Maldives is usually warm through the year. The climate is determined by the monsoon circulation. Being located on the Equatorial, Maldives has mild monsoons . Its geographical location also saves it from the severe tropical storms and cyclones which are characteristic for an Island .
Two monsoon seasons prevail upon Maldives – the Southwest monsoon which is from May to October and the Northeast monsoon from November to April. In the north east monsoon there is little rain and it is a relatively dry period. March and April are the hottest with April bringing calm, windless days. Strong winds and rain starting in April till May mark the change in seasons.
The Southwest monsoon is more prevalent from June to September, with strong gales and rough seas marking the season. Light winds during October till November end mark the change in seasons during this time.
Through the year there is not much variation in the daily temperature and there is hardly any variation between the lengths of the days. The maximum temperatures average around 30.4 degrees Celsius, and the minimum temperature averages around 25.4 degrees Celsius.
Maldives is a predominantly Islamic nation . In the bygone eras, before 1153, Buddhism was the main religion being followed. In 1153, a scholar converted the king to Islam, and since then the whole country of Maldives has been practicing the religion of Islam. Who the Scholar was is still a question with many answers but nothing definiteAll the main Islamic festivals are followed here with great fervour, with the young and old all participating in the celebrations. Religious education is part of life for all and Islam is considered as a part of the school curriculum and taught with the same zeal as for other subjects.
Art & Craft
The marvelous craftsmanship of the Maldivian is most evident in their architecture of their tombs and mosques . The old cemeteries are filled with intricately carved tombstones. Raw materials found locally are deftly carved and produced into lovely craft products.
Most of these crafting skills are passed down through the generations keeping alive the beauty of the intricate art. Verses from the Holy Quran are intricately carved out on the walls of the mosques. This art calligraphy is strongly connected with Islam. Some of the best samples of the art of calligraphy are found in the Islamic Centre.
Some crafts have become obsolete with time, and some have found a revival with the growth of Tourism. The awareness about the conservation of the environment has led to the decline in the sale of products made with Tortoise shells and black coral.
Maldives has a sophisticated communications system which includes up-to-date technology and international satellite. IDD facilities are available on all resorts and card phones are available on all inhabited islands. Dhiraagu, the Maldives Telecommunications Company also provides mobile telephones for daily rental and is also the Internet Service Provider (ISP).
|FAMOUS FOOD OF MALDIVES||FAMOUS INDIAN CUISINE|
|Boduthakurufan magu, Hulhumale’ Ferry Terminal, 1st Floor, Male|
|The Sea House|
|Grilled and Fried Fish||Boduthakurufaanu Magu, 1st Floor Hulhumale Male’ Ferry Terminal, Male 20005|
|Bis Keemiyaa||Royal Garden Cafe|
|H, Esjehi Gallery, Medhuziyaarai Magu, Male|
|Breadfruit||Link Road, Hithadhoo, 19020|
|3-Jan||Saturday||Milad un Nabi|
|18-Jun||Thursday||Start of Ramadan|
|23-Sep||Wednesday||Eid al- Adha|
|13-Oct||Tuesday||Islamic New Year|
|Colombo – National Hospitals Tel: + 00 94 2691111|
|Central Hospital Tel : 00 94 112666000|
|Nawaloka Hospital Tel: 00 94 5577111|
|3 STAR||4 STAR|
|Nasandhura Palace Hotel||Fern Boquete Inn|
|Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male||Hirudhumagu, Hulhumale 10402|
|Hotel Octave||Kurumba Maldives|
|Ma Jambuma, Kamini magu, Male||Vihamanafushi, 09000|
|Beehive Nalahiya Hotel||Hulhule Island Hotel|
|Majeedimagu, Male 20274||Hulhule Island, PO Box 2118|
Alimatha Island located at the Vaavu Atoll on the eastern side of the Maldives.it offers world-class diving, aquarium-like snorkeling as well as a central beach complete with great facilities. The island itself has rich green vegetation surrounded by beaches and many stunning sites.
Manta Point is a diving area where you can enjoy seeing large numbers of manta rays being fed and cleaned by wrasses. Manta rays circle several large coral rocks, and wait their turn to be cleaned. After being cleaned, they swim gracefully to the reef feeding on shallow water where you can find plankton.
The Banana Reef, which is the most sought out diving site in the Maldives. It is called Banana Reef because it has the shape of a banana that extends 300 meters from north to south. The major feature of the reef is its marine life, where you can find Napoleon Wrasse, Moray Eels and the rare Bannerfish. The innumerable number of fishes of different colors and sizes, as well as its drift dives gave Banana Reef its reputation as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives.
The HP Reef, which is one of the best diving sites where you can explore different kinds of superb coral reef formations and colorful fish underwater. It is a marine protected area located at the North Male Atoll. If you are looking for a close encounter with numerous marine life beneath the deep blue sea, this place is for you.
The building houses a lot of different kinds of historical artifacts that reflect the history of the country. The original museum was the old 3-story museum that is the only remaining part of the Maldivian Royal Palace. The new museum is built and designed by the Chinese Government, and is where eventually the artifacts from the old museum would move to.
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)
It is the oldest mosque that can be found on the island. The interior of the mosque is superb, and its coral stone walls with carvings of different kinds of patterns and Arabic scripts is truly remarkable. It also houses tombs that have been erected for the memory of sultans, heroes and nobles. The calm and quiet place would be great for people to discover the Islamic culture the Maldivians follow.
