Tourism is now the largest economic industry on the islands, overtaking the more long-established fishing business.
The first resort was built in 1972, with the tourism industry flourishing since then. The first two resorts had a total of 280 beds; now there are over 100 resorts with over 22,000 beds between them, with the greatest concentration of properties on the islands accessible by boat from Malé, of which Cocoa Island is one.
However, due to the geographical nature of the islands, the volume of visitors is virtually impossible to discern. Each resort enjoys its own island thus ensuring that the Maldives are never crowded and the peaceful environment can be experienced by all who visit.