Maldives Local Customs

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Maldives Local Customs

  • THE UNDHOLI

    The Undholi is a traditional swing in Maldives. It is usually a large wooden bench (picture 1) or even netting. It’s a great way to beat the heat and just stare at the natural beauty right in front of you. It’s romantic as there is always room for 2 on an Undholi. They also make a static version of this called a ‘Joli’.

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  • LOSE YOUR SHOES

    If you are ever in the fortunate position to be invited to a private home in the Maldives – lose the shoes! Yep, you must remove your shoes outside to show respect to your host(s) and their home.

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  • RAMADAN AND YOUR HOTEL STAFF

    The Maldives is an Islamic country and they do fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is the 9th month of a lunar calendar, which means it changes every year. If your tour organised has not let you know, please check the link below. Staff will fast during the day, so please be considerate. If you don’t have to; do not drink or eat in...

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  • WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL HERE?

    When is the best time to come here? Well, it all depends. If you want it to be hot – it’s hot. Every day of the year. In fact the Maldives sits on the equator. Then you have seasons. The dry season is always fully booked and expensive. The wet season is cheaper and you can get some ‘bargains’. The dry season is between December and April with...

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  • MALDIVES INDEPENDENCE

    The Maldives were originally settled by Buddhists from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) around the year 400 AD. Later they began to trade with Arab traders who left a lasting influence. The last Buddhist king of the Maldives converted to Islam in the year 1153. Portuguese Capt. Lourenço de Almeida arrived in 1507 and began the Portuguese colonisation of the...

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  • THUMBS UP - WHAT IT REALLY MEANS

    In my travels across the world I have found that the ‘Thumbs Up’ sign is the only universally optimistic and non-insulting hand gesture there is. Unfortunately in diving – it means GOING UP! And some divers may think you want them to surface. Start practicing the ‘OK’ hand symbol. Except in Brazil. They will hurt you if you do that.

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  • A visit to local village

    One of the excursion during stay in Maldives is a visit to the local village. The local villages are islands where only local people live and usually there's no resorts on them.It is a nice visit, as you can see how they live and you may meet also their children that are so cute! Also you can shop for souvenirs in their local stores where souvenirs...

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  • The hermit crabs

    The hermit crabs seek on the coast to rinsed snail-shells and they live in those for a few months. They leave this temporary domicile after a while, as which becomes too small for it.

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  • The Lizard

    The Lizard is a reptile that is frequently to see on the Sun Island.It is green, has a reddish head and a length of 10 to 15 centimetres.

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  • The Geckos - Hoanu

    The Geckos are small reptiles, who are everywhere on the island. They are named Hoanu, in the local speech.If you have not a room with climate installation, you can see on the ceiling and on the walls, many Geckos that try to find insects.The more Geckos are in rooms, the fewer insects there are.

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  • The shark feeding

    Every day about 10 pm, the sharks are fed.The young sharks get their lining from the keepers and from the tourists. It is like a small spectacle for the curious gazes.The tourists have the possibility to support this activity, in which they help the keepers.This happens every evening, by the terrace of Thai restaurant Sun Star.

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  • Chilling in a 'joli' - the...

    There are two types of jolis - those sitting on the ground (like the one the boy is sitting in) and those hanging from trees. Very comfortable indeed - my favorite thing to do when it comes to jolis is to sit on one sheltered by a palm tree during noon prayers. Island life is relaxing!

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  • go barefeet on your island

    We did not actually had to take shoes with us in these holidays (except for the travel there itself). On Helengeli it is possible to stay the whole 2 weeks -and longer without any shoes. The island is covered in sand. The floor of the restaurant is sanded as well and you are not required to put on shoes when eating, either.It is however a good idea...

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  • plugs

    on the maldives they use these 3 pointsockets and plugs (as in the picture).Electricity is 220-40V, 50 HzOur room already had an adapter on the socket, so we could use our equipment without problems. If that is not the case, I am pretty sure you can ask at the reception for an adaptor.

