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Pre-Vacation Checklist

Mar 12, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maldives, Misc  //  1 Comment

Maldives experiences sunshine throughout the year with average temperatures of 28 – 30 degree Celsius during the day. The climate is perfect for sun bathing and water sports, but overexposure is a problem faced by many vacationers as it causes sunburns and even eye damage. So here is a pre-vacation checklist for protecting your self from over exposure.

Sunscreen –  Unprotected,  skin can burn in as little as under half an hour. Even if you already have a tan, sunscreen remains essential. You will still tan with it on, and you will cut the risk of sunburn. Sun screen is a must if your skin is sensitive.


Lip Balm – Lips are very sensitive to heat and since your lips do not produce melanin, they have no natural protection from the sun. Applying lip balm to your lips will help you avoid overexposure. Read more >>

Climate and Weather of Maldives

Mar 5, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maldives  //  No Comments

The Maldives climate provides warm, tropical weather all year round, even during the wet season the temperature averages around the high twenties and low thirties. The Hulhangu Monsoon season runs from May to November leading to higher rainfall, particularly on the southern islands; this period can see strong winds and fierce storms as well as overcast skies. However, it is still likely visitors will experience long hours of bright sunshine amidst the short, sharp torrential downpours of the monsoon. The Iruvai dry season sees a reduction in humidity and rainfall starting in January and continuing until April. February and March give the most sun for Read more >>

Maldives History

Mar 1, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maldives  //  No Comments

Maldives History - Island Cottage Maldives
Although archeological finds show that the Maldives was inhabited as early as 1500 BC, much of the country’s origin is lost in history – most of which is as much folklore and myth as fact.

It is believed that the most important factor that contributed to the settlement of people in the Maldives is its geographical location. Massive ruins and other archeological remains found in the atolls and islands bordering the Equatorial Channel and the One and a Half Degree Channel in the sound, bear testimony to the fact that people of antiquity had indeed come upon the country during their travels. It is believed that permanent settlements were established around 500 BC by Aryan immigrants from the Read more >>

Fishing in Maldives

Feb 17, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maldives  //  No Comments

Traditionally fishery is the main occupation and major livelihood of the Maldivians. It is also the second largest industry in the Maldives. The main methods of fishing are pole and line for skipjack tuna. Surface trolling is done for little tuna, frigate mackerel, wahoo and jacks. The main composition of fish catch is skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis), representing 50-75% of the total catch.

A fisherman at Gulhi island – bringing fish home. The second most important fish caught is the yellowfin tuna (Thunus albacaraes). The main fish products exported are; frozen fish, canned fish, dried fish and salted dry fish. The traditional fishing vessel is a sailing dhoni not about less than 15 feet long. Thatch sail were also used in the early days of fishing. Clothe sails and rowing is common in traditional fishing practice. The Maldivan fishery is famous in the world for its dolphin friendliness. Read more >>

The Maldives Islands

Feb 17, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maldives  //  No Comments

Maldives Islands - Island Cottage Maldives
Paradise awaits you… If your idea of paradise is a pristine tropical island with swaying palm trees and pure white beaches surrounded by crystalline lagoons of varying shades of blue – then the Maldives Islands will definitely fit the bill.

Indeed, it is not without reason that the Maldives Islands has been described as ‘(the) flower of the Indies’ by Marco Polo and ‘one of the wonders of the world’ by Ibn Batuta.

It is no wonder that a large percentage of tourists who come to the Maldives Islands are repeat visitors – people who came once and fell so in love with the place that they simple had to come again. Read more >>

Maldives Customs Regulations

Feb 12, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maafushi, Maldives  //  No Comments

Import Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from importing, producing, handling, selling, distributing or giving in Maldives

  • Religious materials offensive to Islam
  • Idols (for worship)
  • Pornographic material
  • Narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • Live pigs

Import Restricted Items (except to Government authorities)


Maldives Clothing: Symbol of Island Culture

Feb 12, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maafushi, Maldives  //  No Comments

Maldives clothing is a symbol of the island’s culture, which decides the dress code for both men and women in the Maldives. So, when you visit Maldives for a refreshing holiday, cater to Maldives clothing principles for a simply splendid vacation.

Clothing in Maldives to suit the weather

Maldives weather is generally pleasant with sunny skies, so Maldives climate, too, remains warm all throughout the year. Since the daily temperature of Maldives ranges from 30°C to 25°C, typical clothing vary from light cotton clothes to summer linens at times. So when you visit Maldives, casual clothing is most normal for Maldives culture.

You should carry t-shirts, cotton shirts, slacks, light skirts, shorts, and beach wears, to enjoy Maldives-clothing in the warm Maldives climate.

Restrictions regarding clothing in Maldives


Maldives: A World Travel Awards Winner

Feb 12, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maldives  //  No Comments

Maldives has been awarded “Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” and “Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination” in the 18th World Travel Awards 2011.

The Maldives won 9 awards from Indian Ocean category. Other nominated destinations from this category are the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion and Madagascar.

Maldives won 9 out of 22 awards:

Goods and Services Tax Act

Feb 12, 2012   //   by admin   //   Maafushi, Maldives  //  No Comments

1. What is TGST?

Tourism Goods and Service Tax (T-GST) is charged on the value of all goods and services consumed by tourists in tourist establishments in the Maldives. The Tourism Goods and Service Tax Act (Law Number 19/2010) will be repealed from 2 October 2011, i.e. from the date of commencement of Goods and Service Tax Act (Law Number 10/2011).

2. What is GST?

Goods and Service Tax (GST) is a tax imposed on the value of goods and services supplied by a registered business in the Maldives. GST Act will commence from2 October 2011.

3. Whom / What does it apply to? Read more >>

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