The Maldives is made up of 1,190 coral islands that are located southwest of Sri Lanka, on the equator. The coral islands form an archipelago of 26 major atolls. Only 202 of the islands are inhabited, and 87 of these are exclusive island resorts. If sun, sand, and sea are the three requirements for a perfect tropical vacation, then the Maldives is extraordinarily perfect….white sand beaches, lagoons in seemingly infinite shades of blue and turquoise, pristine coral gardens, and dense tropical foliage….does it get any more perfect than this?
The Maldives boasts 200 different species of coral and an abundance of reef inhabitants. Enjoy reef, drift, and wreck dives in water that ranges from 75-81 degrees with a visibility of 50-130 ft. Expect hammerheads, grey reef sharks, white tips, eagle rays, mantas, turtles, frogfish, triggerfish, surgeonfish, jacks, snapper, napolean wrasse, barracudas, and more!
The Maldives has been gaining much international attention for the fragile state of its environment. The impending rise in sea level due to climate change calls for some careful environmental management measures. In fact, the entire capital island is already enclosed with sea walls. These “Pearls of the Indian Ocean” are precious indeed, and all possible actions should be taken to preserve them.