The Maldives has the most beautiful tropical scenery, graceful coconut palms leaning over crystal-clear lagoons, coral reefs promising great snorkeling and scuba diving, and lots of sunshine. In fact, all the ingredients that make up the classic desert island. With the increasing pace of life in the modern world, it has become the ultimate getaway for those who like sun, sand, sea and doing nothing the last Paradise. Experts advise to go there even once, even for a maldives weekend.
Maldive Islands stretch from the south western tip of India all the way to the Equator. It's one of the most attenuated countries in the world, the 1,196 islands, in 26 distinct coral atolls, are spread over a total area of 90,000 square km of the Indian Ocean, yet less than 0.5 percent of this is land. Some 200 of the islands are inhabited. Until the arrival of tourism, fishing was the main occupation in this nation of seafarers, and the relaxed pace of life seems to have carried over into the twentieth century.
The islands are very small and low-lying with many being no more than two meters above sea level. Common features are tall coconut palms, white sandy beaches and crystal clear lagoons. The protective coral reef surrounding every island is also home to hundreds of species of tropical fish, countless shapes and sizes of Coral Sea shell shells and all forms of marine life. The climate, which is determined by two monsoons, is warm and humid. The islands are located away from any significant seismic activity, and also are situated away from typhoon or cyclone areas.
If you want your holiday or maldives weekend relaxing and doing nothing - it's good, even perfect. Lazing around under noonday shade, thinking about nothing in particular. Listening to waves on the beach, and not bothering about ocean currents or wind shear. Stargazing and not thinking too much about where Orion's Belt is. You might consider scuba diving, but that's just too much to do. It's not easy to do nothing, but you've got to start somewhere, and the maldives weekend is the right place for it.
There are no hills, mountains or rivers in the Maldives. The islands are small, and the totally coral based soil is poor in essential nutrients. Therefore, there is no room for thick jungle. Trees of food value include breadfruit, banana, mango, screw pine, cassava, sweet potato, and millet, but very little is grown in commercial quantities. The coconut palm is the most common food tree, and all parts of the plant are used extensively. Very few terrestrial fauna are represented because of the difficult conditions.
With some of the finest and cleanest beaches in the world, the maldives weekend is an ideal place for water sports, from swimming to scuba diving or from windsurfing to parasailing. All the resorts have facilities for at least scuba diving and windsurfing, while others offer much more. The larger resorts even have fresh water swimming pools. While this may seem a little unusual to people who visit the islands to enjoy the sea, it soon becomes obvious that a dip in the pool after a dip in the ocean is an experience well remembered.
This place exists in total harmony with its natural environment. Getting a harmony treatment - isn't it the best way for spending holidays like maldives weekend vacations?