The Maldives in a nutshell
The Maldives lies south-west of the southern tip of India and spans a large area of the Indian Ocean. Its 1,192 islands, divided into 26 atolls, breach the ocean surface on an extinct volcanic mountain ridge. What formed around the rims of these volcanoes were coral reefs, an eco-system and living organism that rivals tropical rainforests in terms of biodiversity. As of today, more than 2,000 species of fish and over 200 species of coral have been identified in the Maldives’ waters. The country’s area is about 90,000 square kilometres (about the size of Portugal), yet less than an estimated 0.5% is dry land.
What makes the Maldives special as a tourist destination is its ‘One Island, One Resort’ concept, where you can experience private-island-style escapes.