The Maldives is a place of endless summer, with over 1000 alluring white sand beach islands, turquoise waters and tropical forests. From diving and surfing between coral reefs to relaxing under palm trees as the sun sets over the ocean - everything is possible in the Maldives. Shimmering shores, the leaves of palm trees swaying in a gentle ocean breeze, azure waters lapping against fine, white sand and the sun's warm rays streaming down on this paradisiacal collection of islands. Dive into crystal clear water and explore some of the most beautiful diving and snorkelling areas the planet has to offer, sun yourself on palm-fringed beaches or throw yourself into Maldivian culture. Traditional healing methods and local coconut oil is used everywhere to help visitors recover and regenerate.
Facts & Figures
Official name: Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa (Republic of Maldives) Location: South Asia, island nation with atolls, located southwest of India in the Indian Ocean Area: 298 km² Capital: Malé Population: 344.023 Religious and Ethnic Groups: Sunni Islam as state religion / South Indian, Sinhalese, Arabs Language: Dhivehi (official language), English is spoken in the ruling class Geography: Plains with long beaches. Highest point: Villingili on the Addu Atoll (2.4m) Time Zone: Maldives Time (UTC + 05:00) Political and Economic: Executive presidential constitution, GDP: 2.07 billion Euros (2015) Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (1€ = 18,4 MVR)
Arrival and departure
Almost all visitors arrive at Malé International Airport. If you have a lot of extra time, you can also travel by ship from Sri Lanka. Visa: Vaccinations: In general, vaccination for hepatitis A is recommended and for longer stays, hepatitis B and typhoid. Upon arrival: Traveling within the country is possible by ferry, seaplane or private boat.
At the airport Malé When leaving (return journey) there is an exit tax from US $ 25, payable in cash or by credit card.
Climate and best time to travel
The climate in the Maldives is humid-hot and tropical. In the winter, the climate in the northeast is characterized by dry monsoon, in the midsummer to the southwest by monsoon rain. Winter average temperature: 28 ° C (lows around 25 ° C in January) Summer average temperature: 29 ° C (maximum temperatures around 32 ° C in June) Water temperature: Maximum 29 ° C in July A trip to the Maldives is worthwhile all year round. The most enjoyable season to go on holiday is between December and April, since during this time there is a limited amount of rain.
The most beautiful holiday regions
Baa Atoll - Arts and crafts and tuna fishing South Ari Atoll- Rectangular atoll with fantastic diving reefs North Malé Atoll - Lively capital and airport island
Public holidays and celebrations
New Year (January 1), Ramadan (according to the Islamic calendar), Independence Day (July 26), Fasting (depending on the Islamic calendar), Sacrificial Festival (according to the lunar calendar, moves 11 days each year, Day of Victory (November 3), Islamic New Year (depending on the Islamic calendar), Republic Day (November 11), Prophet Muhammad's birthday (varies according to the Islamic calendar and ethnicity), day on which the Maldives became Islamic (December 20).
DOs and DON'Ts
DOs • Wear appropriate clothing. On the island-inhabited destinations, wear conservative clothing and cover your shoulders and legs in the mosques. • Use sun protection. You are located at the equator; Use sunscreen and hats to avoid a painful sunburn. • Use mosquito repellent. Dengue fever and Chikungunya are partially common and can even break out after you return. Wear light clothing, use insect repellent and mosquito nets in the evening and during the night.
DON‘Ts • Don’t tip waiters. This is not only uncommon in the Maldives, but is officially discouraged. • Don’t bring unauthorized goods. Do not take any alcohol, pornographic material or pork with you, it will be taken at the airport. The same applies to the return journey for sand, shells and corals - you cannot take these out of the country.
Can you drink tap water? The tap water does not always have drinking water quality. Therefore, use bottled or boiled water. Do I need an adapter? The Maldives use the same sockets as in Europe; an adapter is therefore not needed. What about medical care? Medical care does not meet European standards, especially with serious illnesses or injuries which can often not be treated locally. It is recommended to have a travel health insurance with medical evacuation transport.
Top tips and discoveries
Malé Life in the capital is in stark contrast to the serene tranquility in the rest of the country. Although Malé is still small, despite the artificial land reclamation in recent years, over a third of Maldivians live here, making the city the most densely populated in the world. Alone the colorful hustle and bustle in Malé is worth the visit; Those interested in culture will get their money's worth through the lively markets, the New and Old Friday Mosque and the National Museum.
Malé Friday Mosque The Old Friday Mosque in Malé is the oldest mosque in the country. Its walls are made of coral and are richly decorated, while the ornaments on the ceiling, windows and doors are carved from tropical woods. The adjacent cemetery with its coral tombstones is an impressive sight. The New Friday Mosque is not far away and is the largest in the country. With its marble walls and golden dome, it forms an interesting contrast to its predecessor, but still shows the artistic craftsmanship of the Maldivians.
Banana Reef The reef on North Male Atoll was one of the first known diving sites in the country and is still one of the most beautiful. Gently sloping from 2-30 m, it offers a breathtaking view of the varied underwater world of the Maldives. In the crystal-clear water, even sting rays and sharks can be observed.