Straddling the equator, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldivian archipelago has 1,190 small and low lying coral islands slung over 90,000 square kilometers of tropical sea offering an astounding variety of attractions that is unparalleled anywhere else. The Maldives is an up market luxury destination where many resorts are on the “who’s who” list of elite experiences. To reinforce this image and the fact that they are a country of islands where usually everything is imported nothing is inexpensive.
Country Code: 960
Country Population: 341,356
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR), 1 USD = 12.85 MVR
Departure Tax: US$10.00
Drives on the: Left
Education: The Maldives boast one of the highest literacy rates in the world with 98% being able to read and write.
Electricity: 240 Volts
Ethnic Groups: 100% Maldivians
Flag: Maldives Flag
Location: The Maldives stand in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka (flying time is 45 minutes) and 400 kilometres south-west of India. You can easily access Male (the international airport) from India, Dubai, or Sri Lanka.
Official Language(s): Maldivian (Divehi) and English is widely spoken
Sports / Activities: Fishing, Diving (there are many wrecks), Snorkeling and Surfing.
Time Zone: GMT+5
Tipping: A 10% service charge is widely applied to bills – take note when paying. However, extra tipping is accepted if the service was good. GST (8% as of 2014) is also added to most things.