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A Tropical Paradise with Crystal Clear Waters

The Maldives is a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean. It is a nation of nearly 1,200 uninhabited islands. The country is a haven for peace and beauty, with its stunning natural landscape and crystal-clear waters.

However, the Maldives is also one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, as its low-lying islands are at risk of being sunk by rising sea levels. The Maldives is a beautiful and fragile country, and it is important to protect this unique and precious place.

At a Glance
LanguagesDhivehi, English
CurrencyMaldivian rufiyaa (MVR)

A Fragile yet Stunning Paradise

Passport and Visa Requirements

International visitors need a valid passport for at least six months after their expected departure date, proof of sufficient funds, and an onward travel plan.


Boat rides and seaplanes (aka air taxis) are your go-to modes of transport. Now, when you hit the roads in Malé and the airport island, it's a different vibe—they're all about bricks and are usually well-kept.

A trip to one of the many uninhabited islands in the vast blue ocean

The Culture

The Maldives is a country with a rich and diverse culture. The local language, Dhivehi, combines Sinhala, Tamil, and Arabic. The traditional dance, Bodu Beru, is a lively and energetic performance often accompanied by drumming. Dhonis, handcrafted boats, are a common sight in the Maldives and are used for transportation and fishing. Now, the cultural backstory: Maldivians, first from Sri Lanka and India, got a cultural remix from Southeast Asia, Arabia, and Africa. The result? A unique Maldivian culture that's a point of pride. Dravidian vibes still groove in various aspects of daily life, creating a distinct identity that sets Maldivian culture apart.

Maldivians have absorbed elements of all these cultures and created a unique culture. Even today, Dravidian influences can be seen in many aspects of Maldivian life. As a result of this mix, while there are similarities to other cultures, Maldivian culture has emerged as its own unique identity, which all Maldivians are proud of.

Tipping isn't the norm here if you are not familiar with Maldives vacations. Most all-inclusive resorts tack on a service charge, so no need to tip extra. But, if a dive instructor, waiter, or any staff member wows you with stellar service, a small tip is a classy way to say thanks. While tipping isn't expected, it's a gesture that warms Maldivian hearts.

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