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CENTARA GRAND ISLAND RESORT & SPA
ALL-INCLUSIVE SANCTUARY

HIGHLIGHTS
• All-Inclusive Grand Package for your entire stay
• 3x excursions per person per stay including Whale Shark Snorkeling Trip,
Sunset Cruise, Snorkeling Trip, and Sunset Fishing
• Unlimited lunch and dinner dine around options at Reef Restaurant
(International, buffet), Suan Bua (Thai Restaurant), Azzuri Mare (Italian
Restaurant) or Teppanyaki at the Reef
• Premium beverages served during the meals in dining outlets and Minibar
replenished once a day with “Premium Set Up” plus 1x Choice of Red,
White, Rose or Sparkling Wine
• Receive a $200 spa credit per adult per stay to redeem at SPA Cenvaree
• Up to 30% discount included

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CENTARA RAS FUSHI GOLD
ALL-INCLUSIVE OASIS

HIGHLIGHTS
• Gold All Inclusive package for your entire stay
• Stylish check-in with signature mocktails
• House Reef Snorkelling by boat once per stay included
• Unlimited lunch and dinner dine around options at Oceans Restaurant
(International, buffet), Suan Bua (Thai Restaurant), La Brezza (Italian
Restaurant) or Al Khaimah (Arabic Restaurant)
• Adults-only Retreat perfect for couples and honeymooners
• Daily spa credits of USD 50 per villa to redeem at SPA Cenvaree
• Daily replenished minibar service with a Premium Setup including 1x
Bacardi 50ml, which can be substituted with 1x Choice of Red, White, Rose
or Sparkling Wine
• Up to 20% discount included

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Maldives is the World’s Flattest Country. This beautiful island country has an average altitude of 1.8 metres: its highest point Villingili Island, is only 2.3 metres above sea level. To put things in perspective, the next flattest country – Qatar – already has an average elevation of 28 metres above sea level!

Maldives is Slowly Sinking. The 1,200 islands in Maldives are only nearly two metres above sea level on average, making the area more prone to rising sea levels, erosion and other environmental factors. As a result, the country is slowly sinking into the ocean. Thankfully, Maldives has strict environmental laws in place to minimise the impact.

Maldives Experiences Equatorial Sunlight. Maldives lies just across the equator. Since it lies on the equator, sunlight hits the country at a 90-degree angle. Avoid sunburn during your trip and apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50+.

Maldives Has Wet & Dry Seasons. Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate, and it experiences wet and dry seasons: the northeastern winter monsoon from November to March and the southwestern summer monsoon season from June to August both bring rain to the country. The northeast monsoon, in particular, is characterised by mild and dry winds along with showers.

Maldives Has Distinct White Beaches. Unlike most “white sand” beaches that have yellowish sand, the beaches of Maldives have true white sands. The sands of Maldives beaches are made of coralline. Other beaches often have sand from quartz with a yellow tinge. Coralline sands are rare and only present in around 5% of beaches worldwide.

Less than a Fifth of Maldives’ Island Population is Inhabited. Of the 1,200 islands as clusters and atolls in Maldives, only about 200 are inhabited, and 110 are reserved for tourism. The rest of the uninhabited islands are used for agriculture and other sources of livelihood because of an imposed travel ban in 1984. But since 2009, tourists can visit and enjoy the island country’s beautiful islands, beaches and resorts.

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It Has the Biggest Whale Shark Population in the World. Maldives is a renowned diving destination. You’ll find giant whale sharks in the area, especially around the reefs near Sun Island. You can also see these gentle giants and other shark species in Rangali Island and Hanifaru Bay. Keep your eye out in Maldives waters in case you catch sight of a whale shark!

It’s Home to Majority of the Earth’s Marine Turtle Species. Speaking of Maldives’ thriving marine biodiversity, its seas are home to five of the seven marine turtle species in the world. You can see loggerheads, leatherbacks, Olive Ridley turtles, green turtles and hawksbill turtles when you visit popular dive sites in the country.

Traditional Maldives Boats Don’t Use Compasses or GPS. If you’re visiting Maldives, expect to ride dhonis, or traditional Maldives boats. They are one of the best modes of transportation if you want to explore the atolls of island country. You’ll be surprised that seasoned dhoni captains and crews still refrain from using GPS or compasses to navigate the various atolls and islands. Instead, they observe the movement of water in the lagoons to avoid dangerous reefs. Sometimes they navigate the waters by looking at the stars.

The Coconut Tree is Maldives’ National Tree. The coconut tree is the national tree of Maldives, and you’ll see it on their flag. These trees can last for at least a hundred years and grow up to 30 metres tall. Coconut trees have various purposes: the trees provide much-needed shade to the islands’ winding beaches and produce coconut milk and oil. They also produce coconut water, a refreshing drink. The coconut fibres are useful for coir rope construction, and native Maldives citizens use coconut wood to build dhonis for sailing.

Maldives Have Different Weekends. Unlike the majority of the countries that consider Saturday and Sunday as the weekend, Maldives have their weekends on Friday and Saturday. This is common in Egypt, Jordan, Oman and other Islamic countries. Whenever you plan to visit a local island, keep this in mind since some services and accommodations won’t be available on weekends.

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The Boduberu is Part of Traditional Maldivian Music. You’ve probably seen those big drums made of coconut wood in Maldives — they’re called “Boduberu” and are the heart and soul of traditional Maldivian music. These drums use manta ray skin for the head, but modern versions are made with goatskin. Boduberu music starts with a slow beat and tempo that gradually speed up in loudness and intensity. These performances usually involve 15 people: one lead singer, three drummers, while everyone else dances. Enjoy the lively music during your stay in Maldives!

Maldives Has Historic Coral Houses. Traditional Maldivian houses were originally made from corals due to coral mining. These houses used coral rocks from shallow reef flats. Since most citizens used lumber and coconut leaves to build their homes, coral was reserved for mosques, tombstones and monuments because they were a symbol of opulence. A house made of coral was a sign of luxury and prestige. Even though coral reefs are now protected, you can still see old coral houses in Maldives.

A President of Maldives Once Held a Cabinet Meeting Underwater. Another unique and interesting fact about Maldives is that its former president Mohammed Nasheed held an underwater cabinet meeting in Girifushi. On October 17, 2009, Nasheed and 13 other government officials participated in the first underwater cabinet meeting. The agenda was to address the looming threat of global warming.

Islam is the Official Religion of Maldives. Islam is the state religion of Maldives. It has been the official religion since 1153, thanks to the influence of Arab and Persian traders in 947 AD. The law requires all citizens to be Muslim. Those in public office should be followers of Sunni Islam.

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FOR MORE DETAILS, CONTACT:

Travel Agent Name:
Entrice Travel – Stel Missikos

Travel Agent Address:
8A/141 Flemington Raod Mitchell ACT 2911

Email:
[email protected]

Phone Number:
02 6123 0567