The Maldives is a tropical country in the Indian Ocean that includes 26 ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. They are known for their beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital city of Malé has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main street Majeedhee Magu as well as the 17th-century Friday Mosque, a mosque carved from white coral.Due to the warm water, good visibility and the diverse marine life such as manta rays and whale sharks, which can be up to 12 m long, the islands are popular areas for snorkeling and diving. Other water sports include swimming, surfing, sea kayaking and jet skiing. From Malé, uninhabited islands or small fishing villages, where visitors can stay in guest houses or with host families, can be reached by boat or seaplane. The most widespread accommodations are luxury wellness resorts and water bungalows on wooden posts.