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Imagine 1,192 coral islands formed around 26 natural ring-like atolls, scattered like tiny white pearls in the Indian Ocean, just across the equator. Picture cobalt blue seas, aquamarine reefs, heavenly white beaches, palm trees, iridescent sunsets and pleasant temperatures all year round. These magical islands, each with its own spectacular reef encircling the island lagoon, are a quiet, unspoiled paradise just waiting to be explored.
With warm waters which are crystal-clear up to 50m away, marvel at over 1000 species of passing fish ranging from tropical coloured fish to mantas and sharks. Renowned as one of the world’s best diving destinations, be spoilt for choice with fascinating diving sites such as Banana Reef or Fish Head. If you prefer a sensational view from above of the rich marine life, simply snorkel around your island. Cruise the inviting waters in a speedboat, sailboat or banana boat, relax and soak up the sun on the beach or go parasailing to discover the Maldivian archipelago or try a surfing safari.
In the evenings, savour a delicious variety of fresh fish and seafood with an Indian and Sri Lankan influence and be entertained by the friendly Maldivians with Bodu Beru, their festive music featuring drums, song and dance.
Language: English is widely spoken.
Currency: The local currency in the Maldives is the Rufiyaa. US Dollars are widely accepted in all resorts.
Visa: South African passport holders do not require a visa.
Time: 3 Hours ahead of South Africa. Certain islands operate on ‘Island Time’ which is 2 Hours ahead of South Africa.
What things cost: These are approximate prices and may vary according to hotels and seasons. (US Dollars)
Bottle of water: USD3 – 5
Soft drink / beer: USD5 – 8
Bottle of wine: USD25 – 150
Light lunch: USD25 – 65
Dinner: USD50 – 150
Climate: A tropical climate with warm temperatures year round and many hours of sunshine. With an average temperature of 31°C and an average minimum temperature of 26°C there are only small variations in daily temperature throughout the year. The hottest month on average is April and the coolest December.
Customs: Alcoholic beverages, pork and pork products are restricted items and will be confiscated.