Etiquette & Culture

The indigenous population not involved in the tourist trade lives in isolated island communities maintaining almost total privacy. Religious customs and practices should be respected, particularly during Ramadan, when many locals will be fasting.

Dress is the Maldives is generally informal, but locals who are Muslim will be offended by nudity or scanty clothing in public places. Likewise, beachwear is not acceptable in the capital, Male, or on any other inhabited island. The Government rigidly enforces these standards