West of Sri Lanka, south of India and in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Maldives is a necklace of twenty-six atolls containing within them 1200 tropical islands and beautiful coral reefs. A little more than 100 islands on the Ari, North Malé and South Malé atolls have been allocated to resorts. Malé is Maldives’ capital city and its largest city by population, followed by Addu City, Fuvahmulah and Kulhudhuffushi. Though Malé is the island country’s premier shopping destination and heart of commercial activity, it is the uninhabited islands and quiet hideaways that hold allure for adventurers.

The island nation’s tranquillity, scenic beauty, marine treasures and watersport opportunities have made it a popular destination for tourists from all four corners of the globe. In the 70s, the Maldives served as a secret retreat for discerning divers; since the 90s, it has experienced a tourism boom, with luxury resorts and hotels attracting over a million visitors each year. Despite receiving global attention, the garland of islands retains an unspoilt look and a calm, tranquil air.

Maldives’ Culture

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Maldivian culture is a rich potpourri of influences from the earliest settlers, many among whom were seafaring traders sailing through the Indian Ocean from Arab, South East Asian and African countries. Maldivians are of Dravidian, Indo-Aryan and Arabic descent.

Explore Maldives

Maldives is best explored at leisure. Here’s where people come to escape from the noise and concrete monstrosities to smell the fresh sea breeze, dive into unspoilt ocean waters and experience the unique local culture.

Maldives’ Cuisine

Maldivians’ traditional cuisine is a blend of Indian, Sri Lankan, Arabic and Thai tastes. Asian influences can be seen in the curries and incorporation of coconut in dishes. Not surprisingly, fish is part of the staple diet, with steamed, fried or curried fish meals whipped up at the island’s restaurants and resort kitchens.

Activities in Maldives

Malé is the hub of shopping in Maldives. You can buy pretty much everything from fresh produce and electronics items to clothes, books, medicines and jewellery here.

Transportation in Maldives

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There are no direct flights from Australia to Malé. Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways and Emirates have flights to Malé from their respective base/local hubs.

Introduction to Maldives

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Australian tourists require a valid passport for the duration of stay in Maldives. You can get a tourist visa on arrival for a period of 30 days at no cost. Tourist visas can be extended by up to 90 days by applying to the immigration department.


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Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon.


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W Retreat & Spa – Maldives is a private island and luxury playground in a wonderland of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs.

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