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Things you wish you knew before visiting the Maldives - From its location to temperature and culture!

The Maldives is known as a tropical island paradise. Why wouldn't it? The country proudly boasts of more than 1000 islands out of which around 100 of them have been turned into some luxurious resort islands for a rich comfortable stay. Here we will look into some of the most amazing facts about this country.



The Maldives is an extraordinary country that comprises of around 1190 coral islands that are grouped into 26 atolls. The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean covering over 35,000 square miles.



With a rich array of islands, you have plenty to explore. Some islands, however, are so small that you can explore them in a span of 15 minutes. That's all it takes! The longest island in the Maldives is actually only 8 kilometres in length and is situated in the southern hemisphere.



The Republic of Maldives is a group of islands, and they are interestingly scattered about the equator. Both above the equator and below it. And when you traverse the hemisphere in your flight, to reach other islands, you are given a certification that says you have crossed the equator!



The Maldives is considered one of the safest travel destinations in the world. This is mostly due to the fact that the resort islands are generally isolated from the mainland. In the Maldives, pool villas are the most preferred form of accommodation. Check out Maafushivaru Maldives if you're looking for such resorts for accommodation.


Land of Aquatics

The Maldives is known as the land of the aquatics, and rightly so. With 99.669% of the country being water and only 0.333% of the land, the terming fits the bills. All water sports and an amazing marine life with absolutely breath-taking views of the beach are to be witnessed in this amazing land.



Being set in the equatorial region, Maldives is a tropical paradise having an annual average temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius.


The Capital

Male, is the capital city of the Republic of Maldives and it is one of the smallest capitals in the world today. However, Male is densely populated with a land area of around 5.8 kmâ‚‚.


Marine Life

The beautiful waters of Maldives are not only appealing to the swimmers and photographers, but it also has much more to offer. It is a habitat for around 2000 species of fish, out of which around 7 species of it are endemic to the Maldives alone. You can find 21 species of whales and dolphins in the Maldives.



Alcohol is forbidden in the country, especially in the residential islands inhabited by the locals. There are strict laws pertaining to alcohol in the country as Islam is the main religion followed here and the religion prohibits the consumption of alcohol. However, if you're a tourist, you can always enjoy your favourite beverage of choice in the resort islands as they are licensed to serve alcohol.



The Maldives offers a range of water sports activities. Anything related to water, you can find it here, from jet skis, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, diving, flyboarding, underwater scooters, kite surfing and several other thrilling water-based rides.