Pictured here are bioluminescent phytoplankton, marine microbes who left this unbelievable display on the majestic island beaches of the Maldives last year. The Maldives are a group of islands in the Republic of Maldives, which belongs to India. In the middle of the Indian Ocean trade route, history has brought different peoples and practices in contact with the islands throughout history, giving its own citizens a fascinating blend of language, beliefs, art and lifestyle. The Maldives are a prime spot to vacation, whether your goal is to escape from pace of everyday life, or to dive and explore the micro-universe underwater. At Manta Point, you’ll see manta rays and reef fish, as well as white-tipped sharks and eagle rays, which are hard to come by. Another must-see spot is Sun Island Beach where you stay in a beach bungalow and wake up to the ocean at your door. Stress and frustration will be long gone once you step foot on any of these gorgeous islands.