Make Maldives Happen!
Maldives are known as the most fascinating and beautiful destination of the world. Despite its reputation for its beauty, there are still some things that can surprise you here and we’d want you to make the most of your time here when you visit.
Maldives is a Muslim city which means no alcohol is allowed in some places including its capital. However, you can get alcohol drinks at the resorts.
In addition, Maldives offer you with the luminescent planktons glowing on the beaches that night. These islands are much more beautiful then what you have seen there on the internet.
One of the best ways for you to make most of your time here is to go for island hopping (stay in one place for a few days and move elsewhere). You can swim with whale sharks here! You can see them all year round and although there’s never any guarantee, the best time of the year to do so is around June to September.
The peak periods (and hence, the most experience) to visit are December to April. If you’re looking to bag yourself a bargain, try to visit outside of these months.
After you arrive at the airport, you’ll still need to get on a boat or sea plane to get anywhere else.
A stay in a water villa is a must. Even if it’s just got one night, it is definitely a Maldivian experience worth having and worth splashing out for.
The Maldives is made up of around 1,190 individual islands, peppered across the Indian Ocean, just below India and Sri Lanka. Some are so small that you’ll have to zoom so deep in on your Google map before you even notice they’re there.
Out of these islands only about 200 are actually inhabited by people. These include islands with year round, permanent populations living in the likes of farming towns and fishing villages. Rests of the islands are used for the purpose of farming or by the industries or as “picnic resorts” which are used by tourists.
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Maldives is best known for three particular things:
Take the benefit of the year-round warm water, dazzling reefs and visibility up to 150 deep down.
Virtually every resort in Maldives operates a professional dive center and has its own “house reef” close at hand, giving snorkelers’ easy access to a kaleidoscopic collection of tropical fish.
Windsurfing is so prevalent here at Maldives that you can easily learn lessons at almost every next resort, you come across. The Maldives are one of the last kept secrets in the surfing world. A trio of resort islands; Lohifushi, Kanifinoihu and Tari village are specialized in surfing trips.
From last many generations, Maldivians are fishing with the help of traditional sailboats called “Dhonis”. Visitors, however, can board sport fishing boats to troll for martin, swordfish, sailfish, wahoo and yellow fin tuna.
Furthermore, if you don’t wish to give up your time on beaches, you can also try night fishing- anchored off a gentle reef in pursuit of red snapper under the stars.
The island capital of the Maldives teems with high rises and narrow streets, all ringed by seawalls. Shopaholics can savor Male’s flavors in the local markets, which are packed with fresh produce, and along Chaandanee Magu, the spot for local souvenirs, such as carved wooden Dhonis, miniature replicas of the boats dotting area waters.
The golden-domed Friday Mosque presides over the landscape, while the underwater riches of the atolls lure scuba enthusiasts from around the globe.
Temperatures in the Maldives stay at a wonderfully warm 25-30°C year-round and only drop a few degrees at night. There’s an average of 8 hours of sunshine every day and the water temperature barely falls below 25°C.
There are distinct wet (south-west monsoon) and dry (north-east monsoon) seasons; peak season for the Maldives is between December and April when the climate is drier, it’s less windy and the weather is hotter.
Most travellers see this as the best time to go, but there are other factors to consider when choosing the time of year to travel here – like when to see specific marine life and when you’ll find the best value offers. Each island in the archipelago has its own microclimate, but there are general patterns that occur throughout the year.
Culture in Maldives
Established in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives islands are multi-faceted. The culture, traditions and customs of the country are influenced by Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Arab, Persian, Indonesian and even African influences. A fabulous cultural mix makes Maldives.
A small piece of paradise with a few thousand islands off the south of India, the Maldives is a fascinating youth travel to Maldives. The country holds its richness of its incredible nature, but also of its past.
Considered an important crossroads in the Indian Ocean, the country’s population is diversifying and multiplying.
In music and dance, for example, you will be surprised to recognize a purely African rhythm. The Boduberu, a traditional Maldivian dance, illustrates this perfectly. The language accompanying this dance, followed by the rhythm of the drums, will take you to East Africa.
Other music as well as some culinary specialties is referred to the South African or Indian origins of the Maldivians.
The inhabitants of the Maldives consume a lot of spices, including curry. Coconut milk and fish also find their place in the traditional dishes of the country such as “Roshi”.
The culture of Maldives is influenced by the proximity of the island nation to India and Sri Lanka. The state religion of the country, Islam, also dictates various cultural aspects of the people. Elements of African culture can also be observed in the Maldivian culture.
The Maldivian society pays great respect to the elders and promotes strong bondage with immediate and extended family members. However, most families on the island are nuclear in nature.
Women also enjoy a respectable role in the society. Inheritance laws apply equally to both males and females. Women maintain their maiden names after marriage. The members of society are expected to adhere to the Islamic code of conduct.
18 years is considered the legal age of marriage in Maldives but marriage at a younger age is usually the norm. Although males are allowed to marry four wives, polygamy is rare.
Pre-marital sex is not allowed and punishable. Divorce rates in the country are high. Prostitution is illegal in the country and homosexuality has been criminalized.
