The Maldives is one of the most geographically dispersed sovereign states in the world. It is a low-lying country; most of its land lies below sea level. It consists of nearly 1,200 islands that are the visible coral peaks of an oceanic volcanic mountain range. Deep lagoons divide the islands into 26 atolls (ring-shaped reefs). Although, it is an ancient nation with a rich cultural heritage, the islands are sought after by millions of tourists for their natural beauty and luxury treatment. The weather is influenced by the Indian Monsoon; it is usually good all year round, although there is slightly more rain in the wet season (May-November). With excellent underwater visibility and rich marine life, snorkeling and diving in the Maldives are a must.
The four- and five-star resorts in the Maldives are typically located on their own private islands. With over 100 similar islands to choose from the only problem is which one to select. Each resort provides scuba diving opportunities to explore the nearby coral reefs.