Imagine 1,192 coral islands formed around 26 natural ring-like atolls scattered like tiny white pearls in the Indian Ocean, just across the equator. Picture cobalt blue seas, aquamarine reefs, heavenly white beaches, palm trees, iridescent sunsets and pleasant temperatures all year round. These magical islands, each with its own spectacular reef encircling the island lagoon, are a quiet, unspoiled paradise just waiting to be explored.
With warm waters which are crystal-clear up to 50m away, marvel at over 1000 species of passing fish ranging from tropical coloured fish to mantas and sharks. Renowned as one of the world’s best diving destinations, be spoilt for choice with fascinating diving sites such as Banana Reef or Fish Head. If you prefer a sensational view from above of the rich marine life, simply snorkel around your island. Cruise the inviting waters in a speedboat, sailboat or banana boat, relax and soak up the sun on the beach or go parasailing to discover the Maldivian archipelago or try a surfing safari.
In the evenings, savour a delicious variety of fresh fish and seafood with an Indian and Sri Lankan influence and be entertained by the friendly Maldivians with Bodu Beru, their festive music featuring drums, song and dance.
Language: English is widely spoken.
Currency: The local currency in the Maldives is the Rufiyaa. Forine currency USD Euro and Pound are except in all the resorts.
Visa: 30 days visa upon arrival
Time: 5 Hours ahead of GMT
Climate: A tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and many hours of sunshine. With an average temperature of 31°C and an average minimum temperature of 26°C there are only small variations in daily temperature throughout the year. The hottest month on average is April and the coolest December.
Customs: Alcoholic beverages, pork and pork products are restricted items and will be confiscated.
The maximum number of days granted on arrival would be 30 days. The thirty days is not for the passenger to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Immigration to grant any number of days less than or equal to 30. Read the section “Entry to Maldives”
If an extension is required, it maybe requested at the Head Office. The visa extension form is available at the Head Office and should not take more than two days, at the most, to process.
The extension would be charged MRF 750 for 60 days or part thereof. On a single entry the maximum number of given will be 90 days, including the free 30 days. Any extension within the 30 days would not be subjected to any charges.
Employment is prohibited on a tourist visa. Therefore, any tourist found working will be deported from Maldiv
|Currency used||Rufiyya (MVR)|
|Area (km2)||298 km²|