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The Maldives, 4th in the finalists of the Vote for the New 7 Wonders of Nature

Maldives aerial photo of the islands

Maldives aerial photo | Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

Have you ever heard of The World 7 Wonders ?

Can you name them ?…No ?
So here is the list :
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

This famous list will surely remain forever the same in the memories.
But, what is the point with Maldives ?  Well, if you want to know more, read carefully the following:

The New7Wonders Foundation was established in 2001 by the Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker, author and adventurer travel lover Bernard Weber to contribute to the protection of the worlds human-built and natural heritage and to foster respect for our planet’s diversity and beauty.

The finalist list is essentially based on votes from World citizens like you and me.

This project offers 2 possibilities of listing :

The Official New 7 Wonders of the World.


The Official New 7 Wonders of Nature.

The Maldives are officially in the 28 finalists and remain ranked as 4th for the past weeks !

The Reserve List contains nominees from the second phase of the Official New7Wonders of Nature that qualified as one of the top 77 nominees from over 440 nominees participating.

Here on Dreaming of Maldives Blog, we obviously wish that Maldives would finish in the top 3.
Do you also believe that Maldives should be at the top of this original and beautiful list ?

So, just click on the link www.new7wonders.com, and you will be automatically redirected  to the new7Wonders website.

Follow the steps to vote (-attention : you must register to vote – ) for Maldives and your 6 other favorite Nature Wonders !

Maldives 7 Nature Wonder

Vote for Maldives as 7 Nature Wonder

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Maldives, in Luxury…and Barefoot

Maldives are the Absolute Barefoot Luxury destination.
White powdery beaches, pristine water lagoons, sunny skies, crystal clear water and hundreds of beautiful unique …private sandbanks.

Numerous luxury Resorts of Maldives offer you the opportunity to feel like a (pampered) Robinson for a day or a few hours on one of these private Hideaways.

On request, you will be privately transferred to one of this sumptuous sandbank for a private and exclusive time.
The choice is yours
Breakfast at sunrise, elegant picnic, a table for 2 to enjoy a delicious lunch, have a cocktail or a diner at sunset….

For more comfort elegant tents are also set-up for you.

Just bring a good Sun protection, a hat and any accessory that suits to your need.
Your Resort will bring you the rest.
No need to mention that your snorkeling gear will be at disposal.
But just bear in mind one little detail : No shoes.
Maldives barefoot luxury

Maldives barefoot luxury| Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

(Photo from Dreaming of Maldives Creative Collection)


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Maldives Photo of the Week

Maldives photo of desert tropical island at Haddumatti Atoll

Maldives photo of desert tropical island at Haddumatti Atoll


Desert Tropical island in the unknown and far Haddumatti Atoll.
The Maldives stand as The Island Nation with app.1200 islands stretching along 823 km (511 mi).
800 islands are still uninhabited. The country long sea distances and regulations keep most of them absolutely virgin and unseen.
The Magic goes on.
(Photo from Dreaming of Maldives Creative Collection)


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The Maldives, the smallest and the most paradisiac country in Asia

Maldives Islands and Atolls

Maldives Islands and Atolls| Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

There is no other country in the World like The Maldives.
Located astride the equator, south of India and west of Sri Lanka, the all country unique specificity resides in the Geography made of an exclusive formation of natural atolls, sandy islands and reefs stretching along 823 km (511 miles) but occupying only an area of just 300 sq km (116 sq miles).
With an average ground of 1.5 meter above the sea level, the country is today endangered by the global sea level rising.
All land above the surface in the Maldives is of coralline origin.
The beauty of their lagoons and sandy beaches along with  their splendid aerial views make the Maldives an Absolute Paradise.
The origin of the word “atoll ” itself derives from the Dhivehi language of the Maldives “Atholhu” and is now used in many languages worldwide.
In 2009, they have been again honored with numerous prestigious Awards as the :
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Spa Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Group

Owing to the many beautiful diving grounds of the numerous atolls of the Maldives, this country has also been marketed as a prime destination for scuba divers worldwide.


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