The Maldives islands are located in the Indian Ocean, roughly 250 miles south-west off the coast of India. On your perfect Maldives vacation you will discover an island formation consisting of 26 atolls stretching in a north-south plane; In fact, it is not uncommon to find yourself completely alone on a small island or sandbank around the Maldives. Along with liveaboard cruises and scuba diving Maldives vacations, island hopping is almost as popular, with travellers left amazed at the gorgeous Maldivian scenery. Not many people are aware that the Maldives vacation islands are in fact the protruding summits of a vast underwater mountain range, comprising of over 1190 islets! Found just north of the equator, in terms of location, vacations in Maldives are simply put, the epitome of a tropical paradise.