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  • Maldives is an island chain of almost 1200 islands in the Southern part of Asia in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the world’s most favourite island tourist destinations. This is mainly because out of 1192 islands here, approximately 200 are inhabited by the local population and the rest of them are dedicated to commercial activities, most of them being tourism and agriculture. 

    The most commonly sought attractions here are the beaches, a life of luxury, and an extensive variety of marine and underwater adventure. Being an island nation, beaches here are a breathtaking sight, with the white sands lining the entire shoreline. With there being about 1200 islands, you are spoilt for choice as all the islands have a beach of their own. 

    In the Maldives, when someplace reads to be a 'resort', it usually means that it covers an entire island, making it hard to choose one. With so many islands to choose from, there is no dearth of places to visit in Maldives. And with all the attractions that this nation has to offer, it may come as a pleasant surprise, that the most ‘worthy of seeing’ tourist places in Maldives are all underwater. With its beautiful coral walls, adventurous underwater caves, warm water at the white sandy beaches and unparalleled luxury, Maldives is surely the place you should go if you wish to pamper yourself.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Maldives:

  • 01Places to visit in Male

    Places to visit in Male
    1. Maldives National Museum- A gift to Maldives from China, this building houses an elaborately documented history and ancient remains like weaponry, religious paraphernalia and household wares belonging to the history of this exotic country.
     
    2. Islamic Centre- A symbol for the capital, Malé, this is the largest mosque in Maldives, and one of the largest in South Asia with a capacity of around 5,000.
     
    3. Mulee-aage- Built as the royal residence for the son of Sultan Shamsuddin III in 1906, it now is the residence of Maldives’s president after the King was overthrown.
     
    4. Maldives Fish Market- Also called the soul of Maldives, it is a worthy tourist attraction, especially if you are a fish enthusiast. People here still prefer hooks and poles to catch Tuna.
     
    5. The Esjehi Art Gallery- Placed in what ranks as one of the oldest buildings in the capital, the Esjehi Art Gallery is a favorite tourist attraction for preserving the finest artwork of Maldives.
     
    6. Hulhumalé- Hulhumalé is a reclaimed island of Maldives reconditioned with the aim of solving residential problems of an increasing population. It is one of the best tourist places in Maldives.
     
    7. Villingili- The only resort island in the Addu Atoll of Maldives, it was constructed by Hong Kong’s Shangri-La Hotels and resorts, and features 132 villas with 2 residential properties.
     
    8. Sultan Park- This park was part of the grounds of the royal palace before it was demolished, except for one part, which now acts as the museum in this tranquil garden.
     
    9. Thilafushi- It is the contained landfill site of Maldives, also called the ‘trash island’, where the government dumps all the waste generated by commercial activities in the country.
     
    10. Tsunami Monument- The monument dedicated to all the Maldivian people who passed away in the Tsunami of 26th December 2004. The water around this monument is the best spot for surfing in Maldives.
     
    11. Theemuge- Before Mulee-aage, this place was the official residence of the President of Maldives, which was later declared as high maintenance. It now is the location of Maldives’s Supreme Court.
     
    12. Rasrani Bageecha- In 2017, the government of Maldives revamped the famous Sultan Park and renamed it to Rasrani Bageecha and added new attractions like fountains and viewing decks.
     
    13. Republic Square- A well-known spot for informal and formal gatherings, this square and gardens around it are well-maintained and house a hefty pole with the largest Maldivian Flag in the country.
     
    14. Medhuziyaaraiy- Translates into ‘Central Tomb’, it was a part of the Mulee-Aage building and the final resting place of Abul Barakat Yousef Al-Berberi, the Moroccan scholar who introduced Islam in Maldives.
     
    15. Symphony Restaurant- Maldives leading service provider of dining, hospitality and traveling, with restaurants in Malé , Laamu and Kaafu Atoll, it is a must of the places to visit in Maldives for spectacular cuisine and hospitality.
     
    16. Belle Amie Bistro- Inside the Somerset Hotel, complete with contemporary and modern design, they represent to be more than a French Bistro, with international cuisine on their menu to serve the world’s palate.
     
    17. Bandos- Just 15 minutes from the airport, this island resort is embellished with white beaches, lush greenery and blue waters; the best of tourist places in Maldives for romantic or family vacations.
  • 02Places to visit in Addu

    Places to visit in Addu
    18. Hithadhoo- Hithadhoo is Maldives’s second largest island with the southern end lined with palm trees and shrubs, and the northern edge being a stony area with narrow trails to explore.
     
    19. Maradhoo- This island was used as an airstrip in WWII, it’s now famous for diving to find shipwrecks, sharks and manta rays, and is surrounded by a number of uninhabited islands.
     
