jueves, 21 de mayo de 2009
Maldives' 1,200 coral islands tempt swimmers, snorkelers, fishermen, and other tourists. For those seeking a private piece of paradise, about 1,000 isles are uninhabited.The island nation of Maldives is south of India in the Indian Ocean. The islands are small, and none rise more than 1.8 meters (6 feet) above sea level. Like necklaces draped along an undersea plateau, 1,200 coral islands—about 200 inhabited—form the Maldives.
In 1968, three years after independence from Britain, the sultanate gave way to an Islamic republic. Visitors and fishing sustain the economy, and the tourism industry has successfully rebounded after being badly hit by the December 2006 Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007 more than 650,000 tourists visited this island nation.