9 Things You Never Knew About the Maldives
When thinking of the Maldives the mind does not conjure up images of adventure. Far from it! I heard the other day someone describing beach holidays as ‘fly and flop’. Not the most romantic term, but it made me smile as descriptively perfect!
I have visited the Maldives on many occasions, mainly due to the fact its location is so remote. A place that emanates tranquillity, mindfulness and peace. I find whatever your motivation to go to the Maldives is, it never fails to offer a culture of smiles, rarely seen anywhere else.
For numerous reasons I find myself in the Maldives again, predominantly in search of unique holistic escapes for a new area Momentum is exploring for ‘body and soul adventures’.
I got chatting with one of the locals, which ended up being an education in history, culture and the Maldivian way of life. This is something I love, embrace and always search for when travelling, as there’s always a great story to be found. I feel if you don’t explore this when travelling, it can quite often be a transient experience and whilst there’s nothing wrong with passing through, I find getting under the skin of a place, can often offer immeasurable rewards.
1. According to the locals the southern Atoll offers the best diving in the Maldives as it remains away from the tourists and resident to the infamous tiger shark and whale shark.
2. The most significant concentration of locals is not in the capital Male. It is, in fact, Addu in the most southern Atoll.
3. There was an RAF base on a deserted Maldivian island during the Second World War in southern Atoll, which was closed in 1976.
4. There is a festival in June on Fuvahmulah island where the locals gather to capture flying fish that are escaping from the Yellow Fin Tuna.
5. They have Two Eid festivals (like our Christmas) happened every year in the Maldives, one for three days and one for four days.
6. A way of courting for the young is they throw water at each other with cups or buckets and now water pistols.
7. Friday lunch is Jaafah a family style buffet. All the families gather for a feast of Garubhiya fish soup, boiled yams, boiled breadfruit and onion cabbage salads.
8. A very famous and unique drink in the Maldives is made of pine fruit which is cooked and blended with palm sugar and water.