Maldives: A Tropical Paradise on Earth
The Republic of Maldives is an island complex in the Indian Ocean, southwest from India. It has almost 360.000 residents and is the smallest country in the World where the predominant religion is Islam. It used to be a British protectorate until 1965, while Democracy was established just in 1968. Today, it is mostly known as a major tourist attraction, visited by thousands of foreigners from all over the world. Its capital and only city is Male.
The name of the country comes from the words Maale Dhivehi Raajje, which refers to the Island Kingdom of Male. Maldives is famous for the largest concentration of coral reefs and underwater rocks in the world. It consists of atolls, ring shaped collections of small islands which are the remains of an enormous volcano. The majority of the islands are not inhabited and they are just a point of attraction for the tourists. They are too small to support and maintain communities and settlements; therefore, they are visited by islanders and visitors daily as part of small sea excursions.
The renowned beach resorts started appearing in the island of Maldives in late 60s, when ambitious businessmen and investors discovered this place and considered it to be one of the most attractive and charming exotic places. Their plan was to create a Robinson Crusoe island, where tourists would flock so as to admire the uniqueness of the natural habitat and the beauty of the seaside. The palm fringed beaches that surround sapphire lagoons, the lush greenery, the calmness and privacy of the environment are known all over the world. Here exist some of the most known resorts and tourist establishments in the world, boasting the largest and most diverse concentration of indulgence one can imagine.
Impeccable beauty, state of art services and privacy are to be expected when visiting this tropical paradise.