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Travelling to The Maldives from Hong Kong: All you need to know

Are you heading off on holiday to the Maldives from Hong Kong soon? We’ ve covered all the basics and things to know before you leave:

Population: 330,000

Capital: Malé

Currency: Rufiyaa, Laree, and US dollars are accepted in most resorts

Language: Dhivehi and English

Religion: Sunni Muslim

Emergency number: 102

These guys are waiting to say 'hi'
These guys are waiting to say ‘hi’

Visa, Please

Who needs one?

No visa is required to enter the Maldives. Easy!

 

Health Hints

Medical facilities are limited to two hospitals on the capital island, and neither has a trauma unit. Treatment can be expensive so make sure your travel insurance is comprehensive.

 

Learn the Lingo

Hello: Assalaamu Alaikum

Thank you: Shukuriyaa

What time is it? Gadin kihaa ireh?

Yes/ no: Aan/ noon

How much does this cost? Agu kihaavareh?

 

Let’s Explore: Hot Spots

The Maldives is less about choosing a destination and more about choosing a luxury resort! Malé has a bit more going for it than many people think, and it at least gives a taste of Maldivian “street” culture, plus mosques, markets and more.

 

Itinerary Ideas

There are really only two decisions to make regarding a Maldives itinerary: either you fly into Malé and then take a ferry to one of the resorts that are located closer to the capital, or you opt for a connecting sea-plane flight to a more far-flung atoll. If you choose the latter, it will often mean you’ll require an overnight stay in Malé itself.

 

Times & Dates

Flying time

6 ½ hours

 

Time difference from Hong Kong

3 hours behind

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When to go

The dry season between December and April is the most popular, with accommodations particularly in demand at Christmas and New Year. Between May and November, the weather is still hot but there is a greater chance of rain.

 

Key dates

9 July: Ramadan. All Maldivians mark the month of Ramadan, but service at the resorts should remain uninterrupted.

26 July: Independence Day. Commemorating the Maldives’ independence from the British protectorate in 1965.

11 November: Republic Day. This is a day that wishes peace and prosperity for its islands inhabitants. Expect parades with an Arabian influence.

 

Culture Corner

Before you go, watch…

The Island President. The story of the ousted President Nasheed and his fight for democracy and against climate change.

 

Before you go, read…

The Strode Venturer by Hammond Innes. A 1965 thriller novel set partly in the Maldives.

Maldives: Kingdom of a Thousand Isles by Andrew Forbes. History, culture, politics, economics: all are covered in considerable detail in this guide.

 

While you’re there, please don’t…

go from beach to bar or restaurant in you bikini. Although the resorts are tolerant, you will be asked to cover up in areas other than the beach. And definitely don’t go topless, it’s illegal.

 

For more dreamy destinations head over to our Travel page and start planning your next trip!

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