Maldives: Travel Information
Straddling the equator, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldivian archipelago has 1,190 small and low lying coral islands slung over 90,000 square kilometers of tropical sea offering an astounding variety of attractions that is unparalleled anywhere else.
The Maldives is an up market luxury destination where many resorts are on the "who's who" list of elite experiences. To reinforce this image and the fact that they are a country of islands where usually everything is imported nothing is inexpensive.
If you are importing alcohol you will be caught by the airport authorities on arrival. You will be given a receipt and can reclaim it upon your departure. Alcohol is readily available for purchase at all the resorts, so there is no need to take your own.
The Maldives Islands are an independent Republic of over 1,200 Coral Islands scattered across the blue waters of the Indian Ocean some 650 km South West of Sri Lanka. Its palm fringed islands, sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and captivating coral reefs abundant with varieties of marine flora and fauna draw pleasure seekers and sports enthusiasts alike.
A haven for water-sports enthusiasts, Maldives offers fantastic facilities for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and fishing. Island hopping provides an excellent diversion for those requiring a more leisurely break, and wishing to view the many facets of this tropical paradise. The flight time between Sri Lanka and Maldives is approximately 45 minutes.
The origin of the Maldivians is lost in antiquity but history reveals that the islands have been populated for over 3,000 years ago. Early settlers were travellers on the Silk Route and from the Indus Valley Civilization. Inherently warm, friendly and hospitable by nature, it is easy to feel comfortable and relaxed with a Maldivian.
A proud history and rich culture evolved from the first settlers who were from various parts of the world travelling the seas in ancient times. The Maldives has been a melting pot of different cultures as people from different parts of the world came here and settled down. Some of the local music and dance for instance resemble African influences, with hand beating of drums and songs in a language that is not known to any but certainly represents that of East African countries. As one would expect there is a great South Asian influence in some of the music and dancing and especially in the traditional food of the Maldivians. However many of the South Asian customs especially with regard to women – for instance the Sub Continent’s tradition of secluding women from public view – are not tenets of life here. In fact women play a major role in society – not surprising considering the fact men spend the whole day out at sea fishing.
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 Maldives.
Learn about the history and culture of 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, as well as our 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 Maldives for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Maldives vacations today!
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