Country in South Asia The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 coral atolls, which are made up of hundreds of islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Mal, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on Majeedhee Magu and 17th century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Old Friday Mosque) made of coral stone. The islands are popular for snorkeling and diving due to the warm waten high visibility and diverse marine life, including manta rays and spotted whale sharks, which can grow to 40m or longer. Other popular water activities include swimming, surf ing, sea kayaking and jet-skiing. Travel by boat or seaplane is common on inter-island trips from Male to uninhabited islands or small fishing villages, many of which offer guesthouses or homestays. The most typical travel accommodations are luxury spa resorts and overwater bungalows on wooden stilts. Landscape of Fuvahmulah by Asad

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