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The Maldives nation are since 1965 independently, since 1968 a "Republic", are a member of the United Nations, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and a member of the Non Aligned Movement. The Maldives are lived for more than 2500 years, the total population increased 2004 on approximately 300,000, the common language is Dhivehi and the religion is the Islam. Since 1972 the Maldives are popular at divers, surfers and beach and sea enthusiastic. The most tourists comes from Europe and Asia. In the Middle ages, the Maldives was also named "Money Islands" since they lay in the center of the trade routes of Arabs, Africans and Indians and the means of payment was the Kauri-shells.


The Maldives Islands are into north-south direction 764 km along but into the east-west direction only 128 km broad. The northernmost islands are about 700 kilometres southwest of Sri Lanka and south India. The total area of the island state is only approximately 90,000 kmē, all island areas added up, however, 300 kmē, therefore only 0.3% of the total area. The Maldives are at the 73rd eastern longitude, the northernmost island Thuraakunu is located on 7°06' north of the equator and the southernmost island Gan is located on 0°42' southern of the equator. The Maldives consist of approximately 1190 islands in 26 geographical atolls, this one was clubbed together on 19 administration technical atolls.

The old and new names of the atolls with the numbers of respective islands
The Maldives in historical maps , collected by Maldives Culture
The Maldives in the actual maps of the Department for Planning

The foundation of the Maldives is a submarine ridge and the Maldives islands are grown on the northeastern end of the Mid Indian Ridge which reaches in the area of the Maldives at most 50 meters to the sea-level. At the peaks of this mountain the corals established themselves, this grew contrary to the light to the surface. Coral sand was taken up on the numb coral-reefs and on the bigger sandbanks, this one rose from the water far enough, plants established themselves from seeds, that was got as flotsam and jetsam by the flow.
The islands of the Maldives rise from the sea on average only 2-3 meters and when the sea-level rising by the general global warming they would sink in the sea as one of the first countries. We doesn't know how long this lasts still. Scientists still calculated about 10 years ago with 70-100 years, meanwhile, the forecasts were corrected already repeatedly drastically for the rising of the sea-level by melting the polar ice! A rise of the sea-level by 10 cm has an effect on the course of the flows: Beaches and sandbanks disappear or are shifted. A rising by 50 cm would mean, however, that first the beach would be washed away on all islands and the vegetation by the now higher surf and at high tide dies and after that the sandy soil also would be washed away within short time, so that only more occasional bleak coral-reefs and concrete foundations rise from the sea ...


Navionics Marine App - Indian Ocean Satellite-view

Navionics Marine App - Indian Ocean Sea-map-view

Different Navionics Marine sea-charts find you on Google play (Android Market) as apps to buy. For the sea-charts with the Maldives, you must install the app Marine: Indian Ocean & S. China !

Android Market apps


From May until October the weather is influenced by the southwest monsoon and of November until April of the north-east monsoon. It usually rains least from January until March and and at the most of June until August, but it can fairly often rain within the monsoon change months May and November, too. The average air temperature in the Maldives is between 23 and 32 degrees Celsius and the water temperature between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius. Of course, these are only statistical values, because we can rely on the weather nowhere today ;-)
Increase about the weather on the weather and astronomy page and the temperature and water value on the 2nd information page.
The average weather for the current month: .




Example-reef - Atoll


Lagoon with one or several islands included by reefs

Maadiggaru Falhu - North-Male


Large coral-reef which partly rises from the sea at low tide

Kuda Faru - North-Male


Island with little or no coconut nut palms

Embudhu Finolhu - South-Male


Large island which lies at the atoll margin mostly

Machchafushi - Ari


Write reclining figure small reef, obstacle for the shipping drive, under the surface

Kuda Giri - Lhaviyani


Reef channel, mostly at the outer reef

Maafushi Kandu - South-Male


Reef-finger, mostly at a house-reef or Thila

Hulangu Nagu - Baa Atoll


A little more profound reef, there is no obstacle at low tide either for the shipping drive

Maaya Thila - Ari


The religion and form of government is the Islam
Women don't enter a mosque, Man only with long pants
"Above without" or naked-bath is forbidden strictly everywhere.
Only on the resorts You becomes alcohol and pork on the sells and serves.
Outside of hotel-islands, Women must every coveredly upper arms, shoulders and knees.



Prophet Mohamed's Flag
Mohamed's Flag

Maldives flag before the year 1903
before 1903

Maldives flag between 1903 and 1949
1903 - 1949

Maldives flag between 1949 and 1965
1949 - 1965

Maldives flag of 1965 to this day
1965 to this day

Before the year 1965 president Gayooms flag was the Sultans-flag
the Sultan's-Flag

Starting out from the monochromely black flag of the Prophet Mohamed, monochrome was also the first flag of the Maldives, but because of the contrast to the deep blue sea however it was in red. Flagpoles painted like this one with sloping black white decorating stripes, the fastening back of the flag was also touched in black-white. The half-moon was made by the fault of the Maledivian flag manufacturer, however wrong, pointing to the flagpole that is, and this half-moon was then turned over forwards only in the year 1949. The black-and-white flag back was removed in 1965 and, since then, the threechromatic national flag looks so as wire know her today.

The former Sultan-flag, today the flag of President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, is flat case green with a red edge since 1965. In the middle she also carries a white half-moon and between the horns, however a white star. Paradoxically originally the white half-moon shall have been the symbol of the Roman hunting goddess and the white five pointed star was the symbol of the virgin Maria!



Qawmee mi ekuveri kan mathee thibegen kureeme salaam.
Qawmee bahun gina heyo dhua`a kuramun kureeme salaam.
Qawmee nishaan ah hurmathaa eku boa labaa thibegen
Audhaana kan libigen evaa dhidha ah kureeme salaam.
Nasraa naseebaa kaamiyaabu ge ramzakah himeney
Fessa rathaai hudhaa ekee fenumun kureeme salaam.

In National Unity we do salute our Nation,
In the National Language we do offer our prayers and salute our Nation.
We bow in respect to the Emblem of our Nation and salute the lag so exalted
We salute the colours of our Flag;
Green, Red and White which symbolises
Victory, Blessing and Success.



the pink Rose



the Cocos Palm


Numbers of the Resorts, Hotels, Marinas, Guest Houses and Safari Vessels from 2005 until today in the Maldives

Still the backbone of the maldivian economy is the tourism and belonged to the Maldives Islands according to UNO in front of 1972 to the 25 poorest states of the ground.

40 years tourism in the Maldives

46 years ago, on 16th February 1972 landed the first tourists, 22 Italian divers, on Kurumba. The real forerunners were however others and only she made the Maldives popular: The incomparable diving sapper Prof. Dr. Hans Hass with his Xarifa and his crew and Michael Friedel, the today universal known photographer of the Maldivian islands for the German Magazine "Stern" in the year 1973.

Still a name is connected with the Maldives Islands narrowly: Georg Krose, the founder of "Sub Aqua" which set up the first diving base on Baros 1973. The photos of Michael Friedel about the Maldives was more known than Coca Cola :-)


Male 20026, No.26 Ameer Ahmed Magu, ,
Telefon: +960-335566, Fax: +960-3314806,

Male International Airport, P.O.Box 2079 Male,
Tel.: +960-325708, Fax: +960-323161,

Please, if you could not understand all the texts, excuse my low knowledge of English.

(c) Gerhard Geyer - To use of my Sides, Scripts, Photos and Parts from this only with my written permission !

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