The Maldives or Maldive Islands, officially known as the Republic of Maldives, is a breathtaking island nation consisting of a long string of coral atolls stretching south of India and southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. Probably Hindu at first, then Buddhist, Islam was introduced into the Maldives in the 12th century. The islands then came under the successive influences of the Portuguese and Dutch, followed by a period of about 80 years as a British protectorate. Now independent, the Maldives is the smallest Asian country as well as the smallest Muslim nation in the world. World-renowned for its natural beauty and full of sun, sand and sea, the Maldives sports an ideal climate, superior white sand beaches, and warm waters dotted with undersea coral, making it the perfect tropical holiday spot for visitors who enjoy swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing and windsurfing.
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Unlike other areas of the country, Malé, the country's capital, is a modern city with high-rise buildings and paved roads. A perfect city for a walkabout, large trees shade both sides of many of its main streets. And the lanes and alleys of the old bazaar area are so narrow that they are almost impassable by automobile. A stroll through the city is perhaps the best way to absorb the local colour that's provided by lively markets and an array of shops and alcohol-free bars and restaurants. Seawalls surround the city on all sides - there are no natural beaches in Malé. However, some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the world are in the Maldives, renowned for warm, clear waters, underwater beauty and a profusion of marine life. And the Maldives ranks among the world's top five places for watching whales and dolphins.
Addu Atoll is the centre of the relatively untouched southern Maldives, and the only place that rivals Malé in size and importance. The southern islands have a different feel than the rest of the Maldives, and Gan in the far south has unusually strong British influences that remain despite the closure of that country's military airbases more than 30 years ago.
The Maldives is a tropical garland of pearls strung like a neckace through the Indian Ocean. A true tropical paradise, flights to the Maldives arrive at Malé’s airport from Colombo, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and London. Direct Flights is ready to book Maldives travel packages whenever you're ready to experience the holiday of your life.