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Where Are the Maldives?

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Maldives

The palm-studded coral islands that fringe the 26 atolls of the Maldives archipelago are scattered in a chain north to south across 600 miles of the Indian Ocean, with the northernmost about 450 miles southwest of India and Sri Lanka, and with a population of only 540,000.

The capital, Male, is central between North and South Male atolls, with its airport island of Hulhulé close by. Speedboats and small Twin Otter float planes transfer people between islands. Each island is so small that those with resorts have only one. Most liveaboards embark their passengers at Hulhulé for one-week cruises, although some passengers may connect with an interisland flight via Gan for the return leg of a two-week southern atoll liveaboard charter....


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