There are plenty of opportunities for shopping, in between sunbathing and fine-dining during your trip to the Maldives. Many resorts offer excursions to some of the inhabited islands, where you can pick up souvenirs and local crafts.
Independent travellers in search of more authentic experiences will find the best options within Malé. These range from local markets to textile shops and bookshops. As Malé is the main transit area through which tourists travelling to the Maldives pass on their way to the resorts, there are also plenty of souvenir shops.
The Maldives is an Islamic nation, but progressive and culturally diverse, so visitors should not encounter any noticeable cultural nuances. Most of the tourist resorts are self-contained and separated from the inhabited islands, but it is important to be respectful of the cultural and religious beliefs of nationals who work in the resorts.
Those who travel to the Maldives independently, and venture outside of the resort areas, should be aware of the cultural etiquette of the country. Both men and women should dress modestly away from the beach, and some dining establishments require that diners cover their legs in the restaurant area.