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With its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and infamous overwater bungalows, kick back and relax in the Maldives, while taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you. The Maldives offers an unforgettable idyllic experience for honeymooners in search of palm-fringed paradise. Spend quality time as a family like never before with an all-inclusive holiday to the Maldives. It’s the perfect place to soak-up the sun with the beauty of colourful coral surrounding these tropical islands. 

Whether you’re seeking romantic seclusion, exhilarating water sports or natural exploration with luxury accommodation, the Maldives provides a timeless escape from the stresses of everyday life. 

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    Maldives Holiday Highlights 

    The Maldives is renowned as a destination for relaxation and water sports, but if you need further entertainment, there is plenty to keep you busy during your stay. Here are our top ten things to do whilst holidaying in the Maldives. 

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    1. Dive into an underwater world

    Snorkel or scuba dive to explore the colourful marine life of the Maldives. Discover coral reefs, parrotfish, manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins and much more. Try the diving sites at Maaya Thila, Rainbow reef, or Nassimo Thaila.

    The Maldives overview

    An archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives has roots that trace back to early ancient maritime traders and explorers. Influenced by various passing civilisations including Indian, Arab and Southeast Asian, the Maldives was eventually introduced to Islam in the 12th century, developing a Sultanate era that endured for centuries. In the 19th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate, which continued until 1965 when the country gained independence, becoming a republic in 1968. 

    Islam plays a central role in the culture of the Maldives, and you’ll see its influence in architecture, arts, religion and traditions. Traditional music and dance are inherited from the Indo-Arabic civilisation. The islands are renowned for their traditional lacquer work, mat weaving and intricate jewellery. 

    The official language spoken in the Maldives is Dhivehi which is influenced by Indian and Iranian origins, though English is widely spoken by locals too. Music and dance are both at the heart of the local culture, with heavy influences from Indian and Hindi music, though popular instruments include Bodu Beru (drums) which are North African.  

    The major annual festival celebrated in the Maldives is Eid, with a celebratory presence on each island due to the majority of the population being Islamic. Another popular festival which is precious to the culture, is National Day which is celebrated by parades and marches and is on the first day of the third month of the lunar or Islamic calendar. 

    Maldivian custom holds the strong belief that once you are away from the resorts or beaches, all people should dress modestly, no matter which inhabited island you are visiting. This includes shoulders and knees covered for both men and women. Another useful tip for couples out in on inhabited islands, they should refrain from public displays of affection. 

    As the Maldives is a predominantly Muslim country, it’s important to be respectful of their customs which includes no alcohol outside your accommodation or resorts. Try to only drink alcohol in areas where they are serving and don’t bring your own instead.  

    The local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR); however, you can arrive on your holiday to the Maldives with no Rufiyaa as you can only exchange to this currency once in the country. In-light of this, some resorts will allow you to use Pounds, Euros and US Dollars.  

    One Rufiyaa is worth roughly 4-5p, so £200 will exchange to about 4,400 Rufiyaa, and you will be mainly using notes when paying due to the little value of the coins, Laari. The best place to exchange currency is the Bank of the Maldives in Male, however there are plenty of ATMs across the country and on-site in resorts, which accept all major credit cards.  

    What to eat

    Maldivian cuisine is a wonderful blend of spices, coconut, and fresh, locally caught seafood. You should definitely try the local mas huni, a dish made from shredded tuna, coconut and spices. 

    Don’t go home without trying dhivehi riha curry, a flavoursome fish curry made with various spices and coconut milk, reflecting the fusion of local and Indian culinary influences. 

    You’ll also see popular ‘short eats’, which are local snack foods such as bajiyaa (fried dough balls with fish or vegetables), hedhika (savoury pastries) and keemia (fried rolls filled with fish or chicken). 

    Great spots to dine that we recommend are the Reethi Restaurant on the beachfront with a great view of the moon and any sunset taking place. Try underwater dining at the M6M Restaurant for a totally surreal experience as you watch colourful marine-life swim by.  

    Why book the Maldives 

    Unwind like never before on a chain of paradise islands with perfectly soft sand and gently lapping waves, ideal for romantic getaways and families. Book a holiday to the Maldives and enjoy year-round warmth and stunning sunshine as you island hop between amazing dining spots, scuba adventures, and natural beauty.  

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