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The main international gateway in the Maldives is the Malé International Airport (MLE). Situated close to Male island, on the Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll, the airport is also known as the Velana International Airport and was previously called the as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. 

 

It is currently the only airport serving international flights in the country. Transit from and to the airport is by speed boat, seaplane and airport ferries.

Quick facts about Maldives

Car rent

from $ 16 per day

Hotel booking

from $ 25 per night

Currency

MVR
Maldives Rufiyaa
Reference average prices in Barcelona

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$ 4.53

🍕Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

$ 20.41

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

$ 4.85

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

$ 1.29

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

$ 712

Best time to visit The Maldives

The best time to explore the city
It is best to visit the Maldives in the dry season from November to April.
Prices
Hotels from $25
Temperature
The Maldives is coldest in January at an average temperature of 27°C and hottest in March when temperatures average 29°C. The most daily sunshine is in February at 10 hrs. The wettest month is September with an average of 243mm of rain.
Precipitation
The average annual rainfall in Male, Maldives is about 1,950 mm.

The weather

A sunny and warm location all year round.

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A tropical nation located in the Indian Ocean.

The Maldives is made up of an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands, all grouped into 26 ring-shaped atolls. Situated to the west of Sri Lanka and south-southwest of India, only 192 of its islands are inhabited, while most of the others remain virgin.

 

Known as Dhivehi Raajje to the locals in their locat tongue, The Maldives is the lowest country in the world at less than 1.8 metres above sea level. It is a nation known for its extensive reefs, beaches and blue lagoons. Malé, the nation’s capital, is home to the 17th-century Friday Mosque made of white coral and known as Hukuru Miskiy, one of the most ornate and oldest mosques in the city.  Malé also a busy fish market, and many other attractions.

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Things to do in the Maldives

An incredible holiday destination, there is a lot to do in the Maldives whether you are looking for a quite inactive vacation, or one filled with adventure. It is a very versatile and accommodating place that is perfect for every type of traveller, even more so if you enjoy being in the water. 

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Snorkeling

The pristine reefs of the Maldives are rich in colour, and there is a lot to see without going too deep. Snorkelers enjoy the reefs as well as the sea turtles in the area, also lots of schools of colourful fish that float with the tide.

Enjoy being in your own natural aquarium in the waters of the Maldives.

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Scuba Diving

A prime diving destination, the Maldives offers lots of affordable PADI dive centers where uncertified divers can take a discovery dive. There are also many dive options at various reefs where divers can have a fun day in the clear blue waters.

 

Divers can watch seahorses, eels, lobsters and crabs, and get up close and personal with a variety of fish. Go whale shark watching as the Maldives is also known for its whale shark migration and stingrays. There is little need for a wetsuit as the water is warm and inviting, and the visibility in the water is incredible.

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Island Hopping

Exploring the local communities on the islands is a great way to learn about the country and its people. You could book an excursion and island hop to local villages for a completely different and surreal experience.

Depending on where you are located, you could visit the fishing village of Naalaafushee, as well as the capital, Malé. The islands have downtown squares, local markets, school, banks and more. For a swift transit between the islands, it is best to use speedboats.

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Stand Up Paddle boarding

If you are not up for scuba diving or even surfing, then you could try paddle boarding. Most islands in the Maldives feature shallow and calm waters that are great for stand up paddle boarding (SUP). The bays are safe and the waters ebb and flow with the tides. Enjoy waters so clear that you can even watch swim fish right underneath your paddle boards.

The Maldives Cuisine​

Local Maldivian food is fresh and delicious and consists sometimes of rice, seafood and fruit. Be prepared to have a lot of fresh juice on hand, from coconut right from the tree, to orange juices and so on. Some food you are sure to encounter include a breakfast made of tuna, coconut and chile, served usually with chapati. Fresh shrimp is also served with rice, and a host of other seafood.

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