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A beautiful Maldives beach
A Little Geography...
- The Republic of the Maldives is a diverse group of 1,200 largely uninhabited islands in the Indian Ocean.
- The Maldives is the smallest Asian country both in size and population and the country with the lowest highpoint - at just 2.4 metres!
- The Maldives is world famous as an exotic holiday destination for those seeking pristine beaches and privacy.
- Male, the capital, crams 75,000 people into just 1.7 square kilometres. It is a bustling market town, linked by steamship to Sri Lanka and India, and it relies of fishing and tourism.
A Little History...
- Early settlers from Ceylon and Southern India left a legacy of culture, language and Bhuddist religion.
- In 1153 the Maldives became a Sultanante. The conversion to Islam is recorded on a plaque on the Juma Mosque in Male.
And Some Interesting Facts...
- The Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 created 14 feet waves which flooded the low-lying land, highlighting the risks of rising sea levels from global warming.
- The coral islands are home to 1100 species of fish, including the scorpionfish, whose poisonous spikes can be fatal if you step on them.
Under the sea in the Maldives
- The local hotels make the most of the location. There is an underwater restaurant, an underwater nightclub and plans to build a floating golf course!
- Locals enjoy a seafood diet. 'Mas riha', tuna curry with coconut milk, is a typical dish.