If your idea of paradise is a pristine tropical island with palm trees and white sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear lagoons of varying shades of blue and turquoise â€“ then the Maldives Islands will definitely be your choice of destination.
Indeed, it is not without reason that the Maldives Islands has been described as (the) flower of the Indies by Marco Polo and one of the wonders of the world by Ibn Batuta.
It is no wonder that a large percentage of tourists who come to the Maldives Islands are repeat visitors’ people who came once and fell so in love with the place that they simple had to come again. The beauty of Maldives is indeed addictive. Once you sample the heady mixture of secluded serenity, thrilling water sports activities, soothing spas, relaxing beaches all wrapped in the luxurious comfort of modern amenities you are bound to want the experience again.
Sunny, unique and unspoiled, the islands of Maldives offers you sunshine, no matter what time of the year you decide to visit the Maldives islands that are truly heaven on Earth.
Maldives Islands is an archipelago comprising 1,190 low-lying coral islands scattered across the equator, in groups of 26 naturally occurring atolls which are divided into 20 for administrative purposes.
The atolls of Maldives are in fact part of a greater structure known as the Laccadives-Chagos Ridge, which stretches over 2000 kilometers. The islands of Maldives are very low lying with the highest point at approximately 8 feet above sea level. ‘Faru’ or ring-shaped reef structures form the atolls and these provide natural defense against wind and wave action, on the delicate Maldives islands.
An indication of the perfection of Maldives atoll structure is the fact that the word “atoll” in the English Language meaning ring-shaped coral reef enclosing a lagoon, is a borrowing from the Maldivian language Dhivehi.
Of the more than 2000 tropical islands that make the paradise that is Maldives, only about 200 are inhabited. Of the remaining islands about a 100 have been developed into exotic resort islands that offer tourists their own hideaway hidden away from all the hectic hustle and bustle of city life.
The capital of Maldives, Male’, the seat of government and the centre of trade, commerce, business, health and education, is located in the middle of the atoll chain, a small island buzzing with the sounds and activities of more than 150,000 people which is more than one third of the population. Male’ is perhaps the smallest urban capital in the whole world.