Maldives Resort Vacations
The Maldives are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts) in the Indian Ocean. They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia. The atolls are all coral reefs hundreds of kilometres away from any major landmass, meaning that water clarity is excellent and underwater life is abundant. Manta rays, sharks, even a few wrecks, you name it, you can find it.
Baa Atoll is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where protected waters harbour an extraordinary diversity of marine life, including some 250 species of stony and soft coral, over 1,000 types of reef fish, as well as the endangered Hawksbill and Green turtles, manta rays and whale sharks.(wikitravel)
Tourism has flourished since the launch of the first resort in 1972. Kurumba Island Resort is the first resort, followed by Bandos Island Resort. At present, there are over 105 resorts located in the different atolls throughout the the Republic of Maldives. In 2009, local island guesthouses started popping up in the Maldives thanks to a change in regulations that allowed tourists to stay among the local population.
The Maldives are known for their natural beauty including the blue ocean and white beaches, accompanied by clean air. The climate of the Maldives is ideal for visitors to get engaged in water sports such as swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing. windsurfing and kite boarding. Due to their extraordinary underwater scenery and clean water, the Maldives is ranked among the best recreational diving destinations of the world. It was also reported to be the world’s most desired honeymoon destination, according to a global survey by Agoda.com. (wikipedia)