The Maldives

MaldivesThe Maldives represent the tops of an undersea mountain range in the Indian Ocean and are grouped into 26 atolls. The entire archipelago extends over 823 km (510 miles) from north to south and 130 km (80 miles) from east to west and consists of 1,190 coral islands of which just over 200 are inhabited.

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The Capital Malé

MalMalé is the capital of the Maldives and as such is the absolute center of the island republic. With a size of just 1.8 square kilometers (0.7 square miles), it is among the smallest capitals in the world. Due to the limited opportunities for expansion, the island has already been threatening to bust its seams for several years.

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Dives on the Maldives

FischKreisThe Maldives – a symbol for every traveler that is synonymous with secluded islands with white sand beaches, turquoise colored lagoons with crystal clear water, and absolute peace and isolation from the stress of everyday life at home. Its unique and fascinating underwater world has made this island republic even more famous.

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The Climate

sunsetThe weather on the Maldives is essentially determined by two monsoon winds. One the one hand is the Northeast monsoon which blows from the end of November to the end of April and brings mostly blue skies and a dry heat after the strong winds. The Southwest monsoon determines the rest of the year. This period brings partly violent storms

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Money and Time

Maldivian Rufiyaa and the US Dollar
The official currency on the Maldives is the Rufiyaa. On the individual hotel islands however, every exchange is completed almost exclusively in US dollars. Other currencies, traveler's checks and credit cards are usually accepted in the resorts. Nevertheless, we recommend that you clarify this before beginning your travels.

Time Difference and Island Time
The Maldives are around four hours ahead of Central European time. This difference is reduced to three hours during the summer in Europe. Many hotel islands however are based on the daylight hours and go over to a so-called island time. In this case, the clocks must be turned forward yet one more hour so that you can take a better advantage of the longer brightness of the day.

 
Dolphin Base Dive-Center Maldives