Welcome to Maldives

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The sun-soaked archipelago that forms the Maldives is situated in the warm Indian Ocean South West of Sri Lanka. The aptly named nation derived from Sanskrit mālā (garland) and dvīpa (island) is a double chain of 26 atolls that is strung across the equator.

It is one of the worlds most geographically dispersed nations with over 1,192 coral islands dotted along 180 kilometers. This unique setting is the heart of Maldivian tourism, offering over 140 hotels, each self-contained on its own island.

Must Have Experiences

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Experiences in the Maldives are unique to every island, resort, and atoll. However, here at Hummingbird, we have a few favorites that we think you must try

Weather

Maldives position on the equator gives it an all year around warm temperature that sits consistently between 25 C and 32 C.  The picture perfect weather can be experienced through out the year.

Maldives experience two seasons every year. It is sunny and dry from December to April. From May to November a few showers are brought in by the South West trade winds but the sun usually shines brightly for more than 7 hours of the day.

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Geography

The Maldives is made up of over 1, 192 coral islands in 26 coralline atolls.  Islands on the outer ring of each atoll have a coral reef on one side of the island and a lagoon on the other side. The islands in the middle of the atoll tend have a coral reef that goes all around the island.

It has 31 protected areas of marine biodiversity and the designated UNESCO biosphere reserve in Baa Atoll famous for its Manta Rays.

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Time GMT +5
Capital Male’
Inhabited Islands 200
Resort Islands 140
Population Approx. 350,000
Major Industries Tourism and Fishing
Currency Rufiyaa but USD accepted in all resorts
Electricity 240 AC

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History

The Maldives has been inhabited since the early 1500 BCE. First settlers are thought to be Aryan, followed by Indians, Arabs, and Persians. The contact with Arab travelers paved the way for the Maldives to adopt Islam in 1154.

The country has been independent through its known history except for a short period of Portuguese occupation in the 16th Century, followed by a period of voluntary British protection.

The county’s history can be traced through a number of dynasties, ruled by 93 Sultans and 4 Sultanas. Maldives became a republic in 1968 when the sultanate was abolished after a referendum.

Small tropical island in the ocean, Maldives. Shot was taken from seaplane.

Culture

The Maldives boasts a rich cultural mix because of it position on the historical spice route. The food is heavily influenced by South India and Sri Lanka featuring a lot of chili, lime and coconut. The traditional Maldivian drums known as ‘bodu beru’ and the accompanying dance comes from Africa and many of the country’s traditions come from Middle East inline with Muslim customs.

Guests are free to wear what ever they like whilst on the resorts, however when visiting local island and the capital, we do advice guests to cover their shoulders.

Travelling in Maldives

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Due to the dispersed geography of the country, there are three ways to travel across the Maldives, by speedboat, seaplane or domestic flights.
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