The Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean and South Asia. It lies in a southwesterly direction from Sri Lanka and India. The country has 1192 islands over more than 800 kilometers.
The Maldives is a popular tourist destination because it has reefs, tiny islands, beautiful white sand, and turquoise water. Not all the islands are settled with people and only some are for resorts. Others are used for agriculture or other industries.
The nation is known for luxury and attracts many wealthy and famous people as a result. The marine life on the reefs is unique and extensive making it a diving mecca.