From the title of the flattest country in the world to its coral covered beaches, here are 18 little-known facts about the Maldives!
What do you know about the Maldives Islands , which are indispensable for those who want to have a romantic holiday ?
We share with you 18 interesting facts about the Maldives that you need to know , from having the title of the flattest country in the world to fish that produce 1 ton of sand a year .
Maldives has a population of about 347,000 (Census in 2015). The capital and largest city is Male. The language spoken in Maldives is Maldivian (Dhivehi), an Indo-Aryan language spoken almost exclusively in Maldives . The main religion is Islam and the majority of the population is Muslim.
Now if you are ready , we share fun and interesting facts you should know before taking a Maldives tour .
1. Beware of sunlight
Watch out for the sun in Maldives ! A very high sun protection cream is the most important thing you should have. Located near the equator, Maldives receives a high amount of sunlight. It comes almost directly at a 90° angle.
2. Only 200 of them are human
Of the 1,190 islands in the Maldives, only 200 are inhabited.
An additional 80 Maldivian Islands are home to exclusive, luxury resorts. The rest of the islands are either too small to sustain life or too remote to be practical. Additionally, 99% of the 115 square miles that make up the Maldives are water. There are so many potential dive sites to explore!
3. The flattest country in the world
Maldives is the flattest country in the world .
Its highest point (on Villingili Island) is only 7 feet and 7 inches above sea level, but the average ground level across the country is only 4 feet and 11 inches.
4. Underwater meeting
In 2009, the Maldives cabinet held an underwater meeting, making the Maldives the first country in the world to hold a government meeting on scuba . Appropriately, this cabinet meeting was to put emphasis on climate change. Many Maldivians fear that their habitats will be submerged as the climate continues to change and sea levels rise.
5. Seashells were currency
In the Middle Ages, the Maldives used seashells as their currency . While touring the Maldives you will see a seashell on most of the country’s coins as a homage to the money of the past years.
6. Sand banks and shapes of islands
In Maldives, some island shapes are changed by nature over time. Some of their sands move away from the coast and are then brought back by seasonal currents during the monsoon season. Some sandboxes disappear and some reappear.
7. You stumble upon whale sharks
The world’s largest fish is conveniently spotted throughout the archipelago in the Maldives. The Maldives is one of the few places where whale sharks can be spotted all year round.
8. Origin of Maldives
The history of Maldives is quite old. It is thought to be the remains of a submerged chain of volcanoes that formed about 60 million years ago. Recent research hypothesizes that coral reef atolls formed on the sinking remnants of volcanic mountains hundreds of thousands of years ago.
9. Mixture of Civilizations
Maldives was the crossroads of ancient trade routes. The fact that there are many different cultures in the Maldives today is the fruit of a mixture of civilizations: Indian, African, European, Arab, Asian …
10. Maldives dhoni shapes
The shape of the famous traditional Maldivian boat Dhoni is inspired by the ancient dhow that was widely used as a merchant ship in the Indian Ocean in the 11th century. In Maldives, inter-island transportation is provided by these boats called Dhoni .
11. Maldivian coral houses
Maldivians used to build their homes in corals. Housing in these places is now prohibited, as the Coral Reefs are protected worldwide. Many coral houses can still be seen in Male and the local islands.
12. Maldives traditional music: Boduberu
Bodu Beru (meaning big drum), drum-based traditional music, is a reminder of the Maldives’ long-standing relationship with East Africa a few centuries ago. Bodu Beru music is very rhythmic and you will hear a lot of this style during your Maldives vacation .
13. Desert Islands in Maldives
If you are wondering how many islands there are in Maldives , let’s say right away, there are about 1200 islands. About 800 of them are still uninhabited, 200 islands are inhabited, and about 200 are home to hotels and resorts. The rest of the islands are used for airports, agriculture, picnics, government assets, industrial activities and even prisons. For this reason, some of the islands in the Maldives, which have hundreds of islands, are uninhabited and deserted.
14. Maldives coconut trees
The coconut tree is one of the symbols of the Maldives country . Coconut trees, the national tree of the islands and the only natural shade of the Maldivian beaches, can grow up to 30 meters and live up to 100 years. Its woods are extremely robust and are widely used in Dhoni boat building.
15. The smallest islands in the world are here
Maldives has some of the smallest islands in the world that do not exceed a few square meters . Its largest island reaches almost 6 km in length.
16. Dhoni captains are authentic sailors
The captains of the dhoni boats transported in the Maldives are former sailors. The captain and crew still do not use compass or GPS to navigate between islands and atolls.
They find their way through coral mazes. On clear nights, some have the rare ability to carefully observe the movements of the lagoon surface to avoid coral reefs.
17. Do not feed the fish
Feeding fish while snorkeling in Maldives or elsewhere in the world is harmful to them. The foods that humans eat are not part of the ecosystem and are definitely not suitable for the digestive systems of fish.
18. Coral sand beaches
The Maldives are of coral origin.
The sands that make up the incredibly beautiful Maldivian beaches are white and extremely fine. It has the most beautiful sands of the world’s beaches. That’s why Maldives is called paradise everywhere.