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Updated by Joanna James on Feb 04, 2020
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Unknown Facts about the Maldives that will blow your mind - It is a big brain time!

Although the Maldives is one of the most discussed holiday destinations on earth, here are some things about this country you might not have heard of earlier.


About the Maldives Islands

The Maldives Island nation is made up of about 1,200 islands and of them, all only 200 are inhabited with people. Almost 800 tiny islands are completely not in use. If you are planning on going on a trip to the Maldives you will be able to find resorts and the best hotels in Maldives on any island of your choice because about hundred and ten islands are taken up by resorts the likes of Adaaran Club Rannalhi. According to the country’s environmental conservation law, only one resort can be built on a single island, thus, regardless of which resort island you are going to be at, you can rest assured that it is going to be extremely private and secluded. Some of these islands are used for sports, agricultural farms and industrial and government based activities.


The marine life in the Maldives

Any traveller to the Maldives who has read about the country will know that this island nation is popular for its diverse ecosystem and rich marine life. The Maldivian archipelago is home to coral reefs and thousands of marine creatures that live off and in them. The islands are also a highly popular destination for snorkelling and diving excursions. In these warm waters of the Maldives, you will always be able to spot great views and find stunning coral formations. You must also keep your eyes open for colourful tropical sea creatures. If you dive deep in the Maldivian waters you will be able to encounter bigger sea creatures like turtles, whales, manta rays and sharks.


Illegal souvenirs of the Maldives

If you are planning on taking souvenirs back home for your loved ones and you are exploring the local markets, you might come across some beautiful handicraft that are created from corals and shells. Do not buy these items. These are illegal items and should not be taken off the island at all. This is the case because some of the turtle species are endangered and using their shells to make the souvenirs make things even worse. The turtles also come under the protection of international conservation law. If you do decide to buy souvenirs during your visit to the Maldives, make sure that you always check what exactly it is made from and refuse to buy any item that is made from corals and turtle shells.


The underwater Cabinet meeting

Being the flattest country on earth, the ground level in the Maldives is just 1.5 metres and the highest point of the land is 2.3 metres. This means that the Maldives is also the lowest country in the world. The climate change and the rising ocean level is a very real threat to this country and a few islands have been evacuated because of the ocean water rising to high levels and interfering with sources of fresh water that must be used for daily life. To raise awareness about the dangers of the rising sea level, the president of the Maldives in the year 2019 held the Cabinet meeting at the bottom of the ocean. Along with 13 government officials, the president also was in a scuba diving gear and sat underwater at a desk to draw attention to his ideas on biodegradable resorts, eco-tourism, cleaner energy and an overall reduction of the country’s carbon footprint.


The prohibition of alcohol

Regardless of how it is marketed, one must remember that the Maldives is an Islamic country in the end. The travellers are expected to respect the Nation's laws and regulations. You do not have a lot of rules to follow if you are on your resort island, but if you are out and about mingling with the locals you must remember a few things. Alcohol is prohibited in most parts of the country and can only be obtained at resorts and hotels. You must not take alcohol out of the resort premises. If you are trying to take alcohol in and out of the country, it will be confiscated at the airport. Apart from alcohol, you will also not be able to bring in any pork or bacon products into the country.

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