Top 10 Most Amazing Tropical Islands – Part 6 | Maldives
Top 10 Most Amazing Tropical Islands – Part 6 | MaldivesHey There Styelle-ish Babes! We hope you got to read our last weeks post of Top 10 Most Amazing Tropical Islands – Part 5 | Fiji Island! If not, head over to our Blog and check out what you have missed! Now to get into, the Top 10 Most Amazing Tropical Islands Part 6, Maldives. As promised, we are doing a rather detailed post about the Maldives. With so many small mystical islands and so isolated, the Maldives are actually considered quite developed.
This just might be the perfect destination for your honeymoon. The island allures honeymooners from all over the world, even Hollywood stars. Pristine beaches, crystal clear lagoons and white sand… what’s not to love? Maldives has also recently been awarded by World Travel Awards as the world’s most romantic destination (sorry Tahiti). You can enjoy your private bungalow, with glass floor above the turquoise water and a candle light dinner on the beach…it sounds like the perfect recipe for your romantic honeymoon in Maldives. Maldives is the perfect place to come and relax, sip cocktails, swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy the company of your loved one. The Maldives are an archipelago of 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts) that sit just one metre above sea level in the Indian Ocean. Global warming is a huge danger to the beauty of this landscape.
The Maldives are formed of 26 atolls, or atholhu in Dhivehi — the source of the English word. These are not single islands, but giant ringlike coral formations hundreds of kilometers wide that have fragmented into countless islands. Check out the map below to get familiar before you get going!
Top 10 Most Amazing Tropical Islands Part 6 Maldives - AtollsAtoll naming is complex, as the atolls have both lengthy traditional Dhivehi names like Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi, and snappy code names like Baa that refer to administrative regions and may consist of more than one geographical atoll. The code names are actually just the letters of Dhivehi alphabet, but being easier for non-Maldivians to remember and pronounce, the code names are popular in the travel industry and are hence also used here. Of the 20 administrative atoll groups, only (parts of) 10 are open to tourism, and from north to south these are:
- Lhaviyani (Miladhunmadulu Uthuruburi)
- Raa (Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi)
- Baa (Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi)
- Kaafu (North and South Male Atoll) — site of the capital Male and the airport, home of most Maldivian resorts
- Alifu (Ari) — to the west of Kaafu, the second most popular group
- Vaavu (Felidhu)
- Meemu (Mulak)
- Faafu (Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi)
- Dhaalu (Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi)
- Seenu (Addu) — the southernmost atoll, the second-largest in population and site of Gan International Airport