Welcome to Resort Islands
Most visitors to the Maldives come on prearranged package tours
that include accommodation on any one of the 87 resort islands. All
the resorts are located on pristine islands, with idyllic settings
for water activities and long, lazy beach days.
The resorts are predominantly located in the three atolls
closest to the Maldivian capital, in Malé (Kaafu) atoll. A few are
found in Vaavu, Baa, Lhaviyani and the Ari (Alifu) atoll. Each
resort has an individual character supported by traditional or
modern architecture. Ari has recently been earmarked for
development as the new Tourism Zone, and the tourism industry there
The larger, less expensive resorts attract young,
adventure-seeking tourists whilst some of the smaller, expensive
options offer a more reclusive, intimate holiday. The excursions
provided by the resorts vary, depending on their proximity to dive
sites, local villages and natural attractions. All the resorts,
however, offer watersports, such as night-fishing trips, scuba
diving, parasailing, windsurfing, jetskiing, banana-boating,
knee-boarding or ringo-riding. Very popular are excursions in
glass-bottomed boats and dolphin-viewing trips.
Most resorts in the Maldives are not cheap, with little in the
way of budget accommodation or transport. By law, resorts charge in
US dollars, although visitors find that having a bit of money in
local rufiyaa can be handy in Malé and other inhabited islands.
Information & Facts
Dhivehi is the national language in Maldives. English is
widely spoken in addition to German, French, Italian and Japanese,
spoken by the resort staff.
The Maldivian Rufiya (MVR) is divided into 100 laari. The
resorts in Maldives are generally expensive and travellers should
ensure they bring sufficient funds. There are no cash machines and
travellers' cheques are rarely used, but there are currency
exchange facilities available at resorts and banks. Major credit
cards are accepted at most resorts and hotels. US Dollars can be
exchanged at the airport, banks or hotels. Guests staying at
resorts can settle their accounts in hard foreign currency (US
Dollars are best), credit cards or travellers cheques. Banks are
usually closed on Fridays and Saturdays.