If you are looking for the perfect island getaway in the Indian Ocean then the Maldives is the place for you. Located in two rows of atolls in the Indian Ocean just across the equator the country is made up of 1,190 coral islands formed around 26 natural ring like atolls and spread over 90,000 square kilometers.
Each atoll of the Maldives is made of a coral reef surrounding a lagoon. The reefs have countless number of underwater creatures and vibrant corals and protect the island from wind and wave action from the surrounding vast oceans. It is virtually impossible to navigate the unique structure of reefs and channels without sufficient knowledge of the waters.
The Maldives features deep blue seas with white sandy beaches and palm trees. A place full of character its people have long spent their days enjoying the idyll living. This is the perfect place to sit on the beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail in hand.
The early history of the island is enshrined in myth and legend. There is a tale of Rannamaari, a tale of a sea monster that demands a virgin sacrifice every full moon, until a brave man from Morocco, Abdul Barakaath-Ul Barbary decided to confront the monster and prohibit him from coming into the Maldives.
There is also the story of Bodu Thakurufaanu renowned for its length that reportedly saved the Maldives from Portuguese Invaders. While these stories are anecdotal they are based on real facts that form the history of the country. The country is isolated but not invisible and has retained its charm.
The Maldives has usually picture perfect sunlit days, breezy nights, balmy mornings and iridescent sunsets. The average temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
The country has two distinct seasons the dry season (northeast monsoon) and wet season (southwest monsoon) with the former extending from January to March and the latter mid May to November.
Although the Maldives may be an isolated location it is easily accessible from anywhere in South- East Asia, The Middle East and Europe.
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