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01 Enjoy Diving
Dive centers are a crucial part of any resort in the Maldives. All dive centers are equipped with high quality rental gear and are staffed with friendly, multilingual dive guides and instructors. Maldives is the ideal place to learn and acquire an open water dive certification. All resorts conduct dive courses for divers of various standards and diverse interests.

02 Relish Big Game Fishing
Go for a fishing trip of a lifetime on our deep sea fishing boat and fish for marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and many more.

03 Fun with Water Sports
In Maldives you will find the best conditions and facilities for water sports. Be it diving, wind surfing, parasailing, water skiing and several other fun activities that tickles your fancy, it is all there for you. Annual International Surf event is one of the exciting water sports events held in Maldives.

04 Picnic on your Dream Island
Spend half a day on our private island, relax on the beach, go swimming and work up an appetite for the picnic lunch served under the shade of a palm tree.
Fulfil your dream of being Robinson Crusoe on a nearby deserted island. Stroll along pristine white beaches or snorkel among the myriad fish on the reef, surfacing only for the picnic lunch prepared especially for you.

05 Experience the Maldivian Cultural
Visit a cultural island and discover the local way of life the way it used to be. Enjoy a local lunch, visit a school, and learn about dhoni (boat) building and other local crafts, such as stone carvings, lacquer art, reed mats.

06 Fishing
Fishing is a very exciting and a simple sport. At either sunset or at dawn, take a dhoni (a country boat) to nearby reefs and go fishing in true Maldivian style using hand-reel line. If you prefer night fishing, you could enjoy the peace and stillness of the night under starry skies while you can specially fish for snapper or grouper and end the evening with a barbecue prepared with your own catch.

07 Island Hopping
An island hopping excursion would take you to another resort, an uninhabited island and an inhabited island all in a day tour designed to give you a taste of the country. Experience the authentic life of a Maldivian fisherman and wander along the streets of a nearby fishing village.
You would also get the opportunity to snorkel in the clear waters of a desert island and experience a barbecue on the beach. Some resorts take this a step further by conducting the excursion by sea plane.

08 Lucky Dolphin trip
An excursion to spot the most amazing animals in the sea - the playful Spinner Dolphins who have made the Indian Ocean their home.

09 Snorkel to see the underwater beauty
Plan a trip on a speedboat to the best snorkeling sites nearby the coral reefs. As each island is surrounded by a shallow lagoon with its outer rim dropping off into the ocean, the ideal spot for snorkeling would be the slope adorned with a fine colorful house reef. Visit some of the famous snorkeling sites where you can see turtles, sharks and even possibly a manta ray.

10 Sunset Cruise
Relax on the sundeck of our traditional dhoni boat and admire the spectacular views of the sun setting on the waters of the Indian Ocean or Explore the true beauty of the Maldives on a private yacht.

11 Entertainment
Entertainment in the evenings differs widely from resort to resort. Some resorts provide a more club like atmosphere. Almost all resorts offer disco and live music either with their in-house DJs and bands or visiting bands from Male’. Some resorts include traditional dance and music in their entertainment programs.

01 Photoflights
Resorts also offer you the opportunity to savor the beauty of the Maldives from air. While some other resorts offer organized photo flights by seaplane, you have the option of arranging your own aerial expedition as well.

02 Male Excursions
Male’ Excursions are organized regularly by resorts in Male' Atoll, however some resorts in other atolls also offer you the opportunity to visit the capital during your stay. Male' is the political and commercial hub of the country.

03 Hukuru Miskiiy
Hukuru Miskiiy or the Friday Mosque is one of the oldest buildings in the country. It was built in 1656 during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar. It contains some of the finest samples of Maldivian workmanship. The walls of the mosque are made up of coral blocks each with intricate carvings of Arabic verses and ornamental patterns. The minaret or “Munnaaru' adjacent to the mosque was built in 1675 by the same Sultan.

04 Mulee-aage - The Presidential Palace
Mulee-aage, the former presidential palace was built in 1908, just before the first World War by Sultan Shamsuddeen III for his son. However the Sultan was deposed and his son was never able to take up the throne. In 1953, during the time of the first Republic, the building was designated as the Presidential Palace and was the official residence of the president until the new Presidential Palace was built. Today, Muliaage is the current 'Official Residence of the President of Maldives, which is located at the historic centre of Male’ in close proximity of the Medhu Ziyaarai and the Munnaru.

05 Theemuge
Theemuge is the site of the former presidential palace of Maldives, upgraded to presidential standards in 1992. Theemuge served as the presidential palace until 2008. The design and architecture of the palace combines the grandeur of local tradition with modernity. However, today, Theemuge houses the Supreme Court of Maldives.

06 Islamic Centre
Dominating the Male' skyline from the sea is the shining golden dome and the minaret of the Islamic Centre, opened in 1984. In addition to its central feature - The Grand Mosque, holds up to 5000 people and in addition, the Islamic Centre houses a conference hall, an Islamic library and classrooms. The main prayer hall displays some of the best works of present day Maldivian calligraphers.

07 Sultan Park and Museum
The Sultan Park and the National Museum are part of the old Sultan's Palace and the Palace grounds during the time of the monarchy. The museum displays a large variety of objects and artifacts from times gone by. The collection comprises of relics from the pre-Islamic times to royal antiquities belonging to different monarchs. The Museum is opened from 9.am to 3 pm pt Fridays and public holidays.

