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Maldives

  • Getting there: Fly into Malé International Airport (MLE), located on Hulhule island, next to the capital.
  • Capital city: Malé.
  • Population: 369,294.
  • Religion: Sunni Muslim.
  • Language: Dhivehi. English is spoken by most government officials.
  • Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR).
  • Climate: Tropical with warm temperatures year round. The dry season is from January to March and the wet season is from May to November.
  • Transport: Diesel engine-powered boats called dhonis are the chief form of transport between the various islands. For the more remote atolls, seaplanes are available. On individual islands, the best way to get around is to walk as they are all rather small and only Malé has any taxis.
  • Best time to travel: Travel between November and April for lots of sunshine and minimal rain.
  • What to wear: The temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees celsius therefore lightweight, loose cotton clothing is recommended. Bikinis are acceptable for women but nudity and topless sunbathing is against the law. Cover up in public areas such as restaurants and reception areas. When visiting Male or a local island, travellers dress modestly and cover shoulders and thighs.
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