the leading local telecom company that has a wider coverage, while the prices are about the same as its competitor. Both have shops...

Culture Of Maldives

Since the 12th century AD, there have also been influences from Arabia in the language and culture of the Maldives due to its conversion to Islam and its location as a crossroads in the central Indian Ocean. This was due to the long history of trade between the Far...

History Of Maldives

Ancient history and settlement Comparative studies of the oral, linguistic and cultural traditions and customs of the Maldives indicate that the early settlers were Dravidian peoples from the ancient Tamilakam in the Sangam period (300 BC - 300 AD), most probably fishermen from the southwestern coasts of what is now...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Maldives

Stay safe in Maldives There is very little crime in the tourist resorts, as guests often do not venture far away. In general, Maldivians are honest, helpful and hospitable people, even though you are unlikely to come into much contact with them in the resorts. There are no drugs in the...

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