With 1200 islands and 26 atolls, Maldives has a gift of incredible beauty and magnificent nature. This island country offers exotic islands, shiny beaches, alluring blue seas, splendid reefs and several water sports. The Maldives attracts people from all over world as it is mostly dominated by water sports and it is perfect for nature lovers. The island country is all beautiful and if this confuses you to make must-visit places while on trip, here is a quick list of 5 most beautiful places to visit in Maldives.
One of the largest and liveliest cities of Maldives, Malé is situated on the southern edge of Kaafu Atoll. It was once known as ‘Mahal’ as it was the home of the ‘Royal Dynasties’. Malé is still popular as the King’s Island. Tourists can see the real Maldives far away from the resorts and pools at Malé. Consistently moderate temperature throughout the year makes this place suitable to visit anytime.
What to see: The Grand Friday Mosque, Malé Fish Market, Malé’s National Museum, Tsunami Monument
What to do: Scuba Diving and Snorkelling, Underwater Scooters, Dive Club Maldives
Best places to stay: Hotel Octave, The Beehive, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa
Popularly known as Sun Island, it is located in South Ari Atoll. Festooned with beautiful beaches, tropical flowers and lavish greenery, Sun Island attracts a huge number of travellers wanting to bask in the nature’s pristine beauty.
With its charming blue waters, serenity, beautiful and sparkling beaches, the island is the perfect escape for honeymooners.
Best time to visit: March to April – the summer season, suitable for water sports.
What to do: Diving, Windsurfing and Snorkelling, Island Divers
Where to stay: Sun Island Resort & Spa, LUX* South Ari Atoll
For the diving enthusiasts, Banana Reef is the best location. Located in North Malé Atoll, it was very first diving spot in Maldives that got recognition for licensed diving and training.
The reef, shaped like a banana, is packed with lively marine life, astonishing cliffs, incredible corals, and caves.
What to see: Hulhumalé, Maldive Victory, Biyadhoo Island, Alimatha Island, and Manta Point
What to do: Scuba, Snorkelling, Jet Skiing In The Reef
Where to stay: Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Coco Bodhu Hithi, Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas
Perfect for a family vacation, Alimatha Island is situated on the eastern edge of Maldives. Azure, crystal clear water makes the island appropriate for diving, snorkeling and boating. Go for some volleyball matches in the sun-kissed beaches or relax at the Ayurvedic massage centre, spa.
What to see: Miyaru Kandu, Fotte Kand; Alimatha Aquatic Resort
What to do: Diving, Snorkelling and Canoeing
Where to stay: Rihiveli by Castaway Hotels & Escapes, VOI Dhiggiri Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, and Fun Island Resort
Perfect for swimming enthusiasts, Artificial Beach is situated in North Malé Atoll. It is an open area, but has some restrictions over clothing as per the local law. The beach hosts quite a lot of carnivals, peaceful walks and water sports and the evenings turn musical as different groups gather to jam and perform.
What to see: Shark Point, Manta Point, Nassimo Thila, Kani Corner
Where to stay: Huraa East Inn, Isola Guest House, Eriyadu Island Resort & Spa, and Ocean Cottage