The Maldives is a country made of 26 atolls and over a thousand islands that are scattered on the southern portion of the Indian Ocean. It is home to plenty of amazing beach resorts that are offering beautiful accommodations and a wide array of exciting activities for tourists. This is the reason why the number of tourists that are coming in from different parts of the world, especially from the UK, have increased in recent years. If you would be coming from the UK, here are some useful travel advice that you might want to know.
1. Although in the past, there were just a few flights that come in and out of the Maldives, today, most of the major airlines already have flights coming in and going out of the Maldives – some of them even offering daily flights. There are also a number of companies that are offering regular charter flights. There is basically no way of going to the Maldives by land travel; however, if you have a boat, you can use it to travel to the country.
2. The country’s official language is Dhivehi, a language which is closely related to the Sri Lankan language Sinhala. It is written using a hybrid script known as Thaana. Although many of the local residents speak Dhivehi, those who are in working in the government and the tourism industry are fluent in English.
3. There are a variety of accommodations and resorts in the Maldives for all kinds of travelers. There are theme resorts, holiday resorts, luxury resorts and resorts which specifically cater to scuba diving enthusiasts and those who are into other water sports activities. There are also many liveaboard boats and ships where individuals who are interested in fishing and scuba diving could stay on for several days or a week.
4. Some of the activities that tourists can do while in the Maldives would include whale watching and dolphin watching, snorkeling and fishing. For more adventurous travelers, there are also many resorts which offer facilities for parasailing, water skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, kite boarding, wakeboarding and knee boarding. These resorts do not only have equipment and gear that can be rented, they also usually have instructors who offer lessons for beginners.
5. The Maldives also have several tourist attractions that you can add to your itinerary. There is the National Museum which is in the capital city, Male, which offers many artifacts and collections of art works showcasing the history and culture of the Maldives. There is also the Islamic Center and the Grand Friday Mosque for those who would like to learn more about the predominant religion in the country. some of the other attractions that you might want to visit when in the country would be the Baa Atoll, Kudahuvadhoo and Fuamulaku. If you want to take a guided tour of the city and other regions of the country, you could arrange for the resort you would be staying at to provide you with a local tour guide.