Country & CultureThe Republic of Maldives is an island nation, stretched formed by adouble chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India's Lakshadweep islands in the Indian Ocean. The atolls encompass a territory spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 sq mi), making it one of the worlds’ most dispersed countries in geographic terms. Its population of 313,920 (2010) inhabits 200 of its 1,192 islands with the capital being Male – a tiny 2KMS island city!
The first tourist resort of Kurumba was established in 1972, as so was born one of the most sought after, exotic and romantic destinations in the world. Located to the southwest of Sri Lanka, on the equator, the Maldives is a collection of 1,190 coral islands forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls. Stretching 820 kilometers north to south and 120 kilometers east to west, 200 of t
he islands are inhabited and over 100 exclusive tourist resorts. The Maldives is generally warm and humid, with sunshine all year round and an average temperature of 29-32°C.
The Maldivian culture is rich with flavours from most of the seafarers who set foot on its soil. Traditional dances and music may not be an everyday event but there are occasions where traditional music and dances are performed.
Now of course, the Maldives is world famed for its turquoise clear lagoons, white powdery sandy beaches, and a range of fantastic resorts from the simplest to the most contemporary, and cruises to serenely take you through the still waters of the atolls. It is also one of the most popular diving destinations, which attracts many people to discover the underwater wonders. There are numerous sand banks and countless reefs inside each and every atoll. Almost all resorts have wonderful house reefs where you can discover another world.
Places of Interest
Baa Atoll is one of the Republic of Maldives’ 26 geographical atolls, covering an area of 1,200km² it contains some of the richest coral reef systems in the world, which literally and metaphorically support the local communities and a thriving tourism industry. UNESCO recognizes Baa Atoll’s “great potential for demonstrating sustainable development throughout the Maldives and the region, while relying on a green economy.” The jewel in the biological crown of Baa Atoll is a tiny bay called Hanifaru, where seasonal gatherings of manta rays and whale sharks have made this site world famous in recent years, attracting hordes tourists from across the globe to immerse themselves in the tropical waters amongst a feeding frenzy of these gentle giants.
There are several resorts within this stunning atoll, plus guest houses on local islands – please send us a mail for full details.
Male, Capital of Maldives
Male, the capital of Maldives is in itself an island, with one of the highest population densities in the world. This tiny capital is less than 2kmsq, and home to around 300,000 people – a population explosion in the last 6 or 7 years in the capital has left in bursting at the seams!
There are many points of interest in the capital, and you’ll find a number of eager local guides who’ll be pleased to show you around sites such as the Grand Friday mosque, Masjid-al-Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu-al-A "z" zam is the biggest mosque of Maldives. This grand architecture of bygone times was constructed by the Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar in 1656. The grand Friday mosque of Maldives also includes the famous Islamic center. Grand Friday mosque in Maldives has a capacity to accommodate nearly 5000 people.