26 Atolls // 1,190 Islands // 300+ Fish Species // Lowest Country in the World // 350,000 people...

The Maldives is made up of 26 atolls and 1,190 coral islands of which 200 are inhabited and cover some 90,000 sq km or 35,000 square miles.

Its capital is Malé and interestingly it is the only country in the world with the lowest highest point at just 2.3 metres or 7ft 7 inches! The atolls have some beautiful and colourful coral reefs and sand bars and is home to some 300 plus species of fish.

The climate is warm and tropical with temperatures rarely dipping below 24 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Tourism is the most important source of income for the islands with over 90 resorts and over 17,000 beds. Fishing is also an important industry for the islands.

The currency is the Rufiyaa (1 USD = MRF 15.42).

Malé International Airport on Hulhulé Island is the main hub for getting to The Maldives and has flights from Europe, Asia and The Middle East.

For more information on what to do and see in the Maldives you might like to check the Maldives Tourism Board website.

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