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Maldives Map With Location Of All Islands

Detailed information and maps show where is Maldives located on world map. Map of Maldives shows local islands, resorts, airports etc. Maldives is chain of 1190 islands located south-west of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean. The islands are so tiny that many world maps do not show Maldives. It is an independent country of about 357566 in population. Maldives is a member of the United Nations (UN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Commonwealth and many other international organisations. Major economic activities are tourism, fishing, construction. The economy is mainly based on foreign currency generated through tourism, 99% of household goods are imported from other countries. The local currency is called Rufiyaa but US Dollar is widely accepted throughout the country.
There are two maps below, one shows where is Maldives located in world map and other shows the islands on Maldives map with airports marked by flight symbol. To quickly locate the main international airport scroll down and see mid-section of the Maldives map where there is double flight-symbol. Hulhule' is home to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport or formerly known as Male' International airport. Tourism is most develop in atolls close to this airport. Hulhule' also home to world's business seaplane operation. See Maldives Airport Guide

Maldives is an Asian country. The closest countries are Sri Lanka and India. It takes about an hour to fly from Srilanka to Maldives, a little bit more than an hour from Trivendrum of India. Every island is surrounded by water and totally disconnected from other islands. It takes about 5 hours to fly from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. About 8 hours from Guangzhou of China.

For further information on Maldives there is an FAQ section at the bottom.

Location of Maldives on world map

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This map also shows all countries of Asia and the location of Maldives in the region. Asia is mainly divided into three regional sectors.
South Asia comprises of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Southeast Asia includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, East Timor, Brunei, and Christmas Island, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Vietnam. East Asia consists of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea.

Map of Maldives

Now you know where is Maldives and blow is the map of Maldives islands, including all residential islands, resorts, uninhabited islands, airports etc. If you are looking for the location of a specific island it is not easy to spot from 1190 islands. But, if you know the atoll it is easy. Just scroll down till you reach the atoll and then search that particular area. If you are planning your holiday in one of these islands you can check which are the closest islands near your chosen destination and plan trips accordingly. In case you have booked more than 1 resort to stay, you can see check location of the other resort and anticipate what you might see during the journey. Below the map there is a list of atolls. We are adding detailed map of each atoll there.

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There are the 1190 islands in the Maldives and this map shows them all. The country is naturally divided into 26 atolls or chain of islands. You can see this very clearly on the map. For administrative purposes the government has divided it into just 20 atolls. Scroll down to Kaafu Atoll to see the international airport at Hulhule'. Kaafu Atoll being the location of main airport it is the busiest tourism zone, other popular atolls include South Ari Atoll, North Ari Atoll, Baa Atoll. None of the atolls are bad, having said popular it simply means there are many resorts around. Tourism has been booming in Noonu Atoll in the last few years, especially in luxury tourism. See the map of shows many islands in close proximity, this could be one of the reasons for attracting both investors and tourists in luxury sector.

Island / Atoll Population
Male' - capital of Maldives 65667
   
Haa Alifu Atoll 21647
Thuraakunu 678
Uligamu 510
Berinmadhoo 0
Hathifushi 0
Mulhadhoo 369
Hoarafushi 3291
Ihavandhoo 3129
Kelaa 2163
Vashafaru 869
Dhidhdhoo 3974
Filladhoo 1078
Maarandhoo 999
Thakandhoo 941
Utheemu 903
Muraidhoo 853
Baarah 1890
   
Haa Dhaalu Atoll 25834
Faridhoo 1
Hanimaadhoo 2026
Finey 557
Naivaadhoo 819
Hirimaradhoo 540
Nolhivaranfaru 1766
Nellaidhoo 1232
Nolhivaramu 2512
Kurnibi 723
Kunburudhoo 6
Kulhudhuffushi 9366
Kumundhoo 1424
Neykurendhoo 1357
Vaikaradhoo 1811
Maavaidhoo 43
Makunudhoo 1651
   
Shaviyani Atoll 17318
Kanditheemu 1465
Noomaraa 459
Goidhoo 724
Feydhoo 1210
Feevah 1060
Billeffahi 681
Foakaidhoo 1693
Narudhoo 583
Maakan'doodhoo -
Maroshi 944
Lhaimagu 791
Firun'baidhoo -
Komandhoo 1819
Maaun'goodhoo 1097
Funadhoo 2428
Milandhoo 2364
   
Noonu Atoll 16113
Hen'badhoo 727
Ken'dhikulhudhoo 1767
Maalhendhoo 877
Kudafari 807
Landhoo 1025
Maafaru 1157
Lhohi 880
Miladhoo 1445
Magoodhoo 406
Manadhoo 1871
Holhudhoo 2170
Fodhdhoo 455
Velidhoo 2526
   
