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The Maldives is one of the few countries on the planet that may be found within both the Northern Hemisphere and also the Southern Hemisphere due to their location in South Asia, which sprawls across the equator.
Those who have not visited the Maldives, a tropical paradise are left with a sense of near-mystery regarding its beauty, while those who have been unable to say enough good things about it. But before we continue talking about this paradise on earth, we know you're wondering, "Where on earth is the Maldives?"
The Maldives is one of the most dispersed countries in the world since they are composed of 1,192 coral islands that are organized into a double chain of 26 atolls.
This chain stretches along a length of 871 km. (541 miles) north to south and 130 km. (81 miles) east to west. The total land area is approximately 90,000 sq. km (35,000 square miles), but there are only 298 km2 (115 square miles) of dry land. It is located between 1° South and 8° North latitude, and between 72° and 74° East longitude.
The atolls are made up of living coral reefs including sand bars, and they are located on top of a submerged ridge that is 960 km. (600 miles) in length. This ridge abruptly rises from the depth of the Indian Ocean and extends in a north-to-south direction.
One of the numerous countries that can be found on the equator, which separates the North Pole and the South Pole, is the Maldives. There are around 1192 islands in the Maldives, and each one has its own distinct qualities, both in terms of its landscape and the way its inhabitants live their lives.
The nation stretches in a narrow strip from the north to the south of the globe, and the equator runs through the middle of it somewhere between the atolls of Fuvahmulah and Gaafu Dhaalu in the southern regions.
One of the islands that fall into this category is Fuvahmulah. This particular island is home to a species of fish and a bird that cannot be found anywhere else in this island nation. However, it does not appear that there is anything that is significantly different simply since the equator is there, with the sole distinction of the fact that the people who live there speak a separate local dialect that the bulk of the people who live there currently do not understand at all.
In point of fact, each of the equatorial atolls, including Addu Atoll, Fuvahmulah, Gaafu Dhaalu, and Gaafu Alif Atoll (together referred to as Huvadhu Atoll or Huvadhoo Atoll), has its own unique dialect. The dialects are related to one another, yet they also differ significantly from one another. Huvadhoo is one massive natural atoll that was created when the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll and the Gaafu Alif Atoll were combined to create Huvadhoo for the purpose of making it easier for the government to administer.
There are more than 200 inhabited islands that make up the Maldivian Islands, which are scattered throughout an area that is greater than 90,000 square kilometers.
Nearly one-third, or 90, of these islands, are designated as tourist destinations, while the remaining islands are farmed, used for other forms of economic production, or are simply deserted. There are approximately 200 islands in all.
None of these islands rises more than six feet above the surrounding water, making them all lowlands. The atolls that make up all of these islands were formed on top of a jagged ridge that rose from the Indian Ocean, which is the source of the distinctiveness that they exhibit.
Things to Do in the Maldives
1. The Maldives is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world to do scuba diving, so if there is any location in which you should give the activity a shot, it should be here.
2. It may be hard to believe, but the Maldives are home to a sizable population, and a good number of the natives earn their living on the islands. Make sure you plan an excursion to visit the neighboring local islands and towns if you are going to be staying on a private island while you are in the Maldives.
3. Also popular for surfing, Maldives undeniably offers one of the most exciting activities that visitors may partake in while on vacation to this paradise.
4. Paddling in protected bays where the water is so clear that you can observe fish swimming directly below your boards is an option.
5. This is the perfect location to indulge on a romantic evening out if you are traveling as a spouse and want to treat yourselves to a memorable experience. While most meals in the Maldives are served in the style of a buffet, you can take a moment from the feast and have dinner on the beach or pier as the sun goes down.
6. Observing these graceful dolphins at sunset is one of the most well-liked activities in the Maldives, which is not surprising given that it is consistently named among the top five best spots in the world to do so.
Best time to visit Maldives
The months of November through April are considered to be the ideal time to travel to the Maldives. The environment is tropical with average high temperatures hovering between 29 and 31 degrees Celsius throughout the year and average low temperatures rarely dropping below 24 degrees Celsius.
The months of January until April are the driest, with very little rainfall and very low humidity; as a result, this is the busiest season in the resorts.
You will be able to observe hundreds of various kinds of tropical fish, in addition to species such as barracuda, snapper, and bream. During the month of May, there is a particularly high concentration of plankton, which draws larger species like manta rays and sharks.
Even though it's the rainy season, the safest place to be during an intense rain is under the surface of the water.