Where are the Maldives is a question we get asked a lot.
Located in the Indian Ocean, The Maldives is an exotic island nation that offers stunning beauty and breathtaking views. In this guide, you’ll explore the geography and culture of The Maldives, and discover why it’s an excellent destination for travellers seeking a unique tropical holiday to the Maldives!
Geography of The Maldives
The Maldives is an archipelago of 1,192 islands in the Indian Ocean, spread over 20,000 square miles. It forms a chain of coral atolls about 350 miles long and 80 miles wide. Its lowest point is only around 0.7 metres above sea level, making it one of the world’s flattest countries.
The climate in the Maldives is determined by its geographical location and tropical sea breeze. It has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons – a dry season from November to April and a low and sometimes rainy season from May to October. The temperature stays around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for those seeking some winter respite. We often also get asked when the best time to visit the Maldives is.
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Where Are The Maldives Located?
The Maldives is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of India and Sri Lanka, comprised of nearly 1,200 islands that span 820 kilometers. It is one of the most geographically dispersed countries in the world. The capital city, Male is also the most populated city on a single island in all of South Asia. Political control by foreign powers has been limited since 1965 when it gained independence.
Major Attractions and Activities in The Maldives
The Maldives offer many unforgettable experiences and activities for visitors, from natural wonders like pristine beaches, stunning coral reefs and a whole host of stunning wildlife, to cultural attractions, water sport adventures and more. Tourists can enjoy swimming with whale sharks or take an adventurous scuba dive among the vibrant coral reefs. For the more adventurous traveller, they could explore uninhabited islands while kitesurfing on the crystal clear ocean waters. There’s something for everyone in The Maldives! Read more: The best house reefs in the Maldives.
Getting Around The Maldives Islands
The Maldives is composed of 20 atolls and 1192 islands. These island resorts are connected by air or speedboat, allowing you to travel around the Maldives quite easily. While hopping from island to island can be a great way to explore the region and make the most out of your Maldives holiday, there are other unique ways to get around like ferries, luxury cruises, sailing ships and seaplanes which offer incredible views of the archipelago along the way.
The most common way to get from the mainland airport in Male to your luxury Maldives resort is to travel via seaplane. Our guide to seaplanes in the Maldives will help you find out more about this exciting mode of transport.
LGBTQ+ rights in the Maldives
The Maldives is not on paper a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community. With antiquated laws and problematic viewpoints, some decide not to travel to the destination. Having said that, it is still our most popular destination amongst our clients whether the are gay or straight. Read More: The reality vs the law in the Maldives.