Republic of Maldives (map), is a small island nation in South Asia. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) from the Asian continent’s mainland. *Malé is the capital and the most populated city.
A tourist resort in the Maldives typically consists of an exclusive hotel on its own island, with its population entirely made up of tourists and work force, with no local people or houses. Due to their extraordinary underwater scenery and clean water, the Maldives is ranked among the best recreational diving destinations of the world.
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Most visitors come to enjoy the countless plush resorts, excellent beaches and stunningly colourful underwater life. Due to the isolated position of the island, the number of animals on land is limited, but just under the surface of the beautiful blue ocean, there’s a wealth of wildlife to see. Over 2000 species of fish in all colours of the rainbow roam the clear waters around the islands.
You will likely see plenty of anemones, different kinds of rays, octopus, squid and even giant clams. Whales, dolphins and turtles are spotted often. The Baa Atoll, named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011 and one of the richest coral reefs in the world is becoming the main tourist draw while also becoming an example of sustainable tourism in a protected area. In short; snorkelling or diving is an absolute must.
Velana International Airport is the principal gateway to the Maldives. In Maldives, there are three main ways to travel between islands: by domestic flight, by seaplane, or by boat.
Dogs are banned from the Maldives.