A few years ago I went to the Maldives and it first dawned on me that there was one world above sea level and another below. It is beautiful beneath the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean: there are countless corals and colourful plants, moray eels peek out of caves, and flocks of eager clownfish play among the air bubbles. From time to time a shark passes by. Above the water surface there are almost 1,200 islands, most of which rise just one or two meters out of the sea. ... MORE
Editorial by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa
BEHIND THE SCENES IN PARADISE
By Kai Schnier
Half of the inhabited Maldivian islands are covered with luxury resorts. The locals live elsewhere.
A WAFT OF SMOKE OVER VILLINGILI
By Rae Munavvar
Too much rubbish for a few islands: The Maldives don't know how to get rid of their waste.