The Maldives, islands in South Asia

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The Maldives is an island country of South Asia located in the Arabian Sea region of the Indian Ocean. They are located about 430 miles off the coast of mainland Asia and to the southwest of India. There are more than 1,110 islands grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls, making the Maldives one of the world’s most geographically dispersed nations. The islands straddle the Equator with parts of the country lying in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres of the Earth. 

The atolls of Maldives sit atop a submarine ridge that rises from the bed of the ocean and runs for 600 miles in the north-south directions. They are composed of sand bars and live coral reefs scattered across the Indian ocean. 

The Maldivian reefs are home to a variety of marine animals, including snappers, groupers, emperors, reef jacks and reef sharks. Non-invertebrates such as sea cucumbers, lobsters, giant clams and black corals also take part in the dance of life beneath the waters. As you venture into the deep blue ocean, you can find the most important fish for Maldivians — tuna. Skipjack tuna and yellowfin tuna play an important role in their lives and livelihood. 

Historical evidence shows that the Maldivian civilization is more than 3,000 years old — great empires across the globe rose and fell and the Maldives remained strong. The fishing industry employs a significant portion of the Maldivian workforce, second only to the tourism industry. 

For travelers adventuring in the Maldives, there are countless opportunities for leisure fishing in the country, with big game fishing and night fishing the most popular. You will find a variety of operators providing daily fishing trips with many options.

Often described as paradise on earth, the islands of Maldives are more than just sun, sand and sea. These islands, scattered across the ocean like gems, have countless man-made and natural attractions, often untouched and naturally abundant. The historical stories behind some of these breathtaking sights are fascinating. 

The six best islands of the Maldives are: Landaa Giraavaru, Finolhu Baa Atoll, Kuramathi Island Resort, Vaavu Atoll, Milaidoo Island and Rashoo Atoll. To travel between islands, you will have to take a ferry, seaplane, yacht or speedboat. Once on your island of choice, walking is the most convenient option for getting around. 

There are many resorts in the Maldives that offer plenty of facilities and services for honeymoons, vacation get-aways and families, especially for children. Though their local language is Malay, you will find them speaking English to tourists. 

November through April are the best months to visit as the climate is warm and tropical. January to April are the driest months, with little rain and low humidity making this peak season at the resorts. Windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the popular available water sports. 

The story of Maldives is one of transformation, innovation and resilience. No one would have imagined that these minuscule islands, scattered across the Indian ocean, would transform into a destination that captures the imaginations and dreams of millions across the globe. Today, they are known as one of the most luxurious tourist destinations in the world, with unparalleled amenities and facilities. 

Several cruise lines call on Male, the capital city and only cruise port in the Maldives. Many excursions are available during your visit. 

Nothing screams “paradise” quite like the Maldives, with its powdery beaches, turquoise waters and dreamy overwater bungalow resorts. Whether your visit will include a land package or a cruise, contact your local professional travel advisor who will guide you in making the right decision for visiting the Maldives. 

About Nancy B. Alligood, CTC 19 Articles
Nancy B. Alligood, CTC is general manager/owner of Warwick Travel Service, Inc.and can be reached at 757-599-3011 or at n_alligood@warwicktravel.com.

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