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Male, Maldives

The Maldives is a chain of almost 1200 low-lying islands, located 220 miles South West of India. The Maldives is a beautiful travel destination with its tropical hot climate, and the oustanding natural beauty of the white sand islands surrounded by coral reefs.

Many of the islands are uninhabited, and one third of the nation’s population lives on the largest island, Male. When it comes to size Male’ would perhaps count as one of the smallest capitals in the world. It is a city of skyscrapers and paved roads. While the government offices are located in one area, the main streets are lined with shops and offices. In Male you would not find any beach, instead it is encircled by seawalls. The city is quite green and pleasant. The streets in the residential areas are shaded with trees, at places forming an arch overhead

The Maldives is a very welcoming and relaxing holiday destination, and the people are warm and friendly. The islands benefit from year round sunshine, but the best time to visit is usually in the dry season between December and April.

Things to see and do
* Scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing
* The Islamic Centre
* Huskuru Miskiiy mosque
* Mulee- Aage palace
* National Museum

General information

Cruise Season – Oct – April
Currency – Rufiyaa (Rf)
Language – Divehi
Land Area – 298 sq km
Population – 302,000
Electricity – 2 pin round pins European style or 2 vertical Square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – 960

Port Location – The harbor for large ships is located at the north end of the Kaafu Atoll, approximately one kilometer from the airport.

Transport Links – The major airport is in Male, receiving flights from Sri Lanka and India among other destinations.
Getting around in the Maldives takes two forms. Taxi boats (official or unofficial) and sea planes. The boats being the Maldivian equivalent of a car and the planes mainly reserved for tourists. Bicycles and motorbikes are the most common means of road transport.

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