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  • With its abundant marine life and white sandy beaches, the Maldives is many people's idea of paradise on earth.

  • A group of small islands dotted around the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, about 450 kilometers southwest of Sri Lanka.

  • The Maldives is home to a community of just 341,000 people.

  • The Maldivian economy evolves around two main business sectors: Tourism and fishing.

  • Tourism is the main source of income in the Maldives.

  • And with average temperatures of around 29 degrees Celsiusthat's about 85 degrees Fahrenheitthe holiday season never ends.

  • Maldivian society remains firmly rooted in local traditions and Muslim faith.

  • The major language is Dhivehi, although English is spoken at all hotels and most shops.

  • 30 percent of Maldivians live in the capital city Malé, a bustling metropolis with busy markets and shops.

  • A far cry from the tranquility of local fishing villages and resort islands.

  • But the Maldives are not only famous for lavish resorts; they're also one of the world's top destinations for scuba diving.

  • Sprawling labyrinths of coral reefs teem with a myriad marine species; for many, the highlight of their trip is an encounter with whale sharks and mantas, the gentle giants of the ocean.

  • Seafaring and exploration are part of the country's DNA, so it comes as little surprise that live-aboard cruises are a big attraction in the Maldives.

  • The sense of adventure, freedom, and pure relaxation found aboard such cruises is unique.

  • Anchoring at a different lagoon every day and having access to the country's top dive sites offers a brilliant holiday experience.

  • Spending a week or more cruising around the atolls is the best way to get to know the country.

  • A holiday in the Maldives will leave you convinced that paradise truly is a place on earth.

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  • See you there.

With its abundant marine life and white sandy beaches, the Maldives is many people's idea of paradise on earth.

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