Known for iconic pristine beaches and being a desirable vacation spot, the Maldives provide more than just a beautiful and Instagrammable holiday! The Maldives is made up of a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean that are as stunning from the air as they are on land.
Full of history, interesting geography, diverse landscape, and intriguing animals that call it home, the Maldives provide a treasure trove of cool facts. Test your knowledge of the archipelago with this quiz! Make sure to login (or register if you’re new here) to get your name and score on the leaderboard!
20 Questions: Facts About Maldives
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There are approximately 1,200 islands in Maldives. Besides the 200 islands hosting hotels and resorts, how many islands are populated by residents?
The Maldives traditional drums are called Boduberu, which translates to what?
Islam is the state religion of Maldives and Old Friday Mosque on Malé is the oldest mosque in the country. What century does the mosque date back to?
What is the capital city of Maldives?
A natural phenomenon regularly occurs at night in the Maldives mid-summer through to winter, tiny bioluminescent organisms called ‘ostracod crustaceans’ appear which turn the beach into a glowing sea of stars. Bioluminescent organisms are often found in what type of water?
The beautiful white sand beaches found throughout the Maldives are largely due to which marine animal’s excrement?
What are the traditional sailing vessels made from coconut wood that you will find in the Maldives?
Which Dhivehi (language of the Maldives) word describes an island formed by a ring-shaped coral reef encircling a lagoon?
Geographically, Maldives is closest to which Asian country?
The living coral reefs in Maldives are an ecosystem in their own right and among the richest in the world in terms of species diversity. How many different species of coral have been found in the Maldives?
Which of the following is the traditional material that Maldivians used to make their homes out of?
Which of the following best describes how Maldives ranks by land area compared to other Asian countries?
The Maldives is renowned for its marine biodiversity and sea life. However, due to the small size of the islands, there are only a few land-based mammals. One of the most notable is a bat with a wing span of 1.5 meters! What is it called?
Which of the following is the name of the UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve site near Malé?
Growing substantially since the 1970’s, what is the largest sector of the Maldives economy?
In Malé, visitors can see the tomb of Maldives’ national hero, Mohammed Thakurufaanu Al-Auzam, who liberated the nation from colonial rule of which country?
True or False? With none of its islands more than 1.8 ms (6 feet) above sea level, Maldives owns the title of lowest country in the world.
True or False? In 2009, the government of Maldives held the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting (by scuba).
True or False? The national tree of Maldives is the ficus.
True or False? Even though it is a Muslim country, alcohol is widely available in Maldives.