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5 Fun facts about Maldives beaches – Secret Paradise Maldives

Things you can do at Maldives beaches are abundant. You may be waiting to lie on a sun lounger and relax, but there are a few facts about Maldives beaches that might have escaped your attention.

1

They never seem to get hot

Sand found on Maldives beaches are formed from coral, and therefore – unlike quartz-based sand you usually find on other beaches – it doesn't seem to heat up. If you are at a resort like The Nautilus Maldives – one of the top resorts in Maldives – located by the beach during the hottest period of the year, you would still be able to walk on the sand without feeling the effects of the warm climate.

2

The Parrotfish has a big part to play

Like mentioned earlier, most of Maldives beach sand is formed from corals, but how exactly does sand materialise from the corals? Well, it is the work of the Parrotfish – they spend most of their day eating seaweed and polypus off the corals, except they also eat a bit of coral along with it. Their beak is so sharp it scrapes a layer of corals which is consumed along with the food. The chunks of corals are sliced up into small bits with the help of their teeth and then disposed of.

3

The crabs are the cleaners

As the night descends, if you happen to be at the beach, you will have the fortune of witnessing one of nature's fetching spectacles – you can see crabs en route to their burrows. How they assist in keeping the beach is by eating away all the discarded particles of food and waste. After being a spectator of this, you will find that there isn't anything more charming than these little creatures attempting one of their nocturnal activities.

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Maldives beaches aren't exactly stationary

These beaches move with the weather changes. When talking about Maldives weather changes, there are two main seasonal changes known to everybody; the months between January and March are considered to be the northeast monsoon and the months between May and September are the southwest monsoon. During the course of January and March, volumes of beach sand move to the southwest, and between May and September, the effect is reversed.

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The 9th secret beach in Asia

People from across the globe – especially those who love beaches – are privy to this secret beach found in Fuvahmulah. Namely Thundi, the popularity it has earned over the years boils down to its peddles and shells which are unlike those found on other beaches – there's a whole spectrum of it: brown, pink, purple and white. The beach –which is the work of variously coloured pebbles and shells – is the largest in the country and is visited by people throughout the year. The fame of Thundi beach is such that Wanderlust named it the 9th Secret Beach in Asia. After all this endless talk of beaches, aren't now even a little bit enticed to visit one of the Maldives beaches?

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