The Maldives is one of the most unique holiday destinations in the world and a much-loved honeymoon destination. Famous for its vibrant culture, pristine beaches, enchanting landmarks, luxurious resorts, Maldives is a favourite destination for water sports and other adventure activities. With crystal clear waters, sparkling white sand, blue skies and good weather throughout the year, Maldives makes a fantastic idyllic beach getaway. Below are the must-see attractions in Maldives.
Most visitors to Maldives will land in Male, the bustling capital city traditionally known as the ‘King’s Island’ as it was formerly populated by the ancient royal dynasties. Some of the key attractions in Male include the 17th century Friday Mosque, Male Fish Market, National Museum and Islamic Centre. Stroll the busy streets, soak in the unique culture of the place, go shopping and enjoy the local food while you’re at it. Male is a great place to experience the local culture and see how the locals live. If you’re a party animal, there are also many cool bars and clubs for a happening night.
Maafushi is one of the most popular islands in Maldives, loved for its water sports offerings and scuba diving. If you are a water sports lover, you’re spoilt for choice — parasailing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding, windsurfing, and flyboarding — you can do all of them in Maafushi. You can also borrow a kayak or snorkelling mask and head out into the ocean. Even if you are not into water sports, you can simply chill at the bikini beach at the lagoon.
Hulhumale was initially a reclaimed land to support the expansion of the densely populated capital. Thus, you will find the place to be less touristy as compared to Male. For the best experience in Hulhumale, you can dine at local restaurants, or play sports with the locals. You’ll find football, basketball and volleyball fields and don’t be shy to join the friendly locals for a game. They’ll be more than happy to have you join in the fun.
In the heart of Kuda Kalhi, North Male atoll lies Banana Reef, the best diving spot in all of the Maldives. Banana Reef is a treasure trove of ornate caves, overhanging cliffs, soft corals, and dramatic marine life. It’s also a popular spot for underwater photoshoots. For the snorkelers and divers, get ready to meet rare squirrelfish, grub fish, banner fish and incredible colour palettes of corals. You can also soak up the warm sun rays by sunbathing on the white-sand beaches.
Sat on the far northern reaches of the Haa Alif Atoll, the northernmost of all Maldivian island chains, the beautiful site of Utheemu holds a special place in the history of this archipelago nation. Utheemu was once the home of the revered Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, the leader who’s credited with driving out Portuguese invaders from the isles in the late 16th century. Pay a visit to popular heritage sites like the Utheemu Ganduvaru, a gorgeous timber-built palace where the respected leader grew up.
Located in the beautiful Addu Atoll of Maldives, Maradhoo Island is best described as an authentic Maldivian experience. A trip in this southern tip means plunging into the most serene and untouched parts of Maldives. Comparatively less populated than the islands in the west, Maradhoo is linked with other isles through causeways. Try out the spicy and seafood-rich cuisine in Maradhoo and have a cup of coffee and sandwich from the vendors along the Link Road for a local laid-back experience.