There are almost 1,200 islands floating in the vast expanse of the exclusive economic zone of the Indian Ocean that creates the iconic paradise known as the Maldives. But of these, only 187 are inhabited, with a further 128 designated as resort-islands. Most people flit in and out of the idyllic resort islands without even glimpsing the life of the locals that live and work there, but there is a whole other side to this tropical country that’s well worth exploring.
Thanks to a change in legislation, tourists are now able to explore islands inhabited by the locals, leading to increased jobs for the locals and a chance to gain a more authentic experience from your visit. From more affordable holiday homes to a tour of the capital itself, let’s explore how to experience this popular destination from the eyes of the people who live and work here. Continue Reading