Welcome to the Maldives
Welcome to the Maldives, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you their arms.
In ancient times, the shores of the Maldives welcomed lost travellers. Still welcoming, these shores remain, providing a tranquil haven for visitors.
(in thaana script):
Hindhu emaa kandu therein, Mala fehi ruhgas hedhey
Meemagey ufan bimey, Dheebu Dhivehi mee
Kula ali maa Kandu therein, Ali raiy mui hen dhirey
Meemagey ufan bimey, dheebu Dhivehi mee
In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives
From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls,
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives
(Dheebu Dhivehi Mee, Old Maldivian Folk song)
|Visa requirements||Maldives Tourist Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens Indian citizens do not need a visa to visit Maldives. Visa exemption or visa-free access applies to India. You are allowed to stay for up to 30 days. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months on the date of entry. Most countries issue visas through embassies, visa on arrival offices or electronic visa (e-Visa) providers. The cost, processing time, requirements and types of visa issued vary. It is possible to stay longer than 30 days without leaving the country. You can do it by applying for a visa extension or getting a visa allowing a stay of more than 30 days. An alternative to the visa extension is a visa run, leaving and re-entering the country for a further stay of 30 days. You are given another 30 days every time you enter Maldives. We advise you not to overstay your visit at all costs. If you cannot avoid an overstay, however, you will most likely be fined an amount that costs more than a visa extension, visa run or new visa. In most cases, you will not be thrown in jail.|
Sports and natureWater Sports Centre Located at the western end of the island on Blu Beach, the Water Sports Centre is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Complimentary snorkels, masks, fins, kayaks, catamarans sailing and state-of-the-art windsurfing gear – are available. Other water sports activities The following water sports activities are available (fees apply): Wakesurfing, surfers can enjoy wakesurfing with a Mastercraft boat X55. Kite boarders, full range of equipment for experienced kiteboarders is available, as well as lessons for beginners. Parasailing (combine the thrill of a wing-free flying experience with an incredible bird’s-eye view of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve from our state-of-the-art Cherokee 30 parasailing winch boat – complete with large landing platform at the rear) SUP ( Stand up paddle boarding ) Jet Skiing Underwater scooters (Seabob Cayago F7) Wakeboarding Wakeskating Waterskiing Kneeboarding Fun tubes Banana rides
NightlifeEnticing Maldives Bars, From Rolling Surf To Karaoke And Live Music
Maldives nightlife means something different to every guest. If quiet cocktails and a glorious sunset are all the entertainment you need, there’s no better place than under the thatched parasols of the Beach Bar. Or you can become part of the entertainment at the Karaoke Bar. Lavishly furnished, with black leather sofas surrounding the stage, it’s the perfect place to live out your “American Idol” dream. The Paradise Bar is the main bar of the resort. Overlooking the ocean and pool, this vibrant Maldives bar is perfect for relaxing after a day in the sun. Live bands and the resort’s DJ make appearances throughout the week, and the energetic dance floor becomes the centre of activity and attraction once the sun goes down.A Vibrant And Exciting Maldives Nightlife Scene
Terrific cuisine is just one more wonderful feature of Paradise Island Resort & Spa, where our tantalizing Maldives bars and restaurants blend energy, ambiance and superb service with breathtaking Indian Ocean views.
Culture and historyThe Maldives Culture The islands of Maldives appear in-between the trading route of the Indian Ocean. Thus settlers, and visitors from neighbouring regions and around the world have come in contact with the islands for as long as history has been recorded. Such is the to-and-fro flow of people and their cultures, that a marked effect has been left in the Maldivian people, the language, beliefs, arts, and attitudes. The looks of the Maldivian people may differ from one atoll to the other, attributing to the genes passed on by South and Southeast Asians, Africans, and Arabians. The language, Dhivehi, differs in dialect in some regions in the south of Maldives, possibly due to the secluded nature and subsistent ways of island life. Maldivian beliefs have been very much based around religion and superstition, often used together in matters of significance but given separate positions in society. In matters of faith, Islam dominates, but influence of the supernatural still continues to play a major role in most island communities, possibly giving credit to the folklores and Buddhist traditions of the islands’ first settlers before conversion to Islam in 1153 AD. The mixing of cultures is very much seen in Maldivian arts. The music played with the local bodu-beru (big-drum) resemble that of African drumming. The dhoni (a unique Maldivian sailboat) is an art form itself built with skilled craftsmanship, with significant similarities to the Arabian dows. The fine artistry of Maldivians, seen in the intricate details on wooden beams in antique mosques, represents what we have gained from Southeast Asian architecture. Then there is the undefined: the distinct geometric designs used in mats woven from local materials, the embroidered neckline of women’s traditional dresses and their ornaments too, expose another story brought in from an unknown culture that has seeped in to Maldivian society. Maldivians are quite open to adaptation and are generally welcoming to outside inspiration. The culture has always continued to evolve with the times. Locals still eat fish and fishermen still spend days out at sea, but tourism now takes a standing prominence. Most Maldivians still want to believe in upholding unity and oneness in faith, but recent waves of reform in the country have created a whole new culture of new ideas and attitudes. The effects of the modern world are now embraced, while still striving to uphold the people’s identity, traditions and beliefs.
Unfortunately there are no hotels at this location at the moment.
Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.