The Maldives is one of the most popular island destinations in the world-renowned for beautiful beaches and amazing resorts. Despite all this, the culture of the island barely gets any attention from most travellers – so, here’s a quick look at this fascinating aspect of the Maldives.
Islam is the major religion of the Maldives and it first arrived on the islands via Arabic traders. As it is an Islamic country, you’ll want to Dress conservatively when exploring populated areas of the island. Of course, these restrictions don’t apply if you’re staying at a hotel or resort – for instance, the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives.
You might want to check out the Emboodhoo Lagoon area guide just so it can help you find the best Maldivian cuisine available in the region. The dishes here are primarily based around seafood and coconuts two things the islands have plenty of.
Owing to their Islamic faith, most Maldivians dress conservatively and often opt for their traditional dress. Males usually wear a sarong and shirt while females favour long dresses called the libaa.
Music & Dance
Music and dance have played a key role in Maldivian culture over the centuries and has even spread their influence into neighbouring nations. The Bodu Bera is perhaps the most well-known Maldivian musical performance and is a dance that’s performed to the beating of drums.