Maldives Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice

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Welcome to the Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice page for Maldives!

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On this page you will find first-hand, unbiased, and real safety tips, advice and reviews from women traveling solo, submitted directly from their personal experiences in the country.

Their opinions are unfiltered and submitted independently as part of the Solo Female Travel Safety Index, a ranking of 210 countries and regions based on how safe they are for women traveling solo.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers.

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Maldives Country data

We have compiled a few data points below that can help you better understand Maldives and have more context when thinking about travel safety.

Official country name: Republic of Maldives.

Etymology: Archipelago apparently named after the main island (and capital) of Male. The word "Maldives" means "the islands (dives) of Male". Alternatively, the name may derive from the Sanskrit word "maladvipa" meaning "garland of islands". Dhivehi Raajje in Dhivehi means "Kingdom of the Dhivehi people".

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Capital: Male.

Independence / foundation: A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. Maldives gained its independence from the UK in 1965. The islands became a republic in 1968, three years after independence.

Population: 521,021.

Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)
1 USD = 15.40 - 15.55 MVR
1 EUR = 16.61 - 17 MVR

Time zone: UTC+5

Languages spoken: Dhivehi (official, dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English (spoken by most government officials).

Religions: Sunni Muslim (official).

Climate: Tropical climate all year round that is hot and humid. Dry, northeast monsoon season from November to March and rainy, southwest monsoon season from June to August.

Real GDP (ppp – purchasing power parity): $11.14 billion.

Real GDP per capita (ppp): $21,300.

Main airports: Malé International Airport, Gan International Airport.

World heritage sites in Maldives

There are over 1,100 world heritage sites spread across more than 165 countries. New ones are added every year, and some may be removed from the list for various reasons.

Number of UNESCO listed sites: 0.

Top world heritage sites:


Interesting facts about Maldives

- The Maldives consists of 1,190 coral islands but only 200 are inhabited. If you take a seaplane to your resort, you will be able to admire many from above.

- The Maldives has been inhabited since around the 5th century BC by Buddhist peoples, probably from Sri Lanka and southern India.

- At just 5m above sea level, the highest point in the Maldives is the eighth tee of a golf course on Villingi Island.

- The Maldives is an ideal place to spot Hammerhead sharks and it’s possible to dive with them. The most famous spot is called Hammerhead Point, located in Rasdhoo Atoll. You can also swim with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks among many other large animals.

- The Maldives is the world’s smallest Muslim nation.

Further reading: N/A.

Maldives Travel tips

Socket type: D / G / J / K / L. Guide to socket types.

Weekend days: Friday and Saturday.

Driving: Cars drive on the Left.

Local taxi apps: AvasRide.

Travel Guides: Lonely Planet, Bradt Guide.

Languages spoken: Dhivehi (official, dialect of Sinhala, script derived from Arabic), English (spoken by most government officials).

Basic words and phrases in the main language:

Hello: Assalaamu alaikum
Please: Adhes kohfa
Thank you: Shukuriyaa
Help: Salaamai kurey

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About the Solo Female Travel Safety Index

Safety matters to solo female travelers, you told us so in our annual Solo Female Travel Survey, where year after year, women prove that this is their most important concern when traveling solo.

We wanted to do something about it, so we built these country-specific pages where you can find reviews and scores for 7 key variables affecting the safety of women traveling solo.


  • Risk of scam
  • Risk of theft
  • Risk of harassment
  • Attitudes towards women
  • UK Travel Advisory
  • US Travel advisory
  • Global Peace Index (GPI)

Informing OSAC

The Solo Female Travel Safety Score is used by the Overseas Security Advisory Council for including safety concerns for women travelers in their country security reports; OSAC is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and private-sector security community.

How to use the Safety Index

On this page, you will find the country score and the personal opinions on safety of other women traveling solo.

You can sort the comments by:

  • The level of experience traveling solo of the reviewer (beginner = <5 trips solo, Intermediate = 5 to 10 trips solo, Experienced = >10 trips solo).
  • The age of the traveler.
  • Whether they are a visitor or local.
  • The date they were posted.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers. 

Thus, the lower the score, the safer the country.

Looking for more safety resources?

This entire website is devoted to helping women travel solo. Check out the links below to learn more:

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Thanks to Jacobo Vilella for creating the Solo Female Travelers Safety Index ❤️