Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is a tropical paradise that many people have returned to, time and again to enjoy its quiet serenity. Among other things to enjoy here are its brilliant beaches with soft white sands and crystal-clear waters, offering great scuba diving experiences and gorgeous sunsets. Long touted as a romantic honeymooner’s getaway, Maldives has reinvented itself into a holiday destination for anyone who loves its beautiful picturesque settings, its delicious food and water activities such as surfing and snorkelling.
The islands are most popular for diving and snorkelling because of the warm waters and the near perfect visibility and the vast range of marine life. Most of the places to visit in Maldives are other islands which can be reached by boat or seaplane. There are often small fishing villages where guesthouses and homestays are available, affording tourists an inside view of the life of the islanders. There are several Maldives tourist places that you should try to see on your vacation, and here are some of them.
Once you’ve decided on which places to visit in Maldives, then do remember to check the SOTC website for offers on Maldives tour packages that will make your holiday hassle-free.
Malé, the capital of Maldives, is the main island that is populated densely and has some spectacular mosques which should be viewed architectural elegance. The National Museum here is a repository of ancient artefacts, weapons and thrones while Muliaage is a palace where several presidents have resided before. One of the must visit places in Maldives is the Hukuru Miskiy, an old and ornate mosque that has been built from coral boulders and its architecture uses sea culture. Other places to visit here include Villingili, an island in the North Male Atoll.
This is the southernmost atoll of the Maldives, extending the island into the Southern hemisphere. There are several inhabited and uninhabited islands here, and as a result, this is definitely one of the places to go in Maldives. Some of the islands here include Kaashidhoo, Olhuveli, Maamendhoo, and Oluhali.
One of the top Maldives tourist places is Maafushi, one of the biggest islands here. It’s located in Kaafu Atoll not too far from Male. Maafushi island is great for those who want to enjoy the beach although the tourist areas of the island are all located on its southern end. Maafushi is great for snorkelling and sunbathing.
Another one of the places to visit in Maldives is Naifaru island which is popular for those who are into the adventure sports scene but it’s also great for those who love scenic quiet holidays. Its Sunset Beach is almost dreamlike in its ethereal beauty while the Marine Park is a good place to visit if you’re looking to see how endangered species of turtles are being protected. Most people however enjoy the rejuvenating spa experience at Palm Beach Spa which leaves them feeling refreshed and energised.
The island of Utheemu was once the home of the Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, who defeated the Portuguese invaders in the late 16th century. While there are the usual beaches with soft white sands and sparkling water, there are also heritage spots such as the Utheema Ganduvaru, the timber palace where the Sultan grew up.
One of the fascinating places to visit in Maldives is Maradhoo. Linked with Feydhoo island by a causeway, it’s a gorgeous small island that’s shaped like a finger. The sights of the ocean fringed with coconut palms is unmissable here. The islanders here and in Feydhoo are friendly, warm and welcoming. Do try to check out the local seafood cuisine here, which is a little spicy; so be forewarned.
One of the most renowned Maldives tourist places is Veligandu island, a luxurious island which sees more honeymooners and newly-weds than any other type of tourists. The stunning sunsets that glow beautifully in the distance are a good indication of why this is so. Veligandu, located on the edge of the North Ari Atoll, has opulent seaside villas and suites.
Maldives has developed into one of the topmost destinations for those who want to enjoy scuba diving. One of the best places to do this is at the Banana Reef. Shaped like a banana, the reef is known for the multi-coloured corals and sandbanks covered with seaweed that lie underwater. Countless number of people come here to enjoy the splendid sights of marine life including reef sharks, sponges and barracudas.
One of the hidden gems of Maldives is Thulusdhoo Island which seems to have a bit of the Caribbean vibe. The beaches here are pretty and if you’re lucky, you might get invited to join the locals for a delicious seafood barbecue right on the beach. Thulusdhoo is mostly known for surfing.
If you’ve seen a sun-drenched picture of the Maldives with stunning blue waters ringed by white sands, then the picture is about to get very real in Alimatha Island. This is a popular tourist spot known for the luxury cabanas and some really amazing scuba diving spots. Along with the tourists, there are plenty of divers here who want to see the beautiful marine life – morays and eels to name a few – with their own eyes.
This pretty isle is shaped like a boomerang and is known for the single resort there with rows of over-water bungalows made from bamboo and verandas that look out over the waves.