In the north of the Indian Ocean you will find 1,192 islands that form the tropical paradise of the Maldives. Each island is completely unique - around some you will find lagoons and coral reefs while others host the simplest of luxuries: soft sand and crystal clear waters.
Iru Fushi is just the start of your journey. Beyond, lie the unspoilt islands of Noonu Atoll, where Maldivian life continues as it has done for centuries. Where boat builders work in meticulous fashion, sanding back wood to reveal a silken finish; children learn about the precious species that give the Indian Ocean its compelling allure; elders farm fruits and organic vegetables shared at their own tables, and at those of nearby resorts.
- Time zone
GMT +5 hours in Malé
GMT +6 hours at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
- Time & distance to city centre
The main city, Malé, is 45 minutes by seaplane.
- Time & distance to shopping
Limited shopping facilities are available in the capital, Malé.
Local currency is Maldivian Ruffiyah (MVR).
The Maldives has a year-round hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July. The temperature rarely falls below 25°C (77°F).
Dhivehi is the language of Maldives. All services in tourist resorts are available in English.