Overview

  • Maldives is the lowest country in the world. Its ground level is averaged at 1.5 meters (4 feet 11 inches), and its highest point, a certain spot in Villingili Island that stands at 2.3 meters (7 feet 7 inches), is the lowest on the planet. Because the country is low-lying, Maldivians worry about the possibility of it sinking, especially now that climate change continues to take effect.
  • To raise awareness on climate change, Maldives held an underwater cabinet meeting in 2009. It was the first country in the world to do so.
  • Ninety-nine percent of Maldives is water.
  • Maldives, which follows the British educational system, has a stunning functional literacy rate of 98%.
  • Every element in the Maldives flag is symbolic – the crescent moon stands for Islam, the green section represents palm trees, and the red background symbolizes the blood shed by Maldivian heroes.
  • As a Muslim country, Maldives calls for casual but modest clothing. In fact, the shorts/pants and T-shirt combination is the accepted swimwear in the inhabited islands. Bikinis are worn only in island resorts.
  • Maldives is one of the safest travel destinations on the planet – the island resorts, specifically, since they are largely isolated.
  • The word atoll is derived from the Divehi word atholhu, which means a ring-like coral island surrounding a lagoon. It is the only English word derived from Divehi.
  • While many countries in the world take their weekend break on Saturday and Sunday, Maldives – like other Muslim countries – has its weekend on Friday and Saturday.
  • Did you know that the island was established by an exiled Indian prince? It is said that the King of Kalinga was very unhappy with his son and so sent him away to the Maldives, then known as Dheeva Maari.
  • They used shells as money! (how cool!) In around the second century AD the Maldives was coined ”The Money Islands” as it was one of the major suppliers of cowry shells to the ancient world when the shells were an important form of currency.
  • In addition to being the smallest nation in Asia, Maldives is also the smallest Muslim country in the world.
  • At a staggering 98% the Maldives boasts an extremely high literacy rate among adults and 100% admission of children in school. With the support of UNICEF, they have implemented a unified education program, following the British educational system.
  • Known for an unspoilt ecosystem, the archipelago of the Maldivian islands boasts unrivalled coral reefs and marine life. Thus making it an amazing diving spot and a magnet for anyone with an interest in aquatic life. Take a dip into the tepid waters and you are likely to see stunning coral reefs, caves and brightly coloured tropical fish. Dive a little deeper and you will find manta rays, moray eels, turtles, whales and sharks. At least 10 different species of dolphins and whales can be seen in the reefs of Maldives, including striped and spotted dolphins, dwarf sperm whales, and killer whales. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of the whale shark, the world’s largest fish.