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It’s no wonder that the Maldives often overwhelm would-be visitors. Its 1,192 coral islands, set within 26 atolls, spread across 35,000 square miles of Indian Ocean, are enough to send most people into a pre-hols spin.
The Maldives is an island nation, covering an area of over 90,000 square kilometres in the Indian Ocean – 99 percent of which is sea, with land being just one percent. With over 1200 coral islands ringed by a beautiful landscape of reefs, it is the most dispersed country in the world. The complex atoll structures of the Maldives are formed on ridges rising from the ocean. The over 400,000 population of the Maldives is scattered across 200 islands, with more than one third of it concentrated in capital Malé, making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Its unique geography and breath-taking natural beauty has made the Maldives one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world. Of the 200 islands, more than 120 have been developed as resorts and are in operation, and at least another 50 are under development.
As the Maldives is an Islamic country, national holidays are on Friday and Saturday, although some shops will still be open. As the islands are tourist resorts, prices are very high. In the tourist islands, you can enjoy a glass of wine in a restaurant or wear casual clothes. When visiting other inhabited islands, it is recommended to wear modest clothing, and not show too much skin. Travellers are guests and it is important to respect the culture and tradtions of the country you are visiting.Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world, and it could disappear if the sea level rose too much. The country has announced that buying land from India, Sri Lanka and Australia is possible with tourism generated money in order to save the islands inhabitants, if worst comes to worst. You have to pay an additional 10 dollars when leaving the country as “leaving money”. The Maldives is planning to become carbon-neutral using only solar and wind power within a decade.
Our Agency is dedicated to serving tourists who have chosen Maldives as their travel destination. Maldives is made of 200 habitable islands and among these – Male, Hulhumale, Maafushi, Dhiffushi, Gulhi, Thulusdhoo and Rasdhoo are the islands that are tourist favorites. With travel destinations and activities in Maldives spread across the various islands, Ocean Agency Maldives can advise and help you plan for your tours across the sparsed out the gem of the Indian ocean, saving you time and money.
Every Resort here in Maldives is its own private island. At the royal end, the world’s most exclusive hotel brands compete with each other to attain ever-greater heights of luxury, from personal butlers and private lap pools to in-room massages and pillow menus. But there’s also plenty of choice beyond the five- and six-star resorts.