Maldives guide Diamonds Thudufushi Maldives

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Maldives guide

In travelling in search of new countries you will find the continent inside you

The Maldives archipelago is composed of 26 coral atolls, each one of which contains within it nearly 2000 small islands of white sand and dense tropical vegetation. The Maldives are the ideal destination for diving, nature, relaxation and water sports enthusiasts.

The Maldives are the ideal destination not only for diving enthusiasts but for anyone seeking a relaxing journey immersed in unspoilt nature. In fact, the beauty arises directly from the natural scenery, where the blue of the ocean contrasts effectively with the white sand and the green lagoons which form around the reef. The Maldives archipelago is composed of 26 coral atolls, each of which contain nearly 2,000 small islands covered in white sand and dense tropical vegetation. These are magnificent pearls studded in the Indian Ocean and must be explored and experienced at least once in a lifetime!

Get in

A valid passport is required to enter the country.

Each home country has its own regulations, so we recommend having your documents checked by your Embassy or travel agency in advance before departure.

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By plane

Malé International Airport is well connected with most international airports.

Airport transfer

Air Taxi Maldivian will take you from Malé directly to the islands of Athuruga and Thudufushi in approximately 25 minutes.

It is recommended to prebook the taxi before departure.
If you book your vacation through our website, you will be able to directly buy the transfer.

We will take care of the organization of the transfer according to Air Taxi Maldivian’s flights timetable.

HOW TO REACH THE MALDIVES

International Hubs:
Colombo
Istanbul
Singapore
Dubai

From 31.10.2017 it will be possible to enjoy a direct flight from Rome to Malè on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

New procedure and requirements on Tourists staying longer than 30 days.

It is necessary for guests to take a local insurance policy.

Before arrival – Request for sponsorship

  • Passport copy
  • Ticket copy
  • Details of each passenger (Name, ID card or PP number, Date of Birth, Full Address and contact number etc.)
  • Duration of stay including the hotel names

Please note sponsorship process takes at least 6-7 working days.

After arrival – VISA extension

  • Original passport
  • Passport size photo
  • Application form

Please note Visa processing takes minimum 6-7 working days.
Medical is not required

Typical maldivian dishes

For a truly complete experience, try these traditional Maldivian dishes:

  • Chichandaa satani: Snakeskin, onions, coconut cream, chilli, lemon juice and salt
  • Cutlu: Tuna, potatoes, onions, garlic, chilli, lime juice, pepper, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and oil
  • Dhan’di Aluvi Kan’dhi: Manioc, rice, sugar, coconut milk, Jasmine water, water and coconut cream
  • Dhon Huni Havaadhu Curry: Coconut, ground turmeric, onions, garlic, pepper, ginger and curry
  • Fihunumas: Tuna, red chilli, onions, garlic, cumin, curry powder, ground black pepper and salt
  • Geri Riha: Beef steak, onions, garlic, chilli, curry powder, coconut oil, coriander curry powder, coconut cream, coconut milk, water and salt
  • Hanaakuri Rehi: Silver sprat, onions, garlic, curry, coriander curry powder, coconut oil and salt
  • Huni Havaadhu Curry in coconut paste: Coconut, fennel seeds, cumin, chilli, ground pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ground turmeric, onions, garlic, ginger and curry powder
  • Kaliyaa Birinjee: Patna rice, onions, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel seeds, clarified butter, coconut milk, curry powder and salt
  • Kandumahu Mussanmaa: Tuna fillets, onions, curry powder, coconut oil, coriander curry powder, sugar, raisins, peanuts, coconut milk, coconut cream, salt and palm leaves
  • Kukulhu Bis Riha: Eggs, potatoes, coriander curry powder, onions, garlic, chilli, curry leaves, coconut oil, coconut cream, coconut milk, water and salt
  • lhoamahu Kirugarudhiya: Smoked tuna, onions, curry powder, chilli, mango, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, coconut milk, coconut cream, water and salt);
  • Lonumirus Havaadhu Curry spice mix: Coconut, chilli, cumin, fennel seeds, pepper, onion, garlic, ground turmeric and ginger
  • Mahu Bis Riha: Tuna, onions, garlic, coriander leaves, coriander curry powder, chilli, coconut milk, coconut cream, water, coconut oil and salt
  • Masbaiy: Patna rice, tuna, garlic, chilli, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ground turmeric, curry powder, clarified butter, coconut milk, water and salt
  • Raiymahu Riha: Snapper, onion, garlic, curry powder, clarified butter, coconut milk, coconut cream, water and salt
  • Thelulimas – Tuna, chilli, onions, garlic, cumin, curry powder, ground black pepper, salt and oil

