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Maldives Fast Facts

Location: South West of Sri Lanka, on the equator.

Geography: Formed above peaks emerging from the depths of the ocean, upon layers of both living and dead coral, and remnants of other marine life, most of the islands are covered with dense tropical vegetation. Coconut palms towering above dense shrubs and hardy plants protecting the shores from erosion are natural features on most islands. The smaller islands and sandbanks under formation are also wonders in themselves. They embody living entities in various stages of formation, interdependent elements in a food chain in which birds, fish, and other marine life co-exist. Humans form the apex, as caretakers. Out of a total of 1190 islands, 200 are inhabited, and 88 are set aside for exclusive tourist resort development. Measuring 820 kilometres north to south and 120 kilometres east to west at its greatest width, the closest neighbours are India and Sri Lanka.

Climate: Generally warm and humid, the sun shines all year through. Average temperature is around 29 - 32 degrees Celsius.


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