Why travel to Maldives?
The Sanskrit word “MALADIVE” meaning “garland of islands” paints the picture.
Imagine a garland of 1,193 pearl shaped islands and 20 natural atolls scattered across the equator in the Indian Ocean. Only 199 islands are inhabited and 87 of these are currently operating as resorts. In 2005, the total population of the Maldives was merely 349,106 inhabitants. Male, the nation’s capital, has a land area of approximately 192 sq km and a population of about 74,069 residents.
The famous Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta described the Maldives as “one of the wonders of the world”.
It still is.