The Maldives, the smallest and the most paradisiac country in Asia

Maldives Islands and Atolls

Maldives Islands and Atolls| Photo © Sakis Papadopoulos

There is no other country in the World like The Maldives.
Located astride the equator, south of India and west of Sri Lanka, the all country unique specificity resides in the Geography made of an exclusive formation of natural atolls, sandy islands and reefs stretching along 823 km (511 miles) but occupying only an area of just 300 sq km (116 sq miles).
With an average ground of 1.5 meter above the sea level, the country is today endangered by the global sea level rising.
All land above the surface in the Maldives is of coralline origin.
The beauty of their lagoons and sandy beaches along with  their splendid aerial views make the Maldives an Absolute Paradise.
The origin of the word “atoll ” itself derives from the Dhivehi language of the Maldives “Atholhu” and is now used in many languages worldwide.
In 2009, they have been again honored with numerous prestigious Awards as the :
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Spa Resort
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa
  • Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Group

Owing to the many beautiful diving grounds of the numerous atolls of the Maldives, this country has also been marketed as a prime destination for scuba divers worldwide.

http://www.dreamingofmaldives.com

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