When we think of the Maldives, we automatically picture white sands and clear blue waters and if you are planning a holiday in the Maldives, here are a few fun facts that you probably didn’t know.
- The Maldives is the flattest place on Earth – It might be hard to believe, but the Maldives is only 2.3 metres above sea level. Indeed, climate experts say the Maldives is slowly sinking, so if you fancy a stay at one of the 5-star Maldives luxury villas, don’t wait for too long.
- The Maldives lies on the equator – Sunrises and sunsets are very quick in the Maldives and you will be amazed at the speed of the Sun, as it drops below the simmering ocean. You will have the chance to capture some amazing sunsets as you lounge by the pool in your luxury villa.
- About 20% of the Maldives islands are inhabited – As incredible as it might sound, 80% of the islands that make up the Maldives are uninhabited. This means with a short speedboat ride, you can be on your own deserted island and get a better understanding of how it feels to be stranded on a beautiful reef island.
- The largest whale shark population in the world can be found in the Maldives – The majestic whale shark is an amazing creature that swims silently through the water, consuming krill as it glides by. Of course, you shouldn’t panic if a whale shark suddenly appears, as they are gentle giants that do not harbour aggression towards humans, and we are not on their menu! To swim alongside an adult whale shark is a unique experience and one that you might encounter when you book a stay at one of the luxury villas.
- Home to many marine turtle species – Of the seven marine turtle species, five are found in abundance in this part of the Indian Ocean, namely leatherbacks, loggerheads, green hawksbill and the Olive Ridley turtle. There are quite a few dive sites where marine turtles like to hang out, so you can get close and personal with these amazing creatures. If you are a ‘Game of Thrones fan, here are a few places to visit.
- The coconut is the National Tree of the Maldives – If you look closely, there is a coconut tree on their flag and as you would expect, the locals make the best use of coconut trees, using the bark to make rope and string, building boats from the trunks and, of course, making coconut oil from the fruit. You can wake up to a chilled coconut drink every single day of your stay in the Maldives.
- Sunday is a working day in the Maldives – They follow the Muslim tradition of having the weekend on Friday and Saturday, which means Sunday is a working day. Of course, none of this matters to guests, every day is a free day when you stay at a luxury villa in the Maldives.
If this is your first time travelling to the Maldives, we feel sure that you will have an amazing experience, enjoying a millionaire lifestyle.