Travel and Tourism


Antrac Holding Bringing together many years of experience in the tourism industry and a feel of confidence, in being able to satisfy the needs of travelers from around the world, ANTRAC HOLDING. provides its clients QUALITY OF SERVICE THAT MEETS THEIR STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE.

We follow a request from the time it is made, through confirmation of clients wishes in a hotel of their choice, meeting the guest on arrival, attending to the details of their stay and being on hand to see them off departure.

Company offers wide portfolio of services and a choice of several islands through our network of Maldivian hoteliers. We work with Tour Operators around the world, offering the best Maldivian Touristy Products at attractive rates, combining reliability and efficient service those results in satisfied customers and rich business associates. Antrac Holding Pvt. Ltd. dedication to customer service is the core element of our operations, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week, our staff ensures that WE MAKE THE MAGICAL CONNECTION BETWEEN SERVICE EXPECTATION AND PERFORMANCE. Our extensive portfolio of services transcends the standard travel agent’s offer extending the value for money concept in, our effort to serve our clients.

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Resorts

Antrac Holding can book you into any of the hundreds of resorts and hotels in the Maldives islands. We can assist you in finding the perfect holiday get-away to suit your personal taste and budget.

The choice of islands is vast but all offer tranquility and soft white sandy beaches lapped by waters of delicate hues of blue, ranging from turquoise to the deepest aquamarine.

Cruises and Safaris

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Antrac Holding can charter you Safari and Cruising yachts of varying sizes and with a range of facilities. Charter yachts give you the freedom to choose your own time and itinerary of travel throughout the beautiful Maldives island.

Aboard a charter yacht you enjoy the best of both worlds: a relaxed and pampered shipboard life punctuated by the occasional landfall to visit local communities or explore a desert island, and the joys of exploring the world beneath the waves.

Diving

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All dive schools in the Maldives – whether they are on resort islands or aboard Safari/Cruise Boats – are of international standard. The professional service offered by these dive schools are further enhanced by the beautiful lagoons and the warm clear waters which provide the ideal environment for scuba diving.

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), SSI (Scuba Schools International), NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) and CMAS (World Underwater Federation) training courses are offered at most dive centres. While some dive schools are Instructor Development Centers (IDCs), others offer a wide variety of courses, from beginners to advanced and specializeds. Instructions are given in English and German; some resorts also offer instructions in Italian, French, Japanese and several other European languages.

Activities

     1. Big Game Fishing

With over 99 percent of the total area of the Maldives consisting of water, the country has some of the best fishing grounds in the world. The fish stock of the Maldives includes over a thousand species, some of which are indigenous to the Maldives.

The methods of fishing vary depending on the type of fish and the time of the day. Night fishing for groupers, snappers, emperors, jacks, squirrel fish, barracuda and other reef fish is the most popular. The catch is barbequed on the beach and guests can enjoy their own catch.

Morning fishing begins at dawn. These fishing trips, in the early hours of the morning by dhoni inside the atoll or just outside the atoll are for little tuna, dolphin fish, rainbow runner, jack, trevally and barracuda. These too sometimes become as engaging as big game fishing.

The methods of fishing vary depending on the type of fish and the time of the day. Night fishing for groupers, snappers, emperors, jacks, squirrel fish, barracuda and other reef fish is the most popular. The catch is barbequed on the beach and guests can enjoy their own catch.

Traditionally, Maldivians, as masters of the sea, used small dhonis and trawled outside the atoll for big game such as sailfish, swordfish, marlin, wahoo, barracuda, yellow fin tuna and other game. However, modern speedboats equipped for western style big game fishing are also available now for hire in many resorts.

The Maldives practice a strong conservation policy and the use of harpoon guns and hunting of marine mammals such as whales and dolphins and large fishes like the whale shark is strictly prohibited.

All resorts provide facilities for big game fishing. You don’t have to be an expert in fishing as the boat crews are very adapt at the art of fishing and will help you to land a good catch.

