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Maldives


Description

In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies the Maldives archipelago, which consists of some 1,199 islands and atolls, of which only about 200 are inhabited. Every resort in Maldives has its own private island. There are about 100 of them. Vacationers enjoy stunning white sand and water so clear they think they're dreaming. It is now also possible to visit the Maldives thanks to more accessible flights. Travelers do not have to stay in luxurious all-inclusives. They can now mingle with the locals and stay in guesthouses on some inhabited islands. Whether by boat or seaplane, you could go from island to island to discover the most beautiful Maldivian treasures.


Map


What to do in Maldives


Seaplane tour

The Maldives archipelago is impressive for its size and the multitude of islands that unfold in its clear waters. To see the landscape from another angle, take advantage of the seaplanes used by the locals to travel from island to island. Chances are good that when you arrive in Malé, you will board one of them to reach the atoll where your hotel is located. The archipelago reveals all its amplitude and offers an impressive palette of colors, in all shades of blue.


Underwater world

The waters of the Maldives are generally protected from waves and wind, in addition to being perfectly clear and turquoise, making the archipelago one of the most famous diving destinations in the world. Around the atolls, you will be able to admire impressive coral reefs, which are home to a rich and diverse underwater ecosystem. Ari and Lhaviyani Atolls are among the most popular for intermediate and experienced divers, while Addu and Vaavu Atolls are good sites for beginners and snorkelers. If you decide to learn how to dive while staying in the Maldives, you should know that most of the hotel islands have their own diving school. You could not choose a better place to learn!


Swimming with manta rays

From June to October, the waters of Baa Atoll see their manta ray population increase drastically due to the amount of plankton present in the water during the monsoon season. Take part of an excursion to visit the protected area of Hanifaru Bay and swim among these giant rays. Their slow and graceful movements are mesmerizing - you won't forget the experience anytime soon!  And who knows, you might also be lucky and see some whale sharks, the largest fish in the world...


Learn to do nothing

There is no more idyllic place to spend your vacation than in the Maldives. The fine white sandy beaches seem to invite travelers to relax for long hours, and the clear, turquoise sea is never too hot or too cold. No wonder, then, that one wishes nothing more than to enjoy this enchanting scenery to the fullest. Most of the hotel islands have everything you need to make you completely forget about the rest of the world. Go ahead, slow down!


Living Maldivian life in Malé

Live the Maldivian life and spend some time in Malé, the capital. This crowded city with its colorful buildings may not match your Robinson Crusoe dream - its bustling pace contrasts with the slowness of the rest of the archipelago - but it would be a mistake not to spend some time there and live like the locals. Discover the many local markets, explore the stores along its busy streets or stop at one of the many non-alcoholic bars (Maldivians are Muslim). Witness the real Maldives not just the tourist version, far from the all-inclusives specifically designed for the peaceful comfort of tourists.


Temperatures

Maximum (°C)

Minimum (°C)

Precipitation (mm)

Jan.

30

25

79

Feb.

30

25

58

Mar.

31

26

80

Apr.

31

26

112

May

31

26

269

Jun.

30

26

155

Jul.

31

26

181

Aug.

31

25

257

Sep.

31

25

218

Oct.

31

25

186

Nov.

31

25

233

Dec.

30

25

145


Currency

The country's official currency is the Maldives Rufiyaa (MVR).

Convertor

CAD
to
MVR

Official language

Maldivian is the official language in the Maldives. English is widely spoken.

Voltage

You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in the Maldives are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz.

Electrical outlet
Electrical outlet

Passport and entry & exit requirements

It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.