Where is Maldives? Known officially as the Republic of Maldives, it is an island in the Indian Ocean. It lies in the Laccadive Sea in the southwest of India and Sri Lanka. Its capital is Male, which is also the largest city and is traditionally known as 'King's Island'. It comprises of 1192 coral islands, which are grouped together in a double chain of 26 atolls. Its total area is 90,000 square kilometers, making it one of the most dispersed countries of the world.
Where is Maldives historically? To start off, you must first know that only 200 of its islands are currently inhabited and its beaches are some of the most gorgeous white sand beaches with deep blue lagoon and palm trees that you will see. It was formerly known as "Maldive Islands" and was settled in the 5th century BC by Buddhists from Sri Lanka and India. It was under British rule from 1887 until 1965, when it became independent.
Maldives is known for its exotic beauty and there are many places to visit in Maldives to enjoy your stay. The first thing to do is visit the Addu Atoll if you like diving. This island group is situated towards the south of Maldives. From here, you can move on to the visit Hithadhoo, which is a great place for biking. Another enjoyable activity to undertake in the region is snorkeling and Maldives is known for the best sites in the world for the purpose. An experience worth remembering is the boat cruise aboard a dhoni, which is a wooden boat, used for sea transport in the region.
To witness the true culture of the country and meet locals, heading over to Male is also a recommendation. It is also home to a beautiful mosque made of coral stone in the 17th century, Hukuru and the Grand Friday Mosque, which has a huge golden dome, is also nearby. Among other notable places to visit in Maldives are the Male Fish Market, Male National Museum, the Maldives Victory Wreck which sank in 1981 but provides an unforgettable underwater experience, the Mushimasmingili Thila to dive among giant snappers and sharks, Villigili for some serenity inducing calm and Lhohifushi and Dhonveli for windsurfing. There are many uninhabited islands around Maldives, which can be explored for a divine experience or as part of an island hopping tour to enjoy the true beauty of Maldives.