Must see

Underwater Marine life

The Maldives are an incontestable leading destination for the underwater world and here you can experience extraordinary emotions. No matter how many times you come and go, each time feels like the first: new experiences, new encounters, new discoveries.

In the Maldives you can see turtles, stingrays, manta rays, eagle rays, grey sharks, hammerheads and even whale sharks, as well as huge humphead wrasse, schools of barracuda, tuna, trevally and a multitude of small reef fish, angelfish, triggerfish, clownfish and brightly coloured anemones, surgeon fish and nudibranchs!

For many diving enthusiasts, seeing the whale shark, one of the largest fish in the world, is the most exciting moment and is not to be missed. Naturally there is no shortage of different types of coral.

There are resident marine biologists on the Athuruga and Thudufushi Islands who accompany our guests as they discover the island’s flora and fauna. As such, marine enthusiasts can increase their knowledge and satisfy their curiosity during their stay.

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Fishing villages

Discover the fishing islands a short distance away from Athuruga and Thudufushi for a truly Maldivian experience.

Discover their ways of life and the places and traditions which characterise these small islands inhabited by native people.

Malé’s Mosques

When visiting the capital, consider paying a visit to the beautiful seventeenth century coral stone in Malé.

The nearby Islamic centre, capped with a huge golden dome, can also be visited outside of prayer times. There are more than 20 mosques scattered around the capital.

Malé National Museum

The interesting collection of artefacts including the Sultan’s thrones and sceptres at the Malé National Museum is well worth a visit.

It is located in the Sultan’s park, the town’s main green area.

Fishing

Fishing in the waters of the Maldives is an unforgettable experience for experienced and novice fishers. The diverse Indian Ocean offers a wide variety of fish species such as tuna, snapper, common dolphinfish, stone bass, amberjack, rainbow runner, barracuda and trevally.

In addition to these there are also many ocean species such as marlin, sailfish, mahi-mahi and wahoo, which will add an extra element to your fishing. Fishers can test themselves with deep sea or night time fishing.

Other events

from December 19, 2017 to December 26, 2017

YOGA LESSONS - 2017 EDITION

Prepare yourself to the new year with this unique Yoga opportunity! Every day from the 19th December to the 26th December from 7:00AM until 8:00AM morning and 06.30PM until 07.30PM...
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from January 3, 2018 to January 8, 2018

YOGA LESSONS - 2018 EDITION

Start the new year with this amazing Yoga treat. Every day from the 03rd to the 08th January from 7:00AM-8:00AM morning and 06.30PM –07.30PM evening at the Water Villa Reception...
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from December 30, 2017 to December 30, 2017

DINNER WITH CHEF ANDREA BERTON IN THE HEART OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

On December 30th 2017, guests of the Diamonds Thudufushi Water Villas will be able to attend the exclusive Gala Dinner prepared by Chef Andrea Berton, at the elegant Aqua Over...
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from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2018

MASTER CLASS WITH CHEF ANDREA BERTON IN THE HEART OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

Begin the New Year with a 2 hour Master Class with Chef Andrea Berton at Diamonds Athuruga! Book your spot to take part in this special master cooking class with...
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Christmas in the Maldives

Join Diamonds Thudufushi to celebrate the biggest festival of the year in a Maldivian style. The festive season will start from 21st December until 6th January. We celebrate Christmas and New year...
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Ari Safari Excursion

Join us on board of our big speedboat as we discover and snorkel the untouched coral reefs located on the eastern part of the Ari atoll. You will have a...
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SANDBANK COCKTAIL AT SUNSET

Join us for cocktails, mocktails and cheers at the water villa bar deck of Diamonds Thudufushi while enjoying the beautiful Maldivian Sunset. Every Sunday at 19:30, our General Manager and his management team...
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