Maldives – Southern Cross
Diving in Maldives, Southern Cross
Thousands of precious gems thrown on the equator in the Indian Ocean forms an archipelago of major 26 atolls, the finest place on earth named the Maldives-the paradise on earth. Consisting 1190 beautiful coral islands stretching over 820 kilometers north to south and 120 kilometers east to west, these jams that contain the most beautiful and healing beaches and the clearest waters of the world, that possess an enormous share of 99 percent of the geographical economic zone.
This generally warm and humid heaven keeps the sun and sun shine all year through as if it is in its very instinct. The sands as shiny as pearls and the crystal clean water drag the attention of not only of the hundreds of thousands of people who are visiting every year, but every single soul that just has heard about it.
Laying on the equator this one piece of heaven obtains the most marvelous temperature that the good old earth would ever be bounty by the Mother Nature. An average temperature of 29 degree Celsius up to 32 degree Celsius through out the year. At times one would be more than amazed to discover when the trees are like plastic arrangements and the blue lagoons flat spread up to the horizon, the marks of the coral reefs slightly visible between the dark blue sea and the light blue lagoons with a temperature that teaches you the art of doing nothing, makes you do nothing but feel heaven.
A proud yet somewhat a mixed history and a culture have been visible since the very ancient times. This has been a very vigorous melting point of resembling various people as Maldives lies in rout of the sea hunters and the sea seekers of the ancient times and still possesses the position of this very delicate and strong route. It is believed that there has been people from all parts of the world who traveled and found that Maldives to be their destiny for its beauty, piece and harmony as man has always searched for this three aspects.From nearby countries to the very far as up to African and parts of Europe, features of the Maldivian people reflect towards.
Some of the local music and dance for instance resemble African influences, with hand beating of drums and songs in a language that is not known to any but certainly represents that of East African countries.
As one would expect there is a great South Asian influence in some of the music and dancing and especially in the traditional food of the Maldivian. Many of the traditions are strongly related to the seas and the fact that life is dependent on the seas around us.
Dhivehi is the language spoken in all parts of the Maldives. A language that is believed to be a mixture of Hindi, Tamil, Singhala and Arabic that derives far as to indo-Arians. This is a different dialect of a different language. However there are three major dialects spoken in this tiny nation of approximately one hundred and eighty thousand people. The Southern most three Atolls speak in three different dialects and they are Addu, Mula and Huvadhoo Atoll. Nevertheless English is widely spoken by Maldivian and visitors can easily make themselves understood getting around the capital island. In the resorts, a variety of languages are spoken by the staff including English, German, French, Italian and Japanese.
Maldivian has been always independent in trading from the beginning as of history. In this regard the first form of trade known in the Maldives was Bata trade and the first currency was cowry shells, then in the form of loamaafaanu which was just a metal peace in silver written by the king and then came the current form of money as Rufiyaa. Dollars and Euro are widely accepted all over the country as well as other hard currencies. International flight operate throughout the week around the clock from all the major destinations of the world including all the destinations of Europe and charter flights from the rest of the globe, which apparently allow any visitor to catch their fare share of seat from any part of the world. And yet makes it is easy to visit Maldives-The true Heaven on Earth.