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CONTENTS QUICK FACTS AND FIGURES

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MALDIVIAN HISTORY

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PEOPLE & LOCAL CULTURE

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ESSENTIAL & USEFUL INFORMATION

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THINGS TO DO IN THE MALDIVES

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MALE’ CITY GUIDE

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TUNE UP YOUR DHIVEHI

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RESORTS & LIVEABOARDS PROFILES

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS

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MAPS OF MALE’ & MALDIVES

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WELCOME TO MALDIVES Welcome, welcome traveller. Welcome to a land that has granted many a fatigued, stressed and over-worked souls inner bliss, solitude, peace and tranquillity. If this is your first time coming to the Maldives, then get ready to be enthralled by our lush white sandy beaches, the serene turquoise lagoons, the richly colourful coral reefs renowned the world over for their great bio-diversity, the radiant flora and fauna being host to the mother of all tropical trees - the Maldivian Coconut Palm and most importantly the friendly and hospitable Maldivian people. You’ll love that rapturous feeling of swimming with dolphins, gazing at the majestic Manta Rays underwater, catching a gnarly wave, dancing the night away at a beach party, indulging on the scrumptious tropical and multi-cultural food on offer or just plain lounging on the beach sipping on a refreshing cocktail,

Photography | Caroline

Recurrent visitors would know exactly what we are talking about and to them we first wish a hearty welcome back and remind them of the fact that they’ll always discover something new and wondrous about these pearl-like islands on each different visit. Sit back, relax and let our island and sea spirits give your mind, body and soul that heavenly high you’ve come seeking for once again. On a more serious note, we would like to remind all visitors to become and function as environmentally conscious and aware tourists on your visit. Global warming, pollution and other man-made crimes against nature the world over are devastating the natural eco-systems of various countries including ours. We are a rather small island nation being host to a rather fragile and vulnerable environment and marine eco-system. Help us protect our coral reefs and shores so that we can preserve them for future generations. Please keep our beaches clean and adhere to responsible diving and snorkelling practices such as refraining yourself from touching the corals and marine life or extracting them for personal use (more information will be presented to you by the relevant resort/ liveaboard that you are staying in). All in all, we wish you a pleasant and sunny stay in our beautiful country and look forward for more and more visits from you. As we locals say “Majaa Kollah Chey” (Translation: Do have fun)

Destination Duide 2013 - English  

Official travel guide of Maldives, published by Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation.