The Maldives are an archipelago of numerous small islands located in the Indian Ocean in an Equatorial position to the southwest of India. Hailed as an idyllic tropical haven this secluded island formation has in recent years established a reputation as a delightful holiday location attracting leisure travellers from many parts of the world.
The Maldives are the jewel of the Indian Ocean, made up of 1,190 tiny teardrop islands. A place like nowhere else on earth. The most beautiful part of the tropical world, the ultimate Indian Ocean retreat.
The Indian Ocean atolls of Maldives are a string of coral atolls located to the southwest of India and Sri Lanka. This unique island nation has a population of approximately a mere 300,000 people, of mixed descent. The island of Male' is the capital and the home to over one third of the total population.
Out of the 1,190 islands that make up the Maldives, some 200 islands are inhabited - with 80% of these islands counting less than 1,000 residents.
Language & Cuisine
Dhivehi is the official language of the Maldives, with dialects differing from island to island. English is widely spoken by Maldivians, and visitors can easily make themselves understood getting around the capital island, or while visiting local islands.
In the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. Maldivian local cuisine is a truly unique affair, and includes tantalising dishes flavoured with spices and including famed local ingredients such as tuna and coconut. Resorts serve a range of international cuisine styles as well as local specialities.
Facts of Maldives
- Tourist Visa:
Free Visa on Arrival.
Dry season (northeast monsoon): November to April.
Wet (rainy) season: May to October.
- Highest Average Temperature : 31°C
Lowest Average Temperature : 26°C
- Time Zone: