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The Maldives have some of the smallest islands in the World with no more than a few square meters size. The largest island barely reaches 6km long.

The coconut tree is one of the symbols of the Maldivian emblem. National tree of the islands and only natural shade protection of Maldives beaches, coconut trees can grow up to 30 meters and reach the age of 100 years. Their wood is used to build Dhonis.

The drum-based traditional music, Bodu Beru ( meaning big drum) is a reminder of Maldives long relations with East Africa a few centuries ago. Bodu Beru music is very rhythmic and can be perceived as transcendental.


Maldives is home to some of the smallest islands in the world. It is home to just over 1200 small islands, with some of the smaller resorts as tiny as 2.7 Hectares. While its powder-soft beaches are some of the finest in the world, the reefs and ocean that surround it are even better. The otherworldly experience of swimming the kaleidoscopic reefs, is enhanced by the excellent underwater visibility.

And the best part? Most of the dazzling variety of coral life and tropical fishes are at a ridiculously shallow depth of 5 meters, where the natural warmth of the tropical water frees snorkelers from even having to wear a wetsuit!

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The Maldives consists of 1,190 coral islands grouped in a double chain of twenty-seven atolls situated in the Indian Ocean. Most atolls consist of a large, ring-shaped coral reef supporting numerous small islands.

The country covers an area approximately 90,000 square kilometres, of which only 298 square kilometres is dry land. The islands are of average one to two square kilometres in area, and no individual island is longer than eight kilometres. The Maldives lies between 1-1.5 meters above sea level, with the highest island situated at 3 meters above sea level.
Maldives is largely flat and has no land features such as hills or rivers, but some islands have dunes such as that found in Hithadhoo island of Addu Atoll, and wetlands and marshes such as those found in the Fuvahmulah island of Gnaviyani Atoll.

The Maldives is renowned for its white sandy beaches, pristine turquoise waters and unique underwater marine life.

In 2011, Baa Atoll, which is home to a globally significant biodiversity among its numerous reefs in the Indian Ocean, became a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The people of the Maldives islands are widely dispersed across the atolls, with about 200 inhabited islands. About 164 islands are developed as tourist resorts and the remaining islands are uninhabited or used for agriculture & other livelihood purposes.
The capital of the Maldives is Male’.


Musically, the most prominent traditional form seen is known as Bodu Beru, which is a percussion-based performance with styles of singing and dancing unique to it. Originating from East Africa, the insistent hypnotic beats that mark the genre start slow before it eventually crescendos as the dancers themselves slip into a frenetic trance-like state reminiscent of the famous Fire dancers of Indonesia. It’s not unusual for drastic variances in rhythms to occur from island to island.

Originally brought to the Maldives by Arabs from the Persian Gulf, Thaara is another traditional song and dance performance by only men, which also starts slow and peaks towards the end. While Bandiya Jehun, a women-only dance performed with water pots, is perhaps an offshoot of the Indian pot dance. Several other types of poetry, song and dance abound across these serene isles, perhaps not a very surprising fact considering that Maldivians of old were known to speak in a particular kind of poetry as a form of entertainment and communing.

When it comes to the culinary side of things, Maldives is no less diverse. Short eats such as Bajiya, Zileybi, Roas Paan, Cutlets and many more are obvious Dhivehi* takes on foreign dishes. Dishes from the visitors and neighboring countries have made their way into the Maldives and made their way into the hearts and stomachs of the residents who have no qualms about adopting and adapting dishes to their unique tastes. In recent years, Maldivian chefs have begun to experiment with Maldivian takes on popular dishes such as noodles, pizza, spaghetti and more, no doubt enriching the vast list of world cuisine.

*What Maldivians prefer to refer to themselves as.

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Maldives islands are of coralline origins. Their amazing sand is white and extremely fine. Coralline beaches are rare, they represent less than 5% of the World beaches, the rest of them are mostly made of quartz.

There are approximately 1200 islands in Maldives. Around 800 of them are still uninhabited, 200 islands are populated, about 110 host Hotels and Resorts. The rest of the islands are used for airports, agriculture, picnics, governmental or other industrial activities.

The Maldives flag has various symbols and symbolic colors : Green for peace and the national Coconut Tree, a White Crescent for Islam and Red for the blood of their fights for independence.


Maldives is completely connected. The choice of many major airlines gives visitors the opportunity to customize their travel choices, be it direct or transit, economy or first-class.
If you are traveling to a resort, the transfer is confirmed upon booking your accommodation. Simply walk off the plane, be greeted, received, and directed to your transfer, which will take you to the gorgeous resort of your (pre-booked) choice.

If your choice of stay is one among the many resorts that are scattered around the airport, you will be whisked away on a speedboat. However, if your resort is a bit further away, you are in for an unforgettable sight.

Velana International Airport is proudly home to the largest seaplane fleet in the world, where experienced pilots fly thousands of travelers to and from resorts around Maldives during daylight hours. The stunning views these seaplane rides tease, will make you feel like they end too soon.



Located in the middle of the Maritime Silk Route and in light of historical evidence that suggests that Maldives has been inhabited for over 2500 years, the gentle people of Maldives are no strangers to travelers and have been in steady contact with the world for thousands of years. The first documented settlers are said to hail from parts of India and Sri Lanka, with more settlers coming in later from Africa.

Nature worship and pagan rituals were said to be practiced in the Maldives until Buddhism was widely adopted, and practiced across Maldives for the next 1400 years. This eventually gave way to Islam, which was declared the official religion of Maldives in 1153 AD.

Coinage from ancient China has been discovered in Maldives, proving trade ties with past dynasties, while Maldivian cowry shells, one of the most valuable and widely used currencies in the world at one point, have been discovered in all corners of the world.


Maldives has two seasonal monsoons. The sunny northeast monsoon starts around January and ends around March, and the southwest monsoon, AKA the wetter season, begins around mid-May and ends in November. Throughout the year, the average temperature soars to a toasty 30 degree Celsius and on the low end, temperatures hover around a surprisingly comfortable average of 25 degree Celsius.

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Parrot fishes are huge contributors to the beauty of Maldives beaches. Their fine coral sand is the result of undigested corals they eat. We estimate that an adult parrot fish can produce around 1 ton of sand per year !

Some dhoni Captains and crews still do not use compass or GPS to navigate through the islands and atolls. They find their ways throughout the coral labyrinths helping themselves with the bow of their dhonis and the stars. During clear nights, some have the rare ability to carefully observe the moves of the lagoon surface to avoid coral reefs.