The Maldives are known around the world for picturesque landscapes, but the islands are also rich in a warm and exotic culture. Inhabited mainly by Sunni Muslims, the local culture is in eclectic mix of Sinhalese, Arab and South Indian influences.
The capital city of Male’ is home to most of the nation’s cultural attractions.
From casual dining to exclusive gourmet meals, the Maldives offers a tempting variety of international cuisines. While the resorts embrace global fare ranging from the savoury flavours of Italian food to gourmet preparations of exceptionally fresh seafood, local venues tend to offer the more authentic Maldivian experience.
With crystalline blue waters surging gently against isolated stretches of pristine white sand, the islands of the Maldives offer a peaceful sanctuary from the harsh realities of the outside world. These beautiful islands are amazingly remote and almost impossibly pure: the breeze rustin Of course, not all of the wonders of the Maldives can be seen at first glance. Those captivating blue waters are home to some of the most vibrant sea life in the world. Almost every resort island enjoys a personal reef convenient for snorkeling, while more remote places to snorkel and dive are easily accessible by boat.g through the palm leaves is often the only reminder that you are not trapped in a photograph or postcard.
With its abundant sea life and sandy beaches, The Maldives is portrayed by travel companies as a tropical paradise.
The best weather is between November and April. The high season falls between December and March. The monsoon runs from May to October, peaking around June. It is worth paying higher prices and sticking to the dry season as there is nothing to do on a rainy day except relax, enjoy your drinks, work out or scuba dive
Alimatha Island- Area famous for its abundant fish life and Scuba Diving, beach bungalows & over water bungalows.
Biyadhoo Island – Resort is perfect for travelers that want a scenic dive location.
The capital city of Male’ is home to most of the nation’s cultural attractions: The National Museum,
Male’ Fish Market
The Grand Friday mosque
Maldivian Private Cooking & Islamic Culture Experience
While not as glamorous as the sparkling resort properties, this city is a hub of activity and a literally a must-see — the airport is located in Male’ — during any holiday to the Maldives.
Virtually all tourists land at Malé International Airport, situated on Hulhulé Island, just 2km from the capital and largest city Malé. It is not far from many of the exclusive resorts in the North and South Male atolls. And Gan Airport, in the southernmost atoll of Addu, now receives international flights, mainly charters, though most airlines still tend to go directly to Malé.
Once you have landed at Malé international airport, it really depends where you want to go. There is a 24-hour ferry service from the airport island to the capital, which takes about 15 minutes. The north and south Malé atolls are easily accessible by taxi boat while the more far flung atolls and islands are reached by air.
Most of the exclusive resorts operate private flights with Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways from the international airport. And seeing as the Maldives is a reasonably small country, it will not take more than 45 minutes to get anywhere from Malé.
This island nation may not offer the most inexpensive accommodations, but the price is right for upscale, often all-inclusive accommodations nestled in one of the most exotic, breathtaking locations in the world currency Maldivian rufiyaa.