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5 Facts about the Maldives that you didn't know – An Archipelago of Islands like no other!

A land that is characterized by the sea that surrounds it, Maldives is a holiday destination like no other. An Archipelago of Islands made of 26 atolls, more than a thousand coral islands and known for its white sandy beaches and the bluest of the blue ocean that surrounds it, here are 5 facts that you did not know about the Maldives.

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It is the lowest and flattest Nation in the whole world!

The Maldives is the lowest and flattest Nation in the entire world. It has a Guinness World for being the lowest and flattest nation in the whole world where the highest elevation above sea level is a mere 2.4 meters. This is why most of the resorts on the Maldivian islands are on columns in the ocean. Live in one of them, and you can call the ocean your backyard! All you would have to do is walk down a few steps to get into the water!

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The glow-in-the-dark beach!!!

The Maldives is an Island nation that depends on the seas around it for many things. One of their largest tourist attractions is the impossibly white sandy beaches around the isles. Some of them, are graced by bioluminescent plankton so that the waves on the beaches literally glow! It is a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience unlike any other!

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It is the home of the Whale Shark!

Snorkelling and Diving are some of Maldives' greatest recreational activities. Given that it is surrounded by coral reefs and islands, the aquatic life that is teeming in Maldivian waters is nothing short of amazing. It so happens to be that Maldivian waters are also home to the largest fish on the planet – the Whale Shark! The Maldives has many certified diving schools and instructors who can help you out. If you ever had a fantasy of swimming with sharks, then the Maldives is the place to do it!

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Every resort is its own island!

The Maldives has one of the world's largest tourist industries in the world, because who wouldn't be attracted to the aquatic beauty that surrounds these islands. It has also been named one of the safest destinations for tourists. Because it is made up of so many small islands, every resort is on its own island! So if you're looking for a destination for your next holiday, this might be the place to go. Accommodation is an easy fix too, because hotels and lagoon villas in the Maldives are plenty, like the Finolhu Baa Atoll, Maldives.

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In 30 years, it might not exist!

Unfortunately, the Maldives is one of the countries in the world that is most affected by climate change and rising sea levels. The Maldives became even more famous by having the World's first Underwater Cabinet meeting – a gambit made to raise awareness about the severe impacts of climate change. Dying corals and increase in soil erosion, along with rising sea levels mean that the islands in the Archipelago of Maldives are disappearing forever!