The Republic of Maldives (also referred to as the Maldive Islands), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India's Lakshadweep islands. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and (250 mi) south-west of India. It features 1,192 islands, of which only 200 are inhabited. The Republic of Maldives's capital and largest city is Malé, with a population in excess of 100,000. It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll, in the Kaafu Atoll.
The Maldives are the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet. Given the sheer size of the Maldives combined with its remote and the pristine ocean – it's no surprise the destination is renowned as one of the top diving locations in the world.
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