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Introduction

Due west of the southern tip of India, in the Indian Ocean is a tiny Nation of Islands dubbed as the Pearls of Indian Ocean; The Maldives Islands.
The 1190 Islands of the Maldivian Archipelago are surrounded by the finest white sand beaches & Warm crystal Clear waters offering an extravagant utopia
of unparalleled color and marine life.

Almost 99% of the country is the ocean and only 1% is spread to 26 atolls. No part of Maldives is more than 2.4 m above the sea level.

Like a bird defying gravity, the plane graciously glides down towards Male’ Airport. A glance out the window and your heart skips a beat. A vision is so unique
that you can’t help but wonder if it is real. Only nature could have painted a picture so perfect. Only nature in its hurried motion could have created such
splendor as the Maldives. The beauty does not recede with the touching down of the plane. The little green patches transform into graceful palms that gently
sway to the cool breeze, endless white beaches with sand so soft that it caresses your feet, waters so clear that you see the fish playing in the depths of the lagoons.

QUICK FACTS OF MALDIVES
Location
Across equator in the Indian Ocean 740 km from Sri Lanka

Population
300 000 (approximately)

Geography
1190 total number of islands
26 natural atolls
202 inhabited islands
100 plus exclusive resort islands

Climate
Warm and humid, 260C – 310C year round

Official Language
Dhivehi & English

Religion
100% Islam

Currency
Maldivian Rufiyaa (1$=12.85MRF)

Visa
Up to 30 days free Tourist visa on arrival

Airports
02 International Airports & 03 Domestic Airports

No of Tourist Arrivals
In 2009 | 655,852 Tourists
In 2010 | 791,917 Tourists

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