Maldives reefs and islands
Here's a series of aerial shots of the Maldives by Flickr user Danburg Murmur, showing a populated island and a series of underwater reefs. The first image shows the island of Villingili in Kaafu Atoll, just west of the Maldives capital, Malé.
The next image shows a hook-shaped submerged reef in Kaafu Atoll. The majority of the small atolls in the Maldives are rounded or oval-shaped, but this one has a complex structure, with two enclosed lagoons in the foreground and the larger, partially open lagoon at the top of the image.
Here's another submerged reef, this one closer to the southern part of Kaafu Atoll. This reef is fairly deeply submerged - the Google Earth image shows more detail in the waves than in the reef itself - but the details of the underwater coral structures that are visible match those in the photograph.
This reef forms the southern border of Kaafu Atoll. This section of the reef is submerged, but in the distance (behind the cloud) lie the small islands of Olhuveli and Bodufinolhu.
The final image shows another submerged reef, this one at the northern end of Vaavu Atoll. Again, the reef is submerged completely, but the coral structures match up with those from the Google Earth image.
Photos taken: February 21, 2007
Photos by: Danburg Murmur
Route: Malé - Filitheyo, Maldives