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The Maldives island location on world map for visitors provides information about where is Maldives located, and with best places marked, in case you think of where to stay in Maldives? There is also the island's name list in this guide. There is a total of 26 atolls and 1192 maldivian islands, 185 of them are inhabited by 447,137 people. The country is located in the Indian ocean equator line, which is the centerline of the world, within the distance of a 1-hour flight from Colombo, Sri-lanka. Being in the centerline is the reason why the Maldives has 2 climates and the temperature is average of 30-32°C. To find more interesting facts about the Maldives please read the full content.

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The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the world's most dispersed countries. The Maldives maps are for tourists who are visiting for holidays, located in the Indian Ocean, close to the equator (center of the world). This map of the maldives, will show the best places for diving, surfing, and excursions. It will help visitors to decide where to stay and what to expect in the area.

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Domestic Airport Location of Maldives.

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Maldives International Airport next to capital island and Hulhumale city connected by a bridge.

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Map of Maldives

Maldives atoll map – It is divided into 26 atolls, ‘Atolls’ the English word came from the local language “Atholhu”. Huvadhoo is the largest atoll and it is also 2nd largest in the world. Gan is the largest island. Click for Maldives Ferry Schedules

Maldives Location Map

Maldives location map

Maldives Location map for travel routes with distance shows the exact location of the Maldives in world map. The country is located in the Indian ocean, 1000km distance from the Kerala state of India. It is also in the equator line of the world.

Maldives Island Map

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The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making this one of the world's most dispersed countries, and 185 of the islands are inhabited by 447,137 people. Maldives island map for visitors provides information about where the islands are located.

Where is Maldives islands located

Author: Shayad Saeed

Date: 2020.02.02

The Maldive islands are a very unique tourist destination that can cause confusion for first-time visitors. Some visitors make horrible mistakes because they are not aware of certain things. I have seen a family come with 2 hotels booked close by each other, hoping they will meet each other on daily basis, but because they were 2 different islands, they couldn’t meet each other. Some tourists try to take alcohol from the duty-free shops with them to some islands and they were held by the police. These types of mistakes can cause unnecessary trouble. That’s why I will try to provide some vital information for your trip and will try to answer your all questions. If I fail to answer any of them, don’t hesitate to chat with me from the below link on the right corner.


Maldives islands are so unique that there is no second place that can be compared. First of all the Maldives is a 100% Muslim country. The country is formed on tiny small islands, which are separated by the ocean and each island is about an average of 0.6km in length. 99% of the country is the ocean and 1% is the land. It is the lowest country in the world and the smallest in Asia. It also holds 5% of the total corals in the world and is home to 1000s of rare species. The white beaches, sandbanks, crystal clear water, blue sky, and equator, the list can go on. So if you want to visit first thing you need to do is ask some questions like the following.

Where to stay in Maldives?

Choosing a place or a hotel to stay can be a very difficult decision for first-time visitors. As a guide, I always receive these questions. What are the best places to stay? Which is the cheapest place to stay? Where is the best budget hotel? The answer to all these questions is: It all depends on the purpose, length, budget of your travel, every place, hotels, and islands has its advantages and disadvantages. Before we jump to any conclusion, I want to tell you that, you will find almost everywhere in the Maldives it is the same type of white beaches, sandbanks, clear water, rich marine life, corals and clear sky. Having that still, some atolls and islands can be little better than one another in terms of sea creatures, coral reefs, and location. Examples (Baa Atoll is considered as the biosphere reserve (a cleaning station for the whales and mantas). Whale sharks are most commonly found in Ari Atoll, the deepest and best diving spots are in Faafu Atoll, The best place for fishing, Huvadhoo Atoll and for surfers, it is Kaafu Atoll. Bio luminous planktons (glowing beaches) are common in Raa Atoll.) Note* The Maldives is divided into 26 geographical locations also called Atolls.


Now you might think ok that’s not a problem I will visit all these Atolls! Well, it is not possible to move between the atolls unless you have along vacation and lots of money? First of all, there is no transportation network that covers the entire Maldives. I will focus on this on the topics on“ how to travel around by public transportations?”


In the Maldives the word “Hotels” is mostly referred to as city or island accommodations, in other words, island guest houses and island resorts are called to the private islands also managed by hoteliers. These are the main two types of accommodations. The difference is between them is huge and vital to know before you make a decision.

