The islands of Maldives persuade tourists with promises of ‘the last paradise on earth’, and if your idea of paradise is white sand beaches with turquoise waters glistening, tropical gardens exploding in beautiful color and picture perfect sunsets igniting the sky, then the Maldives will never let your expectations down. It’s also a major destination for scubadivers, who come for the magnificent coral reefs and the wealth of marine life. The Maldives are an archipelago of numerous small islands located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of India. Traditionally the economy of the Maldivians has been fishing and even today the majority of the population is engaged in this pursuit. With the islands lovely beaches, shimmering sapphire waters and delightful climate attracting a steady influx of visitors from abroad, Maldives is an extraordinary escape for a perfect beach vacation!