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The main international gateway in the Maldives is the Malé International Airport (MLE). Situated close to Male island, on the Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll, the airport is also known as the Velana International Airport and was previously called the as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.
It is currently the only airport serving international flights in the country. Transit from and to the airport is by speed boat, seaplane and airport ferries.
The Maldives is made up of an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands, all grouped into 26 ring-shaped atolls. Situated to the west of Sri Lanka and south-southwest of India, only 192 of its islands are inhabited, while most of the others remain virgin.
Known as Dhivehi Raajje to the locals in their locat tongue, The Maldives is the lowest country in the world at less than 1.8 metres above sea level. It is a nation known for its extensive reefs, beaches and blue lagoons. Malé, the nation’s capital, is home to the 17th-century Friday Mosque made of white coral and known as Hukuru Miskiy, one of the most ornate and oldest mosques in the city. Malé also a busy fish market, and many other attractions.
An incredible holiday destination, there is a lot to do in the Maldives whether you are looking for a quite inactive vacation, or one filled with adventure. It is a very versatile and accommodating place that is perfect for every type of traveller, even more so if you enjoy being in the water.
The pristine reefs of the Maldives are rich in colour, and there is a lot to see without going too deep. Snorkelers enjoy the reefs as well as the sea turtles in the area, also lots of schools of colourful fish that float with the tide.
Enjoy being in your own natural aquarium in the waters of the Maldives.
Local Maldivian food is fresh and delicious and consists sometimes of rice, seafood and fruit. Be prepared to have a lot of fresh juice on hand, from coconut right from the tree, to orange juices and so on. Some food you are sure to encounter include a breakfast made of tuna, coconut and chile, served usually with chapati. Fresh shrimp is also served with rice, and a host of other seafood.