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Atolls in the Maldives [ atholhu ]: Alifu, Baa, Dhaalu, Faafu, Gaafu Alifu, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gnaviyani, Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Kaafu, Laamu, Lhaviyani, Meemu, Noonu, Raa, Seenu, Shaviyani, Thaa and Vaavu.

The Republic of Maldives, a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India.

First-order administrative division: Maale

Capital City of the Maldives: Male

hotels, tour operators, travel guides, travel to the maldives



Cruise the deep blue Indian Ocean discovering new islands and experiencing the real Maldives.

Hotels Maldives / Guesthouses / Resorts

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.


Travel Agencies / Tour Operators  


 G Adventures

Sovereign Premium Holidays  [ ATOL 230 ]
Flexible Luxury Holidays Maldives. Sovereign is a specialist tour operator with more than 30 years experience.

Thomas Cook  

  Bon Voyage Maldives

Travel Guides Maldives / Related books

Maldives (Lonely Planet) - ISBN 1741790131 Maldives (Lonely Planet Country Guides)
Tom Masters 
Paperback: 200 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2009); ISBN-10: 1741790131; ISBN-13: 978-1741790139.

  Maldives (Bradt Travel Guide) - 1841622664
Royston Ellis 
Maldives is of value to every visitor, from backpacker to billionaire. Attracting jetsetters, honeymooners and those in search of a safe, stylish and hasslefree holiday, the Maldives are changing rapidly. Expanding air links with Europe have made it the world's preferred playground and this edition includes over 20 new resorts in addition to the 90 already covered. Whether you want to visit unspoiled coral reefs on a diving safari, go big game fishing, or sip exotic cocktails before a gourmet meal, the Maldives is the place to experience a simple yet enchanting holiday.
Paperback: 240 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 4 edition (23 Oct 2008); ISBN-10: 1841622664; ISBN-13: 978-1841622668.

Resorts of Maldives
Adrian Neville 
A Maldives holiday is about choosing the right resort for yourself and your partner. No other guidebook comes close to this comprehensive coverage or gives anything like the depth of personally researched information and opinion.
Paperback: 176 pages; Publisher: Seven Holidays; 3 edition (15 Aug 2007); ISBN-10: 0955604303; ISBN-13: 978-0955604300.

Transportation / How do I travel to Maldives

  Hulule International Airport
An island which looks more like an aircraft carrier from the air . Short boat trip / ferry away from Male', the capital city.
  Gan Regional Airport,  Kaadeddhoo Regional Airport,  Hanimaadhu Regional Airport

Helicopter and seaplane services transfer passengers to outlying resorts and offer sightseeing flights. Internal flights to northern and southern atolls also operate from Hulule.

  Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways
Special air transfer trips to most of the resorts. This mode of transport is best arranged by your agents or the resort operative.

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  Airline Tickets Maldives / Bargain Flights Maldives  
Flight tickets Maldives, Price comparison possible

Dhoani is the most common means of travel in the Maldives. The traditional sail dhoanis were built out of coconut timber, available in the islands. Today imported timber is used widely in dhoani building. Over the centuries the basic design of dhoani remained unchanged

  Maps Maldives  [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


  VisitMaldives   -   the official travel website
The Maldives - unique nation and dream destination famous for its beautiful white beaches and breathtaking underwater scenery.

  Republic of Maldives   -   government site
Nature, History, Society, Health, Education, Government & Politics, Economy, Transport & Telecommunications

  Male' / Maale   -   national capital
Heart of the nation and the centre of government and commerce. Crowded and buzzing with the sounds of activities on the streets, in shops and in the markets, this island has not lost its exotic charm and relaxed atmosphere. The Museum with its wide range of historic relics and the 400-year-old mosque, the "Hukuru Miskiiy" with some of the finest coral carvings give you an insight into the country's unique history.

  Lohifushi Island Resort
Lohifushi Island Resort is an exceptional island located on the East Reef of the Northern Male Atoll, a convenient 19 km speedboat transfer away from Male. The resort features traditionally modern thatched bungalow style rooms with open-air bathrooms (standard category with shower only) that include a private sea view terrace and a mini-bar. Recreational facilities include watersports and a diving school, 2 swimming pools, tennis, squash and fitness equipment as well as many additional daytime activities.

  Aafathis News   -   Divehe language and partly English
Local News,  Entertainment,  Hot Stories,  Sports and more
The Maldives has gained a reputation as one of the best diving destinations in the world. And deservedly so with hundreds of breathtaking dive sites, a colourful and fascinating underwater world, perfect conditions throughout the year and a visibility every photographer dreams of.
  Evening Weekly   -   online magazine Maldives
  Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital  -   gift from the Government of India
  Miadhu Daily   -   Maldivian Popular News Paper   -   Divehe language and partly english
  Radio   -   Voice of Maldives  ???

Cuisine  -  Recipes

The traditional fare of the Maldives consisted of a fish broth called garudhiya (cooked with tuna), millet or tuber and coconut. This is supplemented by dhiyaa-hakuru (honey or syrup made out of coconut toddy). A typical traditional meal would basically consist of garudhiya, cooked with tuna, mixed with tubers, millet or breadfruit, a few pieces of boiled or smoked fish (mostly tuna), coconut, lime, green chili and dhiyaa-hakuru. Later imported rice was eaten with garudhiya. A fish extract known as rihaakuru at times replaced garudhiya. Later, with the introduction of spices and flour, curries and roshi (unleavened bread), became a standard part of the traditional Maldivian diet. Roshi has become today, the staple breakfast food of the whole archipelago.

History of The Maldives

Independence: 26 July 1965 (from UK)

Over the centuries, the islands have been visited and their development influenced by sailors from countries on the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean littorals. Mopla pirates from the Malabar Coast--present-day Kerala state in India--harassed the islands.

  Maldives' History   -   Wikipedia
Historical Setting, Early Age, Introduction of Islam, Era of Colonial Powers [ Portuguese, Dutch, British ], Independence.

  Republic of Maldives   -   government site   -   see history

Islomania: A Journey Among the Last Real Islands  -  Thurston Clarke
Travel writer Thurston Clarke has long been obsessed with islands, an affliction he calls "islomania", and this book is a kind of love letter to these little (and not so little) worlds surrounded by sea. Beginning with the accepted model for Robinson Crusoe's remote abode, Mas a Tierra in the Pacific, Clarke then takes readers on a tour of his favourite islands, exploring their geography, history and culture. From George Orwell's Jura, where he wrote "1984", to the beautiful (but slowly sinking) Maldives in the Indian Ocean, this is a book about some of the most curious and evocative places on earth. And over every island falls the shadow of Crusoe, persuading us that islands are more liberating than confining, more contemplative than lonely, more holy than barbaric.
Paperback 384 pages (July 4, 2002);  Publisher: Abacus;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0349114552

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

26 natural atolls boasting rich cultural traditions, a history of kings and queens, pageants, feasts and festivals, their own language and script.

  Music of the Maldives 
The most popular form of indigenous music is called boduberu, which is usually said to have appeared in the Maldives in about the 11th century, and may have East African origins. It is a dance music, performed by about fifteen people, including a lead singer and three percussionists, as well as a bell and a small stick of bamboo with horizontal grooves called an onugandu.

  Visit the Maldives  -  Culture

  Culture of the Maldives

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