Dive centers are a crucial part of any resort in the Maldives. All dive centers are equipped with high quality rental gear and are staffed with friendly, multilingual dive guides and instructors. Maldives is the ideal place to learn and acquire an open water dive certification. All resorts conduct dive courses for divers of various standards and diverse interests.
02 Big Game Fishing
Go for a fishing trip of a lifetime on our deep sea fishing boat and fish for marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and many more.
03 Water Sports
In Maldives you will find the best conditions and facilities for water sports. Be it diving, wind surfing, parasailing, water skiing and several other fun activities that tickles your fancy, it is all there for you. Annual International Surf event is one of the exciting water sports events held in Maldives.
04 Dream Island Trip
Fulfil your dream of being Robinson Crusoe on a nearby deserted island. Stroll along pristine white beaches or snorkel among the myriad fish on the reef, surfacing only for the picnic lunch prepared especially for you.
05 Explore the Cultural Centre
Visit Dhangethi Island, home to the countrys only cultural centre and discover the local way of life the way it used to be. Enjoy a local lunch, visit a school, learn about dhoni (boat) building and other local crafts, such as stone carvings, lacquer art, reed mats.
Fishing is a very exciting and a simple sport. At either sunset or at dawn, take a dhoni (a country boat) to nearby reefs and go fishing in true Maldivian style using hand-reel line. If you prefer night fishing, you could enjoy the peace and stillness of the night under starry skies while you can specially fish for snapper or grouper and end the evening with a barbecue prepared with your own catch.
07 Island Hopping
An island hopping excursion would take you to another resort, an uninhabited island and an inhabited island all in a day tour designed to give you a taste of the country. You would also get the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters of a desert island and experience a barbecue on the beach. Some resorts take this a step further by conducting the excursion by sea plane.
08 Lucky Dolphin trip
An excursion to spot the most amazing animals in the sea - the playful Spinner Dolphins who have made the Indian Ocean their home.
09 Picnic on a deserted island
Spend half a day on our private island, relax on the beach, go swimming and work up an appetite for the picnic lunch served under the shade of a palm tree.
10 Snorkel Hopping
Plan a trip on a speedboat to the best snorkeling sites nearby the coral reefs. As each island is surrounded by a shallow lagoon with its outer rim dropping off into the ocean, the ideal spot for snorkeling would be the slope adorned with a fine colorful house reef
11 Snorkel Safari
Visit some of the famous snorkeling sites where you can see turtles, sharks and even possibly a manta ray.
12 Sunset Cruise
Relax on the sundeck of our traditional dhoni boat and admire the spectacular views of the sun setting on the waters of the Indian Ocean.
13 Visit a local Fishing Village
Experience the authentic life of a Maldivian fisherman and wander along the streets of a nearby fishing village.
Explore the true beauty of the Maldives on a private yacht. Truly a cruise that dreams are made of.
Entertainment in the evenings differs widely from resort to resort. Some resorts provide a more club like atmosphere. Almost all resorts offer disco and live music either with their in-house DJs and bands or visiting bands from Male. Some resorts include traditional dance and music in their entertainment programs.
Resorts also offer you the opportunity to savor the beauty of the Maldives from air. While some other resorts offer organized photo flights by seaplane, you have the option of arranging your own aerial expedition as well.
02 Male Excursions
Male Excursions are organized regularly by resorts in Male Atoll, however some resorts in other atolls also offer you the opportunity to visit the capital during your stay. Male is the political and commercial hub of the country.
03 Hukuru Miskiiy
Hukuru Miskiiy or the Friday Mosque is one of the oldest buildings in the country. It was built in 1656 during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar. It contains some of the finest samples of Maldivian workmanship. The walls of the mosque are made up of coral blocks each with intricate carvings of Arabic verses and ornamental patterns. The minaret or Munnaaru adjacent to the mosque was built in 1675 by the same Sultan.
04 Mulee-aage The Presidential Palace
Mulee-aage, the former presidential palace was built in 1908, just before the first World War by Sultan Shamsuddeen III for his son. However the Sultan was deposed and his son was never able to take up the throne. In 1953, during the time of the first Republic, the building was designated as the Presidential Palace and was the official residence of the president until the new Presidential Palace was built. Today, Muliaage is the current 'Official Residence of the President of Maldives, which is located at the historic centre of Male in close proximity of the Medhu Ziyaarai and the Munnaru.
Theemuge is the site of the former presidential palace of Maldives, upgraded to presidential standards in 1992. Theemuge served as the presidential palace until 2008. The design and architecture of the palace combines the grandeur of local tradition with modernity. However, today, Theemuge houses the Supreme Court of Maldives.
06 Islamic Centre
Dominating the Male skyline from the sea is the shining golden dome and the minaret of the Islamic Centre, opened in 1984. In addition to its central feature - The Grand Mosque, holds up to 5000 people and in addition, the Islamic Centre houses a conference hall, an Islamic library and classrooms. The main prayer hall displays some of the best works of present day Maldivian calligraphers.
07 Sultan Park and Museum
The Sultan Park and the National Museum are part of the old Sultans Palace and the Palace grounds during the time of the monarchy. The museum opened in 1952 and displays a large variety of objects and artifacts from times gone by. The collection comprises of relics from the pre-Islamic times to royal antiquities belonging to different monarchs. The Museum is opened from 9.am to 3 pm ecept Fridays and public holidays.
The tomb of Abu Al Barakaat Yoosuf al-Barbari, to whom the nation pays its respects for bringing to the shores the enlightenment of Islam in the twelfth century A.D.
09 The Republic Square:
You will not miss the small park with its fountain and the tall mast with the National Flag fluttering gently in the breeze. The Republic Square is an open space many residents of Male, young and old enjoy, especially during the weekends.
01 Duty Free shops
Ibrahim Nasir International Airport offers you the perfect opportunity to indulge after your days in the sun, sea and sand. Located in the departure hall are an array of exclusive shops that offers the best of international brands in watches, perfumes, electronics and fashion accessories, together with those which offer excellent Maldivian souvenirs, liquor, tobacco and confectioneries.
02 Exclusive Stores
A number of stores in Male cater to those who are looking for international brand names in lifestyles, sportswear, cosmetics and electronics. These shops boast the latest in their line of business and offer the same or better prices than their competitors in the rest of the world.
The northern end of Chaandhanee Magu is the locality for you if you are looking for souvenirs to take home. A range of batik sarong with wrap-arounds, wooden handy-crafts, candles and other memorablia are available from the shops lining the street. Lookout for genuine Maldivian hand painted t-shirts, lacquered boxes, miniature dhonis and reed mats if you really want to take a piece of The Maldives with you as a memento. Be ready to shop as you will be amazed to see the range of brands and collection on offer!
The Airport boasts of a variety of cuisine available at the different restaurants. For those who would like grab quick bite before taking off, the first floor departure area has a coffee shop, while on the landside, there is an ice-cream counter (Moven pick), and a snack counter called Mariyadhu Restaurant. And for those who would like to eat more elaborate food, there is the Aqua Restaurant.
Located at the crossways of the Indian Ocean shipping lanes on the main seaway around the Indian sub-continent, the Maldives has been a meeting point of African, Arab, Malay and Indonesian mariners. Throughout the centuries, these influences have shaped the Maldivian way of life. This can be seen from the many facets of Maldivian lifestyle such as dining, music, art and craft.
Bodu Meru is the most popular form of music and dance in the country, believed to have been introduced by the African slaves in the early 19th Century. Historians believe that Thaara, which holds a special place in local entertainment have been introduced from the Middle East in the seventeenth century. Other forms of dance such as Bandiya Jehun have a strong South Asian flavour. Today, Western pop and Indian music is popular with the young and the old.
03 Art and Craft
The Maldivians are skilled craftsmen. This can be seen in several of Maldivian Art and Craft - the deft coral stone carvings at Hukuru Miskiiy, the intricate lacquer art, the fine mats woven by he women of the Fioari in the South and the work of skilled calligraphers whose works - old and new that can be viewed in mosques around the country.
Remember Maldives is an archipelago and you have various options to stay and enjoy the paradise that the country really is. The options vary from huge airconditioned bungalows to luxury rooms and suites to lovely cottages on stilts by the sea. Book well in advance if you need rooms in the peak season starting from November through April.
