Scattered across the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 miles south west of India, the Maldivian islands are a group of tiny coral atolls with neither rivers nor mountains. Every atoll is formed by a coral reef and a shallow lagoon encircles it. Each has a Robinson Crusoe feel with tall coconut palms, powdery white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters. Some are sophisticated with a choice of excellent restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts and fabulous spas. Others have retained the “no news no shoes” flavour of the Maldives with thatched roofs, simple accommodation and open air bathrooms. These idyllic coral islands rank among the world’s top destinations for diving and make them a perfect choice for a huge variety of watersports. It is a paradise of island hideaways and unsurpassed beauty and tranquility.
The Maldivians are proud of their history and rich culture which evolved from the first settlers arriving by sea from various parts of the world. African influences are apparent in some of the local music and dance with the handbeating of drums and songs in a language similar to East African countries. There is also a great South Asian influence in the delicious traditional food of the Maldives.
The Maldives enjoys a hot, tropical climate with plenty of sunshine and high humidity. The average temperature is around 28C with the sunshine staying fairly constant throughout the year. The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April when the weather is dry and sunny and you can expect 10 hours of sunshine a day. November and April are the best months for diving when the clarity and vision underwater is at the optimum.
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