The Maldives is a string of 26 beautiful coral islands just south-west of Sri Lanka. In Sanskrit, the name Maldives means ‘Garland of Islands’.
The low-lying coral atolls are so small that the land is comprised of less than 4% of the country’s total lanscape. Some of the islands remain uninhabited sandbars while others are spread over several kilometers across and very well vegetated.
The majority of the time the crystal clear lagoons are a brilliant blue, with stunning coral reefs and an abundant variety of marine life. Strict local regulations on commercial exploitation and fishing has greatly helped to retain the natural marine environment in near-pristine condition.
The coral reefs are a scuba diving and snorkelling under water haven. You will see some of the most beautiful and colourful array of marine life such as butterfly fish, parrot fish, rock cod, angel fish, unicorn fish, blue stripe snapper,trumpet fish, Moorish idols, oriental sweet lips and much more. Larger sea creatures, eagerly sought out by scuba divers, include sharks, manta rays, stingrays, turtles and of course dolphins.
Many of the larger islands create a picture-perfect, idealistic palm-fringed tropical fantasy. Some of the larger, but wetter islands have gorgeous small areas of lush rainforest.
The staple crops on the islands are limited to sweet potatoes, taro, yams, millet and watermelon, with a few of the more fertile islands producing citrus fruits and pineapples.
Daytime temperatures settle around 28°C (82°F) all year. The humidity is slightly less in the drier season but the majority of days there is a refreshingly cool sea breeze.
The Maldives with its tropical climate boasts warm temperatures year round with a huge amount of sunshine. Averaging temperature of 31°C with a minimum temperature of 26°C.
On average, the hottest month is April and the coolest month is December. February being the driest with December to April also relatively dry. Due to the Maldives being on the equilateral belt, severe storms are a rarity.
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