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The island nation is consisted of 1,190 coral islands that are spread just across the equator, and covers an area over 90,000 square kilometers. The islands are formed around 26 natural ring-like atolls. An atoll consists of a string of islands, and the atolls are made of a coral reef encircling a lagoon, with deep channels dividing the reef ring. The island reefs provide primary protection for the island from wave actions, and consist of vibrant corals, and a number of under water creatures.

Maldives is described as having 99% sea, and 1% land, and there is much to explore and experience from the underwater beauty of the country.  The country’s population is dispersed across the atolls with about 200 islands are inhabited, and about 90 islands are developed as tourist resorts, and a large number of islands remain uninhabited or are used for agriculture and other livelihood purposes.

The clarity of the water, natural beauty of the underwater, the white sandy beaches, and the pleasant sunny weather that are observed almost throughout the year makes the country, an ideal location to spend a well deserving holiday.

 

Country at a Glance

Time: GMT+5hrs
Capital island: Male’
Total islands: 1,190
Inhabited islands: 200
Resort islands: 99
Population: Approx. 350,000
Major industries: Tourism and fishing
Currency: Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 15.42)
Electricity: 240 AC
Government Working hours: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday to Thursday
Bank hours: 9:00am to 03:00 pm Sunday to Thursdays