Etiquette

Maldivians are very polite people and can often be quite shy if you meet them outside resorts. While used to foreigners and their behaviour, there are a few things that they'll appreciate.

  • Greetings Shake hands with men when you meet them. Local women do not generally shake hands.
  • Eating Eat with your right hand only when dining on an inhabited island. The left hand is considered unclean, and while it can be used to cut food, it should not be used to move food to the mouth.
  • Dress Remember how conservative the islands are outside resorts. Men should not walk around bare chested and women should wear long skirts and avoid low-cut tops.
  • Religion Non-Muslims are generally not allowed to enter mosques anywhere in Maldives, except by specific invite.