Just under 1,200 low-lying coral islands, spread well-over 30,000 square-miles through the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean make-up the Republic of Maldives. A little islamic nation set south-west of India and Sri Lanka.
180 species of corals dominate this reef eco-system.
These low-lying coral islands are host to around 1,100 species of fish including rays, sharks, whales, dolphins. Marine turtles, a great diversity of mollusks, and over 100 species of birds.
The best time of visit is from December through April. Considered the dry season this is also the most popular time to visit. Making hotels somewhat more expensive, due to the likelihood of storm-free days, better visibility for diving, and ideal temperatures in the mid-80s.
Malé is the colorful but densely populated island capital of the Republic of Maldives.
Over 75% of these low-lying coral islands are uninhabited. The Maldivian atolls are also intriguing due to their unique formations.
These nutrient-rich waters are paradise for divers, snorkelers, anglers, surfers and even sailers. Another hot-favourite is islands-hopping to explore snorkeling. A packed or barbecue lunch can always be included. Hence, tourism is the back-bone of the Maldivian economy.
At first glance these islands appear similar to each other. Thought you’ll soon realize these low-lying coral islands are individually distant, vibrant but also complex. Faros are ring-shaped reefs that emerge during low-tide exposing sandy-lagoons but also rise well-over 30-meters above the lagoon floor with wave-breaking corals.
Return economy airfares from the US average about 1,800$.