The Sunny side of Life
Badr Naseem

Maldives is formed as one of the most complex and vibrant atoll structures found anywhere on the planet. The 26 natural atolls are categorised into 20 atolls for administrative purposes.
The 20 administrative atolls have distinct names and features that makes each one of them extraordinary. Now it is possible to explore all the atolls of the Maldives by staying in resorts, hotels, guest houses and traversing across the ocean in liveaboards. The following are the names of the 20 administrative atolls starting from the northernmost atoll and ending with the southernmost atoll of the Maldives.



  • Thiladhunmathi Uthuruburi (Haa Alifu Atoll)
  • Thiladhunmathi Dhekunuburi (Haa Dhaalu Atoll)
  • Miladhunmadulu Uthuruburi (Shaviyani Atoll)
  • Miladhunmadulu Dhekunuburi (Noonu Atoll)
  • Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi (Raa Atoll)
  • Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi (Baa Atoll)
  • Faadhippolhu (Lhaviyani Atoll)
  • Male’ Atholhu (Kaafu Atoll)
  • Ari Atholhu Uthuruburi (Alifu Alifu Atoll)
  • Ari Atholhu Dhekunuburi (Alifu Dhaalu Atoll)
  • Felidhe Atholhu (Vaavu Atoll)
  • Mulaku Atholhu (Meemu Atoll)
  • Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi (Faafu Atoll)
  • Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi (Dhaalu Atoll)
  • Kolhumadulu (Thaa Atoll)
  • Hahdhunmathi (Laamu Atoll)
  • Huvadhu Atholhu Uthuruburi (Gaafu Alifu Atoll)
  • Huvadhu Atholhu Dhekunuburi (Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll)
  • Fuvahmulah (Gnaviyani Atoll)
  • Addu Atholhu (Seenu Atoll)
  • The beautiful Maldives Islands are scattered across the Indian Ocean and are connected by a modern high powered communication network. Local Company Dhiraagu and International Company Ooredoo provides telecommunication and internet services across the Maldives. Correspondingly these companies supply efficient fixed line, GSM, mobile and internet services.
    The dialling code of the Maldives is +960. International roaming services are also available in the Maldives. You can easily purchase a mobile SIM card from any of the service providers using your passport as documentary evidence. The communication networks in the Maldives provide ISD and STD services as well.
    Almost all the resorts, hotels and restaurants provide free WiFi services to their guests. Internet service providers in the country offer data packages that can be utilised in 3G or 4G networks in most parts of the country. Maldives Post Limited provides competent postal services. Topflight International companies like DHL and FedEx are also actively engaged in the Maldives.

    Traditionally the island communities were very close-knit. This togetherness is still prevailing in the small island societies.
    Accordingly men will be mainly engaged in fishery, carpentry and toddy tapping. Women were mainly engaged in household duties and raising families.
    Certain rituals and practices were followed in the islands on special occasions like weddings. Some of these rituals survive to this day.
    The advent of tourism in the 1970's accelerated the modernisation process of the country. Today an increasing number of women hold crucial positions within the public and private sector. As a result of economic growth, dramatic lifestyle changes were introduced.

    Folklore

    Maldivians inherited a treasure trunk of ancient mythology and folklore that was passed orally through generations. These myths cover fascinating stories on various aspects of island life. Since the islands are surrounded by sea, most folktales depict fearful sea demons and spirits that haunt the islanders.

    Life in Islands

    Traditionally the island communities were very close-knit. This togetherness is still prevailing in the small island societies. Accordingly men will be mainly engaged in fishery, carpentry and toddy tapping. Women were mainly engaged in household duties and raising families. Certain rituals and practices were followed in the islands on special occasions like weddings. Some of these rituals survive to this day.

    Music and Dance

    The Maldives boasts of a rich culture of music and dance. Some of the cultural music and dances can trace their roots to distant continents. Resort islands organize cultural performances to entertain their guests regularly during which you can observe islanders performing traditional music and dance items. One of the most famous Maldivian cultural displays which involve singing and dancing is called the "Bodu Beru". The Bodu Beru performers, numbering around 20 will be wearing traditional garb of sarongs and white sleeved shirts. Bodu Beru performance is guaranteed to make you sway along with the drumbeats.

    Craftsmanship

    Maldivians are known for being avid craftsmen. The intricate stone carvings found in the Friday Mosque in Male' is a living example of Maldivian craftsmanship. The mastery and inventiveness of Maldivians can be seen in lacquer works, mat weaving, coir rope making and calligraphy. Traditional dresses and ornaments profess the artistry and creativeness of Maldivian artisans. Such exceptional works can be acquired by visitors as souvenirs.

    The national language of the Maldives is called Dhivehi. There are varying dialects of Dhivehilanguage, especially in the southern parts of the country. However, formal Dhivehi is used in all the official and written communications. Similarly Dhivehi is spoken in the Indian administered territory of Minicoy.
    Dhivehilanguage is an offshoot of the Indo-Aryan language family. Various languages in South Asia, Europe and Arabic language in particular has contributed greatly to the evolution of Dhivehi language.
    The writing history of Dhivehi language can be traced back to over 800 years. Dhivehi language is written using Thaana script, which is written in the right to left direction. Previously DhivesAkuru script was used until the 18th century for writing.
    Though Dhivehi is the official language, English language is widely spoken in the country. English is also used as the business language.

    Amidst the two seasons, there is little or no change in the temperature. This makes every season the best season to visit the Maldives. Likewise packing for a holiday in the Maldives is undemanding due to the uniform weather forecasts.

    On average the daily temperature may fluctuate from 31 °C during the day to 23 °C in the night. The highest temperature ever recorded in the Maldives was 36.8 °C. Whereas the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Maldives was 17.2 °C.

    The dry season is the season for admirers and enthusiasts of the sun. Throughout the dry season you are assured of beautiful and bright sunshine. Accordingly the seas are serene with clear blue skies. There is only sporadic rain during this season. Hence, this is the ultimate season for sunbathing, sunset watching and scuba diving.