20 Informative Facts About Maldives

Last updated on March 8th, 2020

18. Home to 21 species of whale and dolphin, independent dolphin watching cruises by dhoni (traditional boats) can be arranged. The whale submarine allows you to explore the underwater world while staying perfectly dry.

19. When cruising, snorkeling and diving expect to see schools of blue and yellow-striped snappers and common lionfish, yellow boxfish and sometimes sea turtles. Regular and deep sea fishing is available.

20. For those of an adventurous turn, choose from flyboarding, free diving, jet skis, kayaking, kite surfing, parasailing, surfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, and underwater scooters.

The Maldives – country at a glance

Independence26 July 1965 (from the UK)
Capital CityMalé
Largest CityMalé
Area298 sq km
Population391,904 (July 2020 est.)
Literacytotal population: 97.7%
CurrencyMaldivian rufiyaa (MVR)
Official LanguageMaldivian (Dhivehi)
National Anthem"Gaumee Salaam" (National Salute)
National symbolcoconut palm, yellowfin tuna
National colorred, green, white
Climatetropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)
Government typepresidential republic
PresidentIbrahim Mohamed Solih
Vice PresidentFaisal Naseem
Life Expectancy at birth76.4 Years (2020)
Birth rate16 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Death rate4.1 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Sex ratio1.182 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
Industriestourism, fish processing, shipping, boat building, coconut processing, woven mats, rope, handicrafts, coral and sand mining
Exports$256.2 million (2016 est.)
Imports$2.125 billion (2016 est.)
petroleum products, clothing, intermediate and capital goods.
GDP - per capita (PPP) (est. 2015)$19,200 (2017 est.)
Terrainflat, with white sandy beaches
Mean elevation2 m
Lowest pointIndian Ocean 0 m
Highest point8th tee, golf course, Villingi Island 5 m
Agricultural land23.3%
Natural resourcesfish
Calling Code+960
Drives on theLeft
Time ZoneMaldives Time (UTC+5)
Internet country code.mv
Table last updatedMarch 30, 2020