The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu, and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) made of carved white coral. Popular destinations are Male, Sun Island, Banana Reef, AliMatha Island, Artificial Beach, HP Reef, Fihalhohi Island & Biyadhoo Island
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Malé is the densely populated capital of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It's known for its historic mosques and colorful skyscrapers. The National Museum, in Sultan Park, showcases regional artifacts like ancient weapons and sultans' thrones. In the north of the city, Huskuru Miskiiy is a 17th-century mosque built of coral stone and housing intricate wood carvings.
Also famous as the Sun Island, Nalaguraidhoo Island in South Ari Atoll is adorned with some stunning beaches, beautiful tropical flowers, and lavish greenery that pulls a great number of tourists wanting to bask in the lap of nature. With its extremely charming blue waters, sparkling beaches and fabulous resorts, the island guarantees immense joy to its guests. Given its serenity and beauty, it is the perfect escape for honeymooners and lovelorn couples.
Best time to visit Sun Island: March to April – the summer season, suitable for water sports.
Major attractions at Sun Island: Diving, windsurfing and snorkelling, relaxation at sauna and spa, Island Divers
Located in North Malé Atoll, Banana Reef is globally renowned for being one of the best diving sites in the world. It was, in fact, the very first diving spot in Maldives to get recognition for licensed diving and training. Shaped like a banana, the reef is choc-a-block with exuberant marine life, fantastic corals, amazing cliffs, overhangs, and caves. And thanks to the myriad adventure activities here, it is one of the favorite places to visit in Maldives for the adventure junkies.
Major attractions at Banana Reef: Underwater activities like Scuba, snorkelling, Jet skiing in the reef; places like Maldive Victory, Hulhumalé, Alimatha Island, Biyadhoo Island, Manta Point
Alimatha is in Vaavu Atoll and sits on the eastern edge of Maldives roughly 4 degrees north of the equator. Its reef is the southern edge of Myaru Kandu, one of the most famous channel dives in the whole world. This dive location is so beautiful that it has been included within the government-sanctioned list of protected dive sites. Myaru in Dhivehi – the Maldivian language – means shark and Kandu means channel: the name says it all. Another protected dive site is Fotteyo Kandu, a 90 minutes boat ride from Alimatha: the spectrum of different colours found in the wall-covering soft corals is astounding, truly a case of nature being more fantastic than fantasy itself.
Artificial beach in Maldives provides an opportunity to Maldivians to enjoy a good swim during summers. Infact, the beach is now not just meant for enjoying an evening walk or a swim, but also it is gaining popularity owing to a variety of entertainment activities that take place here like the different kinds of water sports, live music shows etc. Carnivals and parades are also conducted here.
HP Reef in Maldives is a marine protected area located to the north of Girifushi in North Male Atoll. HP Reef is a stunning reef with spectacular caves and crannies decked up with superb coral formations and rich colorful marine life. You can swim through a huge cave following to the top of the reef known as 'chimney' at 24 meters. Blue delicate corals beautifully decorate the cave. Spot rainbow runner, dog-toothed tuna, barracuda and blue-fin jack playing around. You will also sight gray reef sharks and eagle rays.
Fihalhohi Island, situated at the South Kaafu Atoll in Malé, is one of the most attractive and gorgeous places in Maldives to spend your hard earned holidays. The island is beautifully surrounded with shady coconut palm trees, pristine beaches, and clear waters. You must visit this island if you are looking for a romantic getaway or planning your honeymoon.
Major attractions at Fihalhohi Island: Fihalhohi Island Resort, Rannalhi and Rihiveli beaches in close proximity
Just 30 minutes from the airport by speedboat, a tropical haven is enclosed within the turquoise folds of the Indian Ocean. Located in South Malé Atoll, the island of Biyadhoo offers a fascinating glimpse of the simple, yet breath-taking beauty of Maldives. Fringed by a crystalline lagoon and powdery white sandy beaches, Biyadhoo is blessed with lush tropical vegetation and famed to have the best house reef in the Maldives. Popular among the diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, the island provides peace and tranquility to the weary soul.