Maldives Quick Facts Maldives

Time : GMT+5hrs
Capital Islands : Malé City
Total Islands : 1192
Inhabited Islands : 186
Religion : Sunni Muslim
Resort Islands : 120
Population : Aprox,380,000
Major Industries : Tourism and fishing
Currency : Ruffiya(1 USD = 15.42 MVR)
Climate : Tropical
Electricity : 220-240 V,50Hz
Government Working Hours : 0800am to 200pm(Sun-Thu)
Bank Hours : 0830am to 200pm(Sun-Thu)
Language : Dhivehi (English Widely Spoken)
Location : Indian Ocean

Geography & Location   (MAP)

Republic of the Maldives is a sovereign archipelagic nation positioned in the Indian Ocean. Notably the South Asian Island nation has no counterpart in the entire world in terms of its unique geography and topography.

The Maldives comprises of 20 natural atolls consisting of dual island chains. There are channels of various sizes between the atolls used for navigation 20 natural atolls are categorised into 20 administrative Atoll Councils.

Incidentally the Maldivian language has the distinct pleasure of contributing to the English word “atoll”, which was derived from the Maldivian word “atholhu”.

The Maldives, located on top of a vast underwater mountain range have around 1192 islands and sandbanks and which out of 186  Inhabited Islands local Maldivinas occupied. The pearl string like islands covers a land area of no less than 298 km2.  All the islands are encircled by a lagoon blessed with crystal clear water. These islands are protected by a reef structure, housing one of the most exclusive and spectacular underwater life.


History & Culture

Archaeological and historical discoveries indicate that the islands have been inhabited for over 3000 years. Being on an important trade route, Maldives was visited by people from all over the world, including Europe, Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East. These visitors left a strong influence on the people, their religion and the culture of Maldives.



The Maldives enjoy warm tropical temperatures year round, and a great deal of sunshine. Local weather is affected by monsoons, with May to September being the wet season; seas can be rough and winds brisk. Severe weather conditions are rare, however, Indian Ocean cyclones do reach the islands on occasion. The Maldives temperature range runs from 70º to 90º F (22º to 33º C) and is consistent throughout most of the year.



No prior visa arrangements are required as a tourist visa of 30 days will be granted to visitors with valid travel documents, on arrival. For those coming from yellow fever infected regions, an international certificate of inoculation is required.



Nudism is an offense in the Maldives. Dress is generally casual; T-shirts and cotton clothing being the most suitable.
In Malē, the capital island, it is recommended that woman wear modest clothing without baring too much and when visiting inhabited islands, thighs and shoulders must be covered by both men and women.


Visitors last 5 years

Year no of visitors
2012 958,025
2013 1,000,203
2014 1,204,857
2015 1,234,248
2016 1,282,372

Geography & Location of Maldives

Malé City, A capital City of Maldives

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Climate, Sunshine and rain fall

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