Top things to do @ Maldives
 
01 Diving
Dive centers are a crucial part of any resort in the Maldives. All dive centers are equipped with high quality rental gear and are staffed with friendly, multilingual dive guides and instructors. Maldives is the ideal place to learn and acquire an open water dive certification. All resorts conduct dive courses for divers of various standards and diverse interests.



02 Big Game Fishing
Go for a fishing trip of a lifetime on our deep sea fishing boat and fish for marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and many more.



03 Water Sports
In Maldives you will find the best conditions and facilities for water sports. Be it diving, wind surfing, parasailing, water skiing and several other fun activities that tickles your fancy, it is all there for you. Annual International Surf event is one of the exciting water sports events held in Maldives.



04 Dream Island Trip
Fulfil your dream of being Robinson Crusoe on a nearby deserted island. Stroll along pristine white beaches or snorkel among the myriad fish on the reef, surfacing only for the picnic lunch prepared especially for you.



05 Explore the Cultural Centre
Visit Dhangethi Island, home to the country’s only cultural centre and discover the local way of life the way it used to be. Enjoy a local lunch, visit a school, learn about dhoni (boat) building and other local crafts, such as stone carvings, lacquer art, reed mats.



06 Fishing
Fishing is a very exciting and a simple sport. At either sunset or at dawn, take a dhoni (a country boat) to nearby reefs and go fishing in true Maldivian style using hand-reel line. If you prefer night fishing, you could enjoy the peace and stillness of the night under starry skies while you can specially fish for snapper or grouper and end the evening with a barbecue prepared with your own catch.



07 Island Hopping
An island hopping excursion would take you to another resort, an uninhabited island and an inhabited island all in a day tour designed to give you a taste of the country. You would also get the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters of a desert island and experience a barbecue on the beach. Some resorts take this a step further by conducting the excursion by sea plane.



08 Lucky Dolphin trip
An excursion to spot the most amazing animals in the sea - the playful Spinner Dolphins who have made the Indian Ocean their home.



09 Picnic on a deserted island
Spend half a day on our private island, relax on the beach, go swimming and work up an appetite for the picnic lunch served under the shade of a palm tree.



10 Snorkel Hopping
Plan a trip on a speedboat to the best snorkeling sites nearby the coral reefs. As each island is surrounded by a shallow lagoon with its outer rim dropping off into the ocean, the ideal spot for snorkeling would be the slope adorned with a fine colorful house reef



11 Snorkel Safari
Visit some of the famous snorkeling sites where you can see turtles, sharks and even possibly a manta ray.



12 Sunset Cruise
Relax on the sundeck of our traditional dhoni boat and admire the spectacular views of the sun setting on the waters of the Indian Ocean.



13 Visit a local Fishing Village
Experience the authentic life of a Maldivian fisherman and wander along the streets of a nearby fishing village.



14 Yachting
Explore the true beauty of the Maldives on a private yacht. Truly a cruise that dreams are made of.

15 Entertainment
Entertainment in the evenings differs widely from resort to resort. Some resorts provide a more club like atmosphere. Almost all resorts offer disco and live music either with their in-house DJs and bands or visiting bands from Male’. Some resorts include traditional dance and music in their entertainment programs.

01 Duty – Free shops
Ibrahim Nasir International Airport offers you the perfect opportunity to indulge after your days in the sun, sea and sand. Located in the departure hall are an array of exclusive shops that offers the best of international brands in watches, perfumes, electronics and fashion accessories, together with those which offer excellent Maldivian souvenirs, liquor, tobacco and confectioneries.


02 Exclusive Stores
A number of stores in Male’ cater to those who are looking for international brand names in lifestyles, sportswear, cosmetics and electronics. These shops boast the latest in their line of business and offer the same or better prices than their competitors in the rest of the world.


