Where are the Maldives?
- Aerial view of the atolls in the Maldives
The Republic of Maldives is a small nation that lies in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is made up of over 1,900 beautiful coral reef islands of varying sizes. These islands are located south of India’s Lakshadweep Islands and about 435 miles southwest of the country of Sri Lanka. Of these islands, only about 200 are inhabited. The nation of Maldives is known for its gorgeous, crystal blue seas, reefs teeming with fish, beautiful white sand beaches that are fringed with palm trees, and its friendly local people.
Where is the Maldives capital?
The capital of the Maldives is Male (pronounced Ma-ley), which is also the commercial hub of the country. As of Jan. 2012, the only airport in the Maldives that accepted international flights was Male International Airport (MLE). This airport, which is located in the North Male Atoll on Hulhule Island, was once known as Hulhule Airport.
A second airport, Gan, which is located on the island of Gan in the Addu Atoll, has been upgraded in recent years and may soon be able to receive international flights. In 2012, the operation of this airport was taken over by Addu International Airport from the government of the Maldives.
Visiting the remote, but beautiful Maldives islands takes some effort, but is definitely worth it. Travelers can reach the nation of Maldives on one of approximately two dozen international flights that land at Male International Airport, or they can choose to fly in on a charter flight. Some visitors also take yachts to travel to the Maldives. Anyone choosing to arrive by boat, however, should be advised that any dogs onboard will not be allowed to disembark from the boat into the Maldives.
The Maldives, with its beautiful tranquil isolated setting, is considered by many to be the perfect location for a honeymoon or a getaway from civilization. This island nation is also very popular with scuba diving enthusiasts as the ocean waters and the reefs surrounding the Maldives are teeming with over 1,100 different species of fish.
- The best way to enjoy the Maldives is on a Liveaboard dive boat
One of the best ways to enjoy the Maldives and its 1900 atolls is by staying on a liveaboard boat that can take guests to multiple destinations and diving reefs. This is a great option for visitors who don’t like to stay in one place their entire vacation and allows you to easily travel about Maldives. It is also the best way for scuba and skin divers to enjoy the Maldives, as the captain can take them to the islands he feels will be best for exploring on a particular day, given the prevailing conditions. Liveaboard guests also have a good chance of seeing whale sharks, the magnificent gentle giants that can be found almost year round in the Maldives.
Liveaboards also offer guests all the comforts of a hotel, including air conditioning, delicious meals and comfortable living quarters. Of course, the multiple scenic views from a liveaboard can’t be beat by even the best resorts in the Maldives.
Guests staying at a resort island or planning to board a liveaboard from a location that is not close to Male may have to reach their destination by sea plane or by a speed boat service. The speed boat departure jetty is a short walk from the airport arrival terminal. Visitors who will be traveling by sea plane will need to take a short five-minute bus ride from the airport to the sea plane terminal.
Guests staying on a Liveaboard will be greeted at the airport by your tour guide and taken to the ship which usually waits just outside the airport lagoon to pick you up.
If you arrive late at night, off-days or need domestic air transport to your final destination, we will gladly book your Sea Plane transfers or Overnight stays in Male for you.
Because this nation lies near the equator, its weather is typically sunny, very warm and humid — perfect for the many water sports that visitors come here to enjoy.
- Some of the beautiful fish you will see in the Maldives
The ocean’s water temperature around the Maldives typically ranges from between 27 to 30 C on average, or about 80 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to scuba diving, visitors to the Maldives can also enjoy surfing, kite surfing, windsurfing, sailing or fishing.
Surfing has also become very popular in the Maldives. The best surf spots are located on Male atoll’s east edge. There are two resorts in this area, Lohifushi and Club Med Kani, which offer surfing guests rides to popular surf breaks. Guests staying on a liveaboard will have an even bigger advantage, as they can arrange with the crew, who can take them to the best breaks in the Maldives.
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