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Useful Words in Maldives

Atoll

It is a reef belt grown on the basaltic ground of an extinguished volcano.
The atoll perimeter is defined by a series of small islands and look like a garland.
The name Maldives derives from the Sanskrit word “Malodheep” and means garland.

Boduberu

The Maldivian drum. It is used also for the tourist entertainment during the Maldivian evenings at the resorts.

Dhoni

Maldivian boat used for fishery, now used also for the tourists transportation.

Dhivehi

Official language of the Maldives..

Diving

Dive centre on the island

Falhu

Lagoon surrounded by the reef, with one or more islands.

Faru

Big coral reef which emerges with low tide.

Finolhu

Island with a few or no coconut palm.

Fushi

Big island.

Giri

Small reef on the surface.

House Reef

Reef surrounding the island.

Kandu

Channel towards an external reef.

Malè

Maldives Capital

Night Fish

A type of fishery taking place at the sunset with simple threads (often wrapped on any kind of objects, such as wood, plastic bottles etc) and hooks with baits.

Ocean Pass

Channels of different lengths separating the atoll internal lagoon from the Indian ocean.

Open air maldivian Bath

In this bath, the shower-bath has no ceiling, unlike the rest of the room. Sometimes there are two showers: one open-air and the other inside the bathroom.
Privacy is ensured by the high walls.

Ruffiyaa

Maldivian currency.

Seaplane

Seaplane transferring tourists from the airport to the islands.

Snorkeling-snorkel

Swim on the sea surface with fins, mask and snorkel to explore the reef.

Thila

Means “shallow”. This is the name of the reef pinnacle emerging from the ocean bottom.