10 interesting facts about the Maldives

10 interesting facts about the Maldives

The Maldives lies somewhere in the Indian Ocean and its major draw is scuba diving. Excellent!

You are on a good way to becoming a real Maldives expert, especially after you will have done a few dive or snorkel trips with us. And because we know your days will be busy enjoying paradise to the full and hence won’t have much time to go through all the literature, we’ve compiled a list of must-know facts about the Maldives so you will be able to appreciate its beauty even more. And after all, there is hardly anything more sexy than being a diver AND being bright, right?

Here are 10 interesting facts about the Maldives:

1. The Maldives is the flattest country in the world. Its highest point is just 2,4 meters above mean sea level.

2. The country’s 1,192 coral islands are grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls. Atolls are ring-shaped reefs that came to be as volcanoes subsided and sea levels rose. The word atoll originates in Dhivehi, the Maldives’ national language.

3. In the Maldives, we get plenty of sunshine throughout the year! The average air temperature is around 29-32 degrees Celsius, the water temperature is constant at about 28 degrees Celsius.

4. More than 2,000 species of fish, and more than 200 species of coral have been identified in the Maldives.

5. Coral reefs are living structures and rival rain forests in terms of biological diversity.

6. Ninety-nine percent of Maldives is water. The Maldives is the most watery nation on the planet.

7. The Maldives’ area is about the same size as Portugal’s.

8. The country’s main industry sector is tourism; its main export is fish.

9. The first resort opened in 1972, as of day, there are more than 100.

10. ‘Thank you’ in Dhivehi is ‘shukuriyaa’.

Now you know!