MALDIVES – THE IDYLLIC INDIAN OCEAN

HRVATSKA VERZIJA: MALDIVI – IDILA INDIJSKOG OCEANA

The Sunny Side Of Life – this is the motto of the Maldives Tourist Board. Turquoise coral reefs, white sandy beaches and palm trees … sounds like a cliché from the tropics, but it really is!

Photo by Conrad Maldives The Over Water Spa

Inspired by frequent comments on the Facebook site Posvudusha whenever it comes to exotic photos, I had to explore the Maldives and find out more information for my readers and myself.
How to introduce the Maldives? Very simple I would say – if you decide to go for a vacation in the Maldives, there no one will blame you if you choose to sit all day at the beach, sip a cocktail and wait almost a perfect sunset over the Indian Ocean. Yes, that sounds like a holiday in the Maldives!

Maldives is an archipelago of some 1190 coral islands located southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The capital is Malé in which live most of the approximately 350.000 inhabitants (all are Muslims). The main industries are tourism and fishing (tuna). The national currency is the Rufiyaa (100 Laar).

In this great archipelago 200 islands are inhabited while 99 of them are resort islands. About the history of the island locals will tell you a few legends and myths, but the fact is that the Maldives were mentioned for the first time in the first century, and one of the is stories associated with the real events of the 16th century when the inhabitants prevented attack of the Portuguese. Maldives have twice declared a republic (last 1968) and for a while they were even sultanate. The first resort was built back in 1972.

People of Maldives take care of their culture and customs, but are always open to new modern things. Some of the touristic tours will take you to the islands inhabited by locals where you can get an insight of the life – a life that depends on the sea and where human relationships mean a lot. On these islands you can buy local handicrafts.

I personally am not a fan of a classical type of holiday, and for me is pretty important to know what more can I do at the destination except relaxing. What can you really do here? If you check the tours there are a couple of things: a tour of the island where the locals live, tour to the “virgin islands” where humans rarely set foot, going to the Big Game Fishing, dolphin cruise or even swimming with whales. Those seeking for a more active vacation, they will be thrilled by the fact that the Maldives are a paradise for surfers! Time of the large waves is from June to September when the southwest monsoon blows. With surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, other water sports like sailing, jet skis, water skiing, catamaran rides, parasailing, snorkeling and scuba diving course are possible!

Now, why would you actually want to go there? For most, the real reason is relaxing and leisure which exclusive holiday resorts give them; plus a luxury spa and wellness experience with the scent of coconut oil… For a total recovery of body and soul you’ll just have to forget about the phone and connection to the rest of the world, because why spoil this holidays? Did I say that many people come here on a honeymoon or to get married?

Now, since I have not had a chance to hop on the Maldives, and I’m sure that time will come, I leave you with idyllic pictures from those lucky ones who were in paradise, and with pictures that we often (too often) watch on the TV commercials.

Dheebu Dhivehi Mee, Old Maldivian Folk song:

 In horizon of the vast Indian Ocean grow green palms
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives
From the clear blue seas, we grow like pearls,
This is my homeland, this is the Maldives

Do you really want to enjoy the Maldives, be faster than the global warming and fast rising sea level. All the atolls of the archipelago aren`t higher more than 1.2 meter and if the sea level continues to rise this little paradise will be gone forever.

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