Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ten reasons to Travel Maldives

Planning for your honeymoon travel? Why not try Maldives? This small island country situated in the Indian Ocean is a great destination for tourists. If you love taking a walk on sandy beaches, enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful blue sea, the Maldives is the place where you should be.

Officially know as the Republic of Maldives, the Maldives is an island country consisting of 1192 islets stretching south of Lakhadweep islands between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago and about seven hundred kilometers south-west of Sri Lanka in Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean. Out of the 1192 islands of the country, two hundred islands are inhabited. Due to its small land mass, Maldives do not have much heavy industry. Tourism and fishing industry are two of the country’s major foreign currency earners. Hence, the tourism sector of the country is very much well developed. Every year, thousands of tourists from Europe come to Maldives.

Some interesting facts:

The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of population and land mass.

The Maldives is also the smallest Muslim nation in the world.

With its average ground level 1.5 meters above the sea level, Maldives also has the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 meters above sea level.

Here are some reasons why you should travel to Maldives:

  1. Maldives is a country of natural beauty. From ancient times, the country charmed many travelers and sailors. Ibn Batuta, a famous Moroccan traveler and scholar of 14th century referred Maldives as “one of the wonders of the world.”

  1. Maldives is a popular traveling destination for Hollywood celebrities. Famous Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes did their honeymoon in Maldives. Other major Hollywood celebrities who came to Maldives include Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, George Michael, Katie Price, and Naomi Campbell.

  1. As I have mentioned earlier, tourism is one of the main industries of Maldives. There are many islands that have beautiful tourist resorts surrounded by beautiful landscape. Currently, there are more than 80 tourist resorts in the country. The resorts are equipped with all the modern facilities making Maldives a great travel destination.

  1. You would not need any travel visa if you have plans to travel for thirty days. Upon arrival, you will be given necessary permits if you have valid documents. People who come from malaria and cholera infected countries need a vaccination certificate.

  1. The beautiful sea beaches and sea are the main attraction of Maldives. If you love to walk on the sandy beaches on a beautiful sunny day then Maldives is the answer to your prayer.

  1. Aside from that Maldives is also famous for its rich aquatic diversity which makes it an ideal place for scuba diving. The resorts also have arrangements for night fishing trips and snorkeling.

  1. The Maldives is basically a collection coral islands. There are many coral reefs that offer a rich collection of plants and fish species. The stony coral has thousand species. They can grow upto 30 meters. These corals can be seen at a depth of 20,000 feet. They make up the coral reefs.

  1. Maldives has seventy different species of coral reefs. Each of these reefs has different colors. More than 700 species of fish are found in these reefs including Dogtooth Tuna, Tuna, Jacks, Sweetlips, Butterfly fish, Wahoo and Fusiliers. Octopus and giant Napoleon wrasse.

  1. Water sports is another major tourist attractions of Maldives. The tourist resorts have facilities for a wide range of water sports including windsurfing, catamaran sailing, para-sailing, banana-boating, water-skiing and beach volleyball.

  1. The resorts of Maldives are basically floating cottages over crystal clear sea water. Isn’t that a beautiful scenery to imagine? Surrounded by beautiful landscapes the resorts are situated in three different atolls and each resorts have their unique set of services.

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1 comment:

  1. Maldives is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday! You can enjoy the serenity of nature and the exciting water sports.