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Die Malediven – Urlaub in welchem man einfach mal komplett abschalten kann, Bild: icemanphotos / shutterstock

Maldives – Dream holiday in the tropics

If you spend your holiday in the Maldives, you will experience a paradisiacal dream in the form of bright white powdered sugar beaches, turquoise blue water and a climate that can only be found in the tropics. But that’s by no means all that the island state in the Indian Ocean has to offer.

A total of 19 island groups with 26 atolls and coral reefs make up the Maldives. Of the 1196 islands, however, only 220 are inhabited, whereby a distinction is made here again between the islands for locals and those for tourists. Although Dhivehi is still considered the official language, the Arabic language is also becoming more and more important.

Maldives – Barefoot through paradise

Maldives from above
Relaxation begins as soon as the hotel transfer takes place and you experience incredible pictures, Image: Sven Hansche / shutterstock

If you travel to the Maldives, you will not only get to know the natural hospitality of the locals, but you will quickly realize that you can quickly get rid of some European habits. Shoes, for example, are considered completely overrated in the Maldives and can safely remain in the suitcase. Not only on the beautiful beaches, but also around the hotels, in bars and restaurants, soft, clean sand invites you to walk barefoot.

The Maldives are of course a paradise, especially for beach vacationers. In addition to Laguna Beach and Leisure Island, numerous other hotel islands invite you to relax under palm trees with a cocktail in your hand. Thanks to the numerous biodiversity, divers and snorkelers in particular get their money’s worth. As soon as you dive into the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean, you will encounter numerous fish in dazzling colors and turtles that swim slowly past you, as well as beautiful corals. Water sports such as surfing, jet skiing or a ride on a banana boat, on the other hand, provide an action-packed variety. And you can also spend wonderful days in the Maldives with your offspring, as you can read in our article “Maldives with children“.

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But even if you are more of a city trip type, you won’t miss out on the Maldives. The capital, Malé, will delight you with its traditional fish market and a mosque carved from white coral.

Another highlight of the Maldives is certainly the Itaah restaurant on Rangali Island. 5 meters below the water surface, separated only by plexiglass panes, you dine together with sharks and other marine animals. Some of the most popular sights in the Maldives include many religious and sacred sites. If you are interested in the culture and history of the archipelagos, you will certainly get your money’s worth here.

Useful information for your Maldives holiday

While you are dependent on the summer months in most resorts, you don’t have to worry about that in the Maldives. The climate remains constant throughout the year, with temperatures around 30°C at any time of the year, but the rainy season begins in May and lasts until October. Although it remains warm and often sunny at this time, you still have to expect strong storms in the meantime. It is therefore advisable to plan your beach holiday in the winter months, when the dry northeast monsoon provides plenty of sunshine.

If you are planning to visit local islands, women in particular should observe the Islamic dress code. It is important that legs, shoulders and décolleté are covered. The same applies, of course, to visiting mosques and religious sites.

How long do you fly to the Maldives?

With a direct connection, it takes about 9-10 hours to fly from Germany to the Maldives. However, on flights with Arab airlines (e.g. Emirates or Etihad), you land in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. You fly to the Emirates for just under 6.15 hours and then about 4.15 hours to the Maldives.

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What language do they speak in the Maldives?

The language in the Maldives is Dhivehi. This sounds similar to the Sinhalese language spoken in Sri Lanka .

Where are the Maldives located?

The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka. They consist of 26 atolls that serve as the summits of seamounts just above sea level: the highest point in the Maldives is only 2.4 meters high.

When is the best time to travel to the Maldives?

The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April. It is driest here. However, there are pleasant temperatures all year round and it is rarely below 25 degrees.

Hotel Islands in the Maldives

Travel information Maldives

Capital Malé
Form of government Republic
Presidential system
Currency Rufiyaa (MVR)
Area 298 km²
Population approx. 344,000 (as of 2014)
Languages Dhivehi
Electricity grid 230 volts, 50 Hz
Area code +960
Time zone UTC+5