Spectacular white-sand beaches and stunning bright blue waters are the two elements that make Maldives stand out among the many islands of the world. Almost all of the 1200 islands of Maldives have consistently spectacular beaches, which attract millions of people to this marvelous country. The remote island located on the Indian Ocean is often seen as paradise on earth by many travelers who have reveled in the luxuries of the Maldives.
It is astounding that even though the island is remotely located there is a lot of luxury that offered by the hotels located at Male, the capital of the country. The inhospitable nature of the islands is in stark contrast to the friendliness of the locals. Without almost no natural resources available on the islands it is remarkable how the world’s most luxurious hotel properties flourish here.
If you are planning to visit the Maldives, understanding the history of the island would help prepare you for this adventure. The country, which is now a republic, once was ruled by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who reigned over the island with extremely strict rules. He was elected five times by the public in elections that are believed to be rigged. In 2008, international intervention led to fair elections and Gayoom had to step down as opposition leader Mohammed Nasheed took his place. In 2012 Nasheed was forced to resign and Mohammed Waheed Hassan was appointed president of the Maldives.
The tsunami of 2004 swept away the homes of more than 15,000 people living on the Maldives. The country received almost $400 million in the form of aid. Most of this amount was used to re-build homes and infrastructure for people who were left homeless. The country has gradually recovered from the damages caused by the Tsunami and now only 1,600 people out of the 15,000 live in temporary shelters.
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Where To Stay?
The country boasts of some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Every hotel competes with the other by offering services that will make you feel on the top of the world. Private butlers and in-room massages are examples of the exclusive services offered by the hotels. If you are looking for a glamorous tropical getaway then these hotels wouldn’t let you down.
There are many other resorts which cater to those who may be on a relative budget. So if your visit to Maldives is to enjoy the island’s back-to-nature experience, then these resorts will be more suitable for you. Each resort is its own island and there are around 106 resorts to choose from.
In addition to resorts, the Maldives has now started offering rustic experiences for travelers who prefer staying with the locals. Guesthouses are now available in five inhabited islands. If you enjoy making your own itinerary and discovering the islands at your own pace, then these privately run guesthouses are perfect for accommodation.
Top Five Things To Do In Maldives
The beautiful waters by the beaches are perfect for enjoying some thrilling, water sports. Your hotel swimming pool can give you the usual pool experience that you will find back home as well, but if you’ve come to tour the Maldives, then take back memories that are hard to forget. Drenching yourself in the water as you enjoy banana boating, parasailing or water skiing will make your trip one to remember.
The Maldives has a lot of great spots where you can enjoy surfing. If you are into surfing then you should expect great weather and pleasant waves between March and October. Some of the biggest waves are expected between June and August.
If you are not into diving, then a whale submarine is perfect for you. It will take you along the ocean reef where you can see the underwater world. It is also a great way for children to see the beauty of the underwater world. Setting up reservations in advance is always a good idea, although there are many departures every day.
Diving And Snorkeling
If the marine world interests you, then the clear waters of the Maldives will have a lot to offer. You will come across magnificent coral walls and brightly colored schools of fish. Manta rays, turtles, and sharks are often spotted in deeper waters. The warm waters make the experience even better and you are bound to enjoy every bit of it.
The capital city of Maldives has a lot of interesting tourist spots, which you should visit. The ancient mosque of Hukuru Miskiiy is popularly visited by tourists from around the world. The National Art Gallery and Sultan’s Park are also must see destinations in Male.
With so much to do, you will soon figure out that time flies by when you are at an interesting place like the Maldives. While trips are bound to end, a visit to the island will leave you longing for more.
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