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Maldives Country Quickfacts

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  • Most transfers in the Maldives are by seaplane
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Area:  298 km2
Capital: Malé
Country Code: 960
Country Population: 554,339
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR), 1 USD = 12.85 MVR
Departure Tax: US$10.00
Drives on the: Left
Education: The Maldives boast one of the highest literacy rates in the world with 98% being able to read and write.

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Ethnic Groups:  100% Maldivians
Flag: Maldives Flag
Location:  The Maldives stand in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka (flying time is 45 minutes) and 400 kilometres south-west of India. You can easily access Male (the international airport) from India, Dubai, or Sri Lanka.
Official Language(s): Maldivian (Divehi) and English is widely spoken
Religion: Islam
Sports / Activities Fishing, Diving (there are many wrecks), Snorkeling and Surfing.
Time Zone: GMT+5
Tipping: A 10% service charge is widely applied to bills - take note when paying. However, extra tipping is accepted if the service was good. GST (8% as of 2014) is also added to most things.


Maldives Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to the Maldives.

Learn about the history and culture of the Maldives, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Maldives's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips and visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering the Maldives for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Maldives vacations today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Maldives tour, consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packagesIndia tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.



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