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The Maldives is a tropical paradise that is found in the Indian Ocean. Being well-known for its beaches, blue lagoons and beautiful reefs, it is made up of 26 ring-shaped atolls which consists of more than 1000 coral islands. Like many tropical countries, the Maldives experience both dry and wet seasons, with which the hot and humid weather is accompanied with cooling sea breezes and periodic rain.  That said, Maldives is blessed with beautiful sunshine for the better part of the year; it is an ideal destination for your next family holiday. So be ready to dig your toes into the gorgeous white sands, swim in the unbelievably blue waters of the Indian Ocean and be embraced by the warm sunshine.

If you wish to explore beyond the resort that you stay in, the capital Malé is friendly and casual for you to wander around. With a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu and a 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) which is made up of carved white coral, you can spend an afternoon strolling around Malé to soak up a little of the local culture.

With roots tracing back to Sinhala of Sri Lanka, Marathi and Gurajarati of India, Arabs, Malays and North African, the Maldivians come from a mixed race, which resulted in a rich culture and history. The people of Maldives are known to be hospital and affable towards guests, which are influenced by the Indians, Sri Lankans, Arabs and North Africans who visited Maldives while passing through the trading routes of central Indian Ocean.

Maldivians have constructed their own unique cultural identity; they even converse in a language of their own – Dhivehi. Traditionally whenever guests visits a local island, a Maldivian welcome is accompanied with a fresh coconut drink. This tradition is still prevalent to this day and many resorts practice it when guests arrive on the first day.