The exotic Maldives and Her Islands have always been considered among the most romantic destinations on earth. So while you’re planning that perfect trip, here are answers to some commonly asked questions about the extraordinary islands of Maldives.
A: The Maldives are some small scattered islands in the Indian Ocean, comprising about 1,190 or more single islands, across the Equator, having an average temperature of 31 Degree Celsius. Indeed, Maldives do represent CommonWealth and the United Nation. Itâ€™s a Democratic nation, holding a population width of about 400,000 people.
A: If youâ€™re looking for a few extra hours of sunshine then you should visit the Maldives between December and April, which is the dry season. This is the high season, however, and resorts can be fully booked and prices are higher than the rest of the year. The Christmas-New Year period is the busiest and most expensive part of the high season. Between May and November, itâ€™s still warm, but the skies can be cloudy, humidity is higher and rain is more likely. This is the low season, and there are fewer tourists and prices are lower. The transition months of November and April are said to be associated with increased water clarity and better visibility for divers.
A: The Capital of the Maldives is â€œMaleâ€™â€ pronounced â€œMaa-leyâ€. Maleâ€™ would also be counted as one of the smallest capitals in the world in terms of its physical size. One third of the countryâ€™s population, of about 75,000 people, lives in Maleâ€™. Different from any other island in the country, Maleâ€™ is a city of high-rise buildings and paved roads. While the government offices are located in one area, the main streets are lined with shops and offices. In the old bazaar area, which still houses the countryâ€™s hub of wholesale and retail trade, the lanes are so narrow that a single vehicle would find it difficult to navigate through, especially with its throngs of busy people.
A: In Maldives we have our own currency called â€œMaldivian Rufiyaaâ€ (MRf). One United States Dollar is equivalent to 15.42 MRf (Maldives Monetary Authority buying rate, subject to change) and this value doesnâ€™t vary much.
A: All the hotels in Maldives have an excellent transportation system so visitors can easily reach other islands, no matter where they stay. Most hotels are located on their own Private Island or small islands where only a few resorts exist along the waterfront areas, all offer a high standard of service and unless you need to be in a particular spot, it really doesnâ€™t matter where you stay.
A: Most visitors enjoy the lagoons as the natives do, swimming and snorkeling in the warm, turquoise waters, or canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing and water skiing. The Maldive islands are world renowned for their scuba diving and snorkeling. Or you can go on a shark feeding expedition, where youâ€™re in the water with hungry reef sharks that are being hand-fed by a guide. You can charter a yacht, perhaps with a captain and chef, to sail among the islands.
A: Tipping is not very common in Maldives. It is prohibited at the airport and discouraged at hotels and restaurants, as most have already added a 10% service charge to the bill. But you can tip at your own discretion.
A: Nobody is allowed to bring in liquor to Maldives, unless he or she has a special import license for liquor, beer and related products. If somebody has bought liquor and beer and related items on his/her way to Maldives from a duty free center, then products should be bonded in custom on their arrival to Maldives. And the goods will be released on their departure.Further nobody is allowed to bring in liquor, beer or related products to the Capital City/Island. Thus the Capital City Hotelâ€™s will not offer liquor, beer and related products.
A: If you desire, you can bring cigarettes (up to two cartons) and film (up to ten rolls). And donâ€™t forget an extra bottle of your favorite suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses, water socks (reef walkers) and any common insect repellent.
A: Most of the local and souvenir shops in Maleâ€™ accept all major credit cards but none of these shops can get cash from your card. There are two or three merchants who can get you limited cash and this is only possible during weekdays as these merchants will be issuing you a cash check which you will have to en-cash from the bank.
A: Maldives is simply the ultimate in romance. Couples can immerse themselves in the incredible beauty of the islands and the casual, relaxed pace. With its mesmerizing sunsets and sweet aroma of flowers, Maldives radiates romance. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast brought to your overwater bungalow by canoe. Find a secluded islet for a private picnic. Arrange a traditional Maldivian wedding ceremony or renewal of vows. Spend a romantic evening dinner for two at your hotel. Or simply take a leisurely stroll along a secluded white sand beach and enjoy the most spectacular place on earth.
A: Most resorts have a doctor on site providing limited medical services. If the resort does not have its own doctor, there will be access to a nearby island that has medical facilities.In general Maldives has good medical services, pharmacies, a large government hospital named Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and a private hospital named ADK Hospital in the capital city of Maleâ€™, as well as Tree Top Hospital in Hulhumaleâ€™ providing a broad range of modern medical services and catering for emergencies.