Apart from being one of the most exotic and attractive travel destinations in the world – with its paradise beaches and tropical climate – the Maldives is a country with a very peculiar geographical shape. So different from any conventional design, the Maldives map would appear at first sight like a painting of abstract expressionism with its disperse dots over the blue canvas of the Indian Ocean.

This is because the Maldives consists of nearly 1,200 islands spread over 90,000 sq km of sea, but which land comes to an area of only 298 sq km – it would be like fragmenting the island of Malta into tiny pieces and spreading them over an area the size of Portugal.

Now, the distribution of these islands is not as random as you might think, and it follows an interesting pattern. The coral islands are grouped in two large, roughly circular chains subdivided in 26 atolls. Atolls, as we have explained in a previous article, are chains of islands that enclose an expansive shallow lagoon that contains many other small islands – so we have something like an island within a circle of islands, within a circle of islands…

The Maldives map, or more accurately an aerial view of the islands, can change dramatically throughout the day, and depending on the lunar cycle. I explain, being the lowest country in the world, the Maldives is one thing during low tide and another six hours later. The islands highest point is only 2.4 metres, whereas the average is just 1.5 metres.

If you want to discover for yourself this amazing group of islands (or a group of amazing islands within a group of amazing islands, within a group…) visit the Maldives with Kenwood Travel and have the holiday of a lifetime.

The map of the Maldives

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