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MALDIVES       Indian Ocean Enquiry Form
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Located South West of Sri Lanka, like a string of pearls strewn across the equator in the deep blue Indian Ocean, the Maldives archipelago possesses an exceptionally unique geography as a small island country. Not only does this country consist of some of the most beautiful tropical islands, but 99% of its 90 000 km² is covered by the sea.

Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful spots on the planet, the Maldives is a massive expanse of paradise-like islands. The natural beauty of this water utopia is unparalleled and the unusual makeup of the islands and the country’s heavy reliance on tourism ensures that the reefs are very well looked after and protected.  Sun, sand and sea, a thousand ‘Robinson Crusoe’ islands, massive lagoons with different depths and infinite shades of blue and turquoise, dazzling underwater coral gardens; a perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical holiday destination.

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In a country located so close to the Equator and consisting of less than one percent land and over 99 percent sea, it is no wonder that the humidity is quite high.  The Maldives has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and a great deal of sunshine. The warm tropical climate results in relatively minor variations in daily temperature throughout the year. The hottest month on average is April and the coolest, December. The weather is determined largely by the monsoons.

There is a significant variation in the monthly rainfall levels. February is the driest month with January to April being relatively dry.  Generally the highest average monthly rainfall is in May, October & November.  November and April are reported to be the best months for diving.

The Maldives is in the equatorial belt and therefore severe storms and cyclones are extremely rare events. However the country is affected whenever cyclones form in the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea. The spiralling clouds of these weather occurrences appear over the Maldives, causing spells of rain.

Approximate guide

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

92

22

58

108

224

162

145

189

208

228

230

198

Min Temp (°C)

23

24

25

27

26

25

24

25

25

24

23

23

Max Temp (°C)

29

29

30

31

31

30

29

29

29

29

29

29

Go to our Weather Page for current forecasts and more.

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The most popular sports are scuba diving and snorkelling, with parasailing, fishing, windsurfing and kitesurfing also being enjoyed in many parts.

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Time:  Maldives local time is GMT +5 hours.

Electricity: Electrical current is 230-240 Volts -AC. A variety of plugs are used, including the two-pin flat plug and the round three-pin plug.

Language:  Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by locals and in the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, German, French, Italian and Japanese.

Telephone dialling codes: The international access code for the Maldives is +960. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa or 0044 for the United Kingdom).

Currency / Money: The Maldivian currency is the Rufiyaa and Laaree. One Rufiyaa is equivalent to 100 Laarees. The US Dollar is the most commonly used foreign currency. There are no cash machines and travellers’ cheques are seldom used, but there are foreign exchange facilities available at many resorts and at banks.  
Payments in the resorts and hotels can be made in most hard currency in cash, travellers’ cheques or credit cards. Commonly used credit cards are American Express, Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, JCB and Euro Card.

Note: Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

Tipping:  Tipping is not officially encouraged in the Maldives, but if the service has been good it is customary to tip waiters, porters and room staff in the resorts.

Passport & Visas: Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure from the Maldives. All visitors must provide documentation for their return or onward journey.

Note:  Entry requirements change, sometimes with little notice.  Please CHECK with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant regarding updates at the time of making a travel enquiry.

Health Requirements:   The information shown below is general with regard to health requirements.  These do change on a regular basis so check with your World Wide Travel West Coast consultant at the time of making a travel enquiry.

  • Compulsory vaccinations:  Yellow Fever (if coming from an Endemic Country).
  • Recommended vaccinations:  Hepatitis A & Tetanus
  • Precautions:  Malaria Prophylaxis


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Please visit the Maldives Accommodation page for a selection of our favourite hotels on the islands.

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