Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of 26 atolls. Like many atolls, Maldives is a popular vacation spot. Here, hotel bungalows sit directly in an atoll's lagoon, near a coral reef and, beyond the reef, the dark open ocean.

Photograph by Nouf Abdullah, MyShot
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