The archipelago of Maldives consistently makes the list for the best travel destination in the world. Among the various accolades that this island has achieved, there’s the distinction of being called the Last Paradise on Earth. The land is so unspoiled by humans that most of its original natural beauty is still intact. The nation is quite aware of this fact. The take pride in their motto Independent Maldives, Clean Maldives and they really put in a lot of effort to keep their nation clean. So, if you really want to visit a destination that tropical, completely clean and still retains its natural beauty, then Maldives holidays are what would be the best for you.
The Geography of Maldives
Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, just off the island country of Sri Lanka. This nation is actually a group of islands-1190 in all. Out of these, only 202 islands are inhabited by common Maldivians. The islands are mostly in the form of atolls, which number 26 in all. The arrangement in the form of atolls is what makes Maldives unique from all other islands in the Indian Ocean.
The extent of the islands is around 500 miles in the sea. Most of the islands are easily accessible. The capital of Maldives is Male, which is where most of the tourist action happens.
What to Expect?
There is no question about the verdant beauty of almost the whole of Maldives. There is lush greenery almost throughout, and the shores of the islands are featured with reefs and lagoons. Each of these spots is a marvel in itself, giving any traveler ample opportunities to take their cameras out and start clicking away.
There is also a lot of water-sporting action in most of the beaches of Maldives. During your Maldives holidays, you should look forward to scuba diving and snorkeling, which is quite a treat in those coral reefs. For the amateurs, there are instructors on the shores. Other sports such as surfing, wind-surfing, rafting, boating, diving, etc. are also practiced here in large frequency.
Male, the capital of Maldives, is a shoppers’ paradise. You can get a lot of handcrafted items here, and you can also find antique relics to take back home. But the best thing is probably the overabundance of seafood that you can pick up here. Fresh and canned seafood is easily available. There are bazaars organized every week when you can pick things up for dirt-cheap rates.
Maldives is also known as a paradise for the gourmet. If you love to eat-especially seafood-then you will certainly have no complaints here at all. Every item on their cuisine is worth tasting.
Some Popular Destinations in Maldives
Male – The capital city is certainly a must-visit, especially for the shoppers. There’s also the national museum here which holds some very rare handcrafted items.
Esjehi Art Gallery – This is for the art aficionados. The place is a great revelation of what the culture of this place is about.
Grand Friday Mosque – This is the biggest mosque in the nation and is a veritable part of their national heritage. The mosque is also known for some superb artistry on its facade.
Some of the other destinations that you should visit are Paradise Island, Sun Island, Fuammulak and others. When you are here, you will be able to better design your itinerary.