Raa Atoll 22302
Alifushi 2675
Vaadhoo 551
Rasgetheemu 966
An'golhitheemu 501
Un'goofaaru 1602
Kandolhudhoo 4498
Dhuvaafaru -
Maakurathu 1257
Rasmaadhoo 833
Innamaadhoo 823
Maduvvari 2282
In'guraidhoo 1831
Fainu 426
Meedhoo 2019
Kinolhas 586
Hulhudhuffaaru 1452
   
Baa Atoll 13161
Kudarikilu 607
Kamadhoo 512
Kendhoo 468
Kihaadhoo 468
Dhonfanu 529
Daravandhoo 1089
Maalhos 674
Eydhafushi 3207
Thulhaadhoo 2867
Hithaadhoo 1324
Fulhadhoo 352
Fehendhoo 284
Goidhoo 780
   
Lhaviyani Atoll 12674
Hinnavaru 4743
Naifaru 5270
Kurendhoo 1966
Olhuvelifushi 695
Maafilaafushi  
   
Kaafu Atoll (Male' Atoll) 12807
Kaashidhoo 2334
Gaafaru 1354
Dhiffushi 1231
Thulusdhoo 1423
Huraa 1017
Himmafushi 1050
Gulhi 898
Maafushi 1681
Guraidhoo 1819
   
North Ari Atoll 7834
Thoddoo 1826
Rasdhoo 1143
Ukulhas 990
Mathiveri 882
Bodufolhudhoo 754
Feridhoo 765
Maalhos 702
Himandhoo 772
   
South Ari Atoll 10649
Hangn'aameedhoo 699
Omadhoo 1024
Kun'burudhoo 591
Mahibadhoo 2296
Mandhoo 460
Dhn'agethi 1005
Dhigurah 614
Fenfushi 978
Dhidhdhoo 195
Maamigili 2787
   
Vaavu Atoll 2489
Fulidhoo 472
Thinadhoo 209
Felidhoo 638
Keyodhoo 803
Rakeedhoo 367
   
Meemu Atoll 7154
Raiymandhoo 226
Madifushi 0
Veyvah 306
Mulah 1711
Muli 954
Naalaafushi 521
Kolhufushi 1395
Dhiggaru 1325
Maduvvari 716
   
Faafu Atoll 5806
Feeali 1192
Biledhhdhoo 1268
Magoodhoo 794
Dharan'boodhoo 536
Nilandhoo 2016
   
Dhaalu Atoll 7469
Meedhoo 1342
Bandidhoo 924
Rinbudhoo 407
Hulhudeli 880
Gemendhoo 4
Vaani 293
Maaen'boodhoo 977
Kudahuvadhoo 2642
   
Thaa Atoll 15455
Buruni 585
Vilufushi 2040
Madifushi 1255
Dhiyamigili 847
Guraidhoo 2005
Kan'doodhoo 640
Vandhoo 395
Hirilandhoo 1138
Gaadhiffushi 689
Thimarafushi 2491
Veymandoo 1237
Kinbidhoo 1384
Omadhoo 749
   
Laamu Atoll 16400
Ishdhoo 1326
Dhan'bidhoo 1001
Maabaidhoo 1061
Mundoo 275
Kalhaidhoo 1153
Gamu 4574
Maavah 1937
Fonadhoo 2243
Gaadhoo 427
Maamendhoo 1263
Hithadhoo 1140
Kunahandhoo -
Kalaidhoo2_/ -
   
Gaafu Alifu Atoll 12811
Kolamaafushi 1621
Viligili 3464
Maamendhoo 1463
Nilandhoo 853
Dhaandhoo 1942
Devvadhoo 1244
Kodey 527
Dhiyadhoo 2_/ 21
Gemanafushi 1676
Kandhuhulhudhoo -
   
Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll 19907
Madaveli 1821
Hoadhedhdhoo 1223
Nadallaa 1068
Gadhdhoo 2927
Rathafandhoo 1328
Vaadhoo 1414
Fiyoari 1451
Faresmaathoda 4
Maathodaa 880
Fares 800
Thinadhoo 6991
   
Fuvahmulah 12012
   
Addu Atoll 32057
Meedhoo 2809
Hithadhoo 15233
Maradhoo 3466
Feydhoo 5214
Maradhoofeydhoo 1750
Hulhudhoo 3585
   
Maldives - country population 357566


On the Maldives map atoll names are on both sides in large font size. The dotted white line separates each atoll from the rest of atolls. Some parts of the map show atolls one by one (from top to bottom), in other places the atolls are located side by side which is often referred as double-chain formation. In rough weather the outer atoll seas are more choppy, but in fine weather it is unnoticeable.

Male the capital of Maldives

The capital of Maldives is Male' (with apostrophe) which is pronounced as Maaley. On internet it is sometimes spelled as Male (without apostrophe) which is not the right spelling. Below is the map of Male (or Male')

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Between airport and Male' there are ferries every 10 minutes, this is from 5am till midnight, after that ferry operations are not frequent till next morning.

