Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Travel Guide to Maldives - Part 4

Dos and Don’ts in Maldives
All the visitors are required to dress properly and practice appropriate behavior while visiting the inhabited islands and Male’ since the country is a Muslim country. Likewise, dressing conservatively is preferred, with women covering their shoulders and thighs where else shorts are acceptable for men. Beachwear (swimming trunks, bikinis and bathing suits) and conception of alcohol are the norm at resorts. Yet, nudity is prohibited in all the public places.

All visitors are advised to be conscious of the local environment such as the marine life especially while driving or snorkeling. Nonetheless, visitors are not allowed to litter in the beaches or the sea since it can damage the corals and destroy the marine life.

All visitors are encourages to be friendly with locals. For instance, Maldivians are known as friendly and hospitable and always ready for a chat. Thus, a smile given is always expected to be returned.

Money Matters
The national bank, Bank of Maldives has several branches in Male’ as well as other major population hubs such as Male’ International Airport, Seenu Atoll Hithadhoo, Haa Dhaalu Atoll Kulhudhufushi and Lhaviyani Atoll Naifaru. Several other regional banks are also operated in central city including the State Bank of India, Bank of Ceylon and HSBC. Nevertheless, most of these banks represented in Male’ offers automatic teller machine (ATM) services and credit card services at several key points in Male’.

The main currency of Maldives is Rufiyaa (Pronounced as Ru-Fi- Ya) which is available in 500,100,50,20,10 and 5 Rufiyaa notes. One US Dollar is equivalent to be Rufiyaa 12.85

Health Matters
There are two main hospitals in the capital city of Maldives, Male’ that provides medical service to locals as well as foreigners. Besides this, there are also many clinics around the city that offers specialized services to patients. Each of the inhabited islands in the country got their own health centers where by a regional hospital is established in the head island of each atoll. Moreover, all the resorts have their own medical facilities where by decompression facilities offered for diving related injuries.

Furthermore, there are many practitioners of local therapies, a form of alternative medicine called Dhivehi Beys (Maldivian medicine) across Male’ and many local islands. It is basically a form of medication that uses natural mixes and herbs to treat a variety of aliments such as for the cure of Arthritis.

One hour special on the beautiful Maldives Islands

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