The islands of Maldives, in the heart of the Indian Ocean, form a chain of 26 atolls. Comprising of 1190 coral islands surrounded by mesmerising reefs, Maldivian oceans accommodate more than 2000 species of marine life ranging from healthy populations of dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays and sharks. Speedboat transfers is the norm to resorts around the international airport. The rest is covered by seaplane or by domestic flight. Several flights operate to the 12 domestic airports along the country. Scheduled ferries operate from Male’ to many atolls. Year-round hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons; southwest (hulhangu) monsoon from May to October, and northeast (iruvai) monsoon from November to April. The temperature rarely falls below 25°C (77°F).