Why You Should Visit the Maldives Before They Disappear Jun 15, 2017 by Nicole (Awesome Escape Blogger)

As far as tropical paradises go, the Maldives rank near the top of the list. Thanks to its natural beauty, luxurious resorts, large marine life and peaceful beaches, this group of over 1,190 picturesque islands is a perfect vacation location. And in approximately 30 years from now, it might be completely submerged in the Indian Ocean.

Climate Change

Unfortunately, that's the one major downside of having the lowest average elevation on Earth. With over 80 percent of its islands located at less than one meter above sea level, the Maldives will be the first country in the world to feel the devastating effects of the undergoing climate change. It's gotten to the point that the federal government had to step in and start purchasing land in other countries in order to provide for its citizens. Considering this very real threat, any interested travel enthusiasts should plan a trip to the Maldives sooner rather than later. Once you find yourself in this scenic state, however, you might start feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of activities and sites on offer. Though it might be tempting to give in and spend the entire vacation on one of the many secluded islands nearby, there are some places you should definitely pay a visit to.

Bluetribe Moofushi

This diving center is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to get acquainted with Maldivian marine life. The water excursions are consistently spectacular, and you should be able to see a lot of manta rays, whale sharks and eagle rays. Moofushi is also considered a great hot-stop for water sports activities such as kayaking, windsurfing and catamaran riding.

National Museum

This three-storied museum is the only remaining part of the famous Royal Palace from the 17th century. With its impressive collection of preserved artifacts and textiles, the museum is a must visit for history buffs interested in the islands. Particular attention should be paid to the relics from the pre-Islamic period, as well as the coral stone head of Buddha dating back to 11th century.

Banana Reef

As you might imagine, the reef got the name from its banana-shaped look. This is a prime diving destination for beginners and experienced divers alike. Provided that the current is mild enough, you'll be able to enjoy the splendid-looking overhangs, canyons and soft coral. The site is also a protected marine area, with plenty of jackfish, Napoleon wrasse, and moray eels.

Old Friday Mosque

This wonderful building is renowned for two things: being the oldest mosque in the Maldives and being in continuous use since its inception. The interior is filled with coral stone walls featuring a wide variety of Arabic scripts and patterns. A lot of distinguished nobles, sultans and heroes of their era were buried in the graveyard surrounding the minaret.

Sun Island

The competition for the most luxurious resort in the Maldives might be fierce, but the Sun Island nonetheless emerges as the undisputed champion. For one thing, it's the biggest island hotel in the country. Other than that, it's renowned for its lovely beaches, exotic greenery and the magnificent lagoons. The varied water bungalows provide an interesting lodging experience, and the ocean views are simply breathtaking.

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