Maldives are located about an hour's
flight southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. This country
is made up of about 26 atoll formations, comprising over a thousand
islands and scattered like gem stones in a north to south direction.
With a population of just 238,500, only 199 islands are inhabited
and 75 have been set aside exclusively for tourist resorts.
The Maldives; the name alone conjures up images of romance, sunny
skies and an abundance of underwater life where soft corals sway
in gentle warm tropical currents.
Starlit nights, coconut palms, tall drinks from chilled glasses
and seafood are plentiful. Yes, it is a romantic spot and all
the descriptions of the place ring true.
From the time your plane lands you will be pampered like never
before. Here, relaxation is the name of the game. It is a place
where 'time' seems to 'pause' and hold you in it's gentle grasp.
Where hotel's offer a true respite from the whirlwind life you
have left behind and icing-sugar white beaches beckon.
Although topside wildlife is limited, the underwater world is
indescribably beautiful. The Maldives are one of the most coral
rich regions of the world. Over three quarters of the world's
reef fish can be found in their waters. For scuba divers the Maldives
are simply heaven.
Diving in the Maldives can be accessed from land based resorts
which use day boats that take vacationers out to the reefs, pinnacles,
and channels that comprise the Maldives atolls. For the more exotic
Maldives diving, you can experience the remote atolls from a live
aboard dive vessel.
The diving for experienced divers is excellent. There are drop
offs, overhangs, cuts, pinnacles, and wrecks full of life. Aside
from the pleuthra of reef fish, divers will encounter turtles,
moray eels, sharks, mantas, and even whale sharks.
Climate: 75 - 86F (24-30C)
Water Temp: 78 - 86F (26-30C)
Visibility: 70 - 150+ Ft. (21 - 45+ m)
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