If you haven’t heard of the term “Dhivehi living”, here’s what you need to know and why experiencing it can enrich your holidays in the Maldives.
What it Means
Dhivehin is the term used for Maldivians, while the official language is called Dhivehi, a type of Indo-Aryan language. In short, Dhivehi living is the traditional local lifestyle that can be experienced on inhabited islands which are amongst the best places to see in Maldives; keep in mind this will depend on any pandemic-related restrictions that may be in place.
Local Island Tour
The best way to get a glimpse into traditional culture and livelihoods is to take a tour of a local island on offer at resorts such as Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. On such excursions, one will be able to observe people going about their day to day lives be it men and women engaged in work or doing chores or children at play.
Tour of Male
To gain another perspective of Maldivian culture and living, a great place to explore would be the capital, Male. Some resorts provide excursions to this bustling island where you can see a mix of modern and traditional elements and visit key attractions; these include the 17th century Old Friday Mosque, National Museum and Male Fish Market.
Fishing is a traditional livelihood here and is something you can experience too. Stay at a resort that offers sunset fishing excursions on a local boat called a dhoni, using the typical fishing technique to drop your line directly at the edge of a reef; best of all, your catch can be prepared the way you like for dinner the next day!