We all know the Maldives as one of the best destinations for holidays that boasts of white sandy beaches, azure sea waters and exotic, colourful coral reefs.

Apart from its beauty, there are few interesting facts about the Maldives.

1. World’s First Underwater Cabinet Meeting

For an island nation like the Maldives, drastic climate change and rising level of oceans is a significant threat. In 2009, the then Maldivian government held a cabinet meeting underwater. With scuba gear and oxygen tanks replacing business suits and ties. The reason behind having the underwater meeting was to create awareness and highlight the threat of global warming to the low lying Indian Ocean nation.

2. World Record for the Flattest and Lowest Country in the World

The Maldives has a prominent place in the Guinness World Records as being the smallest and flattest country in the world with a maximum elevation above sea level of 2.4 meters.

3. Alcohol will be Only Available in Resorts

As the Maldives is a 100% muslim country, as per the Maldivian laws. alcohol can only be consumed in the resorts and taking alcohol away from the premises of the resort is not allowed. Importing alcohol by non permit holders are also not allowed.

4. One of the Safest Holiday Destinations in the World

Maldives is famous for being one of the safest holiday destinations in the world. Even the very isolated resorts are extremely safe.

5. Home of Whale Sharks

One of the few destinations in the world where these magnificent creatures can be seen all through the year, adventure seekers can go diving with certified instructors and swim alongside a Whale Shark.

6. 1,190 Coral Islands and 26 Atolls

1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls, 200 inhabited islands, and 80 islands with tourist resorts. 99 percent of Maldives is water.