50 Fascinating Facts About Maldives

A nation in Asia's the Indian Ocean, formally known as the Republic of Maldives, is situated in the Arabian Sea. It is known as the Maldives. It covers 298 square kilometers of land. There is just one official language in the country: Maldivian (Dhivehi) (MVR). The gorgeous Maldives is the world's lowest country, a collection of several islands and atolls. The Maldives, a popular vacation spot, is home to historical landmarks, breathtaking natural scenery, and a slew of thrilling activities. Here are facts about the Maldives for you to learn more about.

Fascinating Facts

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Because of climate change with global warming inundation, the Maldives is the world's third-most vulnerable nation.
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The tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean seabed on December 26, 2004, destroyed six islands' infrastructure, forced 14 to leave, and damaged 57 others. There were 108 people killed, and 21 resort islands were forced to close due to the devastation.
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The Maldives' beaches would not be as beautiful without the parrotfish. Undigested coral makes up the corallite sand, which they consume. It's claimed that only one adult parrotfish may excrete one tonne of sand per year!
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Holiday travelers can stay in guesthouses, resorts, hotels, and even liveaboard yachts and boats on their travels.
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Holiday travelers can stay in guesthouses, resorts, hotels, and even liveaboard yachts and boats on their travels.
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Independent dolphin viewing tours on dhonis (traditional boats) are available because the island is home to 21 different whales and dolphins.
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Expect to witness schools of blue & yellow-striped snappers as well as common lionfish, yellow boxfish, and even sea turtles when sailing, snorkeling, or diving. Fishing options include both surface-based and deep-sea fishing.
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An island republic in South Asia's Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a popular tourist destination.
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There are around 1,190 coral islands in the Maldives, with about 200 of them being inhabited. Atolls are groupings of islands that make up a single atoll.
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The country's full name is the Maldives Republic.
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Dhivehi is the official language.
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The population of the Maldives was estimated at 373,522 persons on January 1, 2017.
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Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives has around 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles), making it one of the world's most geographically scattered countries.
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The capital and largest city of the Maldives is Malé. Located in the middle of the Malé Atoll, the metropolis sprawls across the whole island. Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is the world's densest city, despite its small size of 1.7 kilometers long and 1.0 kilometers broad.
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The Maldives has been populated by Buddhists, most likely from Sri Lanka & Southern India, from at least the 5th century B.C.
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As a collection of atolls, The Maldives is off South Asia's coast in the Indian Ocean.
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Sri Lanka and India lie southwest of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.
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It is the world's lowest country, rising just 1.5 meters (4 ft 11 in) above sea level on average and 2.4 meters above sea level at its highest natural point (7 ft 10 in). Villingilli Island on Addu Atoll has the country's highest peak, the Maldives' highest point.
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The islands in the Maldives chain have coralline origins. The pristine white sand that covers the island is incredibly thin and powdery. Coralline beaches are extremely rare, making up just around 5% of the world's beaches. Most of the rest are built of quartz, which is far more common.
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For the most part, tourists to the Maldives embark on pre-planned package vacations that include lodging on one of the country's 87 resort islands. The resorts are located on beautiful islands, making them ideal for water sports and relaxing on the beach during the hot summer months.
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Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives has around 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles), making it one of the world's most geographically scattered countries.
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The capital and largest city of the Maldives is Malé. Located in the middle of the Malé Atoll, the metropolis sprawls across the whole island. Malé, the capital of the Maldives, is the world's densest city, despite its small size of 1.7 kilometers long and 1.0 kilometers broad
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The Maldives comprises 1,192 coral islands (approximately 200 of which are inhabited), arranged in a north-south double chain of 26 atolls.
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For the most part, tourists to the Maldives embark on pre-planned package vacations that include lodging on one of the country's 87 resort islands. The resorts are located on beautiful islands, making them ideal for water sports and relaxing on the beach during the hot summer months.
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The islands in the Maldives chain have coralline origins. The pristine white sand that covers the island is incredibly thin and powdery. Coralline beaches are extremely rare, making up just around 5% of the world's beaches. Most of the rest are built of quartz, which is far more common.