     2.  Windsurfing

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There are some resorts that offer only non-motorised watersports so as not to disturb the peace of other guests. However, many of the resorts offer you the chance of testing your skills to the limits, at water-skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, body surfing, knee boarding and fun with banana and ringo rides. And then there are romantic sunset sails or adventurous excursions and island hopping in catamarans or small ‘dhonis’.

The large lagoons that surround most of the islands are ideal for windsurfing. Large lagoons with waist-deep water for hundreds of metres with soft sandy bottoms and the protective barrier provided by the reef, offer ideal and safe conditions for windsurfing, especially for beginners. Almost all resorts have windsurf schools or watersports centres where you can get instructions and lessons and even get an international certificate. Some schools are equipped with a variety of boards and sails to suit different levels of windsurfing. All windsurf schools and watersports centres have, without exception, the basic equipment for windsurfing, and in most cases one or more catamarans and a few canoes.

     3. Snorkeling

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A visit to the Maldives is not complete without your having put on a mask and a pair of fins and experienced the beauty of the underwater world that surrounds these tiny islands. Each island offers a beautiful reef that you can snorkel on everyday. Resorts with far-away reefs have boats that take you there. Mask and fins are available for hire.

     4. Water Skiing

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Many resorts have their own speedboats and water skis for rent on an hourly or daily basis. Some also have instructors available to give you lessons. Prices vary from resort to resort.

     5. Parasailing

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Most of the bigger resorts offer the excitement and fun of parasailing. Some also offer instruction for beginners. Parasailing is ideal for those adventurous enough to try it. In addition to the excitement of being high up over the islands, it gives you a fantastic aerial view of your resort’s surroundings.

Travelers’ Essentials

Airport Tax: A Passenger Service Charge of US$ 10.00 should be incorporated in the air ticket (including tickets issued outside the Maldives). Alternatively, your airline may absorb the service charge. Passengers in transit for less than 24 hours may leave the airport without having to pay the service charge.

Malé International Airport (Hulhule Island): Malé’s International Airport is situated on its own island which from the air looks like a giant aircraft carrier. In fact, to build the airport two islands had to be connected through reclamation. It is a fully fledged international airport with can take the largest of aircraft and equipped with all modern facilities. Located just over a kilometer away from the capital Malé, the airport is connected to the rest of the country and resorts by boat and seaplane.

The facilities available at Hulhule include: 88 transit hotel rooms at the Hulhule Island Hotel, Business Centre, Internet Centers, elevators, rest-rooms, telephones, banks, postal and telecommunications offices, over 100 duty-free shops in both terminals, food and beverage outlets, 24-hour medical centre, children’s play area, and over 40 travel agencies.

Clothing: The Maldives is hot throughout the year. Light, summer cotton and linen wear is ideal. Pack lots of T-shirts, beachwear, light skirts, cotton shirts, slacks and shorts. At the resorts where you’ll have to walk on soft sand most of the time, going barefoot may be ideal for some. However, on visits to inhabited islands, where most of the streets are of compact sand, or in the capital Malé where most of the streets are paved, casual shoes or sandals are easier for walking.

Currency & Banking: The local currency is the Rufiyaa. The exchange rate is MRf. 12.75 = US$ 1. Always exchange your money at authorised money changers. Travellers Cheques and all major credit cards are accepted at all hotels and resorts. All resorts deal in foreign exchange and will accept payment in any major European currency. Banking hours are Sunday to Thursday: 8.00 am to 1:30 pm. Visitors should be in possession of at least US $25 per day of stay in the Maldives. There are no restrictions on the amount of currency you can bring in.

Customs & Immigration: No prior visa arrangements are required. A tourist visa of 30 days will be given to visitors with valid travel documents, on arrival. For those coming from yellow fever infected regions, an international certificate of inoculation is required.

