With a natural tune of breezy oceans and melodious waves, music and dance are deeply rooted in the Maldivian culture. They are largely influenced by the neighbouring countries of India, Sri Lanka and Arabia and have a strong sense of tradition in their music and dancing.

Tourism is the main industry in Maldives with a large number of resorts offering a luxurious stay on small coral islands. Locally, fisheries and agriculture are the main activities with coconuts being a very important commodity. Home gardens are common with many households growing vegetables, cassava, sweet potatoes and breadfruit. A rich heritage in handicrafts can also be spotted from lacquered wooden ornaments, woven reed mats and coral carvings.

Maldivian cuisine is similar to neighbouring South Asian countries, including curries and flatbreads with a preference for spicy foods. Tuna is a staple species and is a key ingredient in dishes such as kulhimas (fish rice), which is typically served with a concentrated fish paste condiment called rihaakuru. This dish can be found at most Maldivian homes and is a popular choice for beach picnics.

With Islam being the state religion, Maldivians are conservative in their dress. Men should wear a sarong or white cotton shirt while women should cover their shoulders and legs when outside of resort islands, and avoid bikinis. Foreigners are also advised to remove shoes when entering mosques.

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