The groups of atolls consists of about 1190 islands in Maldivian archipelago are divided into natural coral atolls.
Although the Indian Ocean shares storms, waves and other phenomena related to large bodies of water, geographically these delicate natural coral islands have been formed with all its protective features to avoid from tremendous natural disasters.
An atoll can be visualized as series of concentric layers. The out most layer of the atoll is a protective strong reef. Composed of coral debris and living coral, this reef is barrier against rough seas and to smash waves. Whilst you access in to calm water within, must be the inner water of the atoll right. Some of the huge islands with massive barrier reefs have been formed to the outer ring of the atoll give protection to small islands. Islands formed individually within this barriers and sometimes occasional island comes up from in side the sea as silver sand bank, sea birds takes advantage of these island to lay their eggs.
Every island has its own binding reef, added to double protection; the crystal clear blue lagoon within this reef is often relatively shallow. Those aqua marine life and sea creatures around the island, which you can see throughout internet and pictures, are those.
Even though the Maldivian islands are well sheltered by oceanic waves, the islands depend on ocean and it plays key role in typical weather of country, as well as heat absorber.