Maldives (, US: ; Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ, romanized: Dhivehi Raajje, Dhivehi pronunciation: [d̪iʋehi ɾaːd͡ʒd͡ʒe]), officially the Republic of Maldives (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޖުމްހޫރިއްޔާ, romanized: Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa, Dhivehi pronunciation: [d̪iʋehi ɾaːd͡ʒd͡ʒeːge d͡ʒumhuːɾijjaː]), is an archipelagic state located in Southern Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 kilometres (470 miles; 400 nautical miles) from the Asian continent's mainland. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to Addu Atoll in the south (across the Equator).Make your Male itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
Comprising a territory spanning roughly 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 sq mi) including the sea, land area of all the islands comprises 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states and the smallest Asian country as well as one of the smallest Muslim-majority countries by land area and, with around 557,751 inhabitants, the 2nd least populous country in Asia. Malé is the capital and the most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" where the ancient royal dynasties ruled for its central location.
The Maldivian Archipelago is located on the Chagos–Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean; this also forms a terrestrial ecoregion, together with the Chagos Archipelago and Lakshadweep. With an average ground-level elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, and a highest natural point of only 2.4 meters, it is the world's lowest-lying country. (Note that some sources state the highest point, Mount Villingili, as 5.1 meters)
In the 12th century Islam reached the Maldivian Archipelago, which was consolidated as a sultanate, developing strong commercial and cultural ties with Asia and Africa. From the mid-16th century, the region came under the increasing influence of European colonial powers, with Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887. Independence from the United Kingdom came in 1965, and a presidential republic was established in 1968 with an elected People's Majlis. The ensuing decades have seen political instability, efforts at democratic reform, and environmental challenges posed by climate change and rising sea levels.
Maldives became a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It is also a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non-Aligned Movement. The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper-middle income economy. Fishing has historically been the dominant economic activity, and remains the largest sector by far, followed by the rapidly growing tourism industry. The Maldives rates "high" on the Human Development Index, with per capita income significantly higher than other SAARC nations.
Maldives was a member of the Commonwealth of Nations from July 1982 until withdrawing from the organisation in October 2016 in protest of allegations by other nations of its human rights abuses and failing democracy. Maldives rejoined the Commonwealth on 1 February 2020 after showing evidence of functioning democratic processes and popular support.
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Aurore and Franz Will do their utmost to make this experience unforgettable to you. Because of their experience of the Maldives every dive is a success (sites, timing...) and life on board, thanks to.... more
Aurore and Franz Will do their utmost to make this experience unforgettable to you. Because of their experience of the Maldives every dive is a success (sites, timing...) and life on board, thanks to.... more »
OK Maldives is a great combination for people who have a passion for diving, sea, fishes & underwater world, for switching off from daily routine, for being ready to meet new people. OK Maldives is...
OK Maldives is a great combination for people who have a passion for diving, sea, fishes & underwater world, for switching off from daily routine, for being ready to meet new people. OK Maldives is... more »
Super nice cruise with Ok Maldives from September 25 to October 4, 2022. Comfortable and completely renovated boat. Delicious and refined cuisine. Crew (boat and dhony) very caring. Without forgetting the main thing, the kindness of Aurore and Franz (thanks to you 2 for making sure that I could do the most beautiful dive per day), the kindness of Francesca and the good humor of the other participants. Atmosphere at the top and beautiful encounters. I recommend👍👌🏻.
Dream team… A TOP boat, team and crew! After a Center Atolls cruise, a Great North, I am already looking forward to discovering the Great South (Male – Gan descent) and that will be in January 2023. Aurore, Francesca and Franz give the best to meet the expectations of divers. The choice of sites is judicious, varied and carefully planned (especially in relation to other boats, currents and potential encounters). Security and briefings are just perfect! Bulldog sharks, tigers, grays, corals, sleepers, albimarginatus, sleepers... guitar rays, mantas, mobulas, stingrays... small, very small... just a treat for photographers! The Equator is a very beautiful boat that they are constantly improving (many cabins have been completely renovated this year) and its crew is really very caring. The volumes are well thought out and allow everyone to find their place. The cabins are spacious, neat and equipped with silent air conditioning. The food is delicious, varied and balanced… a real treat! The dhoni is also very good and its crew just perfect. Blocks always inflated to 200 bars, Nitrox between 30 and 33%, there is even a toilet on board! Congratulations and thank you to this great team for their constant investment, I highly recommend!
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