03 Souvenirs
The northern end of Chaandhanee Magu is the locality for you if you are looking for souvenirs to take home. A range of batik sarong with wrap-arounds, wooden handy-crafts, candles and other memorablia are available from the shops lining the street. Lookout for genuine Maldivian hand painted t-shirts, lacquered boxes, miniature dhonis and reed mats if you really want to take a piece of The Maldives with you as a memento.
Be ready to shop as you will be amazed to see the range of brands and collection on offer!



The Airport boasts of a variety of cuisine available at the different restaurants. For those who would like grab quick bite before taking off, the first floor departure area has a coffee shop, while on the landside, there is an ice-cream counter (Moven pick), and a snack counter called Mariyadhu Restaurant. And for those who would like to eat more elaborate food, there is the Aqua Restaurant.

01 Culture
Located at the crossways of the Indian Ocean shipping lanes on the main seaway around the Indian sub-continent, the Maldives has been a meeting point of African, Arab, Malay and Indonesian mariners. Throughout the centuries, these influences have shaped the Maldivian way of life. This can be seen from the many facets of Maldivian lifestyle such as dining, music, art and craft.


02 Music
Bodu Meru is the most popular form of music and dance in the country, believed to have been introduced by the African slaves in the early 19th Century. Historians believe that Thaara, which holds a special place in local entertainment have been introduced from the Middle East in the seventeenth century. Other forms of dance such as Bandiya Jehun have a strong South Asian flavour. Today, Western pop and Indian music is popular with the young and the old.


03Art and Craft
The Maldivians are skilled craftsmen. This can be seen in several of Maldivian Art and Craft - the deft coral stone carvings at Hukuru Miskiiy, the intricate lacquer art, the fine mats woven by he women of the Fioari in the South and the work of skilled calligraphers whose works - old and new that can be viewed in mosques around the country.


01 Photoflights
Resorts also offer you the opportunity to savor the beauty of the Maldives from air. While some other resorts offer organized photo flights by seaplane, you have the option of arranging your own aerial expedition as well.


02 Male Excursions
Male’ Excursions are organized regularly by resorts in Male’ Atoll, however some resorts in other atolls also offer you the opportunity to visit the capital during your stay. Male’ is the political and commercial hub of the country.



03 Hukuru Miskiiy
Hukuru Miskiiy or the Friday Mosque is one of the oldest buildings in the country. It was built in 1656 during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar. It contains some of the finest samples of Maldivian workmanship. The walls of the mosque are made up of coral blocks each with intricate carvings of Arabic verses and ornamental patterns. The minaret or “Munnaaru” adjacent to the mosque was built in 1675 by the same Sultan.



04 Mulee-aage – The Presidential Palace
Mulee-aage, the former presidential palace was built in 1908, just before the first World War by Sultan Shamsuddeen III for his son. However the Sultan was deposed and his son was never able to take up the throne. In 1953, during the time of the first Republic, the building was designated as the Presidential Palace and was the official residence of the president until the new Presidential Palace was built. Today, Muliaage is the current 'Official Residence of the President of Maldives, which is located at the historic centre of Male’ in close proximity of the Medhu Ziyaarai and the Munnaru.



05 Theemuge
Theemuge is the site of the former presidential palace of Maldives, upgraded to presidential standards in 1992. Theemuge served as the presidential palace until 2008. The design and architecture of the palace combines the grandeur of local tradition with modernity. However, today, Theemuge houses the Supreme Court of Maldives.



06 Islamic Centre
Dominating the Male’ skyline from the sea is the shining golden dome and the minaret of the Islamic Centre, opened in 1984. In addition to its central feature - The Grand Mosque, holds up to 5000 people and in addition, the Islamic Centre houses a conference hall, an Islamic library and classrooms. The main prayer hall displays some of the best works of present day Maldivian calligraphers.