Food in Maldives
The cuisine of Maldives mostly involves fish as the main source of protein. Most meals include rice and fish. Fishing is the second biggest industry in the country. Meat other than pork is consumed on certain ceremonial occasions. Food for tourists is mostly imported. Vegetables are almost absent in the cuisine of Maldives as the country has little arable land to grow vegetables.
Rice, sugar, and flour are some of the basic commodities that are imported to Maldives from other countries. The guduguda is an elongated pipe that is smoked by the elders. The raa is a local brew that is consumed widely.
Try this traditional dish of Maldives which is also one of the basic food items of the local population – Garudhiya is a fragrant fish soup that is usually cooked using fish, water and salt. It is served with lime, rice, chili and onions.
A prevalent food in Maldives, Mas Huni – shredded smoked Tuna, served with grated coconuts, lemon and onions is a must try. The dish is undoubtedly the most popular Maldivian breakfast, eaten with chapatti bread called Roshi.
Another most prevalent dish to try in Maldives is, Masroshi which is generally a kind of chapatti stuffed with smoked tuna and coconut. The added flavor of curry leaves and spices will make you go ‘mmmmmm!’
Somewhat like a samosa and spring roll, Bis Keemiya is an interesting dish that makes for a good snack. It’s a pastry filled with tuna/hardboiled egg, sliced onions and gently sautéed, shredded cabbage. The authenticity of the flavors makes it a must try food of Maldives.
Another must try dish of Maldives is “Boshi Mashuni” which is somewhere between salsa and salad. It is a mixture of crunchy, shredded banana flowers and fresh coconut. While curry leaves, turmeric and cumin provide a delightful flavor to the dish; spices, lime and Maldivian chili give it a tangy twist.
Accommodations in Maldives
The special look and feel of the Maldives is aided by the law that stipulates no building can be higher than the palm trees on its island. Essentially there are two types of room on any resort: the beach bungalow and the water bungalow (they may also be called villas or suites).
A couple of resorts have two storey blocks of rooms and a few upmarket resorts have mezzanine or second floors, but ninety odd percent of resort rooms are single storey with nothing above them. Beach bungalows are land rooms off the beach, water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon.
The best rooms are those that give you a sense of being at one with of the island; you are close to the beauty of its nature yet cocooned in comfort. That maybe the coziness of rustic simplicity (harder to find these days in the Maldives) or it may be modernist high design, but it probably isn’t 50” HD satellite television, Bose surround sound, thick concrete walls and heavy draped curtains.
It is the case for all rooms, but particularly water bungalows, that you can be a long, long way from the reception, the restaurant or the diving school.
This can be a drag, if you don’t like repeating the walk, or a blessing because of the quiet and privacy it affords (a weekend dance night can be loud and long lasting). On the other hand, being close to the action may be what you want or need.
Some resorts have ‘garden villas’, which are not on the beach but somewhere in the middle of the island. These are the economy rooms or given out only when the resort is full.
These are rooms that you can occupy but who move out when there is an overbooking situation. They are perfectly good rooms but not on the beach. A further option that some resorts have is a safari boat, which is offered ‘free’ for a night or two.
Learn the way of living in Maldives with a local
The Maldivian way of life is a broad concept. It is astonishingly complicated in comparison to the tiny size of our population. In the foreign media, The Maldives is advertised as one of the most exotic pieces of land on the face of the earth.
All the pictures are of happy folks on white sandy beaches, enjoying the sun, drinking cocktails.
However the reality is much more complex than that. Maldives is not a heaven. Not for its people. Even before the current economic crisis and the political crisis, the majority of Maldives were made to be a bunch of commoners who sweat blood to survive through the years of their lives.
When a child is born in Maldives, to a middle or lower income family, the child does not have any guarantee for its future.
The status of a middle or lower income earner in the Maldivian society is so low that a normal earner would not be able to take his/her family for a dinner at a nice restaurant, monthly. The differences in income distribution in Maldives are tremendous.
The capital Male has a majority who are hardly finding a spacy place to sleep at night. But in Male the way of life that is advertised is that of a high income society. All of the eateries in Male’ with a ‘restaurant’ tag on, are not priced for middle income earners. I am sure that one of the first things a foreigner will notice on Male’ streets are – out of place restaurants.
Places that might look perfectly at home in City centers are broadly and boldly erected in a low income town. The businesses make sure that the expectations of the people are higher than their income and current capability.
In all the ways of life, Maldives holiday is the delightful factor everyone looks forward to. When we mention about Maldives holidays that is the occasion, what are Maldives, famous for!
However, it is a fact that there is not a single resort currently in Maldives targeted for local income index. The majority do not get to enjoy a fine vacation on our god gifted beaches like foreigners do.
What is Cultural Tour?
Cultural tourism relates to the majestic art, fascinating architecture, age-old customs, impeccable hospitality, authentic cuisines, thriving nightlife, and many more amazing and fascinating facts related to the country of Maldives. These compelling aspects build up the culture of the country.
The cultural tour also plays an influential role in developing and boosting the history of tourism in Maldives.
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