A day after the wedding we are heading towards the equater for a week of winter sunshine in the beautiful Maldives, located off the coast of India & Sri Lanka.
Only a 10 hour flight away, the maldives are a chain of 1,190 coral islands, forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls which stretches 820 kilometres north to south and 120 kilometres east to west. 202 are inhabited, 87 are exclusive resort islands.
None of the islands that make up the maldives rise higher than 7.8 ft. above sea level. These low lying specs of coral are subject to erosion, and stand at the mercy of any sea level rise. Some were severely damaged during the December, 2004 Tsunami.
The Maldives was long a sultanate (a territory ruled by a sultan), first under Dutch control, and then under British protection. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1965, and three years later, declared itself an independent republic.
Maldives Fast Facts
- Name: Maldives (long form) Republic of the Maldives
- Population: 349,100
- Capital City: Malé (76,000)
- Currency: Rufiyaa (MVR) £1 = 25.7 Maldives Rufiyaa
- Languages: Maldivian Dhivehi, English
- National Day: July 26
- Religions: Sunni Muslim
- Geographic Coordinates: Latitude/Longitude (Capital) 04º 00' N, 73º 28' E
- Relative Location: The Maldives is in both the northern and eastern hemispheres. This island country is immediately north of the Equator, with a few minor atolls just south of the Equator. It's bordered by the waters of the Indian Ocean, including the Arabian Sea and Laccadive Sea.
- Land Statistics: Coastline 400 miles (644 km), Land Areas (land)116 sq miles (300 sq km) (water) 0 sq miles (0 sq km) (TOTAL) 116 sq miles (300 sq km)
- Landforms: The Maldives is a flat series (or chain) of coral atolls, consisting of coral reefs and sand bars. There are no rivers and no lakes.
- Highest Point: Unnamed location on Wilingili Island in the Addu Atoll - - 7.87 ft. (2.4 m)
- Lowest Point: Indian Ocean - (0 ft.) (0 m)
- Land Divisions: 19 atolls, including: Alifu, Baa, Dhaalu, Faafu, Gaafu Alifu, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gnaviyani, Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Kaafu, Laamu, Lhaviyani, Meemu, Noonu, Raa, Seenu, Shaviyani, Thaa and Vaavu; and the administrative division of Maale.
- Time Zone: (UTC +5) Note that UTC is also known as GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time. (UTC +6 for Kuredu, known as island time).
- Climate: The Maldives enjoy warm tropical temperatures year round, and a great deal of sunshine. Local weather is affected by monsoons, with May to September being the wet season; seas can be rough and winds brisk. Severe weather conditions are rare, however Indian Ocean cyclones do reach the islands on occasion. The Maldives temperature range runs from 70 to 90ºF (22 to 33ºC) and is consistent throughout most of the year.
Our destination is Kuredu Island Resort which is towards the north of the island chain on the Lhaviyani Atoll. Because of it's distance from Male, the capital of the maldives, transfer to the resort is by seaplane.
Our accomodation will be water bungalow, one of the wooden huts in the sea on the left in the photo above, with a verandah and steps down into the Indian Ocean.
If you fancy taking a trip to the maldives check out the visitor information site at http://www.visitmaldives.com/
If you're interested in more information about Kuredu resort then visit the island's website at www.kuredu.com
If you wish to buy us a gift and are stuck for ideas then a contribution towards this dream honeymoon would be greatly appreciated. For more info have a look at the Wedding Gifts page.
Photos from the honeymoon will appear on this page.