Prohibited Items

  • Religious materials offensive to Islam
  • Religious idols
  • Pornographic material
  • Narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • Live pigs
  • Restricted items
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Alcohol and spirits
  • Pork and its by-products
  • Dogs
  • Dangerous animal

Items allowed when accompanied with certificates

  • Live plants and animals – a valid phytosanitary / sanitary certificate required
  • Medicines – doctor’s medical prescription required

Credit Cards

Most major cards are widely accepted in the Maldives.

Drinking Water

Mineral water can be purchased from almost any retail shop or supermarket.

Driving

A valid International Driving License is required for driving in the Maldives.

Drug Abuse

Trafficking, manufacturing, importing or exporting of any type of narcotics carries a penalty of 25 years in prison.

Electricity

The electrical supply in Malé is 240V AC using both round and square pin plugs. Resorts operate their own power supply.

Emergency Services

Here is a list of useful telephone numbers:

 Ambulance:  102
 Electricity : 104
 Fire:  118
 Police : 119
 Water : 105
 Directory Enquiry: 110
 ADK Hospital : 3313553
 IGMH Hospital:  3316647

The Maldives archipelago comprises some 1,190 islands (202 of which are inhabited) in a chain of 20 coral atolls, located in the Indian Ocean 416 miles/670 km south-west of Sri Lanka, covering an area of 116 square miles/300 square kilometres. Protected from monsoon devastation by barrier reefs (faros), none of the islands rises above 5 ft/ 1.8 m. Tropical crops include breadfruit, mango, banana, cassava and screwpine. 10% of the total surface is arable and 3% is forested.

History

The Maldive Islands, settled by its original Dravidian inhabitants from southern India perhaps as early as the 4th century BC, came under the domination of Indo-Aryans mainly from Ceylon who arrived 400 years later. The king converted in AD 1153 from Buddhism to Islam, ordering the population to do likewise. The islands were ruled as a Muslim sultanate, with a brief interlude under Portugese control from Goa (1558-73).

The British established a protectorate in Dec. 1887. The powers of the sultans were circumscribed by the provisions of a 1932 constitution, and a short-lived modernising regime set up a republic (1953-4) before a coup restored the sultanate. Ibrahim Nasir, prime minister to the last of the sultans (from 1957) and effective leader of the country at the time of independence (26 July 1965), became president when a referendum approved a republican constitution (11 Nov. 1968); he strengthened the powers of the presidence (March 1975) but then stood down and left the country (1978), and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was elected to succeed him. Gayoom was re-elected, unopposed, for his fourth five-year term in a referendum held on 1 Oct. 1993.

The Maldives joined the Commonwealth as a special status member in July 1982 and became a full member on 20 June 1985.

Language

Divehi, a Sinhalese dialect of Arabic extraction is the official language. Arabic, English and Hindi are also spoken.

National Holidays

7 January (National Day), 26 July (Independence Day), 11 November (Republic Day)

More Information …
For more information about the Maldives, please visit →The Lonely Planet World Guide

Cruise Liner Handling

Antrac Holding offer the following services as Port Agents for cruise liners which visit the Maldives or make it their home port:

  • Shore excursions & group handling
  • Bunker & lube oil, water & victuals
  • Custom clearance and delivery of ship stores
  • Travel agents & tour operators for hotels & Resorts, accommodation & travel bookings
  • Crew recruiting and repatriation
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Ferry services
  • Medical assistance

Tourist Information

The Maldives are a vacation wonderland! Famous with scuba divers, eco-tourists and nature lovers, it is rightly called the “Last Paradise on Earth”!

The Maldives offer political and financial stability to the astute investor who wants to pursue exciting business opportunities and the would-be expatriate looking for a unique life style. Antrac Holding can help you with your inquiries!

Airline Services

Antrac Holding offer the following support services to the aviation industry:

Passenger Sales Services

Domestic/International Tickets & Reservations

  • Sales Reports
  • BSP Procedures
  • Revenue Accounting
  • Airport Services
  • Passenger Handling
  • Load Control
  • Ramp/Aircraft Handling
  • Safety & Security
  • Cargo Formalities
  • Irregularities & Claims
  • SITA Communications