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The Republic of Maldives is made up of nearly 1,200 tiny low-lying coral islands (200 inhabited) strung along a 475-mile-long band in the Indian Ocean, just north of the equator and about 350 miles southwest of Sri Lanka; dozens of first-rate surf breaks are found among the Maldivian reef passes. The glimmering turquoise-colored waves here rarely get over 10 feet and lack the power found in Indone...

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