Welcome to the Maldives
The Maldives is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean that spans across the equator. The country comprises 1192 islands that stretch along a length of 871 kilometres. While the country covers an area of approximately 90,000 square kilometres, only 298 square kilometres of that is dry land. The islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 natural atolls.
The country’s unique geography mesmerises the visitor. Reefs that offer bands of colour, tiny jewel-like islands rimmed with the whitest of soft sand surrounded by the clearest shallow waters that one can imagine. Only about 200 of the islands are inhabited, and a select few on each of the atolls are resorts, while some are used for industry and agriculture.
The beauty of the Maldives is not only above the water. The Maldives is home to about five per cent of the planet’s reefs that come with an explosion of colour contributed by soft and hard corals that form them. The reefs are home to a thousand species of fish. Lured by the rich nutrients that flow in with the currents, large pelagic fishes such as manta rays and whale sharks also make the Maldives their home.