The Republic of Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean thatstretches across the equator. Comprising of 1192 islands grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls the low-lying islands are surrounded by the coral reefs thriving with underwater species of the marine world. One of the smallest countries in the world, the islands are blessed with white sandy shores, aquamarine waters, lush specks of green and balmy weather of perpetual sunshine.
A little is known about the ancient history of the Maldives.Scholarsand historians believe that the island comprise an old nation populated well over 2500 years ago. The Maldivian race is formed by several waves of settlement from various parts of the Indian subcontinent of different races and ethnicities. Now, the people of Maldives are hospitable; and open their hearts and home for guests from all over the world.
Unique like its beauty, Maldives culture is a colourful mix of people, their traditions, rituals, crafts and more. The population of over half a million people, the Maldives culture is heavily influenced by the island environment and the surrounding seas. The food is heavily dependent on the sea as well as the land that grows coconuts and tropical fruits. Folk performances and music are borrowed from the blissful setting as are the arts and crafts.
The Maldives is nestled in pristine natural environment. It has one of the most delicate environments anywhere on the planet. The low-lying islands are home to miles and miles of white sands that lead to crystal clear waters which are home to coral reefs that support a colourful marine world. The reefs are the foundation of the islands and act as their natural defense system and the one that keeps the environment one of the best in the world.