Maldives marine life Marine life at Mushimasmingali Thila – Image courtesy of Maldives Tourism

Maldives Key Facts

Travel tips and key facts about the Maldives…

Location

Indian Ocean, 500km southwest of the southern tip of India

Country name

Republic of Maldives

Area

298 sq km

Population

370,000

Capital city

Malé (Population: 83,000)

Government

Republic since 1965; gained independence from the UK in 1965

Time Zone

Five hours behind east coast Australia; three hours behing west coast Australia; GMT/UTC +5

Currency

Rufiyaa (MVR)

Electricity

110/ 230 volts, 50hz. Three-pin square, three-pin round and two-pin flat blade

Religion

Almost entirely Sunni Muslim

Language

Dhivehi. English is spoken widely

Useful phrases

Try these Dhivehi phrases:
Assalaamu Alaikum – Hello (formal) and
Kihineh – Hello (informal);
Haalu kihineh? – How are you?;
Shukuriyaa – Thank you;
] Aan – Yes; Noon – No;
Ran'galhu – Good;
Dhanee – Goodbye (informal).

Tipping

Tipping is not encouraged in the Maldives however, if the service is good it is usual to tip waiters and room staff in resorts (unless a service charge has already been added).

Local etiquette

Visitors are requested not to offend local sensibilities. Nudity and topless sunbathing is forbidden. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and resorts. When entering a mosque, your legs and body (except for your neck and face) should be covered.

Tip

Hats and sunscreen are a must and sneakers or sandals are advisable for walking and swimming around coral. If you cut yourself on coral pour lemon or lime juice over the wound to relieve the pain, or use hydrogen peroxide.


Latest update: Maldives Key Facts: 18 April, 2019


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