The Republic of the Maldives is comprised of 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean. In fact, the English word "atoll" was derived from the Maldivian word "atholhu". Located on top of a vast underwater mountain range, the Maldives encompasses around 1190 islands and sandbanks. All of the islands are encircled by a lagoon with crystal clear water, and are protected by a reef structure housing some of the most spectacular underwater life.
The Maldivian culture is rich and vibrant due to the influences of the Indians, Sri Lankans, Arabs and North Africans who visited the Maldives while trading in the central Indian Ocean. Maldivians are known worldwide for their warmth and hospitality towards their guests.
The Maldives sit in the Indian Ocean, about 500 miles southwest of Sri Lanka.
Flights into the Maldives arrive at Malé Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, 2km across the water from the capital island, Malé. Currently, there are no nonstop flights from Los Angeles.
Upon arrival, you will need to take a ferry, an air taxi, a speedboat or some combination of the three to reach your final destination.
The main company for inter-island transfers is Maldivian Air Taxi. It is best to ask the Concierge for options available.