The exposed top of a submerged mountain ridge, the Maldives is the lowest country on earth, with an average height above sea level of just one to three meters (three to six feet). The islands have long been a welcome sight on the horizon among mariners, positioned as they are along ancient trade routes and sea-lanes. Now, as then, sailors are welcomed by Maldivians and find shelter from the Indian Ocean among its countless protected, deep-water anchorages.
Maldivians trace their roots to several different cultures including South and Southeast Asians, Africans, and Arabians. Cultural diversity can be seen in everything from music to boat building. Music is frequently played with a local bodu-beru, or big drum, that is quite similar to African drumming. And the Maldivian dhoni, a sailboat built locally by skilled craftsmen, is strikingly similar to a dhow, the traditional Arabian sailing vessel. If your definition of paradise is a lifestyle stripped to the basic essentials of whether the sky is blue and the sun is shining and where the toughest question to answer is if the beach now astern is more beautiful than the one ahead, the Maldives is your destination. One word will suffice in describing the Maldives, Perfection.
“Everything was perfect during the whole week: the boat, the cruise, the food, the very kind and friendly crew.”
-Sara and Luca (Maldives)
Passport and Visa are required.
Credit Cards: Visa & MC accepted
Atms: Available in Male
Traveler Checks: No
Banking Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 7:30am -2:30pm
Pornography of any kind; idols of any religion; Pork, Alcohol are all banned.
Public observance of any religion other than Islam is prohibited. Shoulder and head coverings in public are recommended.
The climate of Maldives is warm year round, determined by the monsoons. However, being on the equator, the monsoons are mild and not as defined as in neighboring countries. Of the two monsoons, the southwest monsoon from May to October brings some rain and wind. The northeast monsoon, from November to April, is the dry season with very little wind. The temperature varies little.
The west coast is drier than the east coast and the central highlands. The far south and southwest receives minimal rainfall and is a semi-desert. The east coast is hot and humid during the rainy season and receives the most rainfall. This region also may be hit by cyclones between February and March. Along the coast temperatures range from 27°C/81°F to 32°C/90°F in the wet season and 18°C/64°F to 22°C/72°F in the dry season.
The extreme northern part of the Maldives has a wind climate featuring a steady westerly from May through August and a northeasterly from December through February. The ocean wind speeds during June, July, and August are from 11.5 k to 14.4 k. The northeast is of 7.5 k to 9.5 k from December through February. September and October have significantly stronger northwest winds than March and April.