Maldives, or officially the Republic of Maldives is a whopping 1192 Islands country that features some of the clearest waters on earth. Its turquoise, translucent waters have attracted cruises from as far as Europe to as near as Sri Lanka, India, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia among others.

Exploring the coral reefs in the clear water of a Maldives Dhoni Cruise

Maldives, or officially the Republic of Maldives is a whopping 1192 Islands country that features some of the clearest waters on earth. Its turquoise, translucent waters have attracted cruises from as far as Europe to as near as Sri Lanka, India, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia among others.

Maldives looks like a double chain 26 atoll country from the space. It sits on top of the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive ridge in the Laccadive Sea about 700-kilometers South West of Sri Lanka and 400-kilometers from South West of India. The country lies between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago of the Indian Ocean. It is an amazingly beautiful country.

To explore its waters, its visitors use the dhoni boats. These boats are handcrafted and are used to transport the Island's guests in-between the Islands. The boats are similar to the Omani Arab's Dhows and use either lateen sails or motor engine for propulsion.

You get to explore to the high seas coral reefs that are common in the Indian Ocean all the way to the East African Coast. Most of the coral reef exploration tours range from 4 day trips to an 8 day trip depending on the budget of the tourist. During the tours, you can fish, swim in the deep waters of the Laccadive Sea, soak in the tropical equatorial sun, snorkel, fish and enjoy seafood.

The Atolls

Among the most popular atolls with tourists is the Waagali atoll which is generally uninhabited and here, you can have a buffet lunch and take a luxurious swim in the waters of Laccadive Sea. Another popular atoll is the Felidu Island where tourists love to fish and cruise around for hours as well as meet the Islanders. Other popular Atolls include Vashugiri and Felihoo which are popular for snorkeling, skin diving and sleeping under the stars.

The Male atoll is the most popular with tourists because it has an international airport that links the Maldives to the rest of the world. Here, you can shop, enjoy the local culinary, visit the museums and shop for the souvenirs.

Maldives is a beautiful country to take a cruise in. The coral reefs make the country one of the most popular tourist destination Island in the Indian Ocean. With a better GDP relative to other South Asian countries, the country is as safe as any country in Europe. Make sure you have fun

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