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Maldives FAQs

  • Rangali Island, Maldives

What language is spoken in the Maldives?

The official language of the Maldives is Maldivian (Dhivehi).

Is English spoken throughout the Maldives?

English is widely spoken throughout the country, especially in resort areas as well as Male. 

What currency is used in the Maldives?

The currency used throughout the Maldives is Maldivian rufiyaa however the Euro and the US dollar are also widely accepted. All major credit cards can be used at resorts, restaurants and shops in Male and several other islands. Withdrawing money from ATMs is not usually possible.  

Do I need a Visa to travel to Maldives?

To enter the Maldives no pre-arrival Visa is required as one will be issued upon arrival in the country. 

When is the best time to travel to the Maldives?

The Maldives are warm and sunny all year round with the high season being between December and March. The monsoon season occurs from May to October so it is not the best time to travel. 

Is there transportation in the Maldives?

All islands within the Maldives are small enough to be covered by foot however, taxis do operate in the larger islands and to get to and from the resort and airport. 

Are the Maldives a family friendly destination?

The Maldives are known as the perfect honeymoon location or romantic getaway but that doesn’t mean the whole family can’t enjoy the beauty of the islands. Kid-friendly hotels can be somewhat difficult to come by but those that exist will ensure your little ones will be entertained the whole time! 

How welcoming are the Maldives to LGBTQ travellers?

The Maldives is a Muslim country and as such has more conservative values.  That being said the resorts are welcoming towards, and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for all LGBTQ travellers.

What voltage and power outlet is used in the Maldives? 

The standard voltage used in the Maldives is 220-240 volts.  The power outlets are mostly the same as the 3 pin style used in the United Kingdom.  Though some of the resorts may have outlets for shavers or a converter on hand, we recommend you travel with your own just in case.

What should I buy to bring home from the Maldives?

Dhoni crafts (miniatures of the traditional Dhoni boats), mat weavings known as Thundu Kunaa, lacquer works in the form of a jewelry box or utensils and red coral jewelry are among the popular items to bring back from a trip to the Maldives.

What are some important items to pack for the Maldives?

As the Maldives is a Muslim country you will want to dress modestly if you plan to spent time outside of your resort; on an inhabited island or if staying in Male, so a cover up, pants or a long skirt and long sleeve tops are a good to bring.

What is the wifi like in the Maldives?

WiFi in the Maldives is commonly complimentary in the hotels and resorts.  That being said, some resorts only offer complimentary WiFi in the main areas of the property (lobby, restaurants, bars, etc.)

What are the main annual events held in the Maldives?

Ramadan, which is held during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is August or September and Eid Festival which is celebrated at the end of September.

What are some useful Maldivian words?

Knowing the basics of please, thank you and your welcome in the language of the country you are traveling to is always appreciated. Here are some useful words to help you communicate and or impress the locals - 

Hello - Assalaamu alaikum

Please - Adhes kohfa

Thank you - Shukuriyaa

You’re welcome - Maruhabaa

Excuse me - Ma-aaf kurey

Nice to meet you - Baddhalu vee thi varah ufavejje


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