Maldives or The Republic of Maldives is an island country in the Indian Ocean consists of 1190 coral islands. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘maladvipa’, meaning ‘garland of islands’. The Maldives are a series of ancient coral reefs that grew up around the sides of towering prehistoric volcanoes. These immense structures have long since sunk into the ocean, leaving behind coral islands of incredible natural beauty. This is life stripped down to simplicity – bright blue skies, all-year sunshine and fantastic diving and snorkelling in lagoons the temperature of bath water. The country embraces travellers from around the world allowing them to have a holiday of a lifetime. The Maldives demands the attention of anyone looking for a uniquely indulgent break, breathtaking nature and sheer beauty that stays with you long after your tan has faded.
The spectacular Maldives is breathtaking paradise that consists of a double chain of 26 atolls in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
A nation of islands, the Republic of the Maldives is a group of 1190 coral islands that form an archipelago of 26 major atolls. 202 of these islands are inhabited and more than 90 of these are exclusive resort islands with long white sandy beaches bordered by tropical waters. The capital city of Male is a small island in the middle of the atoll chain and is home to a third (about 75,000) of the Maldives’ entire population. The Maldives offer many water-based activities including scuba and snorkeling, boating and island hopping, parasailing and water-skiing. The people are gorgeous and the fishing is great, as are the resorts and beaches. If you’re after a real island experience, then the Maldives are calling your name.
Maldivian culture is derived from a number of sources, the most important of which are its proximity to the shores of Sri Lanka andSouth India. The population is mainly Indo-Aryan from the anthropological point of view. The language is from Indo-Iranian Sanskritic origin, which points at a later influence from the North of the Subcontinent. The Dhivehi language is closely related to Sinhala. According to the legends, the kingly dynasty that ruled the country in the past has its origin there. Possibly these ancient kings brought Buddhism from the Subcontinent, but it is not clear. In Sri Lanka there are similar legends, but it is improbable that the ancient Maldives royals and Buddhism came both from that island because none of the Sri Lankan chronicles mentions the Maldives. It is unlikely that the ancient chronicles of Sri Lankawould have failed to mention the Maldives if a branch of its kingdom would have extended itself to the Maldives Islands.
The climate of Maldives is warm year round, determined by the monsoons. However, being on the equator, the monsoons are mild and not as defined as in neighboring countries. Of the two monsoons, the southwest monsoon from May to October brings some rain and wind. The northeast monsoon, from November to April, is the dry season with very little wind. The temperature varies little with an annual average daily maximum of 30.4 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 25.9 degrees Celsius.
The fact that the Maldives is located at the equator, Maldives receives plentiful of sunshine throughout the year. On average Southern atolls (Gan) of the Maldives receives 2704.07 hours of sunshine each year. Furthermore, on average central (Hulhule) parts of the country receives 2784.51 hours of sunshine per year.
The main airlines flying in from Europe are the UK, German & Italian charter flights which fly direct.
Main scheduled services from Europe are those airlines flying direct: Sri Lankan Airways out of Heathrow and British Airways out of Gatwick; and those flying via their main hub: Qatar Airways via Doha, Emirates via Dubai and Oman Airways via Muscat. Sri Lankan also have some flights via Colombo.
The Sri Lankan timetable changes throughout the year, so it is important to check whether the flight you are booked on is ‘non-stop’ ou not. From Asia there are flights from Singapore on Singapore Airlines, amongst others.
Male International Airport is serviced by international flights from Europe, Middle East, Singapore, Sri Lanka and other regions. You will need to take a sea plane or a speed boat to reach your resort from Male Airport.
The trip can range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the location of your resort.
If you plan to stay at two different resorts that are not part of the same group, you will need to make your way back to Male Airport before being picked up by the other resort.
Once you land into the airport in Male, you will be shuttled to your resort either by sea plane or a speed boat depending on what you have already opted for with your travel agent or resort.
PASSPORTS AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
Visitors to the Maldives do not require a visa prior to their arrival in the country.
A free 30 days tourist visa will be issued to all bona-fide visitors upon arrival provided that they fulfill the following conditions:
- Should possess a passport with at least 6 months validity travel document (that is valid for the duration of the stay)
- Should have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives
- Should have 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 or a hotel
ARK TRAVEL will also email you a reservation confirmation letter for pax travelling, please simply show the letter to officer at the immigration counter.