The Maldives has a reputation for sumptuous beach holidays, but discovering its distinct local culture is an essential part of any holiday in this magical region.
Understanding the Maldives
The vast majority of people in the Maldives are Sunni Muslims. Religious laws mean drinking alcohol and eating pork are not allowed, although exceptions are made in tourist areas. It also means the weekend in the Maldives takes place on Friday and Saturday rather than Saturday and Sunday, although you’re unlikely to notice any change while relaxing on holiday.
To learn more about local religion and culture, visit the Islamic Centre in Malé, the capital city. This striking building is free to visitors outside prayer times. The Sultan Park and National Museum also offers a gentle introduction into the Maldives’ history.
Unsurprisingly, fishing is a huge part of Maldivian national heritage. Traditional fishing boats are often seen lining the islands where locals live, and some resorts use them for transport. Fishing trips can be arranged, offering a great opportunity to become acquainted with an essential element of local culture.
Food in the Maldives
From gourmet dining options by the beach to al fresco lunches, capture the best of Maldivian cuisine at our Jumeirah resorts. Our team of culinary masters are experts at fusing traditional dishes with contemporary methods and using the best fresh locally sourced ingredients available. Whether indulging in a reimagined favourite or trying something new, enjoy dishes as impressive as the stunning views from our Jumeirah resort in the Maldives.