Maldives - General Info
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Rufiya (Rf) of 100 lari. US$ accepted on the tourist islands.
International Dialing Code for Maldives is +960.
Mobile phone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is decent throughout the islands, though as the country is so spead out, there are still some blindspots. It’s possible to buy a local SIM card in Malé to make cheap local calls.
Internet: The Internet can be accessed from most areas of the Maldives. Malé, the capital, has a lack of Internet cafés, but Wi-Fi is available in many other cafés. Almost all resorts have Internet connections via terminals for guest use or wireless, though these are rarely free.
Emergencies - Dial 119
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
Indian Ocean Cruising Guide
By Rod Heikell
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd (June 8, 1999)
Cruising guide covering the routes from Europe to Australia and points in between, Indian Ocean Cruising Guide covers all the usual points of interest for cruising yachtsmen, from history to climate, weather patterns, formalities, route planning and so on.
Sailing Through Paradise - Cruising Guide to the Maldives
By Jolanda Geerdink John Hoedemakers
Publisher: SailAdventures (March 5, 2009)
Malwlays - Maldives Island Directory
By Tim, J. Godfrey
Publisher: Sea Challengers; 2 edition (April 1998)
Complete island directory of the Maldives with 23 pages of maps including an updated map of Male, the island capital of the archipelago. Maps are printed in full color and clearly show reefs, islands and other features such as protected marine areas, wrecks, airports and heliports. Where a resort name is different from the traditional name of the island, the traditional name is included in brackets. At the back of the book is an index of 1068 islands with latitude and longitude coordinates for quick reference.
Dive Maldives: A Guide to the Maldives Archipelago
By John Godfrey
Publisher: Atoll Editions; 3rd Revised edition edition (May 2006)
Marine Life of the Maldives
By Neville Coleman
Publisher: Atoll Editions (30 April 2001)
Maldives Cruising Guide
By Max Molteni
Publisher - Edizioni il Frangente - Edition 2009
Provides a full range of sailing directions as well as anchorage locations, supported by detailed charts and aerial photos in full colour. A substantial introductory section provides important information on the country, as well as covering navigation, equipment and cruising formalities. Climate & weather - crucial to planning cruises in these waters - are discussed at length and a chapter is devoted to fishing, surfing and scuba diving. The itineraries section provides abundant explanatory advise on approaches, navigation, anchorages, harbours and places of interest for all the Maldivian atolls.
Jamie Furlong of SY Esper visited the Maldives in 2013. His blog - http://www.followtheboat.com/log/ - has some interesting and insightful reports as well as great photographs.
Cruising Information for the Maldives by SV Ocelot (2007 & 2009) - http://svocelot.com/Cruise_Info/Indian/Maldives_Cruising.htm
April 2013: Formalities checked and updated by Ahmed Rasheed.
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