Does and Donts

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Cover yourself properly when visiting inhabited islands and Male’. For men shorts and a shirt are acceptable. Women are expected to cover their bodies and thighs.

While swimming trunks, bikinis and other beachwear is the norm on the resort, they are not acceptable on inhabited islands. Remember that nudism in public places is prohibited.

Traditionally Maldivians eat with their fingers. If you wish to follow the local tradition keep in mind that it is considered unhygienic to touch food with the left hand. If in doubt use a spoon.

Be conscious of the delicate local environment. Do not touch or pick corals when diving or snorkeling.
The Maldivians use the Islamic greeting Assalaam Alaikum to greet friends and strangers alike. Shukuriyya means thank