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Tourism Maldives

Tourism started in the Maldives in 1972 with the opening up of 60 tourist beds in two resort islands. As there was no International Airport, tourists arrived from Sri-Lanka on small-chartered aircraft and stayed in the Maldives as an extension of Sri Lankan holiday package.

With the development of the Airport in 1982, the Maldivian tourist product was detached from the Sri Lankan holiday package, and with diving, lagoons, sandy beaches and the tropical climate as the major attractions.

A tourist destination also for scuba divers and since then, the Maldives has become one of the most favourite diving destinations in the world and still is. Scuba diving in the Maldives is so popular because of the combination of an amazingly beautiful environment, tropical palm islands, white sandy beaches with the indescribable turquoise colour of the lagoons in combination with excellent scuba diving.


Tourism Addu Atoll

Addu City is the second most densely populated islands in the Maldives, also making it one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Maldives. Since this place has a long chain of history, it makes it essential for any exploratory tourist to pay this stunning destination a quick visit and savour the wonder for themselves.

Addu can lay claim to the longest history of hospitality in the Maldives, having first hosted British forces during the last century, developing the Maldives’ first cash economy. When the RAF departed two decades later, the atoll provided the backbone of the newly developing resort industry and has since developed a strong reputation throughout the sector.

The introduction of guesthouse tourism over the past decade has opened up opportunities for entrepreneurial Adduans to integrate the Maldivian tourism experience into local islands, including new innovations such as scuba diving & snorkeling, sports tourism, sports fishing and skydiving. Government-led stimulus now promises to start a new era in this tradition of southern hospitality.