The island nation is unique in terms of geography and topography, located on top of a vast underwater mountain range the Maldives consists of 1,200 pearl string like islands and sandbanks spread over 26 natural atolls and covering almost 300sq km. The country has around 200 local inhabited islands and 140 “resort islands", while the rest are uninhabited. All islands are encompassed by a lagoon of crystal clear waters, protected by a reef structure. The "one island, one resort" concept is unique to the Maldives with the land mass of each island being anywhere between 1 - 2 kilometers in total circumference.
A tropical serenity located on the equator, the Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons influenced by the monsoons: dry and wet. Between May and October intermittent rain showers occur followed by stronger winds, while from November to April is a drier season with lower humidity. The Maldives is a perfect destination with a year-round idyllic climate with temperatures between 23°C and 32°C.
A unique country of turquoise lagoons and soft white sandy beaches, Maldivians inherited ancient mythology passed by word of mouth through generations. These myths cover fascinating stories on various aspects of island life. Having been greatly influenced by India, Sri Lanka, The Middle East and North Africa whose countrymen visited the Maldives while traversing through the trading routes of the central Indian Ocean.
The Maldivian culture is rich and vibrant due to the infusion of these various cultural elements. One of the most famous cultural displays seen in the Maldives is the “Boduberu”. Boduberu performers wear a traditional sarong and white shirt. A Boduberu performance of chanting and dancing barefoot on the sand will have you tapping along with the drumbeats.
Time Zone is GMT +6 hours. Currency is the US dollar and all services and facilities are in US dollars. The Maldives does have a local currency called "Rufiyaa" (MVR) however US Dollars is the most accepted currency in the resorts who also accept credit cards American Express, Visa and MasterCard. If you are visiting a local island you may wish to have a small amount of Rufiyaa on hand, however in most cases US Dollars are also acceptable here.