The Maldives is a nation made up of more than 1,000 islands located in the Indian Ocean. It’s nearest neighbours are Sri Lanka, around 700km to the North-East, and India. Although its territorial area is 90,000 square kilometres, only around 300 square kilometres is land, which means the country is 99.9% water! Only around 200 of the islands are inhabited. The islands are grouped into 26 atolls which form two chains in a north-south line. The average height above sea-level of The Maldives is a whopping 1.5 metres making it the lowest lying country on the planet. Its highest point is a mere 2.3 metres (careful you don’t crick your neck looking up!) You need to visit this place before the oceans rise and completely gobble it up.
Things To Do In The Maldives
The Maldives is a tropical island nation. A nation made up of lots and lots of tropical islands. So the essential thing here revolves around water, sand, palm trees and that’s pretty much it. The Maldives is a diver’s paradise. The perfect combination of year-round warm water and incredible visibility sometimes as much as 50 metres. Other activities include snorkelling and fishing. The abundant marine life makes it a haven for underwater photographers. There is also whale and dolphin watching. There is also limited surfing opportunities. Most resorts, however, lie within the protected waters of the reef. For those who prefer to stay dry or who are unable to partake in scuba diving there is now the German-built Whale Submarine, where divers and non-divers alike can enjoy the enchanting beautiful coral reefs and magnificent tropical fish from the comfort of an air-conditioned submarine.
Boating activities of various sorts are abundant and there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in activities such as sailing, wind-surfing, and day cruises.
Staying on Addu Atoll offers the opportunity to cycle to three neighbouring islands connected via a causeway. The additional benefit of this is that it is the only place in the Maldives outside Male where interaction with locals can freely occur. Since resorts occupy 88 of the 200 inhabited islands the only locals normally encountered by tourists are service staff.
The Republic of Maldives’s capital and largest city is Malé, with a population of 103,693+. It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, in the Kaafu Atoll. It is also one of the Administrative divisions of the Maldives. Traditionally it was the King’s Island, from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located. If at all possible, a trip to the Maldives should include a day trip to Male for its local culture, its interesting shops and bustling markets.
The Maldivian Culture
The culture of the Maldives is similar to that of its closest neighbours, India and Sri Lanka, with a smattering of sea-faring past thrown in for good measure which is reflected by a largely Islamic religion. From 1887 until 1965 it was a British protectorate. The main and official language, Dhivehi, is similar to several languages from Sri Lanka and South East Asia and includes many Arabic, Hindi and English words. English is commonly spoken and is now taught in schools.
Everybody must see the beauty of Maldives
Blue skies, white sandy beaches, fabulous food, crystal clear water – this the beauty of Maldives. From the sky, the island looks like pearls on the seabed. And the Maldives is famous for its underwater beauty also. The beauty of the Maldives complete with the peace of the country. The Maldives is very peaceful and this makes the Maldives a paradise. In the Maldives, you can watch the sun set and sunrise. The view is awesome you should see it your self and you will feel top of the world. In the Maldives, you feel relaxed due to the nice climate and peaceful island. The Maldives all the resorts are built in a privet small island. You can walk around the island within 20 or 30 minutes. The most wonderful thing about Maldives resorts is you will get a private beach in front of the villa.