    20. Gan- The southernmost island of Maldives which was once a British harbour in the Second World War. It now has its own airport and is a 'must' in places to visit in Maldives.
     
    21. Eedhi Gali Kilhi- A protected area of biodiversity by Maldivian law, it is a spot where you can see many migratory birds, making it the best of the places to visit in Maldives.
     
    22. The Convention Centre- This site was built specially for the 17th SAARC summit in Addu city. This two storied building offers an amazing view and has a cultural and historical significance.
     
    24. Meedhoo- Supposed to be the oldest populated island of Maldives, it was inhabited more than 2500 years ago and is the home to country’s oldest Mosques and an Islamic learning centre.
     
    25. Feydhoo- When Gan island was leased to the British, the residents were moved to this island which was less fertile and way smaller in the area.
     
    26. Hulhumeedhoo- A single island, divided into two administrative regions, Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo, it is the only island of its kind in Maldives. A canal is used to divide the two regions.
     
    27. Ranin Hanaa Fengada- A pond in the Addu Atoll with mysterious pale-yellow coloured water and surrounded by palm trees, this is renowned because of the belief that fairies earlier danced in its waters.
     
    28. Gauken'di Beach- A picturesque beach on the Gan island of Addu (Seenu Atoll, it is one of the best places to visit in Maldives for its stunning views of the blue sea.
  • 03Maldives Atolls

    Maldives Atolls
    30. Ihavandhippolhu Atoll- The northernmost Atoll of Maldives, its wide and shallow channels make for an amazing spot for scuba diving for experts and beginners, both, for exploration of marine life.
     
    31. Thiladhunmathi Atoll- The northernmost administrative division of Maldives, it is the home to an ancient shrine that was once visited by the noble family to seek blessings, and hence, has significant importance.
     
    32. Maamakunudhoo Atoll- The most beautiful place in Maldives for scuba diving because of its 17 mile long reef filled with coral gardens and a variety of sea creatures like Manta Rays.
     
    33. Etthingili Alifushi Atoll- This Atoll consists of two islands of the name Alifushi and Etthingili, which stand on a detached reef of very deep waters. Alifushi is the only one inhabited.
     
    34. Maalhosmadulu Uthuruburi Atoll- 71km long and 26km wide Atoll of Maldives, it is gifted with a great number of reefs in the west and corals in the center.
     
    35. Fasdhuethere Atoll- Also known as the Sandwiched Atoll, this is said to be situated between two Atolls and has no particular name as its name literally translates into “between 5 islands”.
     
    36. Maalhosmadulu Dhekunuburi Atoll- A western atoll made up of 75 islands out of which only 13 are populated and 8 islands are being converted into resorts for tourism purposes.

    37. Goidhoo Atoll – This atoll has been a part of the Maldivian legends and is unparalleled in its beauty, which includes the white sandy beaches and a presence of bioluminescence.
     
    38. Faadhippolhu Atoll- Out of 50 islands in this Atoll, only 5 are inhabited. It is also a great spot to dive if you wish to see sharks, tunas, harlequin sweetlips, and squirrelfish.
     
    39. Kaashidhu Atoll- Apart from abundant coconut trees, this island is also famous as the site of the largest reminder of the pre-Islamic era of Maldives like large Buddhist temples.
     
    40. Gahaafaru (Gaafaru) Atoll- It is a small island which has seen far too many shipwrecks because of being located on an important sea route. It is a popular diving spot for seeing shipwrecks.
     
    41. Malé 'Atholhu Uthuruburi Atoll- The northern part of the two divisions of the Malé  atoll is also called the North Malé  Atoll and is considered the most beautiful atoll to see from space.
     
    42. Malé 'Atholhu Dhekunuburi Atoll- The South Malé  Atoll is separated from the North Malé  Atoll by the deep Vaadhu Kandhu, and is dotted with shallow reefs and corals that make navigation difficult.
     
    43. Thoddu Atoll- A single, round atoll in deep waters at western gateway of Kardiva Channel. Its reef is steep and has no lagoon, but is gifted with immense natural beauty and vegetation.
     
    44. Rasdhu Atoll- It is a small atoll known for having an almost round lagoon, where the northern and western edges are one continuous barrier reef and the eastern edge is another.
     
    45. Ari Atoll- 30 minutes away from Malé by a seaplane, this atoll is one of the many beautiful places to visit in Maldives for its resorts and corals.
     
    46. Felidhe Atoll- Despite being quite large in area, this atoll has only 10 islands. The area between the easternmost cape and the westernmost point is a dangerous area for ships.
     
