The Maldives is a preferred destination because of its relatively moderate climate, clear blue water, white sandy beaches, the opportunity to practice water sports all year round and because of the extremely interesting and rich underwater world.
The culture and traditions of the islands are particularly influenced by Sri Lanka and South India due to their proximity. The main staple food is rice and fish, with seafood playing an extremely important role in most people's lives. Fishing is the second most important industry after tourism.
Coconut palms are declared as the national tree of the country.
Maldives is a visa-free country. All tourists, of all nationalities, can receive a 30-day visa free of charge on arrival in the country.