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Silvercloud Travel / Maldives

Maldives

Turquoise waters, perfect waves, un-crowded sights; Maldives is fast becoming the travel destination of choice. Located in the Indian Ocean,

The Maldives, officially known as the Republic of Maldives, is a South Asian island country, located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and India. These small beautiful islands with crystal clear turquoise waters spans about 298 square kilometres stretching all the way from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll to the Addu City. It is the smallest Asian country and one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries in the world. The islands are safe and without distractions and have only been a tourist destination for a short while.

Made up of 26 atolls with about 1200 islands, Maldives is home to the world’s first underwater restaurant, under-water nightclub and underwater spa. The Maldives is also known for her surfing safaris and fishing safaris. Watch from your chair as nets are cast into a lagoon to fish for a big catch. You can also go on the whale and Dolphin watching safari organized annually by Dr Charles Anderson. Even more, you can go on a pleasure cruise around the islands alongside the dive safaris.

The primary activity for most visitors in the Maldives is scuba diving because of the clear water and abundance of life underwater. Diving is possible all through the year. However, because of the calm sea and visibility on water, the best time for scuba diving is between January and April.

Under these waters you can find Manta rays and even sharks sometimes. You can find some of the diverse marine life at the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve with about 250 species of stony and soft coral, over 1,000 different species of reef fish, the endangered Hawksbill and Green turtles, manta rays as well as whale sharks. At the Hanifaru Bay, you can see the largest gathering of manta rays and their cyclone feeding between May and November.

Good to Know

Country
The Republic of Maldives
Visa Requirements
No pre-arrival visa required.. A thirty day free visa is issued on arrival for all Nationalities, provided that you have a valid travel document, a ticket out and proof of sufficient funds, defined as either a confirmed reservation in any resort or USD100 + USD50/day in cash
Languages spoken
Dhivehi
Currency used
Maldivian rufiyaa
Area (km2)
298
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