Maldives: Visitor Guide and Photos


The Republic of Maldives, as the Maldive Islands are officially called, is made up of a double chain of 26 atolls located south-west of India in the Laccadive Sea, part of the India Ocean. Maldivian history is awash with myths and legends, including that of a sea monster that demanded that a virgin be sacrificed at every full moon. The Maldivians also enjoy relating the true tale of Muhammad Thakurufaanau, who saved the islands from the Portuguese invaders. Written accounts show that despite their island isolation, the Maldivians were extensive travellers. Tourism on the Maldives began to take off in the early 1970s with the development of the first island resort. The Maldives are pictured with deep-blue seas, white, sandy beaches and palm trees, the epitome of sun, sand and sea. The perfect place to chill out at a beach-side bar, cool cocktail in hand, watching the sun setting over the ocean. The coral reefs are rich in fish and other marine life and so it was no surprise that as tourism began to flourish, scuba diving enthusiasts soon embraced the Maldives as a paradise for their passion. Each resort has a diving centre, open throughout the year, with qualified staff and a wide range of equipment. And there’s plenty to do on and above the water too, such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, water-skiing, kite-surfing and jet-skiing.

The Maldive climate is very stable, with all-year-round temperatures of around 30° C. Sunny, picture-postcard weather, balmy mornings, breezy evenings and fabulous sunsets. A dream location for perfect pictures, whether above or below the ocean waves.

air view airport boats
beach palm
sand beach trees fruits
bungalow arrival
beach house
shark village
boat bottles
holidays sea
tourist village village
boat clouds
scuba gear diver tortoise
scuba fish diving under water
fish sharks