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The Maldives...

Maldives beach

...are a chain of 19 island groups in the Indian Ocean, southwest of India and Sri Lanka.  They extend over 871 kilometers in a north-south direction, up to just south of the Equator.  The islands are atolls with coral reefs, surrounded by the peaks of a volcanic mountain range submerged in the water.  From the total 2000 islands, only about 220 are inhabited.

However, only some of the inhabited islands are accessible to tourists.  These are principally islands with hotels or those visited frequently by safari boats.  Principally, tourists must leave the islands before sunset.

Exceptions are granted by the government in very rare cases.