The Maldives comprise 1973 islands, of which only about 200 are inhabited. They lie in the middle of the Indian Ocean - 500 to 1000 km southwest of the southern tip of India. The islands, built up of coral reefs, are divided into 19 atoll groups. Becuase there are so many islands, the best way to see as many as possible is by liveaboard boat.
The Maldives are concidered one of the most beautiful dive areas in the world and continue to impress with their diversity. You can expect to see reef sharks, turtles, mackerels, dolphins and much more - a special time to dive is in March, when the chances of seeing manta rays and whale sharks at South Ari Atoll are very high.