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They say the sands are softer than a feather blanket, they say that this is a little spot of heaven on earth and they are right. It won’t be long until you are the ‘they’ spreading the word about the Maldives, a charming geological eccentricity nestled in the middle of the azure Indian Ocean. But shush, we don’t want too many people to disturb these islands which are quintessentially picture perfect, where you’ll find the most pristine sands, palm fringed beaches and crystal clear waters that are so warm you’ll feel like you’re in a bath.
Spend days languishing in the epitome of idyll living. Sit on the beach, watch the sunset with a cocktail to savour and marvel at the fact that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit. Divers, honeymooners and sun worshippers with fall into peaceful slumber whether they are staying in a rustic island retreat or some of the world’s finest luxury accommodation located in this Maldivian paradise.
- Wake up atop the ocean when you stay in one of the famous water villas which are scattered around the resorts. Having direct access to the water, being able to observe sea-life day and night from your deck and enjoying exclusive privacy is a dream come true.
- Discover the vibrant underwater world either scuba diving or snorkelling. Most islands have their own dive centres, with experienced divers on hand to show you the ropes.
- Cruise the crystal clear waters on a dhoni, a traditional fishing boat. Travel to your own private island or explore the atolls, saying hello to locals as they pass by.
- Savour the taste of fresh and delicious Maldivian lobster or a beachfront BBQ is bound to get the mouth watering.
- Make a trip to Male and head to the waterfront for the fascinating fish market. Fish is eaten for every meal here and this market shows you a slice of Maldivian everyday life.
- Maldives has a tropical climate, with a consistent temperature of 30 ºC. From May to November there is a chance of wind and rain. The best time to visit is during the drier months between November and April.
- The currency used is the rufiyaa, however most of the resorts will accept credit cards, travellers cheques and US dollar. It is possible not to have to handle cash throughout your stay as the resorts are usually cash-free.
- Travellers Cheques are NOT accept anywhere in the Maldives.
- The official language is Dhivehi. English is also widely spoken.
- Your passport is required to be valid for six months after your stay and a visa is not required for American citizens.
- It is forbidden to bring alcohol into the Maldives, although it is served in all resorts.
- Flights from the USA to Maldives usually go via the Middle East.
- Islam is the official religion of the Maldives and the culture is heavily influenced by the geographical proximity to Sri Lanka and southern India.