The Maldives

Maldives at a Glance.

Maldives Tours|Relax Lanka
Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you their arms.
Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.

Time: GMT+5hrs
Capital Island: Male
Total islands: 1,190
Inhabited islands: 200
Resort islands: 150
Population: Approx. 350,000
Major industries Tourism and Fishing/td>
Currency: Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 15.42)
Electricity: 240V
Government Working hours: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday to Thursday
Bank hours: 9:00am to 03:00 pm Sunday to Thursdays

In ancient times, the shores of the Maldives welcomed lost travellers. Still welcoming, these shores remain, providing a tranquil haven for visitors.

(in thaana script):

In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms,
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives.
From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls,
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives.

(Dheebu Dhivehi Mee, Old Maldivian Folk song)

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.

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