Where Is The Maldives Located? Everything You Need To Know (2022)

A of people wonder and ask where is the Where Is the Maldives Located? and How to get to it?

In this guide we will discuss everything and give you vital information.

Maldives Introduction

Republic of Maldives, also called Maldive Islands, independent island country in the north-central Indian Ocean.

Maldives consist of a chain of about 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks (some 200 of which are inhabited), grouped in clusters, or atolls.

Land Physical features of Maldives Physical features of Maldives.

The Maldive Islands are a series of coral atolls built up from the crowns of a submerged ancient volcanic mountain range.

All the islands in Maldives are low-lying, none rising to more than 6 feet (1.8 metres) above sea level while Barrier reefs protect the islands from the destructive effects of monsoons.

Maldives History

The Portuguese settled in Malé from 1558 until their expulsion in 1573.

In the 17th century, the islands were a sultanate under the protection of the Dutch rulers of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and, after the British took possession of Ceylon in 1796, the islands became a British protectorate, formalized in 1887.

1965, Maldives Islands achieved full political independence from the British, and in 1968 a new republic was inaugurated and the sultanate abolished.

In 1932 first democratic constitution was proclaimed, where the country remained a sultanate.

A republic was proclaimed in 1953, but during that year the country became a sultanate again while the last British troops left on July 26, 1965, a date celebrated in the Maldives as Independence Day. Maldives became a member of the Commonwealth in 1982.

Where is The Maldives on a map?

Maldives, is an archipelagic state located in Southern Asia, situated in the Indian Ocean.

Surprisingly some people tend to think Maldives is a part of another country.

This is 2022 and such people from around the world still exists but the answer for them is very simple.

The formal name “Republic of Maldives” is an independent sovereign country with its territorial waters and land defined, and recognized by international bodies such as United Nations, Commonwealth. etc.

Maldives is widely known throughout the world and have foreign relations with all major countries of the world.

It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 750 kilometres from the Asian continent’s mainland.

Here’s the Maldives Map

Where is The Maldives located?

Maldives is one of the many countries located on the equator which divides North Pole and South Pole.

The country is stretched narrowly from north to south of the globe and equator crosses between Fuvahmulah and Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the southern parts of the nation.

Maldives Seasons

The rainy season start from May to August, is followed by the southwest monsoon; from December to March the northeast monsoon brings dry and mild winds.

On average annual temperature varies from 76 to 86 °F (24 to 30 °C).

The Maldives is located at the equator and experiences monsoonal climate.

Maldives has two distinct seasons; dry season (northeast monsoon) and wet season (southwest monsoon). 

In these two seasons the temperature varies very little. 

  • Northeast monsoon (dry season) usually extends from January to March/April.
  • The change over period usually occurs sometime in late April or May accompanied by a period of unsettled weather. It is not possible to predict the change but with the start of a wet spell of three or more consecutive days of rainfall accompanied by a change in wind direction is normally traditionally considered as the arrival of the southwest monsoon in the Maldives.
  • Southwest monsoon (wet season) usually extends from May to November. In this season the Maldives can experience torrential rain, strong winds and storms.
  • The change over period usually occurs sometime in late November/December accompanied by a period of unsettled weather.


The Maldives has one of the most delicate environments anywhere on the planet.

Coral reefs are the foundation of the islands. They offer protection to the tiny islands as its natural defense system, and the country’s economy depends heavily on the health of its reefs and ecosystems.

Several conservation efforts are underway to protect the valuable marine environment of Maldives.

There are several marine species and birds are protected by law, protected areas have been designated to ensure the conservation of specific ecosystems and the rich biodiversity of the country.

This includes designated nature reserves in islands of various atolls to protect wetlands and mangroves and the protection of marine areas and the designation of biosphere reserves that covers coral reefs, islands, sea grass beds and mangroves.

Male, capital of the Maldives Islands

The capital of the Republic of Maldives is Male which is Located in Kaafu Atoll (or also called Malé Atoll),

Malé is the largest city in the country with just over 150,000 inhabitants.

This island is located with an area of 2 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, is urbanized throughout its area.

Maldives Language

The main language of the country is Dhivehi.

Word Dhivehi is a unique blend of Arabic, English, Hindi, Sinhalese, and Urdu. Hence, it is similar to many of the languages spoken in North India, Southeast Asia, and Sri Lanka.

Tourism in the Maldives

Maldives is a Top destination for tourist from all around the world.

Many people visit the Maldives all year round and go to resorts, islands, live aboard and guest houses and spend their vacation.

How To Get to Maldives?

Velanna international airport is the MAIN airport in the Maldives. Many international flights travel to the Maldives.

Mostly airlines use Dubai and Qatar as a connecting airport and then land to the Velana International airport.

Some flights land directly to GAN international airport. if you’re staying in Male region then Male airport is the best airport for you.

Your guest house, live aboard, resort etc. will pick you up from the airport and transfer you on a speedboat OR via domestic

How many islands in Maldives?

The official count of Maldives islands is 1192. This number was established several decades back. Over the years we have observed some sandbanks being converted islands.

Also there are some reclaimed islands developed for tourism.

Currently there are multiple land reclamation projects on going in Kaafu Atoll, near Male’, and many of these projects involve reclaiming land in the lagoon, thus forming new islands.

As of now the count of Maldives islands would most certainly exceed 1200.

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