Groups of islands forming a ring-shape make up each of the 26 atolls, the word itself originating from ‘atholhu’ in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language. Across the 1,200 something islands and the vast seas in between, the Maldivians are skillful, crafty, and share a rich culture with distinctive variations that we can see and hear from their dialects to their ways of life.
The native people of the Maldives are thought to have descended from different ethnicities who migrated to the islands in ancient times. This included settlers from both northern and southern India and western Sri Lanka.
Being only 1% land and 99% water, it is no wonder that boats are used as the main form of transportation. With the boom of the tourism industry and choices of holidaying options spreading to all reaches of the country, seaplanes and domestic flights operate directly from the international airport to the resorts or neighboring local airports. In terms of cost, speedboat transfers are considerably lower-priced than seaplane and domestic flight options.
With its unparalleled luxury, crystal clear waters, the abundance of marine life, the powder white sandy beaches and the freedom to simply laze around – the Maldives is like no other.
Unparalleled luxury, stunning white-sand beaches and an amazing underwater world make the Maldives an obvious choice for a true holiday destination for all travelers. Coming here is simple and hassle-free, there is no need to obtain prior visa and there are no restrictions on foreign nationals entering the country. A 30 days VISA is granted upon your arrival to Maldives, and you are only required to possess a valid passport, return ticket and hotel voucher .