Culture plays a significant role in tourism in the Maldives. The Maldives is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a unique way of life. Tourists visiting the Maldives can experience the country’s culture through a variety of ventures.
The first resort in the Maldives with a licensed art gallery and museum in the Outdoor Heritage Site was Cora Cora Maldives. More than 400 artifacts are kept in the Dutch Onion Museum at Cora Cora Maldives, a cultural heritage museum and on-site gallery. The distinctive museum recounts the fascinating tale of travel and change all throughout Maldives. Tourists can go on an interactive historical tour and learn about the Maldives’ fascinating past. The foundations of a mosque and an Islamic graveyard can be explored on a guided tour. In the centre of the island, explore the outdoor site, where you’ll discover ancient memorials dating back 500 years, and perhaps the most extraordinary find on the island – two temple tanks thought to be around 900 years old. These shallow wells were used for bathing and ceremonial purposes, and are remarkably well preserved.
At this incredible attraction, explore the Maldives’ rich history and marine biodiversity, and see how local arts and crafts have shaped the islands’ unique cultural identity. Filled with stunning designs and interactive displays, this is an unforgettable educational experience that works closely with the local community to promote the way of life and handicrafts of our remarkable island nation. Indeed, the Maldives Discovery Centre is not to be missed.
The iconic upside-down traditional sea vessel is used as a multi-functional space, from cultural exhibitions to private celebrations or social gatherings. Built by local dhoni (fishing boat) builders, the design of the roof sheltering this cultural structure is an enormous upturned dhoni making it an impressive visual feature greeting guests as they arrive on the island. The Dhoni is the luxury resort’s dedicated educational space and is open for guests as well as the local community to partake in Kids activities, marine talks, social events, and presentations surrounded by the inspiring cultures and traditions of the Maldives.