07 Sultan Park and Museum
The Sultan Park and the National Museum are part of the old Sultan’s Palace and the Palace grounds during the time of the monarchy. The museum opened in 1952 and displays a large variety of objects and artifacts from times gone by. The collection comprises of relics from the pre-Islamic times to royal antiquities belonging to different monarchs. The Museum is opened from 9.am to 3 pm ecept Fridays and public holidays.



08 Medhuziyaarai:
The tomb of Abu –Al Barakaat Yoosuf al-Barbari, to whom the nation pays its respects for bringing to the shores the enlightenment of Islam in the twelfth century A.D.



09 The Republic Square:
You will not miss the small park with its fountain and the tall mast with the National Flag fluttering gently in the breeze. The Republic Square is an open space many residents of Male’, young and old enjoy, especially during the weekends.



General Baggage Rules:

All arriving/departing passengers are requested to check with their respective airlines on the baggage rules.

Remember to check your baggage weight and make note of the allowed weight and sizes before you set to go to the airport. This is to ensure that there are no delays and confusion at the time of travel. Plan ahead to ensure that the allowed baggage in weight and in dimension correlate to the baggage you are carrying.

Make a note of baggage liability limitations and take enough precautions to ensure that your baggage is safe. Make a note of prohibited items in the hand baggage and ensure you don’t carry them in hand.

Liquor / Alcohol cannot be imported without a license. It should be declared at the customs and will be returned to you on departure.

The country does not allow import pornographic materials, firearms / weapons, illicit drugs and the penalties for non-adherence is severe.




An international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever and cholera is required by visitors arriving from infected countries.

The most common problem for tourists in the Maldives are sunburn and dehydration as the tropical sun is very intense in the country. The soft breezes on the islands and during boat rides can easily fool you. Some form of sun protection is necessary even for travelers with darker skin tones. A range of sun creams are available in Male and in most resorts. It is also advisable to wear a T-shirt when snorkeling and to avoid dehydration drink lots of fluids.

There are two hospitals in Male, many clinics, pharmacies and a number of good doctors both in private practice and at the hospitals. A physician is also within easy reach from all resorts islands.




The following items are prohibited from being imported, produced, handled, sold, distributed or given in Maldives.

Prohibited Items

• Religious materials offensive to Islam
• Idols (for worship)
• Pornographic material
• Narcotics and psychotropic substances
• Live pigs

Import of Restricted Items (except to Government authorities)

• Arms and ammunition
• Alcohol and Spirits
• Pork and its by-products
• Dogs
• Dangerous animals

Items allowed to be imported when accompanied with certificates
• Live plants and animals - a valid phytosanitary / sanitary certificate required
• Medicines - doctor's medical prescription required

Marine products prohibited for export

• Bait fishes (used for pole & line fishing)
• Big eye scad (less than 6 inches)
• Black coral
• Black coral necklaces
• Boulder coral
• Branching coral
• Conch (triton) shell
• Coral
• Dolphin
• Eels (from june 25, 1995)
• Lobster
• Lobster meat
• Mother of pearl shells
• Parrot fish (from june 25, 1995)
• Puffer fish (from june 25, 1995)
• Ray skin (from january 01, 1996)
• Rays (from june 25, 1995)
• Trochus shell
• Turtle (from january 01, 1996)
• Turtle shell products (from january 01, 1996)
• Turtle shells (from january 01, 1996)
• Whales

Please assist us in preserving the environment by taking only photographs and memories with you, while leaving only footprints.



http://www.immigration.gov.mv/index.php/laws-and-regulations.html




The Government of Maldives provides everyone a 30-day tourist visa on arrival. However, the person should carry a valid passport with valid travel documents. Tourists are required to have a confirmed booking at a resort, hotel or a safari vessel for immigration clearance. Visitors without hotel reservations should seek assistance at the airport tourist information counter right outside the arrival hall. Visa extensions may be obtained from the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Male’.

