Maldives
With so many eager travelers arriving in their beautiful country, it's no surprise that Maldivians are warm, friendly, and welcoming. The Muslim faith of the devout is expressed through their attendance at Malé's many mosques, and through abstention from pork and alcohol. Because tourism and fishing drive the economy, many local men leave their families for weeks at a time to work. To take part in island culture, guests may share in arts and daily life. Take time to watch a bodu beru dance, browse the exquisite crafts at souvenir stalls, or join a group of locals in a good-natured game of beach volleyball.