The Maldives consists of 1,190 islands within 26 coral atolls, which spread across 90,000 square kilometres of the Indian Ocean. Many of the islands are uninhabited, but around 90 offer tourist facilities.
Due to their low level they are constantly threatened by the rising oceans. However, they are a great place to experience the varied marine life within the coral reefs.
There are a number of direct charter flights and scheduled airlines offering Maldives flights. They fly into Ibrahim Nasir Male International Airport (MLE), which is in the capital city of Male. Once you arrive here your resort will provide transportation to the island, usually by seaplane or boat. Most of the islands are dedicated to one hotel, which provide an all-inclusive resort, offering a range of spa treatments and sporting activities. The secluded location and luxury resorts make the Maldives a perfect honeymoon destination.
The Maldives are a great place to visit throughout the year, with generally sunny days and an average temperature of 30oC. The islands' wet season is from mid-May to November. Once you're on your island the main activities are centred on the ocean. There are excellent opportunities to experience the underwater world with diving and snorkelling trips.
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, Ar Atoll and Addu Atoll. If you prefer to stay above water, then most resorts can organise wind surfing, sailing, jet skiing or paragliding.
For trips away from the sea, you should head to Male. Here you'll find a wealth of shopping opportunities, as well as the chance to see both the traditional and modern side of the country, with numerous mosques and the National Museum. Other attractions in the Maldives include Hulhumale (a recently developed island), the Old Friday Mosque Hukuru Miskiiy and the wooden palace at Utheemu Ganduvaru.
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