Where Is The Maldives Located And What Is It Like?

Just spending at least some time daydreaming about Maldives but where exactly is it? The ‘where is Maldives’ answer may not be quite what you thought about Maldives was. Let us break it down for you and others, and the next time someone asks you about it, share the love and show them this guide and info – complete it using a Maldives country map.

The Maldives is perfectly a paradise on earth which is located in Asia & it is the smallest country in terms of area as well as population. The Maldives is located southwest of Sri Lanka & India in the Indian Ocean. In total, it has 1192 small-small coral islands that are further grouped across twenty six (26) naturally formed atolls, which spread across the Indian Ocean. It also comprises around 188 inhabited islands, and the remaining islands are uninhabited & some disappeared islands. The total area of the Maldives is over 90,000 square kilometers (Sq Km), spread all across the ocean. Maldives geographic coordinates are 3°15′N 73°00′E.

However, Maldives lies on the subcontinent extending up to 823 Km to the west of Sri Lanka. The weather is sunny for most days throughout the year, which makes it easy to plan for a vacation trip in the Maldives anytime of the year. Maldives has a total coastline of 644 Kilometers with the most atoll is situated around 110 Kilometers south of India’s Mini Coy Atoll, 480 Kilometers south east of India Cape Comorin and 649 Kilometers west of Sri-Lanka.

The islands of the Maldives are low-lands and none of them rises Six (6’) above sea level. There are pure white sand beaches along with turquoise lagoons & coral reefs that make the country one of the best heavenly destinations for a vacation. So if you are thinking of a change of scene and atmosphere to relax from your daily life tensions, the Maldives could be the perfect place for a vacation spot anyone can think of.

What is the capital of the Maldives?

Malé is the capital city of the Maldives, It is situated on the Malé Atoll, & the Malé atoll is the largest island then all others in the Maldives. It is also the biggest city in the Maldives which is inhabited by most of the Maldives’ population. The main airport of the Maldives is located in its capital - Malé so, after landing here you can explore its most famous beaches, Islamic & pre-Islamic architectural sites, some local markets, and much more!

What do the Maldives offer to its tourists?

Each island of Maldives captures tourists’ attention all over the world with their mind-blowing natural settings. It provides a little break from the buildings and hustle bustle of usual lifestyles. Not only the islands but the journey towards the island is quite a big experience.
The aerial view of the islands is very magical and the natural beauty that is created by the never-ending water is worth capturing by you. It always welcomes its guests in the best way possible, so you will not regret your visit here! You can explore it & get impressed by its culture, lifestyle, weather, vibes & so much more!

Which country owns the Maldives?

The Republic of Maldives (ROM) is an independent nation, although historically it has not always been possible this way. Dating back to the 5th century, at a time, its rule over the Maldives changed hands a number of times, from Portuguese to Dutch, British & sultanate ruling powers. Once sultanate rule was abolished and independence was claimed in the Maldives on unforgettable day which is 26 July 1965 and the day is still celebrated today in Maldives.

Which airlines fly direct to the Maldives?

The term ‘direct flights’ should not be confused with ‘non-stop flights’. However, non-stop flights will travel you from your departure to your destination airport without any single stops; direct flights may include a short layover or technical support stop, such as refueling of the aircraft.
But non-stop flights from South Africa to the Maldives are currently not available, some airlines operating between the countries will get you from Johannesburg to the Maldives Malé International Airport within roughly around 13 hours and 45 minutes. The main airlines operating flights to the Maldives are Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Sri Lankan Airlines.

How do you get around the Maldives?

First of all, once you reach the archipelago, you’ll most likely need to get from the airport to your island resort easily. You can charter a helicopter or seaplane and take great advantage of the sightseeing opportunities very well, but keep in mind that luggage space may be limited due to the size of the aircraft. Otherwise it is included in your package, this mode of transfer could set you back a few hundred dollars in your pocket.

However, a Dhoni (Name of Boat), (or traditional Maldivian boat) ride is another popular mode of transport for nearby island resorts & is usually included in your package. You can also get around by speedboat, or you can catch a public or any other private ferry at a far reduced rate, although these are available less frequently.

What is the best suitable time of year to go to the Maldives?

I think the best time to visit the Maldives is anytime of the year really. With its close proximity to the equator of earth, the Maldives enjoys balmy, tropical temperatures of 26 – 28 Degree Celsius throughout the year & tepid seas. There is some other variance between the Northern & Southern Atolls, but the seasons are based on the monsoon season. From May to October marks the wet season, while from November to April the dry season.

Do I require a visa to visit the Maldives?

You meet the minimum requirements for Maldives visa, South African passport holders will be issued a 30 days free visa on your arrival in the Maldives for tour, which can be extended to up to 90 days if you want to stay in Maldives. Make sure your passport will not expire for at least 6 months from the date of your arrival in the Maldives.

Are the Maldives safe?

A part of the reason you are traveling to the Maldives is probably to enjoy your vacation & some rest time & relaxation, so rest assured you will just be fine, especially within the confines of a resort area. Although Maldives is an Islamic country, only resorts are permitted by the government to supply alcohol & dressing immodestly outside of your resort is not recommended for any person. The crime rate is very low in Maldives.

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