Maldives Resorts

These are private islands that have been leased by the government of the Maldives to private companies for the purpose of tourism-based activities. Therefore the entire island is leased for one company most. Unlike local island guesthouses, you can find bars, clubs, DJ parties, massage parlors, diving schools with many activities, and bikinis is allowed on these islands.


There are mainly 3 categories of rooms on these islands and are (Garden rooms, beach rooms, overwater rooms). The number of rooms on each island varies, an average of 80-120 rooms. These islands are full of privacy and less crowded. That’s why it’s the best place for relaxing, especially for those who live in busy cities, this is a place you need. That is also why many famous celebrities, athletes, and royals visit these islands. As I mentioned each island is separated by the ocean, so even the government authorities need a special warrant to enter these private islands. There are over 132 island resorts in the country and the prices to stay in a resort will cost you an average of 600$ per night. Most of these islands are 5-star properties, but there are some 4 star and 3-star islands.

Maldives Resorts

Island Guest Houses or City Hotels

These guest houses or hotels are located on the local islands. Until 2010 there were no hotels in the local islands as it was prohibited by the law of the country. but as backpackers, students, and many people cannot afford these Maldives resorts. Then the government decided to allow them to visit and stay with locals with special conditions. That is to obey and respect the law and local culture of the country. Which means no, no alcohol, no public kissing, no pork, and no pets are allowed on these islands.

The first island to open with this project is called Maafushi island and today we have more than 70 (3-star hotels) in Maafushi. Having those restrictions, all these local island hotels are categorized as 3-star properties Travelers who travel for (Budget, Family, honeymoon, and Local stays) can choose these local islands. The most famous local islands to visit can be (Maafushi, Gulhi, Dhiffushi, Guraidhoo, Thulusdhoo, Huraa). These islands are also in Male Atoll, which saves some traveling expenses and time. The average hotel rates are between 60-100$ per night. These hotels are the best for long-staying guests and culture explorers. Book a city hotel.

Maldives Island Hotels
Maldives seaplane

How to travel around by public transportations?

There is no transportation network that connects the entire Maldives. Part of the country is connected by planes and another part is connected by sea transportation. To visit an island, you need either a ferry boat or a plane transfer. The most used transportation is the ferry boat transfers as these are the cheapest (1-5$ PP), which are fine for a short distance and good weather.

To travel from one atoll to another atoll the boats will take up to 3-24 hours even the speed boat takes 1-6 hours and during the bad weather, many boats will not travel. That’s why there are no reliable boats to travel across the country. However, there is an internal ferry network for each atoll, which in some regions operates daily one ferry, and some regions weekly one or two (these internal ferry boats also take around 2-5hrs to the most distant islands in the atoll). Also, there are some private speed boat transfers, which are fast and convenient, costs around (20-50$ PP) takes around 30-50mn to the most distant island in the atoll.

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There are only very few islands that can be visited by domestic planes. The domestic flights are operated to transfer between Atolls, most of the domestic airports are located in uninhabited islands, then again from the domestic airport you will need another boat transfer to the islands located in the Atolls.


Taxi can be used from the Velana International Airport to visit Male city and Hulhumale city. Taxi transfers are only available to these two lands and take a 15-minute ride. The cost of the taxi is around 7$. The taxi queue will be in front of the speedboat jetty.


Maldives international Airport holds the biggest seaplane port in the world. Seaplane is one of the most convenient ways for far distant island resort as it can take off from international Airport and land directly to most Maldives resorts and islands. Private charters are also available. The cost for tickets depends on the travel destinations (to the nearest Atoll is around 500-600$ PP) and private charter seaplane can be around 10000$ for the close by atolls.

3. What are the best places to visit in the maldives islands?

Because of the dispersity, it is not possible to visit many islands and even if you have enough money and time, it is not recommended to visit as many islands as possible, since they all look the same. But there must be some places to visit right? If you can afford I would suggest you consider this: Remember the Maldives is full of surprises anywhere you go on an adventure trip, there are almost 80-90% chance you will find something amazing.

