Its very name is synonymous with turquoise waters, sugar-white beaches, and technicolour reefs. And since the tourism industry kicked off in the 1970s, the Maldives has also become one of the world’s most drool-worthy tropical escapes — a Disneyland for beachcombers, surfers, scuba divers, yachties, honeymooners, spa junkies and hotel brats seeking the ultimate holiday bragging rights.
In the Indian Ocean west of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is made up of 26 coral atolls — large ring-shaped coral reefs formed by extinct volcanoes. These atolls look like strings of pearls from the sky and support 1190 coral islands — some 300 of which are inhabited by locals or home to private-island resorts.
The Maldives is a fantasy nearly impossible not to buy into. But misinformation about the high cost of staying there and its status as an Islamic nation have made many potential holiday-makers push the fantasy out of their minds. So, to help you separate fact from fiction, we answer some pertinent questions about one of the most beautiful island nations on Earth.
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