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The Maldives consists of 1,190 islands within 26 coral atolls, spreading across 34,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean. Many of the islands are uninhabited, but around 90 have tourist facilities.
The islands' low elevation means they are constantly threatened by rising oceans. However, they are also a great place to experience the varied marine life within the coral reefs.
A number of charter and scheduled airlines offer direct Maldives flights. They fly into Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE), in the capital city of Malé. If staying at a resort, it will provide transportation to its island base, usually by seaplane or boat. Most of the islands are dedicated to one hotel, often providing an all-inclusive resort, as well as spa treatments and sporting activities. The secluded location and luxury resorts make the Maldives a perfect honeymoon destination.
The islands are a great place to visit throughout the year, with generally sunny days and an average temperature of 30C. The Maldives' wet season is from mid-May to November. Once you're on your island the main activities are centred on the ocean. Diving and snorkelling are excellent.
The clear blue seas make for perfect conditions to capture the beauty of the coral reefs, including the protected marine area of Banana Reef. Other locations you shouldn't miss are Thila, Ari Atoll and Addu Atoll. If you prefer to stay above water, then most resorts can organise wind surfing, sailing, jet skiing and paragliding.
For trips away from the sea, you should head to Malé. Here you'll find a wealth of shopping opportunities, as well as the chance to see the more traditional side of the country in the form of numerous mosques and the National Museum. Other attractions in the Maldives include Hulhumalé (a recently developed island), the Old Friday Mosque Hukuru Miskiiy and the wooden palace at Utheemu Ganduvaru.
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