Unwind in the Maldives

Unwind in the Maldives

The Maldives archipelago consists of 1,192 islands of which 185 are inhabited and another 80 of which are used exclusively for tourism. It is one of the most secluded countries in the Indian Ocean forming part of the South Asian region and member of the SAARC thereby. The tourism industry in the Maldives began in the 1970s and has had a significant impact on the economy of the Maldives. The islands lie in the Indian Ocean south of India. The islands from large coral formations called atolls. The climate is tropical with warm temperatures year-round. The Maldives Archipelago is located on the top of the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge making it a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean.

Air Travel and Inter-Island Transportation

To get into the islands, all that is required is a passport and travel documents. Visitors are given 30-day visas that do not require prior approval upon entering the country. All international flights land at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. To get around the islands, the options are boats or seaplanes. A number of International Airlines operate both direct and connecting flights from all parts of the World to the Maldives as it is a Centrally attractive place during the Winters in the West. Once in the Maldives, there are a total of three major ways to travel between the Islands – by domestic flights, by Seaplanes or by boats. A typical Maldivian Boat is called A Dhoni. All the inbound flights travel, and local tourism can be made available by the resorts and taken care of by them.

The Maldives - A destination for Water Adventure

The Maldives are great for scuba diving, surfing, and other water activities. Mostly the resort islands are used for relaxation amongst the incredible scenery. The spa at Huvafen Fushi is one of the best in the world. Lima has both over-the-water pavilions and underwater treatment rooms, so you can get a massage while manta rays and sharks swim by. It is a good idea to move from island to island during your trip as there are few activities aside from scuba diving and lounging on the beach and the scenery might get old. A fun excursion for expert scuba divers is to dive to the Maldives Victory shipwreck site.

Religious Outbreaks in Male

The capital of the Maldives is Male, and most of the republic’s population can be found there. For being one of the smallest capital cities in the world, Male is extremely crowded. But if you do get tired of the beach, take a tour of Male. Check out the Fish Market, the National Museum, and the many mosques scattered around the one square mile city. Non-Muslim guests are typically not permitted inside the mosques, but some do allow visitors who have obtained permission to enter.

Be careful on a trip to the Maldives. The government is restrictive, particularly when it comes to religious freedom and LGBT rights. For the most part, when you stick to the resort islands, you should be safe, but it is a good idea to keep in mind the customs of the Maldives.

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