The Maldives

With stunning beaches lapped by crystal-clear water, and fabulous year-round weather, the Maldives is a top tourist destination, attracting families, honeymooners, adventure-seekers, and anyone looking for a memorable escape to a slice of paradise.

Did you know that the Maldives comprise of 1,200 coral islands in the Indian Ocean? These tropical islands to the south of India and west of Sri Lanka, are incredibly relaxed, and offer high-quality accommodation, delicious food, and extensive activities, provided by friendly locals who welcome visitors with open arms.

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  • History and Culture

    Maldivian culture comes from a myriad of countries and sources. The islands have been inhibited since the 5th century BC. South Indian and Sri Lankan settlers were among the first and have continued to shape the country’s culture over the centuries and retain a strong presence today.

    Originally a Buddhist settlement, under Arab influence the Maldives had converted to Islam by around 1153 CE. Today, the Maldives are predominantly Islamic and a number of mosques can be found in Malé, the country’s capital and most populous city.

  • Nature and wildlife

    Widely described as a tropical paradise holiday destination, the Maldives are home to a rich variety of plant life that provide the perfect habitat for a wealth of flora and fauna to thrive. Among the most impressive mammals that grace the islands are endemic flying foxes and shrews. Geckos and several snake species thrive in the exotic Maldivian jungles.

    The country is also renowned for its incredible marine biodiversity, where over 2,000 fish species roam the waters, including manta rays, eagle rays and stingrays. The coral reefs here are the eighth largest in the world, and never fail to attract snorkellers and scuba diving enthusiasts keen to explore this vibrant underwater world. As well as their ecological value, the Maldivian reefs hold historical and cultural significance, and have been the focus of cultural practices and traditions among the local people for centuries.

  • Food and drink

    Unsurprisingly, seafood is a staple of Maldivian cuisine, which is traditionally served with coconut and rice. South Indian and Sri Lankan influences are dominant in the country’s diverse cuisine, and many dishes are loaded with heat and spice.

    Mas huni is a famous breakfast dish on the Maldives, comprising of fresh coconut, shredded smoked tuna, chilli, and hordes of seasoning, designed to set you up well for a day exploring and creating memorable holiday adventures.

    Another Maldivian gastronomic ‘must have’ is Kulhi boakibaa, a local take on fish cakes, with ginger, smoked tuna, curry leaves, chilli, and turmeric.

    The islands are well-known for their legendary cocktails, the most famous of which is the ‘Maldivian Lady.’ This local delight pairs rum with apricot brandy, grenadine, pineapple juice and ice.

    Visitors are literally spoilt for choice when looking for a place to sample these mouthwatering delicacies, as there is an unlimited choice of dining options on the island nation.

  • Adventure and experiences

    From snorkelling with white sharks and exploring the colourful reefs, to learning about how the iconic Dhoni boats are built, there is also an unlimited choice of adventures waiting to be experienced on the Maldives. Some of the most popular experiences include surfing the legendary waves to the north of the country, visiting a reef conservation project, and island hopping, when you will discover a fascinating glimpse into ‘real island life.’

    Or, if that all sounds a little too energetic, you can always lounge around on a tranquil beach, sipping at cocktails until the sun goes down and a gentle pink hue lights up the white sand.

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  • Capital city: Male
  • Language: Dhivehi
  • Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR) & United States Dollar (USD)
  • Time Difference: UTC +5
  • Flight Time: 10h30 to Male from London Airports
  • Visa: Visa on Arrival
  • Peak Season: December to April

Did you know?

The Maldives is the flattest country in the world, with an average altitude of 1.8 metres from the sea level making it particularly vulnerable to climate change

The Maldives Climate Guide