The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean. It's known for its beaches, blue lagoons, and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road. There are many beautiful resorts and private islands, making the nation a very popular destination to travel. The Maldives is sinking, because of a lethal combination of high surface erosion and rising sea levels, so get there while you can.