A view from the air makes one wonder if the Maldives is really a country. But, yes, these packets of magnificent islands and atolls make up the Republic of Maldives, which many consider to be the best tropical vacation destination in the world. It boasts not only of its amazing white-sand beaches, colorful reefs, and spectacular dive sites, but also of the culture and festivals in the Maldives. [Read more…]
The Marine Wonders of the Maldives
The Maldives has the distinction of being the smallest of all the Asian countries when it comes to land area. Yet this has not stopped tourists in the least from flocking to this agglomeration of sand-edged atolls. And why should it? After all, the great wonders of the Maldives are not so much on its soils but in its seas.
People come to the Maldives to experience tropical seaside and sea tourism at its best—and make no mistake: this truly is some of the best marine tourism to be found anywhere in the world. From the astounding rainbows of its reefs to the ponderous inhabitants of its pelagic waters, the Maldives offers unmatched marine sights and experiences to its visitors.
While some do opt to stay on the beaches and take it easy when visiting the country, most prefer to hit the waters and see their wonders. The first option, for the thrill-seeking, would be surfing around the March and October months, when the swelling waves roll and break upon the atolls’ shores. Another, perhaps even more popular option, would be to explore the waters from within instead of riding them, diving and snorkeling amidst waters so pristine and wildlife so varied that tours more often feel like a clip out of a National Geographic marine special than a real dive in real waters. What makes it so remarkable is the clarity of the experience, as Maldives waters are known for their stunning cleanliness and friendliness to the sightseeing diver.
It is best to come to Maldives and see the sights for yourself, if you are interested in marine tourism. No words can convey the sheer joy to be experienced by the enthusiast diver or snorkeler in this location, and only experience can describe it properly, glittering as beautifully as the sun on tropical waters.
In case you have not heard, there is a beautiful island-country in the Indian Ocean just below India and Sir Lanka. It’s called the Maldives, a chain of spectacular islands and atolls that are shaped like a garland in the middle of the ocean. Thousands of tourists have regularly flocked the Maldives as it quickly recovered from the 2004 tsunami (although visitors could still see hundreds of scattered dead corals and debris). As in all other far-flung tourist destinations, shopping in the Maldives could be quite an experience for the western tourist. There is an array of local items, exciting souvenirs, and delicious delicacies.
Shopping activities are centered in the capital city of Male. (Beyond the city, everything is about the sun, water, and tropical fun.) There are two shopping malls in Male, one of which is the Majeedhee Magu located on the main road. Rows and rows of shops sell local items of all sorts such as shirts, pants, hats, sunglasses, flip-flops, [Read more…]