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Maldives
Republic of the Maldives is a sovereign archipelagic nation located in the Indian Ocean. Notably the South Asian Island nation has no counterpart in the entire world in the terms of its unique geography and topography. The Maldives, located on top of vast underwater mountain range have around 1190 island and sandbanks. The pearl sting like island covers a land area of no less than 298 km2. All the island are encircled by a lagoon bless with crystal clear water. These islands are protected by a reef stricture,
housing one of the exclusive and spectacular underwater life.

How to reach Maldives

How to reach Maldives
Direct flight from Europe, Middlle-East, Russia and China mostly undertaken by world leading Tour Operators. In addition, several schedule flights connection to Maldives are available with stop-over at Dubai, Qatar, India, Srilanka, Singapore, Turkey, Oman, Malaysia and Thailand. To highlight some of the schedule flights to Maldives are Emirates Airline, Singapore Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Bangkok Airways, Srilankan Airlines, Tiger Air, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific, Turkish Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Fly Dubai, Finnair, Indian Airlines, Spice Jet, Korean Air, silk Air, Maldivian

Visitors entering the Republic of Maldives should fulfill the following requirement for the grant of an entry permit into the
country as tourist.
* Should posses a valid passport with Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) – (standard ICAO Annex 9, chapter 3.10.1) and
should have at least 6 months validity.
* Possession of a valid return air ticket to a destination where the passengers has permission to enter, together with
necessary visas for the onward journey to the next destination.
* Possession enough funds to cover the expenses for duration of the stay in Maldives. (US$100 + $50 dollars per day) or
a confirmation of reservation in a Tourist Resort, Hotel or guesthouse.
To enter Maldives as a tourist no pre-arrival is required. A thirty day free visa is issued on arrival at designated ports of entry,
based on the immigration requirements.

Caution: Full thirty day visa is not a right of the passenger to claim, but lies at the discretion of the Immigration to issue not more
than thirty days and any period less than thirty days. EMPLYMENT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNDER THIS CATEGORY.

A toursit Visa maybe renewed if the person concerned, applies to the Immigration before the expiration of the visa
(TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY).

The Maldives has a tropical climate with warm temperature year round and great deal of sushine. The warm tropical climat
results in relatibely minor variations in daily temperature throughout the year. The weather is determined largely by the
monsoons: the Southwest monsoon from may to November and the Northeast monsoon from December to April. The hottest
months on average is April and coolest, December, February is the driest with December to April being relatively dry. The Maldives
is in the equatorial belt and therefore severe storms are rare.

An international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever and cholera is required by visitors arriving from infected countries.

The Maldives is warm throughout the year. Light, cotton and lines wear is ideal. Pack lot of t-shirts, beachwear, and wraparound
skirts, cotton shorts and shorts. For visits to inhabited islands, where most of the streets are compact sand, or Male’ where the
streets are paved, sandals are easy to walk on.

Some essential items include swimwear, sunglass, high factor sun-cream and a hat or a cap. If your travel plan includes traveling
to many islands, a mosquito repellent may become handy.

The Maldivian weather is sunny and the temperature is usually between 28 – 31 degrees Celsius. If you are not used to
continues expose to sunlight, it is advisable to apply skin lotion on your body to protect it from ultra-voilet rays.

Narcotics (illegal drugs) and psychotropic substances, religious materials offensive to Islam, Idols (for worship), pornographic
material, live pigs – these items are strictly prohibited from importing, producing, handling, selling, distributing or giving in Maldives.

Import Restricted Items to Maldives ( except prior licence from Government authorities) – Arms and ammunition, Alcohol and
Spirits, Pork and its by-products, Dogs, Snake & Birds and its eggs and Dangerous animals.

Marine products prohibited for export – Bait fishes (used for pole & line fishing), Big eye scad(less than 6 inches), Black coral,
Black coral products, Boulder coral, Conch (triton) shell, Coral, Dolphin, Eels, Lobster & Lobster meat,
Mother of pearl shells, Parrot fish, Puffer fish, Ray skin, Rays, Trochus shell, Turtle, Turtle Shells and Turtle shell products, Whales.

Alcohol imported under a special license is available in all resorts & live-aboards. Pork products are also available at most of the resorts.
Alcohol brought in by passengers are bonded and released at departure.

The Maldives currency is the Rufiyya. The Rufiyya is in denomination of 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 Rufiyya notes, 1 and 2 Rufiyya
and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 Laari coins. MVR15.42 against the United State Dollar.

All resorts, hotels, guesthouses most major shops and restaurants would accept payments in most major currencies and by credit card.
Most of the banks represented in Male’ provide automatic teller machine (ATM) service. There are several Bank of Maldives ATMs and ATMs
of other banks conveniently located at several key point in Male’, which offer regular ATM services as well as credit card services for some
major credit cards. Almost every Resort, Hotel and guesthouses would request to settle their payments in US Dollar or in major currency so
don’t bother unnecessarily to exchange your dollars to local currency at the Airport or anywhere. Within the recent years ATM services of
Bank of Maldives has been expand to Airport, and in many local islands.

Velana International Airport is the major international Airport in Maldives located in Hulhule’ island. The island of Hulhule’ is just akilometer from Male’, ferry boats are available in every 10 minutes to & from Airport to Male’ (cost around US$1.00), approximately 15 minutes ride.
From mid-night till 06.00am the ferry’s will operate in every 01 hour. If you prefer faster form of transportation speedboat are availablewhich operates regularly from Airport to Male’ & Back which would cost you around US$ 2.00 and it’s just a 05 minutes ride.

Hulhumale’ is the island adjacent to Velana International Airport, from the Airport access to Hulhumale’ is available by Shuttle Bus or by Hotel Car. From Male’ to Hulhumale and return ferry boat will operate in every 30 minutes.

To Resorts, hotels and island guesthouses within close distance to Airport, the mode of transport would be by Speedboat arranged by the hotel. In addition for most of the island guesthouses, public ferry transportation is available from Male’ or direct from the Airport’.

For distance or far away resorts, hotels and island guest houses, mostly seaplane and domestic Airplane would be the mode of transfer.

Seaplane operates during day-light hours only while the domestic airplane operates day & night on schedule basis. More details of the transfers to access to and from the resort, hotel and guesthouses the property itself would be able to give the options available in detail.

Capital City Male’

Male’ is the capital city of Republic of Maldives, located almost in the centre of the island chain. Is a thriving city and home to about 100,000 people. It could  be among the smallest capital city in the world, quite small, a little over 1.77 square kilometers, the seat of government and the hub of trade and commerce, heavy traffic and congested tiny roads. This small but rather charming city has a quite a number of recognized landmarks which should be on the itinerary of  every visit to the islands. A walking Male’ city tour could be done within an hour or two and some of the attractions commonly listed in the guide books includes

1. Sultan Park,

2. National Museum,

3. Mulee Aage Palace, which dates back to the early 18th century,

4. Grand Friday Mosque, a architectural landmark & the largest mosque in Maldives,

5. Hukuru Miskiiy, the oldest mosque in Male’ mainly built with coral stones, the interior and exterior walls are beautifully carved with Arab writings and other ornamental designs,

6. Artificial beach and the over ocean bridge connected to Male’, Airport & Hulhumale’

7. Rasfannu – artificial beach,

8. Local Market, a relatively peaceful neighborhood where you can find local fruits, vegetable, yams, nuts and sweetmeats,

9. Fish Market,
10. National Museum