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Getting Started

12

Snapshot

16

History

17

The Culture

25

Environment

37

Choosing a Resort

47

Snorkelling,

61

Diving & Surfing

Food & Drink

84

Male'

88

History

89

Orientation

89

Information

89

Dangers & Annoyances

92

Sights

92

Walking Tour

96

Male' for Children

98

Sleeping

98

Entertainment

102

Shopping

102

Getting There & Away

102

Getting Around

103

AROUND MALE'

103

Diving Sites

103

Viligili

103

Hulhule'

104

Hulhumale'

104

Other Islands

105

North & South

106

Male' Atolls

North Male' Atoll

106

Kaashidhoo

127

Gaafaru Falhu

127

South Male' Atoll

127

Ari Atoll

134

Thoddoo Island

134

Rasdhoo Atoll

134

Ari Atoll

137

Haa Alif

147

Northern Atolls

147

Haa Dhaal

148

Shaviyani

150

Noonu

150

Raa

150

Baa

152

Lhaviyani

155

Vaavu

159

Southern Atolls

159

Meemu

161

Faafu

1 61

Dhaalu

163

Thaa

165

Laamu

165

Gaaf Alif

165

Gaaf Dhaal

166

Gnaviyani

1 66

Addu Atoll

167

Directory

173

Accommodation

173

Business Hours

174

Children

174

Climate Chart

175

Courses

175

Customs

1 75

Dangers & Annoyances

175

Embassies & Consulates

176

Food

1 76

Gay & Lesbian Travellers

176

Holidays

1 76

Insurance

1 77

Internet Access

177

Legal Matters

177

Maps

1 77

Money

1 78

Post

1 79

Solo Travellers

180

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Telephone

180

GETTING AROUND

185

Time

180

Air

185

Toilets

180

Boat

186

Tourist Information

180

Car & Motorcycle

186

Travellers with Disabilities 181

187

Travel Permits

181

Health

Visas

182

BEFORE YOU GO

187

Women Travellers

182

Insurance Recommended

187

Transport

183

Vaccinations IN THE MALDIVES

187 187

GETTING THERE &

Availability & Cost

AWAY

183

of Health Care

187

Entering the Country

183

Infectious Diseases

187

Air

183

Traveller's Diarrhoea

187

Sea

184

Environmental Hazards

188

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