Maldivians are very peaceful and hospitable people. Over 200,000 people live in this small nation. The older generation follow a more traditional way of life whilst the younger generation embraces newer western trends; these are evident in their dress and music.
Islam is the focus of the Maldivian life in every respect, with all being Sunni Muslims. Prayers are conducted five times a day in all mosques on every inhabited island. The golden dome of the Islamic centre dominates the skyline of Malé.
The capital island Malé is a twenty minute speedboat trip away from the resort and is unique in every way. Small and full to capacity, this 1.2 mile (2 km.) long by .62 mile (1 km.) wide island, with a population of 70,000, is the busiest island in the Maldives and one of the most densely populated capital cities in the world.
Malé has a remarkable mixture of modernism and traditional Maldivian culture. It is also the most popular place for shopping, with both local and handicraft souvenirs and general merchandise available in a generous variety.