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Maldives Vacation and Travel Guide
Maldives officially the Republic of Maldives is a sovereign island country located in the Indian Ocean. Its territory is organized on 26 atolls. The capital and, at the same time, the most populated city is Malé, is made up of some 1200 islands, of which 203 are inhabited. The territory is in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and 450 km from India. It has a tropical and humid climate with an approximate rainfall of 2000 mm per year.
The culture of Maldives comes from diverse sources, the most important of all is its proximity to the coasts of Sri Lanka and the India of the South. The population is mostly Indo-Aryan from the anthropological point of view. The language is of Indo-Iranian Sanskrit origin, which points to a later influence in the north of the subcontinent. The Dhivehi language is closely related to the Sinhala language. According to legends, the royal dynasty that ruled the country in the past has its origin there. It is possible that these ancient kings carried the Buddhism of the subcontinent, but it is not clear.
It is convenient to highlight the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport which is located on the island of Hululu, being the main airline Emirates offering two daily direct flights from Dubai. To move between the different islands you can use water taxis and seaplanes. In addition, the main islands are linked by a service of wooden boats called "doni". 38 Taxis, motorcycles and bicycles can be hired in the capital to travel within it.
Tourism in Maldives
Maldives is a country known for beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main avenue, Majeedhee Magu, and the 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy mosque (also known as the Friday Mosque), made of carved white coral. Maldives hold the record for being the flattest country in the world, with a maximum altitude of only 2.8 meters on Villingili Island, in the Addu Atoll.
The success of the country with tourism, along with its management model, is due to the chromatic richness of its waters and the abundance of underwater life, as evidenced by the fact that it is one of the first destinations for divers in the world. The accommodations available to the client can vary, from bungalows built between vegetation or on trunks in the water, to hotels. It has more than 86 tourist centers in operation and more than 100 resorts.
Due to its tropical characteristics and the added value of its hotel complexes, it has become a very popular destination for luxury tourism. Europeans represent the majority of visitors with just over 75% of them. According to their country of origin, the majority of visitors are European, predominantly from Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany, although there are also a good number of tourists from developed economies in Asia such as Japan, Singapore or emerging, being this continent the The number of tourists arriving in Maldives has increased lately.
The islands are popular for underwater diving and snorkeling due to the warm waters, high visibility and diverse marine fauna, including stingrays and whale sharks, which can grow up to 12 m in length.
Other popular water activities include swimming, surfing, kayaking at sea and jet skis. Boat or seaplane trips are common between Malé and uninhabited islands or small fishing villages, many of which have pensions or lodgings. The most common travel accommodations are the luxurious spa centers and the wooden bungalows.
These coral reefs are home to diverse marine ecosystems ranging from planktonic organisms to whale sharks. Sponges have become important, since five of their species have shown antitumor and anticancer properties.
Maldivian waters are noted for their variety of colorful coral reefs, home to 1100 species of fish, 5 species of marine turtles, 21 species of whales and dolphins, 187 species of coral, 400 species of mollusks and 83 species of echinoderms. Many species of crustaceans can be found there too: 120 copepods, 15 amphipods, as well as more than 145 species of crabs and 48 species of prawns.
Among the many marine families represented are: puffer fish, fuscella fish, caranx lugubris, lionfish, plectorhinchus, reef shark, groupers, eels, snappers, butterfly fish, batfish, humphead wrasse, marbled stingray, scorpion fish, lobsters, nudibranchs, pterophyllum, butterfly fish, rufous candle, lanterns, crystal fish, surgeon fish, unicorn fish, trigger fish and barracudas.
If you are planning to travel to Maldives, whether for business or tourism, in addition to the passport and visa, we recommend you to check the following information: International Airports, Airport security rules, Type of luggage allowed and weight limits, Most visited cities, Driving in Maldives, Electricity, Time Stripes, Business Hours, National Holidays, Weights and Measures, Commercial Practices and Etiquette Rules.
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Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (IATA code: MLE, ICAO code: VRMM), better known as Malé International Airport, is the main international airport in Maldives. It is located on Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll, near the capital of Man Island.
Today, Ibrahim Nasir International is very well connected to the most important airports in the world, most of the main gateway to Maldives for tourists. Currently the only active international airport in the country.
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