15 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE MALDIVES
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Welcome to the Maldives.
The Maldives is a preferred travel destination for people
who are looking for an island retreat,
to escape the hustle and bustle of the regular city life.
This beautiful South Asian islandcountry is located in the Indian Ocean
and it’s made up of 26 atolls
that stretch out over adistance of about 115 square miles.
It has a population of about 400,000 people,
making it the smallest country in Asia
in terms of both land mass and population.
The capital of the Maldivesis densely populated and known as Male.
But popularly, it’s called the Kings Island,
because of its more central location amongst the other islands
that make up this exquisite country.
If you’ve heard a lot about the Maldives from travel agents,
family and friends,
and you want to include this island nation
in your summer holiday travel plans,
it might be wise for you to first learn a little bit
more about this exotic travel destination,
before you are making any hotelreservations and booking your flights.
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Here are 15 things you may not know about the Maldives.
1. The Maldives is made up of 1,190 islands.
It might sound pretty wild,
but the Maldives consist of eleven hundred and ninety islands.
What’s even more amazing is the fact that
every single luxury resort that’s available in the Maldives
is actually situated on its own Island.
That’s pretty cool, isn’t it?
2. The Maldives is the world’s lowest country.
The Maldives has a ground-level elevation
or height above sea level about 1.5 meters or 4 feet 11 inches.
The highest region in the island country is only 2.4 meters or 7 feet 10 inches high.
And because of this there are concerns about
the effects of rising sea levels and the dangers of flooding on the island.
However, the government in the Maldives have put measures in place
to protect both people’s lives and properties
from the threat posed by rising sea levels.
3. The Maldives is predominantly a Muslim country.
It’s important to know thatthe Maldives is a Muslim country,
and over 90 percent of its population is predominantly Muslim.
Why is this important?
Well, what it means is that
alcoholic beverages are prohibited from being brought into the country.
So when packing for your travels,
you might want to leave that bottle of Scotch at home.
The good news for lovers ofvintage alcoholic beverages is,
you can get a variety of alcoholic drinks from the resort you choose to lodge in.
A shot of whiskey, please.
4. Alcoholic beverages at the luxury resorts are affordable.
Just to dispel any misconceptions you may have about
the value of alcoholic beverages in the island resort.
Since you’re not allowed tobring in your own alcoholic drink,
the price of alcoholic beverages at the resorts are not over-the-top.
And you don’t have to spend much money
for a glass of your favorite whiskey or wine.
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5. While the drinks are cheap, a luxury island resort isn’t.
Travelling to the Maldives and having a good time can cost money.
If you’re flying from the US or Europe,
you can spend as much as450 dollars per person on flight tickets alone.
Luxury resorts on the island don’t come cheap either,
with daily rates starting from 200 dollars.
Local transportation is either by sea,
plane or ferry.
If you go by ferry,
you can pay as low as 350 per person.
Well, the ferries are not particularly comfortable.
The experience of meeting new and interesting people,
as well as the wildlife you get to see,
like dolphins, whales and sharks,
can also be pretty fun.
You can easily visit other islands in the country as well, using the ferries
and save loads of money in the process.
6. Resorts in the Maldives are super cooperative.
Forget about the competition when you come to the Maldives,
as the resorts actually recommend that you visit other resorts
in the rest of the islands that make up the country.
They’ll even help you with a bookingand reservation process at other resorts.
This is so cool and gives you the opportunity to
go to as many islands as possible during your stay in the country.
This way you’ll be fully immersed in
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the culture, traditions and beauty of the people and places in the Maldives.
7. Maldives is rich in exotic sea life.
If you’re interested in sea life,
then going to the Maldives may bethe best decision you would ever make.
This island country is rich in sea life and
between the second and fourth quarter of the year,
your chances of witnessing wild manta rays and whales and sharks is very high.
There are boating trips that are organized
to give you a closer view of these beautiful animals
and to satisfy your hungerfor wildlife exploration and adventure.
8. You can kill three birds with one stone.
Try visiting neighboring countries like India and Sri Lanka.
The Maldives has India and Sri Lanka as its neighbours.
So if you ever take a trip to the Maldives,
you might as well visit great destination sites
in these other two countries as well.
Your travel experience can be one to savor for a very long time,
if you have these countries included in your travel plans.
The only constraint you’ll have is time.
9. The Maldives has great weather all through the year.
In the Maldives, the weather is fantastic all year round.
You have a bit of rainfall from time to time,
but not enough to dampen yourtravel experience and expectations.
Most of the time, you’re leftwith bright blue skies and sunshine
to keep you in the mood for exploration and adventure,
no need to work on sunshine here.
10. You can get bargain deals after April.
For most travelers to the Maldives,
the period between December and April is the most active.
There are lots of tourists during this time,
and making reservations and resortsof your choice may be a little more expensive.
However, if you want to score bargain deals
when you travel to the Maldives,
you should make your travel plans for month after April.
The preferred period to enjoy great deals
will be between the months of June and September.
11. Resorts in the Maldives offer snorkeling guides.
The Maldives offer you an opportunity to try out new experiences
and one activity you would love to do is snorkeling.
Some resorts in the maldives have
experienced and courteous snorkel guides
that will help you to select the most beautiful and the safest spots
for you to have a snorkeling experience of a lifetime.
12. The mode of transportation from one island to another is by sea, plane or boat.
Upon arrival at the Velana International Airport,
your only means of transportation to your preferred resort
is by boat or by plane.
This adds to the excitement of the trips
as you can get an aerial view of the island country.
And it sure makes your travel experience one-of-a-kind.
13. The Maldives is great for a family vacation.
If you thought that traveling to the Maldives is just great for tourists,
and newlyweds on their honeymoon,
well, think again.
Resorts in the Maldives have quite a number of unique tourist packages
designed for different types of travelers,
such as for exploration and adventure seekers,
honeymooners and those on family vacations.
Each type of traveler will be given an experience to treasure.
One that will meet and hopefully surpass their expectations.
14. The Maldives is known for having some of the best water villas in the world.
Your Maldives travel experience is not complete
without you spending a night or two
in one of the water villas available on the island country.
These luxurious villas offer you the experience of various watersports,
like water skiing and surfing.
You’ll also get to eat an assortment of seafood unlike anywhere else,
while you relax and enjoy the cool sea breeze.
15. The internet pictures only tell half the story.
If you’re not convinced by internet pictures
showing the luxury resorts on the beautiful island country,
and the luminescent plankton that lights up
the clear blue green ocean especially at night
doesn’t have you convinced.
You will be pleasantly surprised,
because the pictures only tell half the story.
There’s nothing that beats your actual presence and the glowing beaches
to see the splendor of nature at its best.
It’s truly the only way to do it justice.
There you have it, Aluxers.
Now we want to test you with a quick little question.
Can you tell us when the Maldivesgained independence
and from which colony?
You can let us know down in the comments.
We do hope you’ve been enlightened a little bit about the Maldives.
However, before we go.
Here’s a bonus cost-saving tip for you
if you decide to travel today.
If you’re used to having breakfast quite early,
you can ignore your early-morning hunger pains
and have breakfast between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
When you do this,
you’re less likely to be hungry for lunch,
and you’ll most likely skip lunchtime
say between 1 & 2 p.m.,
instead you can have a meal later on,
and late afternoon and early evening
making you eat just two meals in a day
and saving you loads of money during your stay in the maldives.
However, feel free to try out the local fruit and snacks
to add to your overall travel experience.
You can start by making those travelarrangements for you and your family today.
Target the period between June and September for the best deals
and don’t forget to leave your bottle of Scotch behind.
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