    List of places to visit in Maldives
  • 1. A Desert Island

  • 2. A Sandbank

  • 3. An underwater reef (Diving)

  • 4. A local island

  • 5. Biosphere reserve (Baa Atoll)

  • 6. Bio luminous beach (Raa Atoll)

  • 7. Capital City (Kaafu Atoll)

  • 8. The Marina Bay (Kaafu Atoll)

  • 9. Underwater Restaurant ( 6 locations)

  • 10. Kooddoo Sky Jump (GA.Atoll)

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4. Which activities are best recommended?

As mentioned above the countries 99% is the ocean and, therefore most of the tourist activities are water-based activities. So if you are a swimmer you can do (snorkeling, diving, kayak riding, surfing, jetski riding, etc…) if you are a non-swimmer you can still do some activities to like: (whale submarine tour, sunset cruise, dolphin cruise, city tour, island hopping, day visits to Maldives resorts, etc…)

Maldives Activities

5. Maldives Religion

Now you might think about why this topic! It is important to know the religion and law of every country before visiting, without proper information, sometimes travelers have been in trouble in the past. It was a Buddhist country before the 12th Century. Yoosuf Thabrezi is believed to be the person responsible for the conversion to Islam in the 12th Century, since then it is a 100% Muslim Country. the country has some rules which are different from other tourist destinations in the world. Drinking or carrying Alcohol in the city or any local island is illegal, bikini, some foods (ham, pork), public kissing again in the city and local island is against the Law and culture of the Maldives.

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6. Dhivehi Language

The official language of the Maldives is called Dhivehi ((ދިވެހި, similar to Arabic, Dhivehi is also written and read from right to left. The Maldives has a 98% literacy rate, which is one of the highest in the world. Also, in modern-day community, 80% of people can understand and speak English, so travelers find it easy to communicate with locals.

7. Maldives Currency

The currency of the Maldives is called As Rufiya and at the moment the currency value to USD is 15.45. Everywhere in the country US dollars are accepted. But the one-dollar bill is less value if exchanged for currency. In many places, 1 dollar bill will be taken as 10mvr. There are 2 USD ATMs on the mainland, one is located in the Male International Airport. The other one is in Male city.

8. Capital City

Capital city Male’ city is the capital and most populous city of Maldives country. With a population of 133,412 citizens and estimated 50,000 workers in an area of 1.92 square kilometers, makes Male city is one of the most densely populated places in the world. The city is geographically located at the southern edge of North Male Atoll (Kaafu Atoll). The city holds Maldives's 1/3 of the population and its most important landmarks including a stingray feeding point and a surfing view. Male City tour is also a great way to learn and discover the history of Maldives.

Male Activities

9. Airport Guide

There are a total of 17 airports across the Maldives, and the Main international Airport is called Velana International Airport, which is also located next to the Maldives capital city. Now if you are first-time visitor things might not be the same as you expected, the airport is a separate island only used for the airport. So yes most of the Maldives transfers are arranged by sea. for more details of the airport services and check-in process please read the Maldives international airport guide. For the flight schedules visit FIS

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10.Tourist Attractions

There are some interesting tourist attractions across the country. Because of the dispersity, it is not easy to access all the attractions. Few attractions are located in Male city and others are indifferent islands. At the moment there are very few public transportations from Male to those islands. Please visit Maldives tourist attractions list to find the proper information.


11.Where is Maldives Islands

The Maldives islands are located in the Indian Ocean, it consists of 1,200 coral islands grouped in chain formation of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, this is why it is called one of the world's most dispersed countries. Almost every island is separated by ocean water. Out of 1200 islands only 200 islands are inhabitant rest all are called inhabitant islands. The best islands to visit can be (Vaadhoo, Fuvahmulah, Hulhudhuffaaru, Thoddoo

12.Why visit Maldives?

If you are looking for the best vacation, then you are in the right place. There are many reasons why you should choose Maldives for your holiday. We Maldives Tour Guide a local company here provides all the services and can arrange everything you need. The first reason why you should choose Maldives is because of:

Its uniqueness

The Maldives holds 5% of the world's coral reef. There are an estimated 700 types of creatures in the country. The white sandy beaches, clear water, geographical identity, and marine life makes it completely unique experience for the visitors. There are many astronomical experiments that can be done during your vacation in the Maldives. few we will try to highlight (3 planets on the same sky can be seen through naked eyes, Green layer of the sun can be visible during the sunset, you can reach to 0 latitudes and 0 longitudes in the equator line (center of the world) in other words you can cross the equator line, you can easily see the glowing sea planktons, flying fish or swim with the whale sharks, manta rays etc...apart from that the ocean breeze and the healthy (Green) environment of the islands also can be considered to choose the Maldives.

