Top tip: Be prepared to do nothing
The Maldives consist of 20 atolls, totalling about 2000 islands most of which are uninhabited. The islands themselves are the remains of ancient volcanoes, surrounded by coral reefs. The capital of the Maldives is Male, located on the island of the same name close to the international airport on the southern point of the North Male Atoll.
The majority of resorts are to be found in Male and Alif.
The Maldives have a hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July. The temperature rarely falls below 25°C (77°F). The best time to visit is November to Easter.
Facts and Figures
|Area||298 sq km (115 sq miles).|
|Population||396,33 (2010 estimate).|
|Capital||Male- population 103,693 (2006).|
|Language||The national language is Dhivehi. English is widely used as a business language in government offices and the commercial sector. Other languages are widely used within tourist areas.|
|Religion||The indigenous population is almost entirely Sunni Muslim.|
|Time||GMT + 5|
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