Any time the word Maldives pops into anyone’s mind, the first image that comes up is that of the beautiful blue water of the ocean by a golden sand beach and a string of palm trees. The Maldives is as much as magical as a book and maybe some more. In any case, when one turns their eyes to the Maldives, they are bound to spot some of the most beautiful places to exist on Earth.
Maldives has around 26 Atolls that host a variety of resorts for people to just go and relax while enjoying many water sports activities in Maldives. This article briefly lists some of the best places to visit in the Maldives and why anyone should visit them.
Best places to visit the Maldives:
One of the most visited places in Maldives, the Male Atoll consists of a host of small islands that are considered to be some of the most beautiful beaches and resorts in Maldives. The atoll is divided into North Male Atoll and South Male Atoll. Male is a happening city and tourists can enjoy tons of activities like visiting fantastic beaches and heritage museums. The beaches are always crowded by water sports enthusiasts who want to try out snorkelling, scuba diving, sea walking, surfing etc. There are some amazing markets in Male where tourists can buy a wide array of souvenirs and explore local food.
Located in the Alif Alif Atoll, Rasdhoo is just a small island but definitely one of the best places to visit in the Maldives. Rasdhoo is famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling activities as the area is rich in marine life like manta rays, moray eels, sea turtles, Moorish idols, etc. Rasdhoo is most famous for its Bikini beach that attracts tourists from across the world.
Maafushi Island can be reached by ferry from Male and is known for its most beautiful beach of the same name. The island is nearby many other beaches in the Maldives and many tourists prefer to go island hopping from Maafushi. The golden sand beach makes for a comforting place to sit and watch the sun go down the horizon.
Addu city is in Addu Atoll, which is another one of the famous places to visit in the Maldives. The second largest city in Maldives, Addu city’s popularity as a tourist destination only started a few years but the city has definitely caught up to the rest of the island nation and has many resorts for tourists to stay in now. One of the main reasons for this popularity is also its close proximity to Gan Island.
A breathtakingly beautiful island, Gan Island is located in the Addu Atoll and is less crowded compared to many other places in the Maldives. Every year, thousands of tourist flock to Gan Island to enjoy its beautiful beaches and participate in adventurous water sports. Visitors can enjoy snorkelling and cycling in one of Gan’s many amazing resorts.
What is the point of Maldives and not diving? Maldives has some of the world’s best diving spots and Banana Reef is definitely one of the. Anyone who’s always dreamt of swimming among the sharks should go to Banana Reef, which starts at 5 metres under the water and allows divers to dive as deep as 30 metres. Those who do not want to scuba dive can try snorkelling.
With the whole island turned into a resort, Baros offers one of the most luxurious stays in the Maldives. Baros is located in South Male and is just 30 minutes away from the airport by speed boat. Most tourists visit Baros to explore its two main beaches: Vabbininfaru and Angsana.
Hulhumale was born out of Maldives’ most radical plan to create an artificial island to combat the climate crises. Over time, it has become of the most famous places to visit in the Maldives. Hulhumale is one of the urban areas in the Maldives and has a huge beachfront where tourists can enjoy delicious food and watch the waves of the ocean striking the Hulhumale beach.
This Maldivian is known all over the world for its very special feature. Located in Raa Atoll. the island is home to the bioluminescent phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum, which creates dazzlingly blue light in the water at night. This phenomenon has earned Vadhoo Island the moniker the Sea of Stars as the plankton makes the sea look like stars. A trip to Maldives is not complete without a visit to Vadhoo Island.
Visitors who want to enjoy the Maldives sans the crowd should absolutely visit Fulhadhoo island. Fulhadhoo is a secluded island located nearly 2 hours away from Male city. Tourists can enjoy swinging among the palm trees or standing by the edge of a few rocky beaches in Fulhadhoo. It is a very small island but attracts many avid scuba diving lovers.
The Nalaguraidhoo Island, also popularly known as Sun Island, is one of the most romantic places to visit in the Maldives. Located in South Ari Atoll, Nalaguraidhoo has some of Maldives’ gorgeous beaches and a verdant and lush landscape. The island has many interesting resorts and spas and is wildly popular among couples planning their vacation.
It may sound strange to find the name of a museum among the best natural beauties in the Maldives, but the National Museum in the island nation is that good. It has everything one could ever need and want to know about Maldives. The Museum was actually a part of the Maldivian Royal Palace and includes a huge collection of artefacts as the Maldives was a major port location for many colonial-era ships.
Anyone who thinks that scuba diving or snorkelling may be too adventurous for them, should try the Whale Submarine, a submarine that takes visitors on a 45-minute tour of the underwater. Lots of tourists go underwater on the Whale Submarine as it is a great way to watch underwater sea creatures without having to get wet themselves. The Whale Submarine is unmistakably one of the best places to visit in the Maldives. The submarine is open until 8 in the evening and opens promptly at 9 in the morning.