Maldives vakantie

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Best Places to Visit

In the deep south of the Maldives is the capital, Malé. This bustling city is crowded with motorbikes and tourists, and although it's often just a stop off for tourists on their way to other islands, it's a must-see for those on holidays to Maldives. Outside of Malé, there are plenty of resorts. Here, a high level of privacy is offered, with many islands featuring just one or two resorts.

Dive resorts usually have more limited facilities, but stunning underwater views. The top-rated dive sites are Middle Point and Okobe Thila. However, if you're an experienced diver, you'll want to head to Girifushi Thila. Reef diving is a favourite pastime and it's no wonder, the Maldives boasts some vibrant, beautiful reefs, such as the Banana Reef and the HP Reef.

Holiday resorts are more family orientated, while luxury resorts for honeymooners or those after the full paradise experience are often very remote. So remote, in fact, some can only be reached by rowboat.

Many people come to the Maldives in search of relaxation, and it isn't hard to find it. Ihuru Island is home to a resort and spa, and pristine natural surroundings; partly due to the island having only been opened to the public ten years ago. The spa here offers a wide variety of holistic treatments which are believed to help rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.

The Maldives offers some of the best scenery in the world and Kuramathi has many excellent walks on offer. Perhaps the most fascinating is the Hermit Crab Walk. A circular walk, there are plenty of colourful and fascinating crustaceans to enjoy. There are also guided tours through many of the tropical forests in Kuramathi, giving visitors greater insight into the natural wonders on the island.

Alimatha Island is best described as an aquatic resort. Famous for its marine life and scuba opportunities, the island also boasts golden beach and many tropical lagoons. Beach bungalows are the typical accommodation here.

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Need to know

Language

The primary language spoken in the Maldives is Dhivehi, a mix of English, Hindi and Arabic that most closely resembles languages spoken in countries such as Sri Lanka. Despite Dhivehi being the language most commonly used when conversing, English is recognised as the Maldives second language and is taught in schools. Also, English is widely spoken by the locals, particularly those in the tourist industry. The larger and more prestigious resorts employ translators, who can be fluent in a variety of languages. As a result, it is not uncommon to find those who speak Spanish, Italian, Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi and English, in the areas where there are major tourist resorts.

Currency

The currency used in the Maldives is the Maldivian rufiyaa (pronounced roo-fee-yah), with Rf1 divided into 100 laaris. The Rufiyaa comes in banknote denominations of Rf500, Rf100, Rf50, Rf20, Rf10 and Rf5. In terms of coins, the rufiyaa comes in denominations of Rf2 and Rf1. The American dollar is also commonly used. Many resorts accept credit cards and travellers' cheques in pounds sterling and American dollars. If you want to change currency into rufiyaas for small purchases or use in restaurants, this can be done easily at any bank and in the majority of tourist resorts. Some hotels and large shops offer this service, too. Although there are a lot of ATMs on the island, very few accept foreign cards, so remember to prepare cash or travellers' cheques in advance. Debit cards fall into this bracket as well, with very few resorts choosing to accept them.

Visas

Tourists do not need a visa to visit the Maldives, as all visitors are granted a 30-day tourist visa on arrival. However, anyone who has travelled through a central African or South American nation before arriving in the Maldives will need to present a certificate showing that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever. Also, passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the Maldives. British nationals can accept their tourist visa, as long as they have a valid onward or returning ticket and enough funds to cover their stay.

Climate

The Maldives make up some of the lowest lying land in the world. As a result, temperatures are tropical all year round, even hitting the twenties and thirties during the wet season.

Before visiting the Maldives, take the Hulhangu Monsoon season into account. Lasting from May to November, fierce storms and torrential rains punctuate the periods of sun.

Main Airports

There are two main airport hubs on the Maldives, with a whole host of other domestic airports. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE), or Malé International Airport, receives flights from all major airlines as well as domestic flights from other islands in the Maldives. Gan International Airport is the main access point for the southern parts of the country, and is located on Gan island in Addu City, the southernmost atoll of the country. Hanimaadhoo International Airport, Villa International Airport and Dharavandhoo Airport are among a variety of others that serve domestic flights.

Flight Options

The most popular entry point for flights is Ibrahim Nasir International Airport near Malé. It receives a lot of scheduled services direct from London. It also welcomes non-direct flights via locations like Dubai. Deals vary depending on the time of year. Direct flights from London usually take around 10 hours.

Travel Advice

Although taxis and boats are available, booking a resort that provides transport takes a lot of the stress out of your journey. When visiting, bear in mind that the Maldives is a Muslim country, so alcohol is only available in the resorts and cannot be brought into the country. Pork items are also forbidden. Remember to dress modestly on the main islands and in the airport - save your bikini and shorts for the resorts.

Other Transport Options

There are currently no scheduled boat services from neighbouring Sri Lanka that can take passengers to the Maldives. Independent yachters keen on visiting the Maldives by boat should be aware that there is quite a lot of legislation to comply with due to the presence of many reefs, which make the waters hard to navigate. The easiest and best way to enter the Maldives is by air.

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Feiten

  1. Men gelooft dat kokosnoten een krachtig ingrediënt zijn in spreuken en vloeken binnen de zwarte magie.
  2. De Maldiven bestaan uit 1190 koraaleilanden, ondergebracht in 26 atollen, wat uiteindelijk 200 bewoonde en 80 onbewoonde eilanden oplevert.
  3. Met een gemiddelde hoogte van 1,5 meter boven zeeniveau (het hoogste punt is 2,3 meter boven zeeniveau) zijn de Maldiven het laagste en platste land ter wereld.
  4. Elk deel van de Maldivische vlag is symbolisch: de maan staat voor islam, het groen voor palmbomen en het rood voor het bloed dat is vergoten door de Maldivische helden.

Feiten

  1. Men gelooft dat kokosnoten een krachtig ingrediënt zijn in spreuken en vloeken binnen de zwarte magie.
  2. De Maldiven bestaan uit 1190 koraaleilanden, ondergebracht in 26 atollen, wat uiteindelijk 200 bewoonde en 80 onbewoonde eilanden oplevert.
  3. Met een gemiddelde hoogte van 1,5 meter boven zeeniveau (het hoogste punt is 2,3 meter boven zeeniveau) zijn de Maldiven het laagste en platste land ter wereld.
  4. Elk deel van de Maldivische vlag is symbolisch: de maan staat voor islam, het groen voor palmbomen en het rood voor het bloed dat is vergoten door de Maldivische helden.

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