India is 30 minutes ahead of Maldives
Official Currency “Maldivian Rufiyaa “
A sun-kissed beach destination, Maldives is a year-round destination. You are sure to fall in love with the wonderful weather no matter when you visit. However, depending on what you want to do, here’s a monthly break-up of the climatic conditions in Maldives:
December – April: These months constitute summers in Maldives and is also the peak tourist season. Between December and April, the island boasts of dry weather. There will be little or no rain showers during this time, hence, making it ideal for tourists to travel.
May – August: Mostly defined by the monsoons, which generally last from May-end to August, the weather during this time is mostly wet. Make sure you carry an umbrella when you go out. Vary few tourist prefer to come during this time and hence it is an off-season in Maldives. However, some resorts offer great deals during this time which budget travellers can keep a track on.
Fly from the Middle East or Asia – Even getting to the Maldives by plane can be incredibly expensive. Luckily, regional airlines like Air Asia and Sri Lankan Airlines and have begun offering cheaper airfare to get there. Be sure to try to book a flight from either Asia or the Middle East to save on flying.
Use ferries – Getting around the different islands in the Maldives can be costly if you don’t use the ferry system. Be sure to check the ferry timetables and to plan your trip accordingly if you don’t want to be stuck on the wrong island or have to pay for a domestic flight.
Stay with the locals – The Maldives has recently allowed locals to lodge travelers in their homes and this accommodation option is by far the cheapest. Using sites, like Airbnb, to find these guesthouses are a good choice.
Don’t eat at resorts – Resorts are not the only option for eating in the Maldives. Eating at local restaurants or the included meals at guesthouses can save you a large amount of money and be delicious at the same time. The traditional diet of incredibly fresh fish, a type of flatbread similar to a roti, and rice is sure to appeal to any seafood lover.
Go on the included excursions – Many guesthouses have planned excursions that you can go on any time you wish. Due to the private nature of staying at a guesthouse, often it will be you and your host enjoying scuba diving or snorkeling privately, and for however long you wish. Not only is this cheaper, but it means that you don’t have to deal with the massive quantities of people waiting for you to finish in resort excursions.
When entering a mosque, the legs and body, but not the neck and face, should be covered.
Don’t be out late on the streets of the capital; there’s a curfew that begins at 10:00 p.m.
Take off your shoes at the door when visiting someone’s home.
There is no need to import alcohol because all resort hotels have bars. If you have alcohol with you when you arrive, customs officials will hold it for you at the airport until your departure
Tipping is officially discouraged.
Be conscious of the delicate local environment. Do not touch or pick corals when diving or snorkeling.
Maldives Travel Dont’s
Do not buy duty-free booze on your way out – the Maldives is an Islamic country so you can’t take it in with you. Alcohol is available in the resorts, but with wine starting from around £30 a bottle you’ll need to splash the cash.
Do not bring in prohibited items – this includes porn, idols of worship (forget your smiling Bhudda), pork and certain other animal products, explosives and weapons.
Do not bring in drugs – including for personal use.
Do not expect a scheduled transfer from Hulule Island to the other islands – there isn’t one. If an advance booking has been made, somebody from your resort will meet you at the airport. Transport arrangements are scheduled and conducted by the resort.
Do not worry if you smoke. Many locals do too, but it’s discouraged during Ramadan.
Do not Tip? Well this is officially discouraged, so use your discretion.
Do not pay departure tax if it’s already been included but otherwise it’ll cost you US$12 (convert into DH) to bid farewell to paradise.
Do not go snorkelling in the lagoons at low tide. Wait until high tide to avoid getting cut to bits.
Do not try to take home black coral (whole), tortoise and turtle shells or any other turtle shell products. Protecting them is vital – the killing of turtles is now banned by law – and the Government takes a dim view of anyone attempting to do so.
Do not bother with the gear…diving and snorkeling kit is readily available for hire.
Maldives Travel Do’s
DO bring Sunscreen with high SPF, Lotions (Aloe Vera), Mosquito repellent
DO remember you digital camera and camcorder
DO make sure you have your sunglasses, light clothing and a hat or cap protect you from the sun
DO pack a small rucksack and money belt for day trips
DO include a torch ( it gets dark surrounded by nature with only the stars for company) and First Aid Kit
DO bring a reasonable amount of cigarettes, cigars, tobacco and gifts – without worrying about customs duty.
DO make sure you have the required veterinary certificates and other paperwork if you are bringing you pet with you.
DO ask for a window seat on your international flight and seaplane ride – it’s the best way to take in the awesome views above the stunning atolls.
DO make use of the airport facilities including left luggage, first aid, bank, duty free shops, snack bar, post office and restaurant
DO make sure you know what’s what! Hulule International Airport on Hulule Island is 2km (1.2 miles) from Malé and will take you just 15 minutes by boat.
DO look out for you resort boat. They’ll come to meet your plane and whisk you off to your private hideaway
DO dress casually but remember that Muslim locals are offended by nudity or scanty clothing. Bikini’s are fine at your resort, but on inhabited islands any form of sparse beachwear is not permitted. If you’re heading out to visit a mosque, make sure your entire body including your arms and legs, is fully covered – leaving only your face and neck exposed. In any case, dress modestly away from the resort. That way you can be certain you won’t offend anyone and will stay out of trouble!
DO shake hands if you want to – it’s the most common form of greeting. But be aware that away from your resort, the indigenous people live in isolated communities with little contact with the outside world.
DO avoid sunburn. It hurts and could lead to skin cancer. You’re right on the Equator so slap on the sunscreen and maybe take a sunhat or cap with you too.
DO bring the flip-flops but you can pretty much forget the rest, those high heels won’t see the light of day and if they do, you might well take tumble as they get stuck between the gaps in the decking.
DO bring you diving certificates.