As a tropical paradise of tranquil beaches, the Maldives attracts tourists for peaceful getaways each year. As one of the most romantic destinations in the world, this island nation is full of beautiful atolls, pristine sandy beaches next to the turquoise sea, and is home to many luxury all-inclusive hotels. Maldives is also the perfect destination for making unforgettable memories, alone or with your loved ones. Here are four things you should know about the nation of islands.
It is Made Up of More Than 1100 Small Islands
Located about a 1-hour flight away from Sri Lanka, the Maldives consists of about 1200 small islands scattered across the Indian Ocean as 26 small clusters or “Atolls” — including 200 islands that are inhabited. This makes the Maldives the ultimate paradise for surfers.
The Peak Season is December to March
Although the Maldives enjoys tropical weather most of the time, the rainy season lasts from May to November. Due to this reason, many luxury hotels like Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives provide accommodation for many visitors who want to make the best out of the peak season. You also don’t require a pre-arrival visa to enter the Maldives!
Bringing Alcohol is Prohibited in the Maldives
While island resorts are allowed to serve alcohol in the Maldives, bringing alcohol with you is strictly prohibited since the Maldives is an Islamic nation. In case you bring any liquor with you, you must hand them over to the customs at the airport.
General Facts About the Maldives
Islam is the main religion of the Maldives with about 98% of the entire population consisting of Muslims. Therefore, you are required to adhere to certain rules — only Muslims can earn citizenship and the right to vote in the Maldives. Pork and alcohol are also prohibited in local islands such as the capital city, Malé, except island resorts.