The Republic of Maldives continues to be an intriguing and interesting destination, not simply because of its resplendent natural beauty and pristine beaches, but also because of its geographical and other socio-cultural factors. For instance, the weekend in Maldives falls on Friday and Saturday and the country enjoys a literacy rate of 98%. Further, 99% of the country is water and this, coupled with the fact that the Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world, makes it highly susceptible to fluctuations in ocean water levels and is, therefore, greatly affected by climate change. This led the Government of Maldives to make the powerfully symbolic gesture of conducting a Cabinet Meeting underwater a few years ago. The country is, therefore, struggling to preserve their home, both in the sense of its geographical location, as well as their history, culture and traditional practices: a fact that is sometimes lost on those staying in Maldives villas.
This can be easily rectified by tourists staying in resorts such as W Retreat & Spa Maldives by opting to experience traditional Maldivian night fishing. Leave the soft sandy shores of the islands on a fishing boat and experience a night-time cruise across the calm ocean waters. The fishing boats often anchor outside an atoll where marine species often dwell amongst the corals and tourists blessed with good fortune can appreciate the wonderful sight of glowing micro marine life that appear to mimic the shining celestial bodies that rise above one’s head as darkness descends.
Night fishing is an excellent experience for tourists to watch species such as Snapper, Squirrelfish and Emperor Fish being caught and then complete the experience by disembarking on a deserted, uninhabited island, having skilled chefs prepare the freshly caught fish and enjoying a world class meal beneath a canopy of stars.
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.Google+