Distance between Maldives and other countries

Distance between Maldives and Sri Lanka from closest point: 717km
Distance between Maldives and India from closest point: 430km
Distance between Maldives and Seychelles from closest point: 1950km
Distance between Maldives and Malaysia from closest point: 2970km
Distance between Maldives and Thailand from closest point: 2750km
Distance between Maldives and Japan from closest point: 5800km
Distance between Maldives and Hong Kong from closest point: 4760km
Distance between Maldives and Germany from closest point: 7200km

Male' Maldives to Colombo Sri Lanka: 750km
Male' Maldives to Trivendrum India: 645km
Gan Maldives to Colombo Sri Lanka: 1120km
Gan Maldives to Trivendrum India: 1146km

Distance between Maldives and Minicoy of India from closest point: 128km
Distance between Minicoy and mainland of India from closest point: 378km
Distance between Minicoy and other Indian islands from closest point: 200km

Where is Maldives? Is it in India?

Surprisingly some people tend to think Maldives is a part of another country. It is the Republic of Maldives, which is an independent sovereign country with its territorial waters and land defined, and recognized by international bodies such as United Nations, Commonwealth. Maldives is widely known throughout the world. Maldives have foreign relations with all major countries of the world.

Maldives is not in Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mauritius, India, Indonesia or any other country. Maldives is in Indian Ocean.

The country is headed by a democratically elected president. Judiciary and parliament are independent bodies of the state. Maldives is divided into 20 atolls which are run by local councils, atoll councils or city councils, under the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives.

Maldives is not a part of any country, not even attached to protection of any specific country. Like other independent countries the government headed by the President Of Maldives administers the country. The world map shows geographical separation of Maldives from other countries.

Atolls at the equator
equator on maldives map
Maldives is one of the many countries located on the equator which divides North Pole and South Pole. The country is stretched narrowly from north to south of the globe and equator crosses between Fuvahmulah and Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the southern parts of the nation. Out of over 1200 islands in the Maldives each has has unique characteristics in terms of geography and people's lifestyle. Fuvahmulah is one of those unique islands which has native fish and a bird which is not found in anywhere else in the Maldives. But, nothing seems to be remarkably different just because of the equator, except that the people speaks a different dialect of local language which most of the other locals dont understand at all. In fact the atolls at the equator such as Addu Atoll, Fuvahmulah, Gaafu Dhaalu and Gaafu Alif Atoll (collectively called Huvadhu Atoll or Huvadhoo Atoll) have a different dialect in each atoll. The dialects are similar, but also different to a significant degree.

Geography
Maldives is made up of 1190 coral islands dispersed over an area of 90000 square kilometers in India Ocean. The islands are naturally grouped into 26 atolls. Each island is surrounded by sea, means you will need a boat to visit the island. It is common to find many islands sharing same lagoon, in the same area there are individually isolated islands as well. Most of the islands have its own house reef that protects the beach and some atolls have outer reef that protects the entire atoll. Read more on Maldives geography and geology.

It is believed that Maldives is formed atop inactive super volcanoes, each atoll is such a volcano with islands formed on the rim. That could be the reason the islands in each atoll is somewhat circular in shape.

History of Maldives
Maldives is small but old country, historical evidence shows the Maldives is more than 2500 years old. Through out history Maldives was independent with exception of few foreign invasion that did not last long. The country had a ruler; a king, queen, sultan or president for the past 1000 years and more.

In the ancient times people used stars to navigate. Lack of maps and GPS did not prevent people from traveling from island to island, atoll to atoll, and even to overseas. Month long sea journeys, especially to Saudi Arabia, were part of the sea-based life. Historical records reveal a story of Maldivian emissary went to Rome bearing gifts for Emperor. Read more on Maldives history

Islands on the North of Maldives
It was recently discovered by Maldives Finest that the islands on the north of Maldives have significantly less rainfall over the year. The northern most atoll is Haa Alif Atoll, followed by Haa Dhaalu. It is very easy to locate the islands and atolls because these are at the very top of the map. Scroll up and see the first atoll. Yes, it is the northern parts of the country. Capital Male' is in the middle and bottom of the map is Southern atolls.

To visit Haa Alif Atoll you can fly to Hanimadhoo from Male' International Airport, by domestic flight. If you are seeking islands in the north reachable by seaplane, there are many resorts in Noonu Atoll and Baa Atoll. Seaplane takes about an hour to Noonu Atoll from Male', and Baa Atoll it is approximately 45 minutes and varies depending the exactly island you wish to visit.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
This section has been moved to a new topic and updated. Read FAQ of Maldives

Map of Atolls
Haa Alifu Atoll
Haa Dhaalu Atoll
Shaviyani Atoll
Noonu Atoll
Raa Dhaalu Atoll
Baa Atoll
Lhaviyani Atoll
Kaafu Atoll
North Ari Atoll
South Ari Atoll
Vaavu Atoll
Meemu Atoll
Faafu Atoll
Dhaalu Atoll
Thaa Atoll
Laamu Atoll
Gaafu Alifu Atoll
Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
Gnaviyani Atoll
Seenu Atoll
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