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Top 4 things that you know when you are travelling to the Maldives - Take Note!

While the Maldives is a wonderful getaway destination, there are little important notes that you need to be aware of. Let's look at some of them


The Maldives has a lot of unique culture and history

While this is quite the small country yet quite the collection of islands, the Maldives is beaming with a host of historical and cultural significance. From its currency to its flag and even its architecture, you'll find a host of importance where ever you look. Cowry shells that can be found in millions in the Maldives was once used as currency during the old medieval times. This is also why you'll notice shells being used as icons on their coins. Traditional Maldivian houses were built utilizing coral, this is a form of architecture that since been forbidden as Coral Reefs are protected worldwide. However, if you look out for them, you'll still come across old coral houses on some local islands and even in the city of Male.


The Maldives is literally a life-size aquarium.

If water is second nature to you, the Maldives would be your paradise, the country offers the best possible chance of witnessing some of the most unbelievable marine life both below and above the water. You'll see some majestic creatures such as gigantic whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins or even reef sharks, there's an abundance of ocean life to be seen. The Maldives is also home to an amazing number of parrot fish. These parrot fish produce around 1 ton of sand annually, they contribute to the existence of fine coral sand as a result of the undigested corals they consume. If you're searching for a great Maldives Resort, you'll have plenty on offer, such as the Kurumba Maldives for example.


Bio-luminescence is highly unpredictable in the Maldives

While the Maldives is generally quite popularly known as one of the few places in the world where you can witness the presence of bio-luminescent plankton, this is an occurrence that is highly unpredictable. This is a phenomenon where the plankton in the water glows at night, mimicking the stars in the sky right above it. Bioluminescence in the Maldives has no predicted time of the year as it can be very random, however most locals and tourist advice travelling between the months of June and October.


Commuting in-between islands is not always easy.

Once you land and set foot on the beautiful and petit city of Male, do not just assume to hail a taxi and be on your way. Since most resorts are on different islands, you'll most like be greeted by a representative from the hotel where you're staying at. Even then the commute may take hours depending on your destination. To reach Male from the airport, you can hop onto the Airport Express Speedboat which is generally a $2 ticket for a one-way transfer (per person). From Male, you can opt for a public ferry which costs around $1 per person for a one-way ride. If your destination is on another far-off island, it'll be best for you to either take a speedboat or even a domestic seaplane flight. Seaplane flights are unscheduled so you might run into delays that are not uncommon.

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