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A Land Rich In Beauty

Visit Maldives

Capital : Male

Area : 297.8 Km²

Currency : Maldivian Rufiyaa

Population : 521,457 (2021)

Official Languages : Dhivehi, English

MALDIVES

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Explore Maldives, a land of a thousand islands, smallest capital and coral-made homes. Start your journey with Jet Leisure Maldives.

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Geography

Nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a celestial paradise where turquoise waters meet azure skies, creating a breathtaking canvas of natural beauty. Comprising 26 atolls and over a thousand coral islands, this archipelago boasts a unique geography that captivates the soul. Each atoll is a cluster of coral islands, creating a haven for marine life, vibrant coral reefs and stunning underwater landscapes.

 

The Maldivian geography is a testament to nature’s artistry, with each island offering a distinct charm. From the bustling capital of Malé, where the world’s smallest capital city awaits exploration, to the pristine, uninhabited islands that dot the atolls, the Maldives beckons with diversity. The landscape is not only defined by the endless stretches of powdery white-sand beaches but also by the intricate coral formations that house an incredible array of marine species.

 

This tropical haven is a sanctuary for those seeking solace amidst nature’s wonders. As the sun casts its golden glow on the tranquil waters, and palm-fringed islands dot the horizon, the Maldivian geography unfolds a story of serenity and unmatched beauty, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in the magic of this idyllic destination.

People

The ancient history of the Maldives remains somewhat elusive, scholars and historians believe this archipelago is a land with a heritage stretching back more than 2,500 years. The Maldivian people are the product of numerous waves of settlement from diverse corners of the Indian subcontinent, shaped by millennia of interactions among various races and ethnicities that crisscrossed the vast Indian Ocean.

 

The culture, traditions and the rich tapestry of physical characteristics among the Maldivian people serve as testament to the nation’s role as a melting pot, owing to its strategic geographical location. The Maldivian language, Dhivehi, is rooted in the Indo-Aryan family with origins tracing back to Sanskrit.

 

As of the most recent census in 2014, the population was enumerated at 407,660 individuals, with one-third residing in the capital city, Male, while the remainder call the 200 scattered islands across the country’s expanse home.

 

Traditionally, the livelihood of Maldivians was deeply intertwined with the sea, with fishing serving as the primary source of sustenance. While fishing still plays a significant role in the economy, tourism has emerged as the primary economic driver, providing employment and income to the Maldivian people.

Culture

Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Maldivian culture, a captivating blend of history, tradition and island charm. With roots tracing back over 2,500 years, the Maldives has evolved into a melting pot of influences from the Indian subcontinent, creating a unique identity.

 

The Maldivian people, known for their warm hospitality, embrace a lifestyle intricately connected to the turquoise waters that surround them.

Traditional ceremonies, such as the Bodu Beru drumming and the graceful Boduberu dance, showcase the rich heritage and deep-rooted customs of this island nation.

 

Explore the local markets, where vibrant colors and enticing aromas fill the air, offering a sensory delight. The Maldivian cuisine, heavily influenced by the bounty of the Indian Ocean, invites you on a culinary journey with tantalizing flavors of coconut, fish and tropical fruits.

 

As you stroll through the narrow streets of the capital, Male’ and visit the ancient mosques and coral-stone houses, you’ll witness the enduring spirit of the Maldivian people. Join in the festivities of traditional festivals like Eid and experience the genuine warmth that defines Maldivian culture – an invitation to embrace the heart and soul of this tropical paradise.

Environment

Dive into the serene embrace of the Maldivian environment, a paradise where nature and luxury intertwine seamlessly. Picture powdery white sands caressed by crystal-clear turquoise waters and lush greenery that paints a vivid contrast against the azure skies. The Maldives, nestled in the heart of the Indian Ocean, boasts an ecosystem rich in biodiversity. Beneath the surface, vibrant coral reefs teem with marine life, creating a haven for snorkelers and divers alike.

 

Immerse yourself in the tranquil rhythm of island life, where sustainability takes center stage. Many resorts in the Maldives are committed to eco-friendly practices, ensuring that the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant marine ecosystems are preserved for generations to come. From renewable energy initiatives to coral restoration projects, the Maldivian commitment to environmental stewardship is woven into the fabric of each luxurious escape.

 

Whether you’re basking in the sun on a pristine beach, exploring the depths of the ocean, or simply savoring the sea breeze, the Maldivian environment beckons you to unwind and connect with nature. Let the warm embrace of this island sanctuary inspire unforgettable moments, where luxury and environmental consciousness coexist harmoniously.

Things You Should Know

Travel Tips

Maldives operates on a time zone 5 hours ahead of GMT. Mobile services and major credit cards are readily accepted. Embrace the tropical climate and respect local customs on inhabited islands.

Time Zone

Maldives is 5 hours ahead of GMT.

International Telephone Code

(+960) Available locally.

Electricty

240 volts

Mobile Services

Prepaid SIM cards at the airport serve for local, international calls and data with two providers available.

Currency

Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR); major credit cards accepted in the country.

Taxes

A 16% TGST applies to all goods and services at tourist establishments. Integrated resorts and large hotels have a US$6.00 Green Tax, while smaller lodgings pay US$3.00 per person per day.

Travel & Transfer

Speedboats are standard for nearby resorts; seaplanes or domestic flights for the rest. Taxis available when traveling to Male. Multiple daily flights from Velana International Airport to 12 destinations.

Weather

Cotton attire is ideal for the Maldives' hot tropical climate. Show respect for local customs on inhabited islands and opt for sandals, perfect for going barefoot.

Clothing

Cotton clothes suits well with the hot tropical climate of the Maldives. Tourists are expected to respect local culture and dress modestly when visiting or staying on inhabited islands. Sandals are ideal, as you may often want to slip them off and go barefoot.

Medical Services

Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and private hospitals ADK and Treetop are in Male'. Each Atoll has a hospital and most resorts have in-house clinics and doctors.

All bookings should be sent via email and you shall receive the confirmation (including vouchers) along with the Invoice. Visa for all nationalities are FOC & on arrival. The clients needs to fill in the IMUGA forms pre-arrival and pre-departure. Refer to https://www.immigration.gov.mv/tourist-visa/