- Location: Southwest of Sri Lanka, on the equator.
- Geography: 1,190 coral islands forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls, stretching 820 kilometers north to south and 120 kilometers east to west. 200 are inhabited, 87 are exclusive resort islands.
- Climate: Generally warm and humid, with sunshine all year round. Average temperature ~29-32ºC.
- Population: Approximately 270,000 according to1998 estimates.
The origins of the maldives are lost in antiquity but history reveals that the islands have been populated for over 3,000 years. Early settlers were travellers on the Silk Route and from the Indus Valley Civilization.
Maldives, the sunny side of life, is one of the most exotic, romantic, tourist destinations in the world and will serve you more than what it promises. It is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world, which attracts many people to discover the underwater wonders. There are numerous sand banks and countless reefs inside each and every atoll. Almost all resorts have wonderful house reefs where you can discover another world.