The Maldives Islands are an island nation in the Indian Ocean, consisting of a double chain of 26 atolls.
In 1965 the islands gained independence and became a republic in 1968, ruled by a president and government.
The Maldives are the smallest Asian country in population and land area. It has a population of approximately 350,000, which inhabits 200 of its 1,192 coral islands.
Malé is the capital and largest city, followed by Addu City and Fuvahmulah.
After a long Buddhist period, Islam became in the mid-12th century the religion of the Maldives.
The official and common language is Dhivehi, an Indo-European language. But English is used in commerce and also at schools.
The weather is nearly perfect: sunlit days, breezy nights and an average of 30 °C throughout the year.
The Maldives are dominated by 2 seasons: the dry season from January to March (northeast monsoon) and the rainy season from mid-May to November (southwest monsoon), which brings strong winds and storms.
The Maldives are known for her beautiful and luxurious resorts, situated on 105 islands, where the tourists can relax, visit the natural spa with traditional healing methods and simply enjoy paradise.
It’s colourful coral reefs and the several species of fish, turtles, whales, dolphins and molluscs are a fantastic location for snorkelling and diving.
The high visibility of the seas allows a great view of the under water world.
For the adventurer, the best way to experience the life of an ordinary Maldivian is to travel to an inhabited island.
Fishing and agriculture is what most people do for work. So you can also do a night reef-fishing trip, where you catch and afterwards cook your own fish.
You can also do book a sightseeing tour by seaplane and photograph the indescribable land- and seascape.
And finally not to forget, the Maldives are the perfect location for celebrating your wedding or your honeymoon.
You can enjoy a candle-light dinner under the stars, visit an uninhabited island all by yourselves for a day or just lazing around in your private bungalow watching the endless turquoise waters while you are treated to a spa treatment in your room.
So don’t hesitate too long for booking your perfect holiday on one of these magical islands.