The Maldives of the Indian Ocean

The Islands of Maldives

Beautiful sunset. Indian ocean. The Maldives

Beautiful sunset. Indian ocean. The Maldives

Where Is the Maldives

The Maldives is said to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The smallest Asian country, it is an archipelago off of the Indian Ocean in the Laccadive Sea, near the southernmost part of Lakshawdeep, India.

Beach and palm trees.

Beach and palm trees.

This unique tourist attraction also forms a terrestrial ecoregion. The serenely beautiful region is approximately 35,000 km altogether.

A hotel in the Maldives.

A unique hotel in the Maldives.

Fishing and Tourism

Tourism and fishing are the two primary sources that drive the economy for the 300,000 inhabitants of the 185 islands here.

Maldives island

On-the-water huts.

Tourism has only become a major industry since the early 1970’s, and is the largest source of revenue for the annual GDP of Maldives. Fishing also a major industry contributes to 15% of the overall GDP.

Island in ocean, Maldives.

Island in ocean, Maldives.

Language and People

The population of Maldives is essentially descended immigrants from the subcontinent of India and Sri Lanka.

They share one official common language called Dhivehi, while numerous dialects are used throughout the islands.

An overwater villa with endless swimming pools.

An overwater villa with endless swimming pools.

Caste and Culture of Maldives Islands

There is some degree of social stratification in the Maldives, as influenced by the more rigidly defined caste system of India.

Tropical Paradise at the Maldives

Tropical Paradise at the Maldives

While the nation is largely influenced by Islamic tradition and culture, a more liberal interpretation of their teachings have rendered the Maldives to have the highest divorce rate in the entire world.

A resort in the Maldives.

Sea lodging/ accommodation.

Hotels and Resorts

There are currently 92 resort hotels available to choose from for the prospective traveler.

The Maldives

Waterfront/ beach resort.

Travel into the Maldives is available through many Airlines internationally as well as its own major airline, Trans Maldivian Airways, TMA.

Ariel view of the Maldives

Ariel view of the Maldives.

 

A dock in Maldives

A dock in Maldives

If the serenity and panoramic water views appeal to you, please read further at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maldives#Tourism

Palm trees on a beach in the Maldives.

Palm trees on a beach in the Maldives.