The Maldives is a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean – just an extraordinary gift of nature. Islands in the middle of the turquoise ocean, clear water, dazzling white sand, and palm trees… Paradise? The real one! It remains only to choose a place to relax. The Maldives is made of more than a thousand atolls, so it’s not at all easy to decide where it is better to go on vacation. Our review will help you choose the best islands, beaches, and hotels in the Maldives.
Here you will find deep azure waters, white sandy beaches, and a wide variety of vegetation. It is an ideal place to spend leisurely days, relax, and rest. Besides, this paradise will be appreciated by lovers of diving, scuba diving, and researchers of the underwater fauna. We have compiled a rating of the most striking sights and places in the Maldives that you just need to see with your own eyes.
Let’s start with a historical attraction – the residence of Sultan Mohammed Takurufaanu, located on an inhabited island in the north of the Maldives. Thanks to his heroic deeds and the protection of his own people from the Portugal conquerors, Sultan Mohammed is considered a real idol in the Maldives.
This quiet resort is considered one of the best reef spots in the Maldives. Here you can enjoy a variety of water sports and choose any of 35 amazing diving sites.
Old Friday Mosque
The interior of the mosque is magnificent. Particularly impressive are the coral stone walls with Arabic-style patterns. Here are the tombs of the sultans and nobles. A great place to explore the Islamic culture of the Maldives.
This building, located in the city of Male, contains many different artifacts that reflect the history and culture of the country. The museum was designed by the Chinese government. It was officially declared the National Museum on July 26, 2010. You can attend this majestic museum with your second half. What are other unusual places you can have a date at? Find this out in the ultimate guide on how to get a second date.
This is one of the best diving spots to explore the amazing coral reefs and the delightful world of fish. The marine protected area is located north of Male.
The banana reef is considered the most popular diving spot in the Maldives. It got its name thanks to a shape resembling a banana. The main feature of the reef is its inhabitants – Napoleon fish, moray eels, and rare pennant butterflyfish.
Manta Point is also a very famous area for diving, where you can enjoy the process of feeding huge stingrays and look at gubana fish.
Where to relax in the Maldives
Not all islands in the Maldives are accessible to tourists. Part of them is occupied by the local population, some islands are uninhabited, and only a small part (about 80) are occupied by resorts.
The vacation begins with the arrival at the airport of North Male, the main atoll of the country. The atoll includes dozens of islands, of which 27 are occupied by the best 4 and 5-star hotels in the Maldives. Tourists are delivered to the islands by water or hydroplanes. The majority of tourists love to relax on the islands of Kurumba, Kuda Huraa, Bandos, and the Banana Reef.
The best places for diving
The Maldives has been repeatedly recognized as the best place for diving in the world – clear water allows you to appreciate the beauty of the underwater world and the diversity of flora and fauna of the Indian Ocean. The most interesting diving sites are located near the coral reefs.
So, where is the best place for divers in the Maldives? Sea turtles, moray eels, stingrays, and reef sharks can be seen on Haa Alif; various species of fish are inhabited by the Filitheio reef of the Faafu Atoll. Good places to dive are the Banana Reef and the island of Miiru of Northern Male, Batala, Ellaida, Viligilivaru, Alaveli, and other islands of Ari Atoll. But the reefs of Daalu Atoll are considered the most dangerous. Around its islands lie the remains of sunken ships of different periods in the history of mankind, as well as reef sharks.
The best beaches of the Maldives
In the Maldivian resorts, it is difficult to find bad beaches; after all, this is the main attraction of the islands. So, here is a small bonus, the best beaches in the Maldives are:
- Cocoa Island beaches (Ari Atoll)
- Sun Island (Ari Atoll)
- Fo Seasons Landaa Giraavaru (Baa Atoll)
- Fulhadhu Beach (Baa Atoll)
- Fo Seasons Where Huraa in North Male
- Biadu beach in South Male.
The beaches here are fantastic – perfectly clean and sparsely populated, with white powdery sand sparkling in the sun and the same sandy bottom shining through the turquoise expanse of water.