5 things you didn't know about the Maldives

Everyone knows the Maldives to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The waters are crystal clear, the sand is soft and wonderfully white, the weather is fantastic all year round; the Maldives is a paradise that most holiday makers will happily save up for.

Maldives beach - photo by nattu

Maldives beach – photo by nattu

Full of honeymooning newlyweds, celebs and luxury seekers, a lavish treat that not all of us are lucky enough to experience. The islands are known not only for their insane natural beauty but also much talked about for being in danger from the effects of global warming.  However, there are many other facts you may not know about the Maldives.

5 things you probably didn’t know about the Maldives:

5 things you didn't know about the Maldives

1.  It’s one of the world’s most dispersed countries – the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, is made up from over 1000 coral islands, which are grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls. The atolls are made of coral reefs and sandbars, and these warm waters are home to a number of different eco systems. The country is recognised for its amazing coral reefs which house so many different species of fish, making it a desirable diving location.

Maldives - photo by Mal B

Crystal clear waters – photo by Mal B

2.  It’s the flattest country in the world – did you know that the Maldives is the flattest country on the entire planet? There are no mountains or hills and the maximum elevation is only 2.4 metres. For anyone who is looking for a fell walk or some mountain climbing activities, these islands sadly can’t offer that!

3.  Alcohol is not permitted – The Maldives is a Muslim state, meaning that alcohol has been banned. But never fear, cocktail lovers, you will be able to find alcoholic beverages in hotels and resorts that cater to tourists. But please be aware that you will not be able to drink alcohol anywhere else in public.

Maldives - Flower on beach - photo by Mal B

Flower on beach photo by Mal B

4.  Tipping is frowned upon – unlike most countries where not putting your hand in your pocket is frowned upon, there is no need to leave a tip in most cases. A 10 per cent service charge is automatically added to everything and adding a tip on top of that is not a done thing.

5.  Divorce is high – strangely enough, the Maldives has the highest divorce rate in the world. The current rate of divorce is 10.97 divorces per 1,000 marriages. One of the reasons for this could be that a marriage can be easily terminated, simply by the verbal pronouncement of the husband.

Maldives paradise - photo by Sarah_Ackerman

Maldives paradise – photo by Sarah_Ackerman

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