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Marine life in the Maldives

The Maldives travel advice

Practical Information

With approximately 100 different resorts, deciding where to stay in the Maldives can be confusing.

Unlike many worldwide destinations the resort island is the complete focus of the trip so it's imperative that you stay on an island that suits your requirements. We have our favourites but the following collection offer a variety of grades, styles and hotel concepts to suit your interest.

Our specialists have visited a large number of resorts and their feedback as well as comments from previous Audley clients has guided us in our selection.


The local language is Maldivian Divehi, a dialect of Sinhala (spoken by the majority of Sri Lankans), while the script is derived from Arabic. Most officials speak English and it is the first language in most resorts.

Food and drink

You will find a huge variety of international cuisine in resorts around the Maldives and an excellent choice of fish and seafood dishes. Most resorts also serve a variety of Asian and European cuisine as a buffet or from an à la carte menu. All drinks are imported and prices for alcoholic drinks can be high.


Service charges are already included on the services booked by Audley Travel. Some resorts automatically add 10% to bills for additional services. Where it's not included a 10% tip is expected.

Social conventions and etiquette

Cocooned on your luxury island, it is easy to forget that the Maldives is an Islamic country, and while bikinis and alcohol are allowed in the resorts, the inhabited islands, including Malé, insist on more decorum. It is recommended that women wear modest clothing without baring too much when visiting these areas.

Travel Advice

Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website.

When to go to The Maldives

You'll find temperature and rainfall information, together with a month-by-month guide on visiting, on our guide for when to go to The Maldives.

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