08 Medhuziyaarai:
The tomb of Abu “Al Barakaat Yoosuf al-Barbari, to whom the nation pays its respects for bringing to the shores the enlightenment of Islam in the twelfth century A.D.

09 The Republic Square:
You will not miss the small park with its fountain and the tall mast with the National Flag fluttering gently in the breeze. The Republic Square is an open space many residents of Male’, young and old enjoy, especially during the weekends.

10 Maldives National Museum:
The Maldives National Museum captures the history of Maldives under one roof, the ancient artifacts cultures and traditions of Maldives are well displayed. The museum complex consists of two large buildings separated by Sultan’s park in the old palace ground across Medhu Ziyaarai Magu(street) inland from the Grand Mosque, the Islamic center.
Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm from Sunday to Thursday (closed on Friday and Saturday).

11 Souvenir Shopping
The northern end of Chaandhanee Magu is the locality for you if you are looking for souvenirs to take home. A range of batik sarong with wrap-around, wooden handy-crafts, candles and other memorabilia are available from the shops lining the street. Lookout for genuine Maldivian hand painted t-shirts, lacquered boxes, miniature dhonis and reed mats if you really want to take a piece of The Maldives with you as a memento.
Be ready to shop as you will be amazed to see the range of brands and collection on offer!


What to pack
The Maldives is in the Equatorial belt and is pretty warm throughout the year. Light cottons and linens are the best materials to wear while going about under the hot sun. The recently opened retail outlet called Dhovemi offers a variety of products.
Located just next to arrival exit gate the new retail outlet offers everything an arriving passenger would need.

Here's a list of products which is available in arrival shop (Dhovemi):

• Sunscreen with high SPF
• Digital camera
• Camcorder
• Money belt for excursions
• Sunglasses
• Hat or Cap for shade from the sun
• Light cotton clothing
• Rucksack for day trips
• Torch light
• First aid kit
• Electricity adaptor
• Mosquito or insect repellent
• Lotion (Aloe Vera)

- Highlighted in Green : Available in our Arrival Shop
- Highlighted in Blue : Will be available soon in our Arrival Shop

Weather
Just locate the Maldives on the world map and you will notice that its in the equatorial belt. The climate is tropical, with the country having a great deal of sunshine.The temperature is pretty warm all the year around. The weather in the Maldives is usually picture perfect: sunlit days, breezy nights, balmy mornings, and iridescent sunsets. The temperature hardly ever changes - which makes packing for your holiday an easy task (see: what to pack). With the average temperature at about 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year, the sun is a constant on most days, shining through treetops, creating lacy patterns on your feet, healing cold-bones with its warmth.
Throughout the day, the sun will make itself known, ensuring that it will be remembered and missed, like an old friend, as you pack up your suitcases to leave.
Maldives has two distinct seasons; dry season (northeast monsoon) and wet season (southwest monsoon), with the former extending from January to March and the latter from mid-May to November.
The rare thunderstorm in the Maldives (especially around the southwest monsoon months) can be a welcome respite from the sun. Cloudy skies and slate grey seas, and crashing thunder makes up for lovely reading weather. The warm temperatures will allow you to go for a walk in the rain, a verdant, wet, thoroughly enjoyable experience. For extra exhilaration, take a swim in the rain - the sea will be extra warm.

Health Advice
Health Facilities are a vital aspect of tourism infrastructure, and the Maldives has all kinds of health facilities within the country. In Male, there are two main hospitals that provide medical services. In addition to this, there many clinics that provide specialist and GP services around Male. All inhabited islands have a health centre, and all Atolls have larger regional hospitals. All resorts have their own medical facilities. Across Male and local islands also are practitioners of local therapies, a form of alternative medicine called Dhivehi beys (Maldivian medicine). Dhivehi beys use natural mixes and herbs to treat a variety of ailments.
For diving related injuries, some resorts have decompression facilities.



Useful terms in Dhivehi

  English Dhivehi
Numbers One ekeh
  Two Dheiy
  Three Thiney
  Four hatharey
  Five Fahey
  Six haey
  Seven Hathey
  Eight Ashey
  Nine Nuvey
  Ten Dhihayeh
  Fifteen fanara
  Fifty Fansaas
  Hundred Satheyka
     
Greetings How are you Haalu kihiney
  Fine Rangalhu
  My Name is.. Masha kiyanee..
     
Conversation Do you speak English Ingireysin vaahaka dhahkan ingeytha
  Where is the market Kobaa Marketu
  What’s the Time Gadin kihaavarey
  How much is this Mee kihaavarakah

Emergency Numbers
Police: 119
Fire: 118
Ambulance: 102
Power Outage: 104
Water Outage: 105

Banks
Bank of Maldives:  +960 332 2948
State Bank of India:  +960 331 2111
HSBC:  +960 333 0770
Habib Bank:  +960 332 2948
Bank of Ceylon:  +960 332 3045
Mauritius Comm Bank:  +960 330 5656
Maldives Islamic Bank:  +960 332 5555

Male City Hospital Numbers
There is a health clinic which consults emergency cases and minor health issues faced to all visitors at the airport. In the capital city there are 2 main hospitals-(ADK hospital and Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital) and all inhabited islands and resorts are equipped with health posts, health centers or hospitals.
• IGMH  +960 333 6658
• ADK  +960 332 0436

Police Station
Tourist police branch is established at VIA and can be accessible to all visitors 24/7. Apart from this the capital city Male' has several sub police stations which can receive any matters reported by Tourists.