Location – A group of islands in the Indian Ocean, 500km (300 miles) southwest of the southern tip of India.
Time – GMT + 5.
Area – 298 sq km (115 sq miles).
Population – 396,300 (2009).
Capital – Malé. Population: 104,403 (2008).
Government – Republic since 1965. Gained independence from the UK in 1965. Democracy established in 2008.
Language – The national language is Dhivehi. English is widely used as a business language in government offices and the commercial sector. Other languages are widely used within tourist areas.
Religion – The indigenous population is entirely Sunni Muslim, and practice of other religions is prohibited by the constitution.
Introduction to the Maldives and its islands
Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean, like gems lies an archipelago of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls known as Maldives out of which only 200 are inhabited, spread over 26 silk-sanded coral atolls lost in the heart of the Indian Ocean forming the ‘necklace of pearls’.
Most of the inhabited islands in Maldives are covered by lush tropical vegetation and palm trees, while the numerous uninhabited islands, some of which are mere sand spits or coral tips, are covered in shrubs. Each island in Maldives is surrounded by a reef enclosing a shallow lagoon.
These picture perfect islands of Maldives impress with more than dazzling scenery alone and an enthralling underwater world of coral reef and colourful fish awaits snorkellers and divers. Warm, crystal clear waters also make the Maldives the perfect place for holidaymakers to indulge in other watersports that run the gamut from canoeing to windsurfing. So whether you want to get active in the Indian Ocean, or just simply unwind amidst some of the world’s most beautiful scenery then the Maldives is for you.
The tropical setting, stunning lagoons, beautiful white sand beaches and dazzling underwater coral gardens has made this small country a travelers dream. Famous for incredible diving opportunities, the Maldives is home to three quarters of the world’s reef fish making this one of earth’s most amazing dive sites.
Unspoiled beauty – The Maldives islands are a result of ancient coral reefs that grew up around the sides of towering prehistoric volcanoes in the vast Indian Ocean. These immense structures have long since sunk into the ocean, leaving behind coral islands of incredible natural beauty, now themselves being colonised by travelers seeking unbridled pampering and romance. The 26 atolls that makes up the country offer nautical delights from day & night-fishing trips, various watersports activities and world renowned scuba-diving. All the islands embrace enormous lagoons with bright blue-green water lapping gently on white sandy beaches.
Underwater or above the water; wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, the Maldives is never shy of bemusing its visitors with its beauty, remoteness and fragility.
Resorts in Maldives
Imagine waking up in your private designer villa watching the sunrise right from your bed, surrounded by nothing but gently lapping waves, a warm sea breeze and palm trees swaying overhead. Surrounded by a vast expanse of brilliant blue sky, clear sea teeming with aquatic life, dazzling coral gardens and white sandy beaches makes Maldives a byword for paradise whether it be for honeymooners, sun worshippers or divers.
The luxury resorts hotels in the Maldives are housed in its own private island where near deserted sandy beaches and secluded retreats complete that Robinson Crusoe feel, featuring spectacular glass floored villas and undersea restaurants and spa’s to strolling barefoot along a deserted beach, the Maldives is truly a luxury destination where anything is possible.
These fantastic luxury hotels, seamless service and world-class spas has seen Maldives become a by-word for luxury and paradise, romance and tropical bliss; a must visit place for holiday makers seeking idyllic beaches, tranquil lagoons, sensational swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and spas.
Pure Luxury – Imagine dining 5 metres below sea level while marvelling at 360 views of reef and marine life, sipping away champagne cocktails; this is the kind of luxury you can expect from the Maldives. The Maldives sees new additions to its collection of resorts from top end boutique brands to nature and environment friendly hotels in about every few months. The country’s unique nature and immense beauty has attracted some of the best hotel chains in the world making it home to some the most luxurious island properties with some of the highest standards of luxury available in the world.
The Maldives have increased in popularity the last two decades as more and more people seek out the ‘castaway lifestyle’ experience readily available in the country. The Maldives embraces travelers from around the world allowing them the freedoms holiday makers require without compromising the islands’ deep Muslim faith one bit.
The Maldives boasts a tropical climate and the temperature tends to stay between 25 & 32 degrees on average throughout the year. The optimum time to go to the Maldives is between January and April as these periods offer the most placid seas, calmest weather, has the least rainfall and clearest waters for the best visibility.
Tourists can enjoy a pristine, tropical getaway to paradise with unlimited water sports fun, sea foods, sun, white sandy beaches and verdant green vegetation scenery, a paradise where you can embrace all your dreams and get away from the crowded cities and stressful, busy career life by emerging into a world that belongs only to you.
Anyone travelling to Maldives can expect luxury, relaxation and fun in the sun. You’ll be surrounded by paradise, treated like royalty and blanketed in the warmth of the sun. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque location for holiday than Maldives.
The Maldives is also home to some of the best scuba-diving sites in the world, with a vast array of multi coloured reef fish, turtles, mantas, dolphins, stingrays and friendly sharks. Truly the most blissful of destinations for those seeking pure luxury, peace and relaxation, the Maldives may well be the last real paradise on earth.
Politically the country is today one of Asia’s most progressive followed by the fall of a 30-year period of autocratic rule from former President Gayoom paving for democratic reforms making the Maldives one of the few Muslim democracies in the world. The country is now pursuing a liberal-progressive agenda focused on improving the country’s health care and education infrastructure, tourism development and environmental protection.