Ramadan In Maldives
Maldives Promotion House – Maldives is a country where the local lifestyle embeds within the society certain elements of our native religion, Islam. With this, comes certain moral values and celebrations, which may seem to a tourist uncommon. However most of these celebrations and holidays are part of the long cherished beliefs and holds a very important place within the community.
One of the most significant of all is the fast approaching holy month of Ramadan. It is a month of fasting in which all locals participate. It is also a month of sharing happiness and caring. Ramadan comes with special preparations, such as redecoration of homes and restocking of food items.
Before the invention of the modern living brought to us by convenient appliances and house ware, every household was decorated with the local ornamental products of the palm trees and were decorated by spreading white sand across the courtyards. And the local market fills with food items such as fruits and vegetables from all over Maldives. The most common is the watermelon.
Despite the loss of certain cultural touches in the capital city Malé, Ramadan still comes with a certain spiritual hope. It touches the hearts of every Maldivian, and unites them in brotherhood. Long held rivalries are forgotten and most of the days are spend on entertainment. Work hours are shortened and from sunrise to sunset eating and drinking in public places, including the roads, are strictly prohibited. Thus tourists visiting local areas should observe these regulations.
However tourists and expatriate non-Muslims may still enjoy food in designated hotels and inside their homes. Moreover tourists in resorts will not be affected by these traditions and can continue their holidays as usual.
Ramadan, locally known as “Roadha Mas” begins with seeing of the new moon and the ends with seeing of the next new moon. The period lasts for 30 days. The occurrence of Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar and hence the date of its occurrence varies each year.
While daily prayer sessions are held five times every day, in Ramadan you are more likely to see mosques packed full for all the five prayers. During evenings Almost everyone goes out for walks or rides to relax and enjoy the sunset.
The day ends with the sunset, when the streets will become isolated. The entire capital settles down, and for sometime the streets may seem dead in a ghastly way. Quiet, peaceful, and calm.
Experience thrills and relaxation at surfer’s paradise Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
Surrounded by crystal-clear waters and located in the heart of a surfer’s paradise, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives offers guests an exclusive and thrilling experience. The resort offers a range of accommodation options, from bungalow rooms to luxurious suites, all boasting stunning ocean views. With a variety of dining options, a spa, outdoor pool, and fitness centre, this tropical island resort is the perfect destination for those seeking both activity and lavish relaxation.
For adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Jet ski across the water, glide over the waves while water skiing or windsurfing, or embark on a catamaran ride. If you prefer to dip below the surface, sign up for a diving course at the resort’s dive centre, or simply enjoy some leisurely snorkelling. And for those looking to unwind, indulge in a soothing foot massage followed by a pedicure, or venture into the open sea for some calm fishing or dolphin watching.
After a day filled with adventure, retire to your well-appointed room and soak up the tranquility of this beautiful island. With stunning over-water suites, couples’ spa treatments, sunset cruises, and private dinners on the white sand beach, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives has everything you need for a romantic and memorable vacation.
But that’s not all. The resort is also home to the world-famous surf spot, Pasta Point. Named after an Italian bistro that was once located in the same area, this surf spot is a dream destination for surf enthusiasts across the globe. Known for its consistent wave production, typically 4-6 feet in height, it’s no wonder that this spot is described as the “wave-machine” of the North Malé Atoll.
When you’re ready to refuel, the resort’s dining options will not disappoint. From all-you-can-eat buffets to a la carte menus, there is something for everyone. And with the anticipation of an exhilarating 25-minute speedboat ride to an island 13 km away from Malé, Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives promises a delightful holiday, packed with a tropical punch.
Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is a beautiful island resort that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re seeking thrilling adventures, luxurious relaxation, or both, this resort promises to deliver a memorable and unforgettable vacation experience.
Discover abundance of sharks at Hulhumale Entrance: dive experience to remember
Hulhumale Entrance, also known as Foah-Male, is quickly becoming a popular destination for shark divers. This dive point, located in the Maldives, is known for its abundance of shark species, including tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, spinner sharks, and grey reef sharks. In addition to the sharks, divers can also spot more than a hundred stingrays swimming around the area.
The dive point was created by the dumping of fish guts from a nearby fish factory, which attracted a variety of marine life to the area. The depth at Hulhumale Entrance is around 25-30 metres, making it a suitable location for experienced divers. However, the underwater visibility is not always the best due to the number of boat movements in the area.
We recently had the opportunity to explore Hulhumale Entrance with Raajje Divers, a dive centre based in Male that is headed by Hussein Sobah and his experienced team of divers. Raajje Divers offers a personalised diving experience for divers, catering to their individual needs and preferences.
One of the things that stood out to us during our dive was the sheer number of sharks that we saw. From the moment we descended into the water, we were surrounded by these majestic creatures. It was truly an awe-inspiring sight to see so many different shark species swimming around us.
In addition to the sharks, we also had the opportunity to spot a variety of other marine life, such as stingrays, schools of fish, and various types of coral. The diversity of the underwater world at Hulhumale Entrance is truly remarkable.
Overall, our experience diving at Hulhumale Entrance was one that we will never forget. The abundance of shark species and the personalised diving experience provided by Raajje Divers made for a truly unforgettable diving experience. If you’re looking for a new dive point that offers the chance to see a wide variety of shark species, Hulhumale Entrance is definitely an incredible experience for shark enthusiasts.
Diving with tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah: a thrilling experience
Diving with tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah is an unforgettable experience that every adrenaline junkie should add to their bucket list. Located in the southern Maldives, Fuvahmulah is getting popular with divers as one of the best places in the world to dive with tiger sharks.
Diving spot popularly known as the tiger zoo is located just next the island’s harbour. As soon as we descended into the depths of about 10 metres above the reef top, we could see the majestic tiger sharks swimming gracefully in the distance. Our experienced dive guide carefully led us closer to the sharks, ensuring that we stayed safe at all times.
The first thing that struck me was the size of the sharks. They were much larger than I had expected, with some of them reaching up to 15 feet in length. Despite their intimidating appearance, they were surprisingly gentle and didn’t seem to be bothered by our presence.
As we followed the sharks, they seemed to be curious about us and came closer to investigate. We were able to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures, watching them swim effortlessly through the water. It was an amazing feeling to be so close to such powerful animals in their natural habitat.
One of the highlights of the dive was when we came across a group of sharks feeding on a school of fish. It was a truly incredible sight to see these predators in action, with the sharks diving down to catch their prey. Despite the intensity of the situation, we were able to observe the sharks from a safe distance, without disturbing their natural behavior.
Overall, diving with tiger sharks in Fuvahmulah was a thrilling and unforgettable experience. It’s not for the faint of heart, but for those who are looking for a unique and exciting adventure, it’s well worth it. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting out, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.
In addition to the tiger sharks, there are also many other dive sites around the island with a wide variety of other marine life to be seen, including colourful coral reefs, oceanic mantas, thresher sharks, mola molas. From colorful coral reefs to schools of tropical fish, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to the incredible marine life, Fuvahmulah also boasts beautiful beaches and lush vegetation.
Fuvahmulah is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in the Maldives. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking to relax and unwind, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful island paradise.
Daily flights are available from Velana International Airport to Fuvahmulah and there are wide range of accommodation options available including full service hotels and guesthouses.
Photos by Ahmed Inah, Pelagic Divers Fuvahmulah. Pelagic Divers is a PADI 5* dive center offering daily diving excursions around Fuvahmulah. Visit www.pelagicdiversfuvahmulah.com to explore more.
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