The Republic of Maldives is a chain of twenty-six atolls south west of India and Sri Lanka. A former British colony until independence in 1965, the Maldives is an Islamic country with sharia law. Almost two thousand coral islands form the low lying atolls that reach a maximum height of a little under eight feet. The colourful reefs support an abundance of marine life with over a thousand species of fish. The climate is tropical monsoon with a wet and dry season. Day time temperatures rarely dip below thirty at any time of year. Maldive beaches are beyond compare. White sands and turquoise water, welcome you to some of the best beaches in the world. The Maldives is without a doubt, a paradise for beach lovers.