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Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India’s Lakshwadeep Islands, between Minicov Island and Chagos Archipelago. The name Maldives also might have come from the Sinhalese Maala Divaina ("Necklace Islands"), perhaps referring to the shape of the archipelago. Some medieval travellers such as Ibn Batuta called the islands Mahal Dibiyat from the Arabic word Mahal ("Palace").
As soon as the tourists step onto the resort island, they will experience an overwhelming sense of calm and tranquility that is a unique characteristic of these beautiful stretches! The stress and pressures of modern life instantly become a distant memory enabling you to totally rejuvenate and unwind like no other place.
Hukuru Miskiiy, the oldest Mosque with coral stone walls intricately carved with patterns and Arabic
Script has a superb interior with fine lacquer work and elaborate wood-carvings.The National Museum is a three-storyed building, the only remnant of the Sultan’s Palace which was demolished a few years ago.The Sultan’s Park is an attractive place full of flowers and trees surrounding the Museum which once was a part of the grounds of the Sultan’s Palace. The National Art Gallery contains varied art forms of the nation, from paintings to photography and sole exhibitions. Banana Reef, the protected area, has everything from dramatic cliffs to caves and overhangs, brilliant coral growths, big predators such as sharks, barracuda and groper, and prolific reef fish such as jackfish, morays and bluestriped snapper. The reef top is excellent for snorkelling. The Fish Head, one of the world’s most famous dives with steep sides,is spectacular with multi-level ledges, overhangs and caves supporting sea fans, anemones and black corals. The Fish life includes large napoleans and schools of barracudas, besides numerous grey reef sharks. Wreck of the Maldives Victory, is a cargo ship that hit a reef with its structure and is almost intact, till date.
The Manta Point is the best place for diving and the Sun Island Beach Resort offers a unique experience of visiting or living in a water bungalow. Alimatha Island has many stunning sites within range, great for diving, including the National Park area of Dewana Kandu, with night snorkelling to view the night life on the reef bathed in different hues. The HP Reef is great to dive but has strong currents, arresting caves and crannies covered richly with corals and a colourful marine life, including grey reef sharks.The Utheemu Ganduvaru is a well-preserved historical wooden Palace which evokes the lifestyle of the rich, centuries ago. The Hulhumale Island is a short boat ride away, where boats leave from their own terminal next to the airport ferries and is countryside for Male, with picturesque cafes and restaurants on the island!
Maldives is a mecca to surf-enthusiasts from all over the world, with the southwest monsoon bringing with it massive swells, especially from June to September. There are several well-known surf breaks in North and South Male’ Atoll. Resorts near these breaks are perfect for surfing aficionados, as they can get the full Maldivian experience while riding the waves to their heart’s content. The lesser-known, but amazing surf breaks further away from Male’ Atoll and can be accessed by specialised surf cruises, often referred to as surfaries, offered by cruise operators in the country. There are plenty of options for the adventurous for Jet Ski safaris, surf tours, sailing, wind surfing, kite surfing, water skiing and tube rides, para-sailing, sea kayaking!
Some of the spas in Male offer a truly indigenous experience as the rituals are derived from the essence of the ocean and abundant marine life and culture, extending waves of energy translated into a captivating and inspiring blend that lingers in the memory for a long time as the mind, body and soul experience a divine rejuvenation!
The warm waters of the Maldives have high visibility throughout the year, with water clear enough to see the passing fish a few metres away. Add to that the marvellous formation of innumerable coral reefs and the free-flowing tides of the monsoons and the result of these perfect conditions led to one of the world’s richest diving coral reef areas. Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters. From tiny shrimps and groups of colourful swimmers to the magnificient mantas and sharks, a careful eye will give you enough to captivate you for a lifetime.
For shopping, Maldives offers apparels, perfumes, curios, jewellery, trinkets, sarongs, songkets, food preserves and souvenirs, to take back as momentos.
For food, Maldives has an abundance of cuisines to rock your taste buds, and give you a spell-binding culinary experience, as it offers a mix of Mediterranean, Continental, Chinese, Cantonese, Oriental food along with burgers, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, croissants,cold or hot shakes, savouries, mouth-melting patisserie, smoothies and beverages, home-made sweets and pickles, in the most tranquil and solitude, and yet a tantalising environment!
The weather in Maldives is affected by the large landmass of South Asia to the north. The presence of this landmass causes differential heating of land and water. These factors set off a rush of moisture, rich air from the Indian Ocean over South Asia, resulting in the south-west monsoon. Two seasons dominate the Maldives’ weather: the dry season associated with the winter north-eastern monsoon and the rainy season which brings strong winds and storms. The shift from the moist south-west monsoon to the dry northeast monsoon occurs during April and May.
The island is abode with endless ways to let its magic dazzle that holiday with your family or as a couple! Return back home with those endearing memories!