The Maldives archipelago consists of 1190 tiny islands scattered across the Indian Ocean
. Only 185 of these islands are inhabited, while the others are used largely for tourism and agriculture. The atolls are composed of live coral reefs
and sand bars perched atop a 960km submarine ridge, while the land features lush tropical vegetation
with abundant local coconut palms.
The Maldives is renowned for its incredible diving opportunities.
The crystal clear water and shallow lagoons are perfect for snorkelling, while the reef walls offer a kaleidoscope of sea life
for more experienced divers. The Maldives have an amazing diversity of sea life, with corals and over 2000 species of fish
, ranging from reef fish and reef sharks to moray eels, rays and whale sharks.
The local culture features a lively mix of South Indian, Sinhalese and Arab influences
that is reflected in the traditional music, cuisine and art of the island.