Top 5 things to know before your trip to the Maldives
With its white sandy beaches, crystalline waters, and lush tropical foliage, it’s no wonder that the Maldives is one of the world’s best-loved tourist destinations. And while many of us know it as a hotspot of adventure that is bustling with wildlife, there’s another side to the Maldives.
Read on to find out everything you need to know before you visit our resorts.
The Maldives is made up of almost 1,200 islands
While the Maldives has been inhabited for over 3,000 years, roughly 1,000 of its 1,200 islands remain uninhabited. The rest are either used by resorts, farmers or for industry, but some are so small that they can’t be used for anything other than picnics and secluded day trips.
The Maldives is an Islamic nation
Since Islam was introduced at the end of the 12th century, most of the residents of the Maldives have been Sunni Muslims. This means that pork and alcohol are forbidden on local islands, although our resorts are licensed to serve alcohol to our guests. You also can’t bring any beer, spirits or wine from duty-free, and we recommend dressing respectfully when you pass through the airport and on excursions by covering up your knees and shoulders.
There’s more than one currency in use
In the 19th century, the people of the Maldives used cowrie shells as an international trading currency since they were readily available to the population. Nowadays, the Maldivian rufiyaa is the legal tender, but you can also use US dollars, and most resorts also accept sterling and euro.
We’re just a short trip from the airport
Each of our island resorts sits on a different island, dotted around the archipelago. To reach your destination, you’ll be greeted by one of our team who will guide you to either a boat or a second plane. Once you land at Velana airport, you’re on the last leg of your journey.
Our islands are home to a diverse collection of life
From lush tropical greenery to fragile coral reefs, the Maldives is home to countless unique species of fish, birds and plants. Royal Island is located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll and is renowned for its rich biodiversity and healthy colourful coral reefs. While you’re with us, we ask that you join our efforts in conserving these precious habitats by not littering or taking coral as a souvenir.
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