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  • customs and all kind of drinks

    As I already mentioned, the Maldives are a muslimic country and as such, alcohol is forbidden.You can not import it or bring it with you through the customs. Try it and it is not only taken away, you will also get fined.On the touristic islands you will not have to stay abstinent, though. You can get any kind of alcohol you want on the bar, the...

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  • staying connected

    You are going on holidays and can't think about being on an island for a week or two, without connection to the "outer world"?Well, on the maldives you don't have to.Take your Natel or Handy with you, it seems most islands are connected.On Helengeli we had the possibility to use their internet cafe (well, one computer), supposedly WLAN, but still...

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  • weather - or, when to go?

    The question "what will the weather be" is often asked also for the Maldives.Truth is, you can have rain in the dry time and sunny days without end in the wet season.If you are looking for a few extra hours of sunshine, then you should visit the Maldives between December and April, which is the dry season. This is also the high season and resorts...

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  • THE NATIONAL FLAG

    The national Flag of the Maldives was officially unveiled on 26 July 1968. It consistsof 3 parts:* The white crescent, which is the symbol of Islamic faith* Green represents palm trees, which are the life source of the islands. * Red represents the blood of the sacrifice of the nation’s heroes.

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  • Tradional Dhoni Boat

    This boat is the tradional boat the Maldivians travel with. All boats are painted blue and decorated inside with very hip wallpaper in flowery design.

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  • seats

    These curious things (see picture) are not fishing nets or places to dry your clothes, but actually seats.I found these not on the tourist island, but on the local islands as resting places.Just try one:-)

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  • Wish and smile

    You could wish hello or assalamualaikum. Maldives is a muslim country. Please wear proper attire and be sure that you always putting a smiling face.

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  • SUN BATHING

    In the Maldives you have to keep your top on. Although the whole country is virtually financed by Western European Tourists, modesty has to be observed. You can go out in a thong or bikini and sip cold beer, but keep your ‘shirt’ on.

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  • A FEW SMALL TIPS

    Your room will be cleaned everyday and your mini bar restocked. Always give the person a small tip and you will find that they will leave small surprises for you. We started having heart shaped bed linens and towels suddenly took the form of swans. And when you ask for something - you get it right away!

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  • Topless Sunbathing

    Please do not go topless in the Maldives. This is a Muslim country and I believe we should respect this. On the island resorts swimwear and bikinis are fine on the beach but please cover up when going into restaurant, bar ect.

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  • Body Covering

    Although not that important at the Island resort of the Maldives. You really should respect the local culture and religeon when at the airport, or on any excursions to village islands. You should cover your shoulders to knees when in these places. Though as mentioned before, the staff at the resorts arent that bothered as they are so relaxed and...

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  • No BYOB (Bring your own bottle)

    I love wine and whenever there is a chance to go to a romantic island getaway like Maldives, the wine bottle comes along too. Unfortunately, when we arrived at Male airport, we were asked to remove all alcohol drinks/bottles from our luggage and check it at immigration. We will only see our wine bottle when we are ready to leave Maldives.It was a...

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  • Put 'em Away!

    Ladies,Please remember that this is a Muslim country. They are being lenient enough with our Western Cultures by letting alcohol be served and allowing us to prance around in our bikinis.BUT, please do not go topless in public in the Maldives. It is offensive.While walking between room and pool/beach, make sure you have a cover up on, such as a...

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  • Be hospitable

    Maldivians are very welcoming and friendly people. They are welcoming us onto their land and we should respect their culture. It's important to dress appropriately when not on the beach. No topless sunbathing and it's important to cover up with a tshirt or sarong. Our hotel had a policy they wouldn't serve anyone,who wouldn't cover up from the...

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  • The Tomb of the Last Sultan

    We came upon this tomb, right in the middle of Male in a prominent area.However there was very little information written about it and just says it was the tomb of the last king of Maldives.We had initially thought it was something quite old and ancient. Turns out, after a little digging with local sources, the last king or sultan of Maldives was...

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  • Me and Schoolboys

    Hmm.....I was minding my business sitting under a shaded tree getting a respite from the hot sun, when the bell suddenly rang. Turns out, I was sitting right near a school.Out came a bunch of school boys who seemed shy at first but curious about me who obviously was a tourist. We talked and their English is not bad. They seemed excited I am from...

