Maldives is endowed with stunning white-sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The country holds a great allure for tourists across the world with 1200 islands and 26 atolls. Exotic islands, magnificent reefs and shiny-sandy beaches, there is no dearth of attractions here.
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And if choosing from so many attractions gets tough for you, here we bring a quick list of 7 most beautiful places to visit in Maldives.
Malé: The Largest City
Located on the southern edge of Kaafu Atoll, Malé Atoll was earlier called ‘Mahal’ as it was the house to the ‘Royal Dynasties’ and now it is popular as the King’s Island. The city has a tropical monsoon climate due to which rains occur through most months of the year.
Major Attractions: The Grand Friday Mosque, Malé Fish Market, Malé’s National Museum and Tsunami Monument
Activities To Do: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Underwater Scooters
Where To Stay: Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, Hotel Octave, The Beehive
Sun Island: Nature’s Pristine Beauty
Sun Island, set in the magnificent island of Nalaguraidhoo, is adorned with beautiful beaches, stunning tropical flowers and bountiful greenery. With its extremely charming beaches, sparkling blue waters and wonderful resorts, the island is perfect escape for honeymooners.
Activities To Do: Diving, windsurfing and snorkelling, relaxation at sauna and spa, Island Divers
Where to stay: Sun Island Resort & Spa, Holiday Island Resort & Spa, LUX* South Ari Atoll etc.
Banana Reef: Best Diving Site
Located in North Malé Atoll, Banana Reef is known as one of the best diving sites in the world. Shaped like a banana, the reef has lively marine life, fantastic corals, amazing cliffs, overhangs and caves.
Major Attractions: Maldive Victory, Hulhumalé, Alimatha Island, Biyadhoo Island, Manta Point
Activities To Do: Underwater activities, including scuba, Jet skiing in the reef; snorkelling,
Where To Stay: Coco Bodhu Hithi, Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas are the luxury accommodations that will keep you happy and comfy.
Alimatha Island: Perfect For Family Vacation
Located in Vaavu Atoll, Alimatha Island sits on the eastern edge of Maldives. The island is perfect to indulge in activities like diving, snorkeling and boating. It is apt to for a family vacation and honeymoon. Along with sun-kissed beaches, the island also comprise Ayurvedic massage centre, spa, bars and restaurants to entertain and energise tourists.
Major Attractions: Miyaru Kandu, Fotte Kandu (Govt. sanctioned protected sites); Alimatha Aquatic Resort
Activities To Do: Diving, snorkelling and canoeing
Where To Stay: VOI Dhiggiri Resort, Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, Fun Island Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
Artificial Beach: Apt For Swimmers
An open area, Artificial Beach is situated in North Malé Atoll. It is perfect to visit for swimmers, though remember to check the clothes you’re wearing (do it according to locals). It hosts various water sports, and carnivals.
Major Attractions: Shark Point, Manta Point, Nassimo Thila, Kani Corner
Activities To Do: Swimming, Peaceful walks
Where To Stay: Isola Guest House, Huraa East Inn, Ocean Cottage, Eriyadu Island Resort & Spa
HP Reef: Enjoy Colourful Marine Life
HP Reef, located in North Malé Atoll, is a protected marine location where you can witness presence of marine creatures. You can see beautiful, small, harmful, colourful fishes, multi-hued corals, caves and overhangs as the sea here has vivacity of marine life. Swimmers and divers are only spring into waters when it is completely secure.
Major Attractions: Marine life
Major Activities: Photography and Diving
Where To Stay: Lily Beach Resort & Spa, SeaHouse TopDeck, The Somerset Hotel, Hotel Jen Malé Maldives – nearby hotels.
Utheemu Ganduvaru: Walk Through The History
Utheemu, located in the Northern part of Maldives, is a small island that resembles a small green jellyfish. It is a place of great historical significance – birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, revered in Maldivian history for chasing away Portuguese intruders.
Major Attractions: The home of Sultan Mohamed, Ancient Cemetery, New Mosque, Beach North shore
Where To Stay: Amra Palace Laamu, J Resort Alidhoo, JA Manafaru, The Barefoot Eco Hotel