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Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2010

Before you go on vacation to the Maldives or spend you honeymoon there like I did, use our Maldives maps to find the better spots and locations.

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Maldives seen from the air

The first impression of the Maldives from the air would look like in the picture above... It's all about small islands...

Maldives World Map

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World Maldives Map

The Republic of Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean.

The Maldives Islands consists of 1,190 islands grouped in 26 atolls stretching more than 800 km from north to south: crossing the equator at their south end.

Maldives Map

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Maldives Map of the Atols and airports

We repeat: the islands are small and so are the airports :-) The Maldives are located about an hour's flight southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.

You can see 26 atoll formations, comprising over more than thousand islands and scattered like gem stones in a north to south direction. Only 199 of all the islands are inhabited (population about 240.00) and 75 Maldives' islands have been set aside exclusively for tourist resorts.

A submerged mountain chain forms the base on which the coral reefs are built. The islands began forming 3,000 to 5,500 years ago by carbonate sediment:

  • derived from these coral reefs and

  • deposited by waves and currents.

Their low elevation makes the Maldives particularly vulnerable to storms, the late tsunami and changes in sea level due to global warming. In fact: this country is slowly disappearing in the sea, so Maldives maps will soon be a part of history...