Maldives

Experience the realm of dreams where indulgence and beauty is of a level unsurpassed. Maldives Islands, a group of 1190 little coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean about 350km southwest of Sri Lanka.

Here, the ocean does not know where you’ve been, the cascading sun does not care when you’re going. All that matters is that you are right here. Safely, Soundly, Surrendering to this perfect, tropical moment.

 

The islands of Maldives persuade tourists with promises of ‘the last paradise on earth’, and if your idea of paradise is white sand beaches with turquoise waters glistening, tropical gardens exploding in beautiful color and picture perfect sunsets igniting the sky, then the Maldives will never let you down. It’s also a major destination for scuba divers, who come for the magnificent coral reefs and the wealth of marine life.

Ptolemy, the Greek geographer describes the Maldives as a multitude of islands. Ancient Chinese navigators, referring to the maze of lagoons and reefs that require great care in navigation, knew it as the Three Thousand Weak Waters. Marco Polo, the Venetian traveler, found the islands to be "the flower of the Indies". For Ibn Batuta, who traveled extensively during the 14th century and actually lived on the islands, the Maldives was "one of the wonders of the world".

It is believed that these unique coral atolls were formed about 65 to 200 million years ago from the crust of a deceased volcanic mountain range. The atolls (the word atoll was adapted to English from its Maldivian origin "atholhu") are formed from coral barrier reefs. The part of the reefs which protrude from the sea form into islands, as destroyed coral parts gather thus giving them the attribute of white sandy beaches. Having being protected by the reefs, the lagoons are calm and crystal-clear with abundant species of fish and coral.

Maldives has deep blue seas, turquoise reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees. It is also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.

 

 

        

 
 

Time: GMT+5hrs
Capital island:
Male’
Total islands: 1,190
Inhabited islands:
200
Resort islands: 104
Population: Approx. 350,000
Major industries:
Tourism and fishing
Currency: Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 15.42)
Electricity: 240 AC
Government Working hours:
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday to Thursday
Bank hours: 9:00am to 03:00 pm Sunday to Thursdays