With their signature white-sand beach and nearly deserted islands, the Maldives should be on the bucket list of any traveler. Each year, upwards of 800,000 tourists flock to the island nation, which is actually made up of more than 1,000 islands and atolls. One of the biggest tourist draws is the fact that only a few of these islands are inhabited. With a
maximum altitude of only 10 feet, the islands are the flattest country in the world and since they are located in the middle of the ocean, the island chain is one of the most susceptible places to be affected by rising sea levels. Now, more than ever is a great time to visit the country and experience one of the many attractions here. Some of the more popular activities includes exploring uninhabited islands, scuba diving with Hammerhead Sharks and snorkelling off the coast.
The Maldives have only been open to tourism since the 1970’s and because of their remoteness, tourism has not affected the local population very much. These two facts mean that visitors to the Maldives can expect a truly authentic experience. Holidays in Maldives luxury resorts are one of the most popular ways of visiting the islands. On top of this, the government has made sure to protect the island chain. This means that The Maldives has incredibly beautiful tropical scenery; graceful coconut palms lean over crystal-clear lagoons, coral reefs promise great snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as lots of sunshine.
The Maldives has one of the least exploited marine environments in the world and as such has gained a reputation as being one of the best diving destinations in the world. Snorkeling and scuba diving in the reefs around the North Male Atoll are second to none in the Maldives. Close encounters to Hammerhead Sharks are the highlight of any snorkeling or scuba trip, as they are one of the most respected predators in the wild and one of the most bizarre looking as well. The warm tropical waters provide the perfect habitat for these truly majestic fish. Stingrays and multi-colored corals and their fish are a common sight as well and can be found in abundance anywhere on the North Male Atoll.
The surrounding areas around the atoll are the occasional ship wreck, where many species like to call their home as the ships offer refuge and can act as an artificial coral reef.
If snorkeling or scuba diving does not sound appeasing, perhaps visiting one of the hundreds of uninhabited islands would sound like a better option. With over 1,000 uninhabited islands in the Maldives, this is one of the most popular day trips as it is a truly one of a kind experience. No city traffic noise, pollution or people around means a truly relaxing experience that can be duplicated nowhere else in the world.
Visiting these islands should be at the top of the list of any traveler as their beauty and uniqueness cannot be compared to anywhere else in the world. With the world changing quickly and modernizing, sometimes taking a step back and relaxing is exactly what you need. From snorkelling or scuba diving with Hammerhead Sharks to visiting uninhabited islands, The Maldives are a place that should be visited at least once in a lifetime, if not more.