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7 facts about the Maldives – You probably did not know!

Planning on heading to South Asia for the holidays? The Maldives is an idyllic location for a holiday. Here are some facts about the Maldives you probably didn't know!


Flattest Country

A fascinating fact about the Maldives is that it's the flattest country in the world! Yes, you read that right. The average altitude from the sea level is 1.8 meters, which gives the archipelago this title. The highest point of the Maldives is Villinglii Island, which is 2.3 metres. Qatar is the closest competitor to the Maldives, in terms of flatness, yes has an altitude that is 26.2 metres more!


A peculiar meeting space

The Maldives is home to many stunning resorts, the likes of Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, which make great venues for meetings, don't you agree? Well, in 2009, the president of the archipelago had a different trail of thought! Mohamed Nasheed, who was the president at the time, held a cabinet meeting at the sea bed. The reason for this odd meeting space was to raise awareness about human interference in freshwater resources and other dangers faced by our oceans. Quite a way to make a strong statement!


Home to rare coral beaches

There's a reason why Maldivian beaches are considered out of this world, largely due to the white sand. These grains of sand are of coralline origins, which is extremely rare and make up only 5% of beaches in the entire world. This fine, white sand is the main selling point of Maldivian beaches!


Turtles galore

If you like turtles, the Maldives is the place to visit. Home to five of the seven marine turtle species in the world, turtle enthusiasts need to add the Maldives to their travel lists. The species found in the country are Olive Ridley turtles, hawksbill, green turtles, loggerheads and leatherbacks. Keep your eyes peeled to spot them all!


Safety above all?

The best news about the Maldives is that it is considered one of the safest locations in the world to travel to. As a tourist destination, a lot of people are tempted to visit the Maldives but the safety factor is the cherry on top. The reason for this is that the islands are quite a distance from one another. The size of these islands also adds to the ease of being manageable.



The rising sea levels are causing much harm to the world, but a little more to the Maldives. Due to its average height, the Maldives is sinking into the ocean faster than anticipated. Although there are strict laws in place to prevent sinking, it continues to occur at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated that by the year 2030, the Maldives will be completely submerged.


The sun shines

While there are many resort activities in Maldives to indulge in, do keep in mind that the country is close to the equator. This calls for constant sun protection!