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If you want to see beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs, visit Maldives


MALDIVES, SEP 05,(UITV)-The Maldives are the stuff dreams are made of -- as in dream vacations inspired by those impossibly perfect pictures you've seen, or those pesky fantasies about quitting your day job to live on an exotic island for the rest of your life. You know, the places that can't possibly live up to your expectations of beauty and wonder. Well, we found out that the Maldives actually does live up to every single expectation. It looks exactly like those stock images floating across your screen: bright sun, transparent blue lagoons, house reefs teeming with fish, low waters with baby reef sharks and rays, and white sand beaches that stretch out into nothing but miles and miles of turquoise waters and blue skies.

While the image of the Maldives is familiar, there are likely a few surprising things you don't know about this South Asian island nation. That's especially true because a visit here is an investment: There are a fair few budget properties in the Maldives, and everything from food to getting around is pricey. You'll also need to take into account when is the best time to visit the Maldives, and what local customs You'll need to abide by while you're here. So whether or not you've got a trip in the works (or in its fantastical planning stages), you'll want to know these 17 facts about the Maldives before you go.

The Maldives is made up of over 1,000 small islands. The Maldives is made up of around 1,190 individual islands peppered across the Indian Ocean, located to the south and west of India and Sri Lanka. But we aren’t talking about an archipelago like Hawaii here — some of the islands in the Maldives are so small that you’ll have to zoom in all the way on your Google map before you even notice they’re there. Others are barely more than a strip of sand jutting out of the water. That means that, aside from the most populous island of Male, many islands have no more than one resort or hotel on them.

This one may come as shock, but just about every resort in the Maldives is on its own island. This basically means that any fantasy you’ve had about whisking yourself off to a remote island in the middle of nowhere can pretty much come true if you visit the Maldives. This also means that most of the islands are extremely small, so you’ll be around the same people all the time, and unless you take a day trip, you’re on the same small square of sand for the entirety of your vacation. There are no malls, movie theaters, or food, drink, and entertainment options outside of your resort, so be sure to research your digs well. That being said, if you want to unplug in the lap of luxury, and want nothing but sea, sun, and sand as far as the eye can see — the Maldives is for you. The best time to visit the Maldives is November to April.