Republic of Maldives Republic of Maldives or Maldive islands is a marvel of nature and a unique gift for the tourists, the only of its kind on earth. Basically a spray of 1190 islets composed into twenty-six groups (Atolls). Only about two hundred are inhabited. These numerous islands are in the sea just like stars grouped in a tiny galaxy in the sky. This smallest Asian country has a local population of 300’000 only. The Maldives is about 700 km. in the south west of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean between Minicoy Islands and the Chagos Archipelago….