Tourist-Friendly Country

Yes, it has gained the reputation of being one of the most tourist-friendly and safest countries in Asia for tourists. It is hard to find any tourist attack case in the history of Maldives. and being a local that's something I am proud of. Yes yes it is 100% Muslim country and there are some restrictions and laws, but most of them apply in Local islands and the city. Private islands and resorts have almost all the facilities and few restrictions. like drinking alcohol, foods like pork and bikini are not allowed in the local islands but allowed in island resort. out of the 1200 islands, peoples live in only 200 islands and all other islands are private islands and resorts. The police, locals and the government shows a huge respect for the tourists and the whole country warm welcome and appreciate visitors. Everybody understands the country is depending on tourism. in some cases, if a tourist makes a mistake like smoking in no designated area, police always show them the right place, but if a local is seen smoking in the area gets fined immediately.


Even today, it is listed in one of the most isolated countries in the world. being separated by a huge ocean from the rest of the world, there was a very limited connection to the outside world, The Maldives was listed in the 1980s world bank report as the top 20 poorest countries n the world. After tourism was introduced the country has started developing and before that, the country was mostly relying on free donations. The Maldives is also the lowest country in the world and at great risk of being submerged into the ocean. the picture on the right side was taken from the capital Male city, during high tide when the ocean reaches like 6 inches to the ground level. There are different islands with different heights and thanks to the Japanese Government and its people who aided in making Male city a safe island by building higher concrete sheets surrounding the islands. So the Maldives government is trying to do the same project for the endangered other local islands, and your visit is the key to achieving it.


The highest temperature recorded was 36°C and the lowest was 17°C. We have 2 monsoons and both monsoons have sun. The first monsoon (North East) is from November to May and the (South West) is from June to October. North-East monsoon is considered as most sunny days and the best time for fishing, snorkeling, activities, and for visiting. South West is considered as less sunny and more rainy days. when the weather is bad, the sea also becomes rough and difficult for water-based activities, that's why we recommend all travelers to check the weather when you plan your holiday in Maldives.

13.Is it Safe to visit Maldives?

Yes, it is a very safe place. According to some reports, it is the safest place in Asia for tourists. Despite being a 100% Muslim country, the government is very flexible with tourists, every day you can find tourists who don't follow the rules and law, but no actions are taken. in fact, the tourists are more protected than the citizen. if a citizen is caught in a nonsmoking area, there will be immediate fine, while tourists are always advised to stop smoking in the area, public kissing and many other behaviors are against the culture and law, yet you will find some tourists these behaviors in public. Even its mention very clear bikini is not allowed in city or island beaches, but there are some tourists who doest follow these rules. That's all because the entire economy of the country depends on tourism and if the government is strict on these no wonder tourists will not feel happy.

However there is something to keep in mind, and that is the weather and ocean current. If you are a non-swimmer, do not go to the sea for yourself, and even if you are a good swimmer it's highly recommended to wear life jackets. The current inside the channel can take you out of the atoll within a few minutes. SO you must daily check the tides and current flow of the sea before you jump in. You don't have to worry about sharks or other creatures in the sea, the current is the most dangerous.

Velana international airport map

Europe Direct Destinations to Maldives Map.

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Maldives Atolls

South ari atoll

North ari atoll

Male atoll

North male atoll

Baa atoll

Addu atoll

Laamu atoll

Gaafu dhaalu atoll

Noonu atoll

Dhaalu atoll

Gaafu alifu atoll

Dhaalu atoll

Raa atoll

Faafu atoll

Shaviyani atoll

Lhaviyani atoll

Vaavu atoll

Meemu atoll

Thaa atoll

Naviyani ari atoll

Haa Alif atoll

Haa dhaalu atoll


Questions and Answers

Where is maldives located?

Maldives is located in the indian ocean in south Asia

Which country is the maldives in?

Maldives is a independent country in Asia

Maldives is in which continent?

Maldives is in the Asia Continent

Where is maldives resort located?

Maldives is a country and there are 157 island resorts located in Maldives

Where is maldives beach located?

Maldives beaches are located in all the island

Maldives is located in which ocean?

Maldives is located in indian ocean

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