A collection of coral islands
The Maldives is comprised of 1,190 coral islands, spread among 26 major atolls. Only 10 of the 20 atoll regions are open to tourism, and these are often referred to by their code names rather than their traditional names. 202 islands are inhabited, and of these only Malé, the capital and most populous city in the Maldives, can be easily visited by tourists. 87 are exclusive resort islands offering the utmost in luxury and location.
The Maldives is technically part of Asia, located some 671km south-west of Sri Lanka, on the equator. It is the smallest Asian country geographically and also boasts the smallest population of 350,000 people.
It is mainly Muslim, and strict laws prohibiting things such as alcohol and pork are enforced in the inhabited islands. But the resorts are a law unto their own and visitors have nothing to worry about with none of the laws applying to the tourist regions.
The Maldives is famous for being the lowest country in the world and is under threat from rising sea levels due to global warming. Most of the country is just 1.5m above sea level with a highest point of 2.3m! As a result the government has begun to purchase land from nearby countries in case the islands do go under water. So we recommend that you visit before it's too late!
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