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The Sunny Side of Life, Learn More About the Maldives

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31 July 2023

As your Maldives getaway draws near, it is essential to prepare for your stay.

Check out this ultimate guide to planning the perfect vacation in the Maldives: FAQs and Must-Haves 

 

Language 

Dhivehi is the official language of the Maldives, but English is widely spoken in resorts and by some locals. The Thaana script is used to write Dhivehi from right to left, similar to Arabic. 

 

Time 

While the capital city of Malé follows UTC +5, resorts usually have an “Island Time” with clocks set one hour ahead (UTC +6) to give guests more daylight hours to enjoy.
 

Currency 

The local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa. However, US Dollars is commonly used in resorts, and major credit cards are widely accepted. 

 

Weather 

The Maldives enjoys a tropical monsoon climate that is warm all year round, with an average temperature of around 30°C (86°F), while sea temperatures range from 22 to 28°C (72–82°F). The dry season lasts from November to April, with clear blue skies and light sea breezes. The monsoon season is from May to October, bringing mixed weather with sun, showers, and occasional storms. Despite the monsoons, the Maldives enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with a constant sea breeze and high humidity. 

 

Religion 

Islam is the state religion of the Maldives, and Maldivians are prohibited from practicing any other faith. However, migrants and foreigners can exercise their religious beliefs privately.
 

Food 

Maldivian cuisine is healthy and flavorful, with fresh local coconuts, fish, and starches as staples. Seafood is caught daily from the Indian Ocean, ensuring you get nothing but the freshest seafood on your plate. Resorts can cater to various dietary restrictions, so make sure to inform them of your preferences. 

 

Activities & Excursions 

The Maldives offers a world of activities and excursions – both off and on land.

You may view the experiences on offer here: Things to Do in the Maldives 

 

What to pack for your tropical holiday in the Maldives?
 

Dress Code 

Resorts usually have a casual island chic dress code, and beachwear is allowed. Light, cotton clothing is recommended. However, it is important to dress modestly when visiting local communities and be reminded that the Maldives has a strong no-nudity policy throughout the country.
 

Electric Adapter 

The Maldives operates on a 230V/50Hz local voltage with a Type G plug. Most resorts have multi-standard sockets in place, but you may also bring your own universal adapter in case.  

 

Necessities 

Remember to bring eco-friendly sunscreen to protect the oceans and corals, as well as sunglasses and a hat. Using reef shoes and rash vests for water sports enthusiasts is also recommended. Most resorts also offer complimentary snorkeling gear in their dive centers. Please note that alcoholic beverages and pork are not allowed to be brought into the Maldives but are offered in resorts.  

 

Travel Regulations 

To stay up to date on travel regulations, check the Maldives’ Board of Tourism and your airline’s websites before you go. 

 

Follow these tips for a smooth and enjoyable vacation in the Maldives. Happy travels! 

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