One of the most attractive exotic destinations is the Maldives. Tours to this wonderful place are becoming more and more popular among the sophisticated public. The Republic of Maldives is located in the equatorial waters of the Indian Ocean, about 700 km southwest of Sri Lanka and is a chain of 20 atolls, which, in turn, consist of 1192 coral islands. Of these, about 200 are inhabited.
The highest point of the archipelago is on the southern Addu Atoll – 2.4 m. The total area is about 300 km2. The capital of the state is Male. This is the only city and port of the archipelago, which is located on the atoll of the same name. Rest in the Maldives gives a modern person the opportunity to feel like Robinson Crusoe – many atolls in the Maldives are still uninhabited.
According to Educationvv.com, the country is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The head of state and government is the president, who is elected for a 5-year term. The legislature is a unicameral parliament (54 deputies). The Maldives is divided into 19 provinces (atolls) and the capital district of Male. All tours to the Maldives begin with arrival on this largest island of the archipelago.
Police – 119
National Security Service – 313-281
Fire Department – 118
Ambulance – 102
Telephone Inquiry – 110
International Telephone Operator – 190
Inter-Atoll Operator – 188
Male Airport Information Center – 332-211
Customs Department – 322-001, 310-045 There is no
Russian consulate in the Maldives.
For urgent matters, citizens of the Russian Federation can contact the nearest embassy in Colombo (Sri Lanka) 62 Sir Ernst de Silva Mawatha, Colombo-7, Sri-Lanka Phone: (8-10-941) 57-4959 Consular Department: (8-10 -941) 57-35-55
The local currency is the Maldivian rufiyaa, in 1 rufiyaa – 100 lari. Banknotes in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 rufiyaas, as well as coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 lari are in circulation. US dollars and major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Master card, Diners Club, JCB and Euro Card) are accepted throughout. It is not necessary to exchange dollars for local currency upon arrival. Upon departure, the remaining rufiyaa can be exchanged back for dollars. Currency is changed at the bank and in large stores, on which a special sign hangs next to the signs of international tourist cards.
Local currency rates to major currencies:
– Maldives rufia (MVR) / ruble (RUB) 10 RUB = 5.45 MVR, 1 MVR = 1.83 RUB;
– Maldives Rufia (MVR) / US Dollar (USD) 1 USD = 12.79 MVR, 100 MVR = 7.82 USD;
– Maldives Rufia (MVR) / Euro (EUR) 1 EUR = 20.15 MVR, 100 MVR = 4.96 EUR.
The inhabitants of the Maldives belong to the same culture and for the most part profess one religion – Islam. By origin, they are descendants of representatives of the Asian, Arab, Negroid and Mongoloid races. Arabs, Africans, Indonesians – they all influenced the appearance of the islanders and contributed to the racial and cultural characteristics of the Maldives. The people here are friendly and welcoming by nature. The population of the Maldives is about 260 thousand people. The country has a high, up to 98%, literacy, since since 1960 compulsory English secondary education has been introduced.
If you are going to the Maldives, rest in this paradise will give you a lot of gourmet sensations – here you can try unique dishes. Indian and Arabic culinary traditions are strong in the local cuisine. Rice, seafood, various spices and spicy seasonings are widely used, as well as fish in various forms – smoked, dried, boiled.
The main byudo is boiled tuna with rice and various sauces (most often coconut curry) and pepper, as well as hikimas – dried and smoked fish. We advise you to try fish pie with coconut and onion bajia, fish pie borkiba cooli, traditional fish soup and garudia rice, tuna patties with gulu coconut, baked fish with chili paste fihunu mas, fried fish kimia rolls, rihaukuru fish pate, fried fish with pepper and garlic Teluli mae, etc. From meat dishes, the islanders mainly eat chicken, and then on holidays or as part of special dishes.
The basis of the diet of the islanders is rice boiled in coconut milk, with various vegetables, peppers, fish or seafood, as well as bananas, papaya, mangoes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes or breadfruit. The signature dessert is coconut in all forms, sweet rice and fruit dishes. Coconut milk, puddings, vegetable and fruit salads, and pastries are popular.
The main drink is tea, it is drunk with milk and sugar. Ordinary black tea is not loved by the locals, but is available everywhere. Coffee is becoming more and more common, mostly in Arabic, but like all imported products, it is quite expensive here. In the heat, juices are very good, local sweet milk kiru sarbat, sweet palm juice raz, suji drink and low-alcohol drink gaa from fermented palm milk.
Motor boats or seaplanes. There is no regular transport system between the inhabited islands. The ad hoc transport system is operated mainly by local dhoani or bathtkheli motor boats with an average speed of about 10 km/h. You can rent dhoni and even modern motor boats. Air Maldives offers scheduled flights to Hanimaadhoo, Kadhdhoo, Kaadhdhoo and Ghana. The most popular forms of land transport are bicycles and motorcycles. You can rent a car in Male and other major islands. A restless tourist can buy a tour to the Maldives and travel around all the atolls, island by island, including uninhabited ones, on a motor boat.
The entire territory of the country is divided into different telephone zones. The cost of a call within one zone is usually about 0.25 rufiyaa per minute, between zones – from 0.55 to 3 rufiyaa per minute. You can call from any pay phone that works with calling cards from the local Dhiraagu operator. There are no public telephones on some islands, you can call from call centers (they usually work from Sunday to Thursday from 7:30 to 20:00, on Fridays – from 14:00 to 18:00, on Saturdays – from 9:00 to 18:00). The cost of a call is slightly higher than from a pay phone. From 24:00 to 06:00, the cost of a call is 20% cheaper. There is a cellular connection in the GSM 900/1800 standard.
Tips are not officially accepted, if you liked the service, leave a small amount to the waiter (5% of the bill), the hotel employee about $10. Some resorts add a service charge to the bill (usually 10%), in which case tipping is not necessary. When renting a boat or boat, negotiate the amount in advance.
Mains voltage – 220-240 V, 50 Hz, standard European sockets. Due to the fact that electricity is generated by hotel generators, power surges are quite common.
It is recommended to drink bottled water and soft drinks. Local water, although it is cleaned quite thoroughly, but because of the heat it quickly becomes undrinkable. As tourists who have visited the Maldives say, the prices for bottled water are quite low.
Vaccinations are not required, but vaccination against hepatitis A and B is recommended. It is better to bring medicines with you, as there are very few pharmacies on the islands, and medicines are expensive in hotels. Before the trip, international medical insurance is issued.
In Male, banks and exchange offices are located on Marine Drive. Open from 8:00 to 13:30, from Sunday to Thursday. Store hours vary. Most, especially on the larger islands, are open from 07:00-08:00 to 21:00-23:00, but in the summer many shops are open from 13:00-15:00 to 18:00-20:00.