Maldives

Male, Maldives
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Southwest of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea lies a paradise like no other, the island country of the Maldives. The Republic of the Maldives consists of twenty-six atolls in an area spanning 90,000 square kilometers (34,749 square miles).

The Maldives are popular for their picture-perfect lush islands ringed by gorgeous white sand beaches. The tiny country is the smallest in Asia both in land mass and population (309,000 people). It also has the lowest high point of any country in the world at 2.3 meters (7 feet 7 inches) and because of this the rising sea level threatens its very existence.

All total, the Maldives consists of roughly 1,190 coral islands, only 185 of which are inhabited. The islands were discovered as a tourist destination in the 1970s and today tourism accounts for just under 30% of the country’s GDP.

A range of accommodation for any budget can be found on the Maldives, and the country’s capital city of Male is home to an international airport.

Maldives
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Maldives
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Maldives
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Mosque - Maldives
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Sunset - Maldives
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35 thoughts on “Maldives

  1. These photos just took my breath away. What a beautiful place. I posted a link to this on my facebook and told my family if I ever get a chance to move to this place they would never hear from me again lol.

  2. my friend who is also my personal trainer has been here, im hopefully going this summer for my 18th and to chill out becuz i stress too muchh! i soo wanna go here when i get married lol ♥

  3. I randomly looked this up because this was in my7th grade geograpgy book.all it says is the name tho.but this is beatiful i wanna visit there =D

  4. maldives its really nice place.i like this place because this place very shining & bright so on,so i like maldives

  5. I really love this place I was born in Guyana I hope I will reach here and it is a very beautiful country I ever seen in my life

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