BASK IN THE TROPICAL PARADISE OF MALDIVES
From its stunning white-sand beaches to its breathtaking underwater world, the Maldives’ tropical paradise offers the experience of a lifetime for those seeking opportunities in the luxurious, international-scale hospitality industry!
What Maldives’ Tourism Looks Like
One of the world’s celebrated tourist destinations, the Maldives is an archipelagic country whose tourism sector serves as its largest revenue generator. Starting with three hotels in 1972 and now boasting hundreds of luxurious island resorts, the Maldives’ natural environment makes it a favorite among tourists, especially those who love water-based tourism.
The Maldives’ concept of ‘one island, one resort’ has propelled the country’s tourism to the next level, as evidenced by its milestone of welcoming 1 million tourists in just the second quarter of 2023 — a number predicted to multiply by the end of the year.
Quick Facts: Maldives Edition
The Maldives consists of 26 natural ring-shaped atolls, each known for white-sand beaches, exquisite blue lagoons, and stunning extensive reefs! These atolls stretch from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south, covering roughly 35,000 sq mi, of which only 115 sq mi is dry land. The country’s capital, Malé, is the only island city in the world without mountains, featuring busy fish markets, restaurants, and shops on its main road.
Culture and People of Maldives
Its geographical proximity to Sri Lanka and Southern India has heavily influenced the culture of the Maldives. Adding to its rich and vibrant culture are customs derived from the Arabs and North Africans, who once visited the Maldives while traversing the trading routes of the Indian Ocean. However, the people of the Maldives — the Maldivians — have also built and preserved their own cultural identity known as ‘Dhivehi,’ which is also the name of their language. As a tropical country, seafood and spices play important roles in the lives of most of its people.
Fact About Maldives
The Maldives’ image is well-preserved; crime, alcohol, and drug addiction rates are low due to its status as an Islamic country. Nevertheless, it’s essential to take precautions with yourself and your belongings when visiting.
With proper financial management, it’s possible for one to live in the Maldives with a reasonable cost of living that includes rent, food, and transportation. One tip to consider is shopping at local markets instead of supermarkets, as grocery prices are lower there!
IMPORTANT: Our programs in the Maldives encompass various benefits for participants, including but not limited to a monthly allowance (stipend), accommodation, transportation, on-duty meals, assistance with visas, and work permits.
English is used as a medium of communication in resorts and other tourist destinations in the Maldives. It is also taught in schools, and a majority of Maldivians, especially in Malé, speak English easily alongside their official language, Dhivehi!
It’s not a secret that the Maldives is considered one of the most beautiful island paradises in the world. The country’s collection of fascinating tropical destinations never fails to entice travelers from all over the globe, and as one of our program destinations, here are some attractions that you shouldn’t miss:
Scuba diving and snorkeling adventure – Its mesmerizing crystal-clear waters and lush marine life make the Maldives a perfect place for scuba diving and snorkeling! Whether you are a beginner or an expert scuba diver, anyone can always enjoy amazing dive trips around the Maldives.
Fresh seafood shopping – Many Maldivians catch fresh seafood and sell it in local markets. Of course, being a tropical country with rich marine resources, the Maldives’ seafood markets will provide you with a wide variety of seafood ready to be tasted!
Sightseeing in Malé – This capital of the Maldives may be one of the world’s smallest cities, but it will never run out of interesting things for you to see. In Malé, you can find lots of fascinating sights to check out, starting from the Grand Friday Mosque to the Mulee-aage Palace!
This tropical paradise has a total of five international airports, and you will arrive at the one closest to your host organization’s location. Upon arriving, you must follow obligatory arrival procedures and immigration customs, then, you can make your way to your host organization — either by speedboats, public ferries, or seaplanes! Surely, do exchange your currency for Maldivian Rufiyaa and acquire local mobile providers, as well as stay in touch with RMC Asia to ensure your seamless Cultural Exchange Program journey.