Have you ever wanted to escape from the real world and find yourself in a tropical paradise? Then why not the Maldives? The natural beauty, tranquility, peace, sun and pure sea. The perfect escape in every sense.
I’m sure you must be wondering if the Maldives really look like those typical postcards or desktop wallpapers. Actually it does. This is an incredibly beautiful, a tropical paradise. The first thing you will see when you look at an island from a distance will be coconut palms and green trees. If there is any place on this planet to escape the real world then it is here, for sure. It’s unreal.
When you’re looking up for a trip to the Maldives, you probably can’t stop thinking about how pricey it is. But trust me, once you set your feet on the white sandy beach, you’ll be amazed and just forget about all the cash. It’s worth it.
Now let me share some information about Maldives with you so that you can have a better understanding of what this little piece of heaven on earth is all about.
Maldives is a chain of 26 atolls located next to India and Sir Lanka. An atoll is a group of islands with a reef that nearly or entirely encloses a ring-like lagoon. This tropical country consists of 1190 tiny islands scattered across the Indian Ocean and the capital city of the Maldives is Male’.
Out of the 1190 islands in Maldives, only 185 of these islands are inhabited, while the others are used largely for tourism and agriculture. All the islands in Maldives are separated and surrounded by its own lagoon. Also, each island has pure white sandy beaches.
A tourist resort in the Maldives consists of an exclusive hotel on its own island, with its population entirely based on tourists and work force, with no local people or houses.
When in Maldives, it’s probably best to choose the islands accordingly. The further away the resort is from the capital city, the more isolated it is. Which can be both a pro and a con, depending on the preferences and financial possibilities of visitors. There are now more than 80 resorts to choose from for your stay in the Maldives.
Most resorts have more than one restaurant for you to choose from. If what you have in mind were only a light snack then coffee shops in resorts would be the ideal choice. Diverse international cuisine including Indian, Thai, oriental, Middle Eastern and continental are available in the resorts.
The religion of Maldives is Sunni Muslim (100%). The kind and faithfully devoted Islamic people of the Maldives are a small, very unified and kindred community. The culture of the Maldives is humble, as this is such a small society.
The Maldives flag symbolizes peace and prosperity with the green and red colors, while the crescent moon symbolizes Islam. The language with its very own unique orthography and spoken exclusively by Maldivians is ‘Dhivehi’.
Eating in the capital male’ would be a very different experience. The hotels, restaurants and most guesthouses serve western and eastern specialties in addition to continental and a few local dishes. The cafés in Maldives is the best place if you would like to savor the local tastes. You must not leave the Maldives before trying out at least a few of the Maldivian short eats, locally known as ‘hedhikaa’. Many of these are unique to the Maldives and come in sweet, sour and spicy varieties. You can have fun trying out these recipes, which are guaranteed to tingle your taste buds with tastes that are uniquely Maldivian.
The Maldives is known for their natural environment including the blue Ocean, white beaches, and clean air. The climate of the Maldives is warm and sunny throughout the year with very slight temperature variations. Which makes it ideal for visitors to be engaged in water sports such as swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and water-skiing, while the reef walls offer a varicolored of sea life for more experienced divers.
The sea covers 99% of the Maldives and it is where you can see the underwater beauty of Maldives. Hypnotizing colors and the abundance and variety of life underwater have fascinated divers and snorkelers since Maldives was discovered as a diving destination. The Maldives has some of the best dive sites in the world and many visit repeatedly here for the sole purpose of diving.
Below are a couple of photos of underwater by a very dedicated, passionate diver from Maldives.
Do not forget to check out his Instagram. Rafhan Ahmed
I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Is the Maldives expensive? Oh yes they are. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
Any questions about traveling to the Maldives? Don’t be shy, ask below! 😀