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  • Museum

    This, oddly enough was their national museum where it houses bits and pieces of their history and culture. You need to pay to enter. I forgot how much exactly but think it is $3. The museum is small and by the picture, you would think it was someone's house and garden. Plus it doesn't have much information about their history or people, so it is up...

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  • A Glittering Minaret in Paradise

    This minaret is from the National Mosque in Male. It is quite large for a tiny island and seems to be, for the moment deserted.The mosque is modern and well-designed. However it forbids foreigners from entering; saying you need expressed permission. I wonder if the sign is still there.....Maldives is 100% Islamic and is a restrictive country. No...

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  • sort of local customs...

    Most resorts offer Ayurvedic massage centres, even though they are not typical Maldivian. The masseurs all coem from India and vary from fair to good. On Bathala the massage centre was so well hidden that no one ever thought of having one. There are several types of massage available, generally speaking -and the best is the full body massage. In...

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  • Photography of Locals

    Its always better to get permission from locals before you take their photo. Women do not like to be photographed. Maldives is muslim country with 100% muslim population. Even older men get offended some times if you take their photograph without permission. So respect the culture & traditions and always ask before taking photographs.

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  • Respect

    I don't know whether this is specific to Meeru or whether it's a Maldivian thing, but we found that some of the resort staff seemed quite surly and disinterested at first.Some holiday makers reacted to this by being rude and impatient with the staff which, unsuprisingly, only resulted in them receiving bad service.We found that if you treated the...

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  • Respect the locals

    Just remember that you are visiting their country and you should always respect them.So remember no topless bathing !!Also you should find that the waiters in the restaurant are from the Maldives and the waiters in the Bar are generally from Sri Lanka or India because it is against their religion to serve alchol.They are very nice, helpful people...

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  • Sweep Clean

    The Friday afternoon visit to Dhiffushi was timed to see the local women sweeping clean the sand. A regular task to maintain the island.

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  • Keep some clothes on

    Please remember that the Maldives is a Muslim Country. All Maldivians are Muslims of the Sunni sect and you must respect Muslim sensibilities. Nudity is strictly forbidden and women must not go topless. Bikinis (even the smallest) and brief bottoms are quite acceptable in resorts but you should cover up when dining or visiting other islands that...

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  • Moslem Country

    Maldives has 100% population of Moslem. Respect their religion by not taking alcohol into the country and not skin dipping :-)FYI, Friday is their public holiday of the week -treated like our Sunday. Maybe, instead of TGIF, they have TGIT? :-P

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  • Ramadan

    This means the local people cannot eat between sunrise and sunset, check when this is before travelling as you dont half feel guilty feeding your face in front of them. And so its not a good time to visit Male etc as there will be limited places open to get food or drink.

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  • maldives is a muslim country

    maldives is a muslim country, the maldivian people are extremely hospitable people, the least you can do whilst in their country is show respect to their culture. On the resort islands things are quite easy going, but on inhabitated islands you must cover arms chest and thighs (this includes men)-no shorts, low cut tops or swimwear. THIS INCLUDES...

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  • Muslim country

    The Maldives are a Muslim country and therefore their traditions should be respected. Women should dress conservatively outside the resort islands and observe customs such as Ramadan if visiting other non resort islands

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  • swimwear

    Most resorts do not allow swimwear inside the restaurants, to avoid offending fellow holidaymakers. At the in-house bars or restaurants casual cotton tropical wear is highly recommended.

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  • Nude? No!

    It must be said that official regulations do not allow public nudity anywhere in the Maldives. Even at the beach on your resort or swimming or snorkelling around your cruise boat. At least bikinis or swimming trunks is a must.

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  • The Maldives is a Muslim...

    The Maldives is a Muslim country. What does that mean Nico? Well .. Its pretty open and liberal in the resorts, However, if you should go visit some of the natives Islands you have to keep in mind no Alchole running naked in the street or screaming I am Free I amd Free is allowed! They are simple and kind so lets not abuse that like some of the...

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