There is just something stunning about crystal clear waters of turquoise and azure surrounding white sand as soft as flour. There are not many places in the world like this. But the ones that are fall onto the must-see list.
The Maldives are one of these, laying deep in the waters of the Indian Ocean. This is a place for the traveler with a lost of dinero in their pockets. Budget travelers beware.
Quick Facts of the Maldives
Boasting over 1,000 islands, only 200 of them are inhabited in the Maldives. They form into more than 25 ring-like atolls. These form a wall of reef, creating lagoons in the sea, ideal for divers. Underwater life is rich and vibrant here, and the atolls form a natural barrier to the islands, protecting them from wind and wave erosion.
These islands reach across to encompass nearly 90,000 square kilometers. The nations has around 300,000 people. Here the major industries are tourism and fishing.
History of the Maldives
Located on a trading route, the Maldives have hosted people since recorded history and sailing began. Because of this “rotating door” and influx of people coming and going, the natives are laid back and a bit superstitious. Being a blend of the early traders from Asia, Arabia and Africa, the result is visible in the different looks of the people from island to island.
Islam is the national religion in the Maldives. Some of the other significant affects the Arab traders left on the nation can be seen in their dhonis (local boats) not altogether different from the Arabian dows.
Things to do in the Maldives
There is no lack of activity in the Maldives. This includes sipping your favorite cocktail in a hammock on the pier jutting over the atolls right out your front door, watching the sea life swim beneath you in the pristine waters. Or reading a book.
For the marine enthusiasts, you will have no want here. Private boats are available for daily or weekly hire, including that of a crew, if you want to venture from atoll to atoll and island to island. This is a diver’s paradise indeed. A mask and snorkel are a necessity.
Swimming, snorkeling, water polo and surfing are also popular activities in the Maldives. Don’t forget wind and kite surfing, jet skiing, para sailing and kayaking. There is something for everyone’s preferences that might change from day to day.
Places to Stay in the Maldives
Already stated, this is no place for backpackers. The Maldives tend to serve those willing and able to spend more on their holiday. This is reflected in the price, style and quality of the accommodation here. The result will be a stay in a resort, hotel, guest house or a boating safari.
Reading through the different brochures and websites for a resort is an adventure in itself; there are many to choose from, making this decision difficult. Keeping your eye open for an offer is a good idea. Today more can be found than in the recent past, due to the crisis and some resorts recovering from recent storms that hurt their industry.
There is Plenty of Luxury and Comfort on the Maldives
The gorgeous layout and design of the resorts are stunning and sophisticated. Tiki bars and luxury beds with bathtubs overlooking the sea are some of the many comforts offered. Lovely views and reclining chairs on the pier are standard.
The Maldives are remote, isolated, peaceful and one of the most wonderful places in the world to getaway. Relaxation here is a must. Palm trees will sway over you, promising to lift you into their branches and lull you to sleep. So will the calm splash of the turquoise waters. All of these things together make the Maldives a perfect island getaway.
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