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The Maldives are well-known for their beautiful beaches and clear blue waters, which epitomize the tropical paradise, but scuba divers are also beginning to appreciate the underwater world. Aside from the excellent coral reefs, the Maldive Islands are unique among diving sites due to their profusion of marine life.
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Coral was once the primary building material utilized by the Maldivians. Because coral reefs are now protected across the world, traditional dwelling like this is illegal. In Male and the other islands, several coral buildings may still be seen.
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The Malé Friday Mosque, also known as the Malé Hukuru Miskiy, was built in 1656 and is the country's oldest mosque. Beautiful coral stone building with Quranic writing and an elaborate design etched into it. According to UNESCO's preliminary World Heritage cultural list, the mosque is one of the few remaining instances of sea-culture architecture in existence.
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Buddhist mariners from Sri Lanka were initially established in the Maldives in the 5th century B.C. By the 12th century, Arab traders had become important in the Indian Ocean commerce, which may have contributed to the last Maldivian king's conversion to Islam in 1153.
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Before becoming independent in 1948, the Maldives was a British colony governed until 1887, when they were placed under British protection. On that date in 1965, the United States and the United Kingdom signed a declaration of independence. The sultanate of Oman was replaced by an Islamic republic in 1968, three years after it gained independence from the United Kingdom.
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Coconuts, fish, and grains are the mainstays of traditional Maldivian cuisine. The Maldives' national dish is called Garudhiya or Gaudiya. The fish broth is very clear. In the ocean seas of the United States, tuna species like skipjack and yellowfin can be found, and smaller ones like the frigate tuna.
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Coconut palm is Maldives' national tree.
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The Pink rose is the Maldives' national flower (Rosa Polyantha).
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The White-breasted Waterhen is the Maldives' national bird.
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The Yellowfin tuna is Maldives' national fish.
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The island resorts in the Maldives are among the safest in the world because of their isolation.
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Many Maldivian atolls have pelagics and large schools of fish, but Ari Atoll has the best chance of seeing them. A wide variety of huge aquatic species, such as the Napoleon wrasse, grey and white tip reef sharks, and vast schools of blacktail barracuda and batfish, are regularly spotted as they pass by.
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The Maldives is a great place to snorkel for five turtle species (the olive ridley, loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and leatherback).
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Before 269 B.C., the islands were initially settled by people from India. Former Kalinga king's son and an exiled Indian prince founded the country's first kingdom. As far back as Dheeva Maari, the king had despatched him
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Trade routes in the Indian Ocean brought people from India, Sri Lanka, North Africa, the Arab world, and Europe to the Maldives. The people of the Maldives have carved out their own unique linguistic and cultural identities.
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he Maldives turned to Islam in 1153 A.D., and it is now a majority-Muslim country. Visitors must abide by all local customs and laws, including the prohibition on drinking alcohol (outside of the resorts). Be sure to adhere to the beach, and public clothing regulations set out by your religion.
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The Maldives is not only the tiniest country in Asia, but it is also the world's tiniest Muslim republic.
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As in most Muslim nations, the Maldives does not have a Saturday and Sunday weekend, but rather Friday and Saturday.
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Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives comprises 1192 coral islands organized into 26 atolls in a north-to-south pattern, covering around 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 square miles).
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The atolls of the Maldives are made up of sandbars and vibrant coral reefs. The Maldives is made up of water in its entirety.
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It is coralline sand, not quartz, found on the islands, and it is both white and very fine. There are just a handful of coralline beaches on the planet, making up fewer than 5% of all beaches.
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Because you're so close to the equator, the sun's rays will be beaming down on you practically directly, so wear plenty of high-quality sunscreens. They use a 90-degree angle in their attack.
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The weather in the Maldives is dominated by two monsoon seasons: a dry winter one in the northeast and a wet summer one in the southwest. The monsoon's effect increases with distance from the equator.
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The Maldives is the world's lowest and flattest country, having an elevation above sea level of only 2.4 metres, according to Guinness World Records.
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The Maldives' islands are suffering because of climate change, which is causing sea levels to rise and land to erode faster. The number of coral reefs in the world is also dwindling, and rigorous government regulations are in place to keep things from getting worse.

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