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If you are staying in a resort, dining in the Maldives is a breeze. There are usually several on-site restaurants to choose between.
If, however, you want to experience some genuine Maldives restaurants outside the confines of the hotel complex, Malé will be your best bet. The capital has loads of restaurants, but many of the Maldives’ other, smaller settlements don’t have any – a fact worth bearing in mind if you plan to travel around independently.
When visiting the Maldives, you might well want to sink your teeth into some typical food. As you might imagine in a country surrounded by so much water, seafood makes up a significant part of the Maldivian diet. Other influences come from Sri Lanka and southern Indian states such as Kerala.
Must-try dishes of the Maldives include fihunu mas (barbecued fish with chilli) and bajiya (a pastry stuffed with fish, onions and coconut). Many dishes are also served with roshi, a kind of flatbread similar to Indian roti bread. As is the case in many tropical island regions, locally grown fruits such as coconut frequently feature in meals too.
All-inclusive packages can be the best option, as you can set a budget up-front without worrying about an unexpected bill at checkout.
There are a number of excellent establishments serving up traditional Maldives food. Notable examples include Muraka at Mirihi Island resort.
Somewhere special to eat – for the setting alone – is the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Rangali Island resort. The dining area at Ithaa is surrounded by a glass dome, meaning diners can gawp at some of the live fish swimming around the water of the Maldives – including some of the very species they have on their plates...