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Republic of Maldives, is a South Asian island country, located in the Indian Ocean. It lies 700 km to southwest of Sri Lanka. It is a chain of 26 atolls, consisting of 1,192 coral islands that rise above sea level only by a little: the highest point of the archipelago — on the southern atoll of Addu (Siena) — only 2.4 m. Because of this the Maldives is known as the very low-lying state.

The Maldives have a range of different habitats. There are 187 species of coral forming the coral reefs. This area of the Indian Ocean, alone, houses 1100 species of fish, 5 species of sea turtle, 21 species of whale and dolphin, 400 species of mollusc, and 83 species of echinoderms. The area is also populated by more than 145 crab species and 48 shrimp species.

Diving in the Straits
Ocean patrol
Fish dining room
On firm ground
Night at the bottom of the lagoon
Giant shark
When the head like a hammer
Dangerous as tigers
Like birds
Flying to India

Let's go!

 


Links to movies about Maldives made by our friend Amit Kakar:

Maldives South Atolls 2013 (by dr. Amit Kakar)
Maldives Atolls Night Diving 2013 (by dr. Amit Kakar)
Whale Shark Feeding at Night Mar 2013 (by dr. Amit Kakar)
Maldives Deep South Feb 2012 on MV Orion (by dr. Amit Kakar)
Late Night swim with Whale Shark (by dr. Amit Kakar)
Maldives Mantas & sharks at Hanifaru Bay (by dr. Amit Kakar)

Links to our photo albums about Maldives:

20131110-18 Maldives