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18 Facts You Might Not Know about Maldives

18 Facts You Might Not Know about Maldives

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18 Facts You Should Know about Maldives

From having the world’s lowest country to fishes producing 1 ton of sand per year, read about the most interesting facts about Maldives that are cool to know.

Fun Facts about Maldives origins, their people, geography, culture and other things that everybody should know !

FACT 1

Equatorial Sun Light...

Beware of the sun in Maldives! A very high sun protection is a must-have. Located close to the equator, Maldives receive high amount of Sunrays. Almost direct, they strike at a 90° angle.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Burning Sun at Equator
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Burning Sun at Equator

FACT 2

Maldives Sandbanks and Islands Shapes

In Maldives, some island shapes can be modified by nature. Their sand is moved away and eventually brought back by seasonal currents during monsoons. Some sandbanks disappear and some new ones emerge.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Island shapes are modified by currents
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Island shapes are modified by currents

FACT 3

Maldives Whale Sharks

The World’s biggest fish has its official sanctuaries in Maldives with 3 places along the archipelago. The Maldives are one of the few places on Earth where Whale sharks can be encountered all year round.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Whale Sharks
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Whale Sharks

FACT 4

Maldives Origins

The Maldives are likely to be the reminiscence of a chain of sunken volcanoes formed around 60 millions of years ago. Recent studies suppose that coral reefs atolls have formed over hundreds of thousands of years on their sinking remains.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Sunken Volcanoes
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Sunken Volcanoes

FACT 5

World Record of the lowest country

Maldives owns the title of the lowest country in the World with an average of only 1.5 meters above sea level.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives Maldives owns the title of the lowest country in the World
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – title of the lowest country in the World

FACT 6

Maldivian Melting Pot

Crossroads of the ancient trading routes, today’s Maldivian multiple faces are the fruit of a civilization mix : Indian, African, European, Arabian, Asian…

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Maldivian Melting Pot
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Maldivian Melting Pot

FACT 7

Dhoni Shapes

The shape of the famous traditional Maldivian boat, the Dhoni, might have been inspired from the ancient Arabian sailing dhow, commonly used as a trading ship in Indian Ocean around the 11th Century.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Dhoni Shapes from Arabian ships
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Dhoni Shapes from Arabian ships

Maldives Dhoni Video

The Maldivian Dhonis – The Traditional Maldives Boats

FACT 8

Maldives Coins and Money

Cowry shells can be found by millions in Maldives. They were used as units of money during medieval times. This is why nowadays shells commonly ornate Maldivian coins and some money bills.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives -Coins and money bills
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives -Coins and money bills

FACT 9

Coral Houses

Maldivian used to build their houses in coral. This traditional housing is now forbidden since Coral Reefs are worldwide protected. Many coral houses still can be seen in Male and local islands.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Coral house wall
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Coral house wall

FACT 10

Bodu Beru

The drum-based traditional music, Bodu Beru ( meaning big drum) is a reminder of Maldives long relations with East Africa a few centuries ago. Bodu Beru music is very rhythmic and can be perceived as transcendental.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Bodu Beru
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Bodu Beru

FACT 11

Desert Islands

There are approximately 1200 islands in Maldives. Around 800 of them are still uninhabited, 200 islands are populated, about 200 host Hotels and Resorts. The rest of the islands are used for airports, agriculture, picnics, governmental assets, industrial activities and even jails !

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Maldives Islands
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Maldives Islands

Maldives Islands The Video

MALDIVES HD Video

FACT 12

Maldives Flag

The Maldives flag has various symbols and symbolic colors : Green for peace and the national Coconut Tree, a White Crescent for Islam and Red for the blood of their fights for independence.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Maldives Flag
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Maldives Flag

FACT 13

Coconut Trees

The coconut tree is one of the symbols of the Maldivian emblem. National tree of the islands and only natural shade protection of Maldives beaches, coconut trees can grow up to 30 meters and reach the age of 100 years. Their wood is extremely solid and widely used to build Dhonis.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Coconut Trees
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Coconut Trees

FACT 14

Smallest islands

The Maldives have some of the smallest islands in the World with no more than a few square meters size. The largest island barely reaches 6km long.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - smallest islands in the World
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – smallest islands in the World

FACT 15

Dhoni Captains are Authentic Sailors

Some dhoni Captains and crews still do not use compass or GPS to navigate through the islands and atolls. They find their ways throughout the coral labyrinths helping themselves with the bow of their dhonis and the stars. During clear nights, some have the rare ability to carefully observe the moves of the lagoon surface to avoid coral reefs.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Dhoni Captains
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Dhoni Captains

FACT 16

Fishes in Bakeries ?

Feeding fishes during Snorkeling is harmful to them. Our food is not part of their ecosystem and surely not adapted to their digestive system.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - No Bread for Fishes !
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – No Bread for Fishes !

FACT 17

Coral Sandy Beaches

Maldives islands are of coralline origins. Their amazing sand is white and extremely fine. Coralline beaches are rare, they represent less than 5% of the World beaches, the rest of them are mostly made of quartz.

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Finest White Sand Beaches
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Finest White Sand Beaches

FACT 18

The Sand, Parrot fishes and Poop

Parrot fishes are huge contributors to the beauty of Maldives beaches. Their fine coral sand is the result of undigested corals they eat. We estimate that an adult parrot fish can produce around 1 ton of sand per year !

Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives - Fish Poop turned in sand
Fun Fact You Might Not Know about Maldives – Fish Poop turned into sand
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About The Author

I am Rozenn, Dreaming of Maldives writer and editor. Sakis, my partner in life, is the photograher behind most of the images you will see here. We travel to the Maldives several times a year for journeys that can vary from 1 week to several months. We created Dreaming of Maldives “The Blog” as an extension of the webite of the same name to make you discover the Maldives in the most complete and different way as possible. This blog is a place to dream. It is mainly aimed to share with you our long time experience and Emotions of travelling in the marvelous and so unique Maldives… PLEASE ...NEVER STOP DREAMING . Dreamfully Yours. Rozenn. Carpe Diem.

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