General Information Maldives archipelago comprises 26 atolls, which are located 700 km south-west of Ceylon, the new name of Sri Lanka, and crosses the equator. The area of the archipelago is – 90 thousand km. The archipelago consists of about 1200 islands, but only 200 of them inhabited and 90 islands, are the hotels. Typically, a single island – this is one hotel that is the whole territory of the island belongs to the hotel, Maldives – One of the best places in the world for snorkeling and Occupation diving. Here, this is all: the uninhabited islands, warm and crystal clear waters with excellent visibility, sometimes exceeding 50 meters, a huge number and variety of reef marine life, you must encounter sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins. All hotels have diving centers, staffed by professional instructors who speak the main European languages (in some hotels – and in Russian). They conduct courses for beginners and dives for experienced divers. Those wishing to offer excursions to the capital of the archipelago – the city of Male, you can visit the fishing village, very popular with tourists, especially newlyweds – trips to uninhabited islands, half day or full day with a picnic on the beach, many addicted to catching tuna and blue marlin in the morning or evening, helicopter rides.
The capital Male 'International Airport Hulule located on a separate island near Male. The climate is tropical monsoon climate, hot and humid, and temperatures around 30C all year round, water – around 26C, short rains mostly at night. Because of the close location to the equator the seasonal changes associated with the monsoon, are insignificant. During the southwest monsoon (May to October), more often it rains, strong waves of the sea are most frequent in June. Season the northeast monsoon (from November to February) is the dry season. State language – Dhivehi, close to the Sinhalese.