A group of nearly 1,200 coral islets, the Maldives offers travellers a chance to experience an earthly island paradise.
The Maldives is the ideal destination for the beach-lover and in the Maldives – doing nothing is the order of the day; there’s no better way to chill out and relax other than watching the sun set over the azure-blue Indian Ocean with a cocktail in your hand.
With 90 per cent of the Maldives made up of cobalt-blue sea and over 3000 coral reefs, the Maldives, undoubtedly, is one of the best diving destinations in the world. Divers are guaranteed a good show with everything from colourful reef fish to sharks. The Maldives is also a mecca for surfers, with the southwest monsoon bringing in massive swells. The best spots are in North and South Male atoll; perfect for surfing aficionados.
Maldives Essential Information:
Major resorts: Rihiveli, Baros Island, Cocoa Island
Time Zone: GMT +5
Language: Dhivehi.To learn the basics of Dhivehi visit www.maldivesculture.com
Currency: Maldives uses the rufiyaa (MVR). For up-to-date exchange rates see: www.xe.com/ucc.
International dialling code: +960
British Embassy: visit the website for more information