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Maldives (Photo by Ibrahim Egan on Unsplash)


Indian Ocean has ton of tourist attractions, the Maldives are one of Amazing tourist attraction and the Maldives are located more or less in the middle of the Indian Ocean, some 450 km west of the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent and 700 km south-west of Sri Lanka. 

The island republic consists of 20 major coral atolls, extending over 800 km from north to south like a string of pearls, with the southernmost island lying just north of the equator. Of the 2,000 islets scattered among the atolls, around 200 are permanently inhabited and 87 others entirely reserved for tourist use. Tourism is the major money spinner. Visitors are wooed with the slogan ‘the last paradise on earth’ and they do indeed enjoy relaxed resort holidays in an idyllic setting, with a pleasant climate that encourages water sports such as fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing and windsurfing. A typical resort in the Maldives will consist of an island occupied only by the workforce and visitors, with no local inhabitants, which will be up to 1000 m by 250 m in size. There will be swaying palm trees and a beautiful beach encircling the island, protected by a house reef that encloses a safe lagoon. They come in three types, luxury for honeymooners and the jet set, family resorts and dive resorts.

Their endless white sand beaches, crystal clear coastal waters, azure skies and nonstop sunshine have landed the Maldives on the cover of many glowing travel magazines, making them a favorite destination for travel agents and vacationers. In fact, the Maldives are the truly natural paradise they appear to be, particularly underwater. Divers exploring the species rich waters of the coral reefs encounter nearly every life from that could possibly inhabit a tropical sea. The water temperature rarely drop below 27C, with the air temperature ranging between the mid-20s during the monsoon months, which runs from November to March in the north east, and from June through August in the south west to over 30C.

The Maldives were first settled by Buddhist fishermen from India and Ceylon (today's Sri Lanka) in the fifth century BCE. Arab merchants and traders reached the islands in the twelfth century, establishing a sultanate and promoting Islam as the national religion.

The islands of the Maldives are sitting on an ecological time bomb. If greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to increase, the resulting worldwide climatic disaster will hit these low-lying islands first, and most catastrophically. If global warming and the concurrent rise in sea level cannot be brought under control, the atolls and islets of the Republic of the Maldives will soon disappear under the waves, like many a legendary paradise. The capital is Male, an extraordinary city that occupies an entire island, a place of contrasts where high rise buildings rub shoulders with the narrow streets, lanes and alleys of the old bazaar area.