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First Time Visitor to the Maldives? You Need to Know These!

Planning a vacation in the Maldives?

Do you know what makes the Maldives a wonderful vacation spot?

Well, here we present some amusing facts about the exotic paradise that you must know as the first time visitor to this heaven.

The Basics

The South Asian country Maldives, officially Republic of Maldives, is an archipelago located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It is the smallest Asian country with a population of approximately 430,000. The most populated city Malé (traditionally called “King’s Island”) is its capital. The official language is Dhivehi but English also is common and widely spoken. The currency of the Maldives is the Maldivian rufiyaa.  Maldives with its islands and atolls is also the lowest country in the world.

 

The Geography

The Maldives comprises of 1,192 coral islands and 26 atolls along the north-south direction. The atolls are comprised of live coral reefs and sand bars. While the typical beach sand originates from quartz, the fine white sands of the Maldivian beaches are coralline in origin. The Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate and the temperature is usually hot. There are also frequent periods of high humidity owing to the low elevation of the country. Due to its close proximity to the equator, there is a great influence of the monsoons. The Maldives is affected by climate change and the rising sea level. The world’s first underwater cabinet meeting was organized in the Maldives to raise awareness against the imminent threat.

The Sea Life

The coral reefs of the Maldives offer habitats to over 1000 species of fish, numerous varieties of sea turtles, whales, dolphins and other aquatic animals. These coral reefs also support ecosystems ranging from planktonic organisms to whale sharks. The abundance of aquatic life makes activities like whale watching much more fruitful in the Maldives than in countries like the US. At any given time of the year, 10-12 species of whales and dolphins inhabit the coral reefs and each school of dolphins will have over 200 members. The Whale shark, the world’s largest fish, can also be spotted in these waters.

The Holiday Spot

The Maldives is one of the world’s safest travel destinations because of the isolation of its island resorts. Tourism has been crucial to the country’s economy ever since its emergence in 1972. The accommodations provided for tourists include guest houses, resorts, hotels, liveaboards and yachts. The tourism caters to the needs of the romantics, the soul seekers, the adrenaline junkies and the fun lovers alike.

The Maldives is also a popular honeymoon destination. The resorts provide a romantic ambience and perfect privacy to couples. They also arrange the wedding ceremony for couples who decide to get married there. There are underwater spas which offer ayurvedic treatments, yoga sessions and meditation for a physical and spiritual rejuvenation. Adventure sports like kayaking, parasailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, free diving, jet skis and underwater scooters are also available. You can also engage in fun activities like scuba diving and snorkeling, and also explore the cuisine of Maldives and shop for souvenirs.

The Culture

The Maldives is the world’s smallest Islamic country and is famous for its high literacy rate- a staggering 98%. The tourists must abide by their laws for a jovial vacation. There are stringent measures to check activities that hurt religious sentiments. Availability of alcohol is restricted to resorts and it is illegal to drink in public. They have also imposed a ban on importing alcohol and consumption of pork. Nudity and topless sunbathing are prohibited even on the private beaches of the resorts. It is also amusing to know that weekend in Maldives is Friday and Saturday and not Saturday and Sunday.

So if you have your sight set on the Maldives for a pleasurable vacation away from the din of everyday life, look no further. This exotic island group will recharge your batteries and gift you a memorable vacation you’ll cherish for life.

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