    47. Vattaru Atoll (Falhu)- This is an almost egg-shaped atoll with only one uninhabited island on its southern edge, with an entrance on the east side accessible only through boats.
     
    48. Mulaku Atoll- An almost enclosed lagoon with stunningly straight reefs surrounding it, it is separated by three channels from the rest of the Maldives.
     
    49. Nilandhe Atholhu Uthuruburi Atoll- The North Nilande atoll looks like an almost perfect semicircle when looked from space; the residents from here were relocated for convenience for their Friday prayers.
     
    50. Nilandhe Atholhu Dhekunuburi Atoll- The South Nilande Atoll is separated from the North Nilande Atoll by 6 km. 

    51. Kolhumadulu Atoll- This atoll is named after King Koimala, the first ruler to have brought all islands under Maldives. It is one of the good fishing areas of the country.
     
    52. Haddhunmathi Atoll- An almost regular atoll except for a slight projection in the Northeastern reef, this atoll had great importance in the Buddhist era of Maldives’s history.
     
    53. Huvadhoo Atoll- If the submerged parts are to be included, Huvadhu can be the largest Atoll of Maldives; this is where the best quality of mats can be found in all of Maldives.
     
    54. Fuvahmulah Atoll- It is a large single island with the status of an Atoll, its name meaning Island of Areca Nut Palms; the insides of the island are lower than the edges.
     
    55. Addu Atoll- It is the southernmost atoll of Maldives, and together with Fuvamulah, extend the Maldives into the Southern Hemisphere.
  • 04Other Places to visit in Maldives

    Other Places to visit in Maldives
    56. Maafushi- One of the most popular islands of Maldives, the northern end is all beaches and resorts, while the only building on the southern edge is the prison of Maldives.
     
    57. Meeru Island- It is the only resort on the Meerufenfushi island and is surrounded by a beautiful blue lagoon with white sandy beaches to engulf in the luxury of this island.
     
    58. Kuramathi- Largest of the 6 islands in the Ross or Rasdhoo Atoll with the main attraction being a sandbank on the west end, which is visible only when its low tide.
     
    59. Rangali- In the Alif Dhaal Atoll, this island is home to Conrad Maldives Rangali island resort which has been ranked world’s best hotel, twice.
     
    60. Hulhulé Island- Located in the Northern Malé  Atoll, it is one of the closest islands to the capital and houses the Malé International Airport, with flights mostly to Europe.
     
    61. Rasdhoo- The only inhabited island of the natural atoll, Rasdhoo, and the capital of Alif Alif Atoll; it is a diving haven for amateurs and takes pride in its 16 guesthouses.
     
    62. Guraidhoo- It is the most developed island in Thaa Atoll, and is famous for seeing a great amount of involvement in the same by its female residents.
     
    63. Thulusdhoo- The island houses the only Coke factory in the world where desalted seawater is used, giving it the name of Coke’s island, and the surfing spot nearby is called Coke’s.
     
    64. Vilamendhoo- Previously uninhabited island, it is a 4 star resort with 184 rooms. It is popular because of being in Ari Atoll, which is one of best diving spots of Maldives.
     
    65. Meedhupparu- It is a coral island in Maldives where you can find a lot of newly grown coral and sea creatures like rays, octopuses, sharks and squids at just 10m depth.
     
    66. Mirihi- Maldives’s first island with overwater bungalows and is renowned for its house reef and a 5-star diving center. You can also catch easy glimpse of Manta rays throughout the year.
     
    67. Huraa Beach- The exclusively organized bikini beach of Maldives, the activities nearby include snorkeling, dolphin watching, or shopping for souvenirs that are comparatively cheaper than other major islands.
     
    68. Reethi Beach- The Reethi Beach is known for its resort which is made with all natural materials, where you can find spas, water sports and the unparalleled beauty of Baa Atoll.
     
    69. Velassaru- Bright and shiny white beaches with a brilliant blue sea surrounding it, Velassaru is one of the best places to visit in Maldives for couples and honeymooners. 
     
    70. Filitheyo- The house to one of Maldives’s newest and the only resort in the Faafu Atoll, this triangular island is a spectacular spot for all the diving enthusiasts.
     
    71. Vaadhoo Beach- Part of a rather small island of Vaadhoo with only 500 residents, it is a renowned spot for people visiting Maldives for its shoreline show of bioluminescence.
     
    72. Artificial Beach-  An exception of Maldives, Malé has no beach of its own, and therefore, the artificial beach was created so tourists and residents could enjoy a good swim too.
     
    73. Thoddoo Beach- This beach is what the island is actually famous for. Apart from its watermelons; it is lined with thick vegetation and the water is absolutely litter-free.
     