Travel within the Maldives itself offers excitement as there are many options. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is located on an island of its own which is just over a kilometer long. The island is for the exclusive usage of the airport and is only 10 minutes from the capital by boat. You have inter-island air fleet (Air taxis) that provide the most spectacular view of the country from the sky while providing a comfortable ride to your destination. Local boats or Dhoanis (Ave speed: 7 knots) are the most common means of transport between islands. There is a regular ferry service between the Airport and Male. Modern speed boats and Safari vessels are also available to explore the atolls.
Exploring an island by foot is likely to take not more than half an hour. Taxis in Male are not metered, charging very nominally for a stop anywhere within the city. They can be hailed on the road or called through taxi services.
Maldives is a melting pot of many cultures. It is believed that the earliest inhabitants of the island are Dravidians from South India and the Yakka and Naga people from Sri Lanka. With the coming of the Arabs, Islamic traditions replaced the Hindu and Buddhist traditions and now Maldives is an Islamic country. The people are a extremely friendly and very simple in their outlook.
Swimsuits and beachwear are confined to the resorts and while visiting an inhabited island or the capital, visitors should be adequately dressed. It is vital to pack your light summer cotton clothing, as the climate in Maldives is warm and humid.
Maldivians traditionally eat with their fingers. It is also considered unhygienic to touch food with the left hand. If in doubt, always use a spoon.A large number of locals smoke, but smoking and eating â€œin front of the localsâ€, during Ramadan is discouraged.
Though Divehi is the native language, English is widely used and understood by the people.
When entering a mosque, the legs and the body, but not the neck and the face, should be covered.
Handshaking is the most common form of greeting.
One can find all basic amenities conforming to international quality and standards.
Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a hub for transport and travel to the resorts and the countries regional centers. Sea Transports includes Scheduled Ferries and Speed Boats, Domestic Air Services includes Island Aviation and Mega Maldives and Sea Plane Services includes TMA and Maldivian Air taxi.
The local currency is Rufiya. A Rufiyaa is made up of 100 laari. The exchange rate in todayâ€™s market is between Rf. 15.42 â€“ Rf.17 to a US Dollar. You may buy local currency at the Bank of Maldives Airport Branch located in the arrival hall of the International Terminal. If you are heading out to a resort you need not have to worry about the local currency as all your bills at the resort can be paid by US Dollar, Euro, or any other European currency. All major credit cards are also accepted at the resorts. However, if you are visiting Male or any of the local islands you will need to hold local currency for purchase you may wish to make.
All resorts offer IDD telephone services. If you are planning to use your mobile phones, please check with your serviceprovider if it will work with the networks in Maldives. Mobile telephone services in Maldives are offered by Dhiraagu and Wataniya Telecom Maldives.
In the Airport, the business centre is located outside the arrival terminal which provides wireless internet connection(Wi-fi). International stations are also located in the departure lounge after check-in and immigration. All the resorts in the Maldives offer internet services. Some resorts offer broadband connections in the room while others offer Wi-Fi zones at key locations on the island. Throughout Maldives, one should be able to find business centres and cyber cafe and connectivity is not a problem.
An outlet of Maldives Post is located outside the departure hall of the International Terminal. All services except money transfer services are available at the Maldives Post outlet in the Airport. If you are in a resort, drop your letters or postcards in the postbox provided in the resort and the resort will ensure that your mail is delivered to the postal system. Or you can make use of the postal and courier services provided by Maldives Post Limited. Almost all International Couriers are also represented in Male.
There are several avenues for residents in Male to keep fit and healthy. Gyms and aerobics centers offer group sessions as well as personal coaches and are well equipped with the latest gym facilities.
Jogging is one of the leisurely activities enjoyed by the locals and foreigners in Male. The street along the south and eastern water front of Male are popular with joggers especially in the evenings. Swimming is popular too. An area of the lagoon in the south eastern side of Male is set aside for swimming. Many residents of Male go to the artificial beach on the eastern side.
Diving is not exclusive for resort dwellers. The residents of Male can also enjoy the pleasures of the underwater. Dive centers in Male offer rental equipments and dive excursions on a regular basis in addition to dive courses leading to dive certification. Male is the home to some of the surf breaks in the country. The south east reef of Male, which is also the southern tip of North Male Atoll provides a couple of shifting peaks, popular with locals riding surfboards and boogie boards. The break known as Gurus is locally referred to as Raalhugadu.
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