FAQ on Maldives
Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, south-west of India and Sri Lanka. Maldives is an independent country with over 1190 tiny islands.
Geographic coordinate: between 7° 6′ 35″ and 0° 42′ 24″ south and between 72° 33′ 19″ and 73° 46′ 13″ east of Greenwich.
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Sub-tropical, with two monsoons, hot, humid and dry in northeast monsoon (November to March) and rainy in southwest monsoon (June to August) Average temperature around 29 – 32 degrees Celsius.
November through April is the peak season and reservations should be made well in advance if you are planning to travel during this period
A valid passport
Pre-arrival visa is not required for tourists.
Free tourist visa valid for 30 days is granted for all Nationalities.
T-shirts and other light cotton clothes are the most suitable. Nudity is forbidden in all areas and modest clothing (especially for women) is recommended when visiting all inhabited islands
The Maldives is 5 hours ahead of the GMT (GMT+5).
Each resort is an exclusive island that has all amenities contained and generated on the island.
Malé is the capital of Maldives. Malé is densely populated with over 143,000 people (2017 record). The area of Malé is 9.27 square kilometres (3.58 sq mi). Total population of Maldives is about 395,000 (recorded in 2020)
Maldivians speak Dhivehi. It is the National language, but English is widely used in commerce and education. People working in the tourism sector are competent in Italian, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.
The Maldives uses Rufiyaa (MVR) as the national currency. Rufiyaa notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Most resorts, hotels, shops and service providers accept cash or card payments with US Dollars (USD) and Euro (EUR)