Geography of the Maldives
The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 sq mi), making this one of the world’s most dispersed countries. It lies between latitudes 1°Sand 8°N, and longitudes 72° and 74°E. The atolls are composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometres (600 mi) long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs north to south.
Only near the southern end of this natural coral barricade do two open passages permit safe ship navigation from one side of the Indian Ocean to the other through the territorial waters of Maldives.
For administrative purposes the Maldivian government organised these atolls into twenty one administrative divisions. The largest island of Maldives is Gan, which belongs to Laamu Atoll or Hahdhummathi Maldives. In Addu Atoll the westernmost islands are connected by roads over the reef (collectively called Link Road) and the total length of the road is 14 km (9 mi).
Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with maximum and average natural ground levels of only 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in) and 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, respectively. In areas where construction exists, however, this has been increased to several metres. More than 80 per cent of the country’s land is composed of coral islands which rise less than one metre above sea level. As a result, the Maldives are at high risk of being submerged due to rising sea levels. The UN’s environmental panel has warned that, at current rates, sea level rise would be high enough to make the Maldives uninhabitable by 2100
Day 1 : Arrive Maldives
Departure from Nairobi via Dubai/Doha/Bombay.
Welcome to Maldives!!! Once you arrive at Male International Airport where you are met by the hotel representative and transferred to your Maldivian Resort.
After your Check-In, retire to your room and spend the rest of the day learning the rare art of ‘far niente’ or simply ‘doing nothing’. Stay overnight at the resort.
Day 2 : Day at leisure
After breakfast, the rest of the day is at leisure for you to lounge. Your resort has the facility of providing you water sports and fun activities. The most popular among these are snorkelling, windsurfing and catamaran sailing. Other popular water sports activities are parasailing, kayaking, kite-surfing, water-skiing and jet skiing. Stay overnight at the resort.
Day 3 : Day at leisure
After breakfast, indulge in the rare opportunity to enjoy one of nature’s most invaluable treasures; “PEACE”. Rejuvenate your mind, soul and body with the resort’s exclusive SPA Treatment. The Maldives’ spas are in a world of their own, since they are a perfect blend of luxurious therapies, health and beauty experiences and sensory stimulation complemented by the tranquil surrounding and blissful tropical beauty. Stay overnight at the resort.
Day 4 : Day at leisure
Breakfast at the resort. After breakfast rest of the day free for leisure on your own to explore the island. Stay overnight at the resort.
Day 5 : Depart Maldives
After your last breakfast on this beautiful Island,transferred to the airport for your flight back home. Take home fond memories of your serene holiday.