The Maldives, a stunning nation of islands situated in the Indian Ocean, presents a geographical marvel that captivates visitors with its breathtaking beauty. Comprising 1192 islands scattered along the equator over a length of 871 kilometers, the country’s unique topography is characterized by a double chain of 26 atolls.
Despite covering an expansive area of approximately 90,000 square kilometers, only 298 square kilometers are dry land, underscoring the predominantly aquatic nature of this tropical paradise. The islands, adorned with pristine white sand and surrounded by crystal-clear shallow waters, form a mesmerizing spectacle that leaves an indelible impression on those fortunate enough to experience it.
Of the 1192 islands, a mere 200 are inhabited, each offering a glimpse into the local Maldivian way of life. Additionally, select islands on each atoll are designated as resorts, providing an exclusive and luxurious escape for visitors seeking an idyllic retreat. Some islands are dedicated to industrial and agricultural activities.
The allure of the Maldives extends beneath the water’s surface, where approximately five percent of the world’s reefs thrive in a riot of colors. Soft and hard corals create a vibrant underwater landscape, providing a habitat for a staggering array of marine life. The reefs host around a thousand species of fish, adding to the ecological richness of the region. The nutrient-rich currents that flow through the Maldives attract large pelagic species, including manta rays and whale sharks, making it a haven for marine enthusiasts, eco-adventurers.