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The Maldives are situated South West of Sri Lanka, on the equator. The numerous coral reef islands, 1,190 in total, form an archipelago of 26 natural atolls (groups of neighbouring coral islands). These 26 atolls are organised into 19 administrative atolls with the capital island of Male’ established as an entity of its own forming the twentieth division. Seen from air, the atolls and the islands form breathtakingly beautiful patterns against the blue depths of the Indian Ocean.

The country stretches 823 km north to south and 130 km east to west. Out of the incredibly large number of islands only 200 islands are inhabited, with several islands adapted as exclusive resort islands. Most of the islands can be walked across in ten minutes; only a few are longer than two kilometres. Although most other islands are smaller, one feels no sense of brevity as the merging of beaches, crystal waters and crisp blue skies create an infinite vastness - a natural openness that is rare and a peacefulness that is always welcome.

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  • Anantara Dhigu & Veli

  • Anantara Dhigu presents 68 beachfront villas situated on a private stretch of beach, with unique outdoor bathrooms and Rainshowers. The 2 Sunset Beach
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  • J Resort Alidhoo

  • Take a 50-minute picturesque flight from Malé, due north, to the airfield of Hanimadoo and then a 15 minute speedboat ride through the widely u
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  • Kandolhu

  • Location:  The island is lush, with wide sandy beaches surrounding the emerald green, and has one of the most colourful and lively house reefs
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  • Sheraton Full Moon Resort and Spa

  • Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is situated on its own island - one of 250 inhabited isles among the 1,100 comprising the Republic of Mal
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  • Adaaran Club Rannalhi

  • Adaaran Club Rannalhi sits exclusively at the tip of the South Male atoll within the exotic collection of islands known as the Maldives. Its unique l
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  • Bandos Island Resort and Spa

  • Location: Bandos Island Resort & Spa is located in a lush tropical landscaped setting on an island fully encircled by white beaches and clear turq
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  • Holiday Island Resort & Spa

  • 4 *Holiday Island Resort & Spa  Escape The Everyday At This Idyllic Maldives Beach Resort Experience the gracious amenities and untouched s
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  • Kuramathi Island Resort

  • Location:  Kuramathi is located in Rasdhoo Atoll (administratively part of North Ari Atoll), a tiny atoll with just 5 island and is 56 km west fr
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  • Kuredu Island Resort

  • Location: Kuredu Island Resort is located in Lhaviyani Atoll, an area famous for its abundant fish life. A paradise dream in real life, with more than
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  • Meeru Island Resort

  • Welcome to paradise! Meeru Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only resort on the island
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Fact File

CapitalMale

LanguageDhivehi, English

ClimateThe climate is tropical with warm temperatures year round and a great deal of sunshine. The weather is determined largely by the monsoons; the southwest monsoon from May to November and the northeast monsoon from December to April. The hottest month on average is April and the coolest, December. February is the driest with December to April being relatively dry. The Maldives are in the equatorial belt and therefore severe storms are rare

CurrencyMaldivian Rufiya (MVR)

VisaA visa is required, but tourist visas are issued on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days (extensions are possible)

HealthAdvised immunisation against Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A

PassportsPassports should be valid for up to six months from date of departure from the Maldives

Time ZoneGMT +5