For information on visa requirements to travel Maldives, check the following links:

http://www.immigration.gov.mv/index.php/forms.html



Remember Maldives is an archipelago and you have various options to stay and enjoy the paradise that the country really is. The options vary from huge airconditioned bungalows to luxury rooms and suites to lovely cottages on stilts by the sea. Book well in advance if you need rooms in the peak season starting from November through April.
Travel within the Maldives itself offers excitement as there are many options. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is located on an island of its own which is just over a kilometer long. The island is for the exclusive usage of the airport and is only 10 minutes from the capital by boat. You have inter-island air fleet (Air taxis) that provide the most spectacular view of the country from the sky while providing a comfortable ride to your destination. Local boats or Dhoanis (Ave speed: 7 knots) are the most common means of transport between islands. There is a regular ferry service between the Airport and Male. Modern speed boats and Safari vessels are also available to explore the atolls.

. Exploring an island by foot is likely to take not more than half an hour. Taxis in Male’ are not metered, charging very nominally for a stop anywhere within the city. They can be hailed on the road or called through taxi services.
 
Maldives is a melting pot of many cultures. It is believed that the earliest inhabitants of the island are Dravidians from South India and the Yakka and Naga people from Sri Lanka. With the coming of the Arabs, Islamic traditions replaced the Hindu and Buddhist traditions and now Maldives is an Islamic country. The people are a extremely  friendly and very simple in their outlook.

Swimsuits and beachwear are confined to the resorts and while visiting an inhabited island or the capital, visitors should be adequately dressed.. It is vital to pack your light summer cotton clothing, as the climate in Maldives is warm and humid.

Maldivians traditionally eat with their fingers. It is also considered unhygienic to touch food with the left hand. If in doubt, always use a spoon.A large number of locals smoke, but smoking and eating “in front of the locals”, during Ramadan is discouraged.
 
Though Divehi is the native language, English is widely used and understood by the people.

When entering a mosque, the legs and the body, but not the neck and the face, should be covered.

Handshaking is the most common form of greeting. 
   

One can find all basic food / amenities conforming to international quality and standards.

Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a hub for transport to the resorts and the country's regional centers. One can easily locate different modes of transport based on interests - Sea transport, which includes scheduled ferries and speed boats, Domestic Air Services - operated by Island Aviation and Mega Maldives and Sea Plane Services operated by TMA and Maldivian Air taxi.


All resorts offer IDD telephone services. If you are planning to use your mobile phones, please check with your service provider if it will work with the networks in Maldives. Mobile telephone services in the Maldives are offered by Dhiraagu and Wataniya Telecom Maldives.

Internet
In the Airport, a cyber café is located outside the arrival terminal. International stations are also located in the departure lounge after check-in and immigration. All the resorts in the Maldives offer internet services. Some resorts offer broadband connections in the room while others offer Wi-Fi zones at key locations on the island. Throughout Maldives, one should be able to find business centres and cyber cafés and connectivity is not a problem.


An outlet of Maldives Post is located outside the departure hall of the International Terminal. All services except money transfer services are available at the Maldives Post outlet in the Airport. If you are in a resort, drop your letters or postcards in the postbox provided in the resort and the resort will ensure that your mail is delivered to the postal system. Or you can make use of the postal and courier services provided by Maldives Post Limited. Almost all International Couriers are also represented in Male’.
ü Appropriate dressing is an important aspect of the culture at Maldives. Swimwear and beachwear are allowed at resorts and not to be worn in the Capital city – Male or the inhabited islands. Nudity in public places is prohibited.

1 Traditionally Maldivians eat with their fingers and consider touching food with the left hand unhygienic. While in doubt, eat with a spoon.

2 Remember to be aware of people who could take you for a ride, promising many interesting experiences. While in doubt, always check.

3 Leave a copy of your itinerary and a photocopy of your passport at home or with your family, to let them know your travel plan.

4 Always carry a few extra passport photographs of yourself and all the family members traveling with you. They may come in handy.

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