    74. Fuvahmulah Beach- Whiter than other beaches of Maldives because of strong and consistent wave activity, this beach is most famous for frolicking and picture-perfect moments.
     
    75. Gulhi Beach- Gulhi island has its beach divided in two parts; the one in the north has been declared another bikini beach, while the south one is just a normal beach.
     
    76. Dhiffushi- Another small yet inhabited island of Kaafu Atoll, it is surrounded by shallow waters making it a good diving spot. Apart from tourism, the residents are also engaged in fishing.
     
    77. Biyadhoo- Sandy beaches, tropical vegetation and a claim of the best house reef in Maldives, this island is renowned for having a good number of diving sites.
     
    78. Landaa Giraavaru- This island is famous for being home to the Four Seasons Resort. The shallow waters around are well-known diving spots for whale sharks and Rays.
     
    79. Komandoo- the Smallest island of the Shaviyani Atoll yet forms an amazing diving spot for spotting octopuses, turtles and manta rays. The residents here have historically been skilled crafters.
     
    80. Bathala- An oval shaped resort island, it is only 150m long and 300m wide, but is known as a good place for spotting reef sharks, nurse sharks, manta and eagle rays.
     
    81. Fulidhoo- Another newly available tourism island, it has only 2 guesthouses but has abundant places to visit and things to do. You can spot dolphins on your way here.
     
    82. Ukulhas- Another island which has a bikini beach, it is more famous for having white sandy beaches, amazing diving spots and a high level of cleanliness.
     
    83. Himmafushi- Situated at about 18kms from the airport, this island in the Kaafu Atoll is famous in the world for its diving spots and surfing zones.
     
    84. Dharavandhoo- This is another island where you can easily spot whale sharks and manta rays while diving. This place is famous for its uber clear waters with about 40m of visibility.
     
    85. Thilafushi- It is the contained landfill site of Maldives, also called the ‘trash island’, where the government dumps all the waste generated by commercial activities in the country.
     
    86. Hanimaadhoo- One of the biggest islands of Maldives, this island has a beach on one entire side for diving and kayaking. It also has its own domestic airport.
     
    87. Dhigurah- Not so far away from Malé is the island of Dhigurah, which is a famous diving spot for watching the largest fishes in the world, i.e. the whale sharks!
     
    88. Mahibadhoo- Off the usual path, this island is home to a great marine life living in the house reef that goes around the island, and is not quite far from Malé.
     
    89. Giraavaru- The people of this island claim to be the descendants of the ancient ruler of Maldives, who were there before Koimala Kalo and his tribe settled in Malé 
     
    90. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant- Situated 5m under the sea level, this place is world’s first and only all-glass undersea restaurant. The word Ithaa in the local Maldivian language means ‘mother of pearl’.
     
    91. Muraka- This west facing decked terrace on the Mirihi Island Resort offers 8 tables where you can look over the sea while sipping on a drink.
     
    92. Sala Thai- This Thai restaurant in Malé’s Sala Boutique Hotel is famous for its authentic Thai cuisine and the fact that they fly all their ingredients in every week.
     
    93. Shell Beans- A café on Malé seafront which serves incredibly delicious sandwiches, breakfast, coffee, pastries and burgers along with a view of the sea from the first floor!
     
    94. Seagull Cafe House- A café in the heart of Malé and one that serves Maldivian and Indian cuisines over lavish and comfortable lunches and dinners; snapper steak with mango salsa and parsley rice are popular dishes at this place.
     
    95. Aioli Restaurant- For the finest taste of South Asian cuisine, this place is the one to go to; and not just that, Aioli restaurant offers a variety of other global cuisine.
     
    96. Jazz Café- A little something that's not Maldivian, this cafe brings together Jazz music and coffee with an extensive menu of pastries that you can gobble on while listening to the soul-stirring music.
     
    97. Palace Sichuan- Been in the business of food in Maldives for about 5 years now, it is one of the leading providers of authentic Cantonese food in the country.
     
    98. The Sea House- Situated right above the Hulhumale ferry terminal, you can look over at the vast sea while enjoying meals like Pizzas and sandwiches. This makes for a good meeting place.
     
    99. Alimatha Island- It is home to Alimatha Aquatic Resort, which features more than a kilometre of white beaches and lagoons that are full of marine life. It is about 40 miles away from the airport.
     
    100. Banana Reef- One of the first spots of Maldives to become internationally famous for diving, you can dive here for seeing sharks, barracudas and other fishes. The reef is also good for snorkelling.
     
    101. Kuredu- Kuredu is a divers’ favourite island given the abundance of spots here, nearly 50 in number. Also famous is the water sports center of this island.

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