Maldives Islands is one of those heavenly destinations that all beach and summer lovers want to visit. The archipelago is also much sought after by honeymooners or water sports enthusiasts. If you want to know this place, you are in the right place!
Just keep reading and pick out your best bathing suits to enjoy this heavenly place!
Maldives Islands: where is it, what is the region like, and more!
When we talk about Maldives Islands, the first image that comes to your mind is probably crystal clear water and some beach accommodation – and it really can’t be any other. This destination is nothing but an archipelago with only 2% of its area above sea level.
Now see more information about the geography and culture of this area!
Where are the Maldives Islands?
Maldives Islands is a South Asian country close to India and Sri Lanka. In all, the region consists of 1,196 islands bathed by the Indian Ocean, of which more than 200 are inhabited. Due to its location, the time zone of the Maldives Islands is GMT+5, which means it is 8 hours ahead of our country’s official time.
Local residents of the region speak a language called Divehi, but it is a destination that receives many tourists. It is not difficult to find people who speak fluent English, it is easier in the main islands of the country. Italian is also another language that is spoken by a part of the Maldivian population as the region has a large number of Italian citizens.
Due to its proximity to India and Sri Lanka, Maldives has great cultural influence from these countries. Which is directly reflected in their food, music, and clothing. A large part of the local population of the region is Muslim and they follow the customs of their faith, which also affects some of the rules for visitors.
Not all beaches allow you to enjoy the sea in the same swimsuit. Before diving, it is necessary to check whether there are any signs prohibiting the use of swimming trunks and bikinis. If this is the case, it will be necessary to use another closure piece on top of it.
The idea is to find bikini beaches (areas reserved for the intentional use of women’s and men’s bathing suits) and enjoy them without fear and within the law while respecting local customs.
Officially, the currency used in the country is the Maldivian Rupee or Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR), but there are others that are accepted in most parts of the territory. On the main islands, resorts, and large restaurants, US dollars, pounds sterling, and euros are accepted. Additionally, international cards can also be an option if you are not at a local stall.
Do you need a visa to enter the Maldives Islands?
Yes! You need a visa to cross the borders of these islands, but in this case, the process of getting one is simple. There is no need to pay to request this document and it allows you to stay for up to 30 days enjoying the heavenly scenery of the Maldives.
When you arrive in the country, your passport will be verified and from there, leave the airport to enjoy all the delicious tours!
Other documents required for the trip
In addition to the tourist visa for the Maldives Islands, you will have to worry about some other documents:
- Passport with at least 30 days validity;
- International Vaccination Card with proof that you have taken your dose against Yellow Fever;
- Travel insurance – which is not mandatory in the country, but avoids several problems;
- International Driver’s License, if you wish to drive around the country.
Although CNH is valid in many regions, such as Mexico, there are some that require an international card or even a green card – which we have already explained in detail in an exclusive post on this topic!