Best Places to Visit in Maldives

The small island nation of Maldives is famous worldwide for its scenic islands and atolls. This small island nation in the Indian Ocean is a prime destination for honeymooners and romantic couples. The country’s sun-kissed islands are blessed with soft white sand with crystal clear turquoise blue waters and green vegetation of swaying palm trees. Maldives’ islands are small, compact, and surrounded by pristine coral reefs, making it one of the world’s greatest snorkelling and scuba diving hotspots. Moreover, Maldivian islands are also the addresses of some world-class luxury hotels and resorts that are often built on wooden stilts and jutting out into the sea. The people and the culture have a typical island vibe and a laid-back ambience.

Travellers from all over the world come to the country to spend some time in the several luxury resorts, detox from the world, rejuvenate and relax with various spa treatments, and spend some time with their partners doing plenty of activities like sailing on the Indian Ocean, snorkelling and scuba diving in coral reefs, enjoying delicious and fresh seafood, watching the poetic sunsets with sundowner cocktails, swimming in the stylish infinity pools overlooking the endless stretches of the Indian Ocean and most of all, laze on several world-famous beaches.

Maldives holidays are very much in demand as more and more people, especially backpackers have started to visit the country as more locals are opening their homes and a new trend of budget travel is emerging with plenty of 3-star hotels, guesthouses, and hostels along with comfy homestays. Your holidays to the Maldives will be full of stories and amazing experiences including meeting several friendly locals as you enjoy island hopping. So, check out the blog as we gather a list of the best places to visit in Maldives.

Best Places to Visit in Maldives

1. Male

Male is the capital city of Maldives which is present on the southern edge of North Male Atoll. The city is one of the densest cities in the world and is often overlooked by travellers who mostly arrived at the island’s Velana International Airport before being whisked away to their respective hotels and resorts. This small capital city is the heart of the country’s trade and commerce and is full of tall, brightly coloured buildings and surrounded by turquoise-blue water, Indian bazaars, cafes and restaurants, budget hotels and hostels, etc. Male also has several museums and cultural centres.

2. Maafushi

The island of Maafushi doesn’t have any luxury hotels and resorts but it makes it up for its raw and scenic nature of the island. Unfortunately, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami ravaged the island, and the rebuilding has been a steady and long process. Maafushi is also famous for Maafushi Beach which is among the best beaches in the country. This scenic beach is backed by swaying palms, lapping waves of turquoise blue waters and beachfront cafes and restaurants. Travellers can enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling and shark diving and island hopping.

3. Banana Reef

The Banana Reef is located in North Mal-Atoll and is world-famous for being one of the best diving sites in the world. Several travellers coming to Maldives come mostly for snorkelling, scuba diving, and deep-sea diving in the country. Banana Reef is one of the best places to visit in the Maldives for admiring the underwater coral reefs and colourful schools of fishes and seeing majestic marine species like striped snappers and bulbous sponges, reef sharks and barracudas. The Banana Reef is shaped like a banana and the reef is full of marine life, cliffs, overhangs, and caves it is also the first diving spot in the Maldives to get recognition for licensed diving and training.

4. Alimatha Island

Alimatha Island lies on the eastern edge of the Maldives in the famous Vaavu Atoll. This beautiful island is known for its luxury cabanas, untouched stretches of pristine sandy beach and some of the celebrated Scuba diving spots. It is known for its azure blue and crystal-clear waters which are apt for diving, snorkelling, and boating. The island is famous for its coral groves and sea walls and is full of marine species like jackfish, morays, and eels. The island has a few luxury resorts offering Ayurvedic massages, spas, bars, cafes, and restaurants as well.

5. Vaadhoo Island

Vaadhoo Island is a charming place in the Maldives known for its beautiful beaches, landscapes comprising sandy beaches, azure blue waters and an incredible phenomenon which occurs during the late summer months (June to October) when the beach glows blue like a starlit night sky due to the presences of phytoplankton, a rare marine species that glow in the dark. The island is surrounded by clean and clear water which offers high visibility and amazing opportunities to enjoy snorkelling, diving, kayaking and swimming, making it a highly popular destination in Maldives holidays. The island also offers several cosy accommodations, catering to every budget including a luxury resort.

6. Sun Island

Sun Island, also known as Nalaguraidhoo Island, is one of the best places to visit in the Maldives. This beautiful island is full of lush greenery, tropical flowers, and stunning beaches. The waters surrounding the island are beautiful and rich in marine life. Sun Island offers plenty of water sports opportunities like snorkelling, windsurfing, diving, and relaxing at several world-class spa retreats. The island is one of the most prestigious destinations in the country known for Sun Island Resort and Spa. It is located south of Velana International Airport in South Ari Atoll.

7. Fihalhohi Island

Fihalhohi Island lies at the South Kaafu Atoll in Mal and is one of the most attractive and gorgeous places to visit in the Maldives. This stunning island is surrounded by coconut palm trees, scenic beaches and blue waters. The island’s warm weather makes it perfect for visitors to try water sports like scuba diving among the coral reefs full of colourful shoals of fishes of various species and pristine coral reefs. The island’s resorts also offer tropical Balinese and international spa treatments, delicious gastronomy featuring seafood and sunset cocktails.

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