Flora & Fauna That Inhabit The Islands & Surrounding Waters
Contrary to the first impressions of many, the Maldives islands are not especially hospitable to plants, mainly because the soil does not have the nutrients to support a large and varied diversity of plant life. The main type of vegetation include coconut trees, vines, banyan trees as well as mangroves. Also found are Breadfruit trees and Bamboos. Flowering plants include Bougainvillaea and Frangipani.
The islands have an incredible number of colourful, tropical fish and when you visit youíre bound to see many of them. A few of these include Butterfly fish, Dolphins, Anglefish, Parrotfish and Flutemouth. The colours and shapes of some of these fish are as varied and intriguing as their names would suggest. Divers are sure to have an experience of a lifetime in the Maldives.
While there are a healthy variety of birds inhabiting the islands, there are fewer varieties of land based animals. Common to the islands are flying foxes, geckos and garden lizards. There are also a couple of species of snake (not dangerous).
There are over 100 species of birds expect to see crows, parakeets, and waterhens as well as koel birds. Also present are herons, seagulls and noddys.
The Type Of Travellers The Maldives Appeals To
The Maldives is a wonderful destination for a wide variety of travellers from those seeking complete bliss and Robinson Crusoe type peace & quiet (in an absolutely idyllic surrounding), to beach lovers and diving enthusiasts to honeymooners and romantic couples looking for some enchanting memories in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
With a wide variety of resorts to choose from itís important to research the facilities in a wide range of resorts to make sure that you get whatever it is youíre looking for. For example, some resorts may suit more active travellers while others would be more suited to those looking for a quiet and peaceful stay.