Geographically closest to India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives are made up of 1,194 islands all but two of them coral. The islands have limited resources and depend mainly on fishing, agriculture and tourism. Because of climate change, there are immense concerns about rising sea levels and the impact it will have on the survival of the islands.
Tourism in the Maldives
Tourism is the main source of income for the Maldives bringing in valuable foreign currencies and providing work for local people.. Because of the turquoise, clear seas, the islands are some of the world’s water sport hubs. Idyllic beach resorts, alongside the white sands make for a private and relaxing holiday. The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April, and avoid the Monsoons, which occur between May and November.
Maldives Coral Reefs
For those who enjoy exploring coral reefs and lagoons, the islands offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the coral reefs in a pristine setting. Equipment and expert tuition are provided at resorts where divers will have a magical experience exploring the coral. Looking for dolphins is also a great pastime.
Unsurprisingly, fish is the main dish everywhere you go with coconuts following a close second. Try garughiya, a fish broth served with rice, lime, chilli and onions, or mas huni, a dish of shredded smoked fish with grated coconuts and onions.