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  The Maldives "The Ultimate Scuba and Snorkel Vacation"  
  A cruise to the island nation of the Maldives offers an unforgettable vacation for both romantics and adventure seekers. The Maldives was largely terra incognita for tourists until the early 1970s. Strewn across the equator in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives archipelago possesses a truly unique geography as a small island country. This chain of islands is an archipelago located, which are the tops of a vast undersea mountain range in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. The atolls of the Maldives encompass a territory spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers, making it one of the most dispersed countries in the world in geographic terms. It features 1,192 tropical islands, of which two hundred are inhabited. The Republic of Maldives's capital and largest city is Male. with a population of 103,693. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in both population and land area. With an average ground level of 1.5 meters (4 ft. 11 in) above sea level, it is the lowest country on the planet. It is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 meters (7 ft. 7 in); the Maldives sinking is a great concern for the Maldivian people. Again, these beautiful islands may disappear. Over the last century, sea level has risen about 20 centimeters (8 in); further rises of the ocean could threaten the existence of Maldives, being the lowest country in the world. In November 2008, President Mohamed Nasheed announced plans to look into purchasing new land in India, Sri Lanka, and Australia because of his concerns about global warming and the possibility of much of the islands being inundated with water from rising sea levels. The purchase of land will be made from a fund generated by tourism. Dive into these crystal clear water and see a spectacular underwater kingdom and see things that you can only see in this part of the world. . Maldives waters are home to wide variety of ecosystems, but it is most noted for their variety of colorful coral reefs, home to 300 species of fish. Seven species have been described as new to science, several more await description. Over 400 have been identified and catalogued and many are now held in the reference collection, including 5 species of turtles, 51 species of echinoderms, 5 species of sea grasses and 285 species of alga & sponges, crustaceans, and tunicates. So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Maldives' Firsts • Maldives made a scuba diving record in 2006 for the largest number of scuba divers participating in one dive, with a grand total of 958 divers descending into the water at the same time. This record has since been overtaken by Indonesia in 2009. • Maldives was the first country to open a virtual embassy, in the online world Second Life, on 22 May 2007. • Maldives was the first country to hold a cabinet meeting underwater. The cabinet meeting was chaired by President Mohamed Nasheed. In the meeting, the President, Vice President, and the cabinet signed a declaration calling for concerted global action on climate change, ahead of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen.