|While the total area of the 35 islands is a meager 32 sq km and the area of the lagoons enclosed by the coral reef is only about 700 sq km, the extended sea zone is more than 7,00,000 sq km. Which, is almost the size of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh put together.
Out of the 12 atolls with 35 islands, only one island in each of them is inhabited. All the islands are shaped like a boat with their backs resting on the reef in the east and lagoons washing their shores on the west side. The lagoons are shallow, never more than a couple of meters deep. The sands on the beaches are pure white and sugary and the waters of the lagoons are crystal clear and clean.