The beautiful archipelago of the Maldives comprises of 1192 islands scattered over 26 atolls. Taking up 90 square km in area these stunning white sandy islands are surrounded by the azure Luccadive Sea in the Indian Ocean. Located 700km south west of Sri Lanka and 400km south west of India this famous island nation holds a population of just under 330’000.
Despite being Asia’s smallest country, the Maldives still attracts half a million visitors a year with attractions to the island including diving, surfing and fishing.
Diving and Snorkelling are popular given the amazing visibility and plentiful species of fish. Surfers from around the world flock to the Maldives especially from June to September when the swells are massive due to the south-west monsoons.
There are also a number of less active things to do whilst visiting the Maldives, like taking a trip to a local fishing village. These villages are quiet and unassuming but also very interesting. Home to the traditional holhuashi, a wooden wall-less hut where local fisherman can relax after a day’s fishing, catch up with friends, relay stories and play a few games of cards. Fishing itself is also something that visitors can try, with many resorts offering night trips out to the reef at sunset.