The Maldives is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean consisting of numerous atolls of varying size. The islands gained their independence from the British Empire in 1965, ending centuries of colonial rule. Historically the Maldives have been fought over repeatedly by foreign powers due to its strategic location on the highly lucrative trade routes in the Indian Ocean. You will visit the tiny island of Kuda Bandos, where the tranquil scenery belies the volcanic upheaval which took place here millennia ago. Today's island lies just a few feet above the surrounding Indian Ocean, the mere tip of a sunken volcano. You will enjoy sugar-white sands, crystal-clear waters and brilliant coral reefs on this idyllic tropical paradise.