Male International Airport
During the period December to March, when most of the resort islands are full, it is advised that all visitors have confirmed Maldives hotel reservations before arrival. Hotel information is also required for immigration clearance. All visitors who enter the Maldives should be in possession of a return air-ticket and at least US$25 per intended day of stay in the Maldives.
The main tourist season is from December to March. However the Maldives climate is warm year round and determined by the monsoons. Being on the equator the monsoons are mild and not as defined as in neighboring countries. Of the two monsoons the southwest monsoon from May to October brings more rain and wind. The northeast monsoon from November to April, is the dry season with very little wind. The temperature varies little with an annual average daily maximum of 30.4 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 25.4 degrees Celsius.
The Maldivian currency, the Rufiyaa, comes in notes of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500. A Rufiyaa is divided into 100 Larees. Coins in use are 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, Larees and one and two Rufiyaa.
Major currencies can be converted at banks, tourist resort islands and leading shops. The USD is the most common foreign currency. Payments in Maldives hotels can be made in most hard currencies in cash traveler's cheques or credit cards.
GMT + 5 hours
Maldives Business Hours
From Sunday to Thursday 7.30 - 14.30 in the government sector and generally from 9.00 to 5.00 in the private sector, although most offices in the private sector open for a half day on Saturday. Weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.
Up-to-date technology and international satellite links provide the Maldives with a sophisticated communications system. IDD facilities are available at all Maldives hotels and resorts and card phones are available on all inhabited islands.
The electric system is 230-240 Volts -AC.
Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. English is widely spoken by Maldivians and visitors can easily make themselves understood getting around the capital island.
Maldives Dress Code
Light cotton clothing is recommended. Except on special occasions, such as important business meetings, casual clothing is the norm. Nudism is an offense. Please be sensitive to local norms, culture and traditions. When visiting an inhabited island or Male, shorts and T-shirts for men and blouse or T-shirt and skirt or shorts that cover the thighs for women, is a minimum requirement.
Official regulations do not allow public nudity anywhere in the Maldives. Even at the beach on your resort or swimming or snorkeling around your cruise boat. At least bikinis or swimming trunks is a must.
Transport by sea-plane
The tourist resort islands have their own transfer boats to carry clients. Visitors with confirmed reservations are normally met on arrival at the airport and transferred by boat, helicopter or sea-plane to the Maldives resort island of their choice. Transport and communication services provided for tourists are generally of a high standard.
Maldives Health Facilities
All Maldives hotels and resorts have first aid facilities and some may provide a resident doctor and facilities for minor treatment. Some have clinics with separate observation rooms and small pharmacies. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) and the ADK Hospital are the two major hospitals in Male. In addition there are a number of smaller clinics where you may consult a doctor.
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