Exotic Maldives – The ultimate exotic getaway

Although they’ve been settled for about 2,000 years, the Maldive Islands did not embrace tourism until a few decades ago. As the republic consisted of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (with 200 inhabited islands], a unique arrangement was developed to allow the world to experience its stunning beaches, blue waters, and virtually pure air: Each tourist resort is housed on a separate island by itself, with no local people or houses, lending a sense of isolation unlike no other destination on the planet!

Located in the Indian Ocean about 300 miles from the southern tip of India, the Maldives have the distinction of being the flattest country in the world – its maximum elevation is about 7-8 feet.    One of the smallest world capitals – and one of the globe’s most densely populated cities – Male is the center for all commercial and government activities of the country. Surrounded by seawalls, the picturesque city is a popular destination, filled with numerous high-rise buildings and skyscrapers, as well as cramped, narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants.

The islands developed for tourism are each approximately 40 acres in size, composed of sand and coral to a maximum height of about 6 feet above the sea. In addition to a “private” beach completely encircling the island, each resort has its own “house reef,” which serves as a coral garden and natural aquarium for scuba divers, snorkelers, Consequently, the Maldives are an ideal destination for those whose idea of paradise involves long walks on quiet beaches, scuba diving or snorkeling in crystalline water, lounging in luxury huts with views of the blue horizon, and hitting the waves for windsurfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, or sailing. In other words, a welcome contrast to the frantic pace of our lives….

In the Maldives, you don’t have to be Robinson Crusoe to relish your own secluded island!

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