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5 Things you didn't know about the Maldives – Learn about the stunning islands

The Maldives is one of the most stunning countries in Asia and if you are intrigued about Maldives then here are 5 Things you didn't know about the Maldives.


Numerous islands

Maladives Islands are made of more than 1200 different islands and one main island which is the capitol Male. From these many islands only 200 islands are inhabited. Most of the resorts in Maldives are located on private islands due to the reason that there are so many small islands scattered around that are still uninhabited. Niyama Private Islands Maldives is one such example and it functions on its own island which provides peace and tranquillity throughout the day.


Not a seasonal country

Maldives is a tropical island and even though most of the other countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia have best time durations to visit the countries Maldives is not so. You can visit the islands during any time of the year and still be guaranteed to enjoy a good time both indoors and outdoors. The weather is quite unpredictable and so even during sunny and warm days there is a chance for a shower in the evening hours. You can find out about the weather patterns from most of the resorts. Maldives even though an island allows you to enjoy your time indoors as well, in case the weather is bad.


Be mindful and respectful of practices

It is a Muslim country which has conventional beliefs and as a visitor it is important to be respectful of these practices and beliefs. Even though Maldives Islands are a tropical country which attracts most of the tourists due to its stunning blue seas and white sandy beaches, you are not allowed to walk around in your bathing suits unless you are in a private island or resort. Alcohol is not permitted in public places and you can only consume alcohol is permitted locations such as restaurants, hotels and hotel rooms.


Weekends are on Friday and Saturday

Maldives is a Muslim country and their weekend falls on Friday and Saturday due to religious practices. Since the work week starts on Sunday, Saturday is a public holiday and is a very busy day especially in Male. If you are planning to visit any public places such as markets or museums it is wise to schedule those for weekdays as you might find yourself among crowds if you plan to go on a Saturday. There is also a chance that most of the public locations might be closed due to prayer times on Fridays so find out the details in advance before you head out on sightseeing.


Disappearing islands

Maldives is the flattest country in the world. When it comes to the elevation against the sea level, Maldives is a mere 2 meters above sea level. There are some islands in the Maldives which are man-made islands which are most likely to survive global warming and be able to survive the rise of the sea level for a longer period of time than some of the natural islands spread around the Maldives. Even to date there are some islands which are disappearing from the map due to different reasons caused by Global Warming.