The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 coral atolls, which are made up of hundreds of islands. Itâ€™s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, MalÃ©, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on Majeedhee Magu and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Old Friday Mosque) made of coral stone.
Maldives, or also called the Maldive Islands, is an island in the Indian Ocean that has 26 atolls. The island offers deep blue seas with great reefs, white sandy beaches, and diverse vegetation. It is basically a paradise, where people can spend long days to just unwind and relax. It is a great spot for diving, snorkeling or just exploring the waters with thousands of different fish swimming around the corals. These shores are always open to anyone, as it provides a tranquil haven for visitors.
1. Bluetribe Moofushi
Since the highlights of the Maldives are its great waters and marine life, the Bluetribe Moofushi diving center offers the best experience in terms of water sports activities such as windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, riding on catamarans/pedal boats, and many more activities.
2. Sun Island Resort and Spa
Second best is the Sun Island Resort and Spa located on South Ari Atoll. Its exotic tropical flowers, beautiful greenery, and the stunning lagoons would capture your heart. It is considered the most luxurious resort in the Maldives with Villa Hotels that offers modern comfort with great facilities.
3. Alimatha Island
At the third spot is Alimatha Island located at the Vaavu Atoll on the eastern side of the Maldives. It is a complete Maldivian destination for tourists, as it offers world-class diving, aquarium-like snorkeling as well as a central beach complete with great facilities.
4. Manta Point
Still in the section of diving sites, at #4 is Manta Point. Manta Point is a diving area where you can enjoy seeing large numbers of manta rays being fed and cleaned by wrasses. Manta rays circle several large coral rocks, and wait their turn to be cleaned.
5. Banana Reef
Also located at the North Male Atoll, #5 is the Banana Reef, which is the most sought out diving site in the Maldives. It is called Banana Reef because it has the shape of a banana that extends 300 meters from north to south.
6. HP Reef
Let us go back to the amazing waters and reefs of the Maldives. If you are looking for diving sites, in the number 6 spot is the HP Reef, which is one of the best diving sites where you can explore different kinds of superb coral reef formations and colorful fish underwater.
7. National Museum
Located at Male, the number seven spot is the National Musuem of Maldives. The building houses a lot of different kinds of historical artifacts that reflect the history of the country. The original museum was the old 3-story museum that is the only remaining part of the Maldivian Royal Palace.
8. Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)
At #8 is the Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the Old Friday Mosque. It is the oldest mosque that can be found on the island. The interior of the mosque is superb, and its coral stone walls with carvings of different kinds of patterns and Arabic scripts is truly remarkable.
9. Biyadhoo Island Resort
Next up at #9 is one of the calm beaches of the Maldives, the Biyadhoo Island Resort. It is a peaceful resort and considered one of the best reef houses in the Maldives PADI Dive Center. The island offers a variety of water sports from diving, snorkeling and many others.
10. Utheemu Ganduvaru
Letâ€™s start with a historical place. At number 10 is Utheemu Ganduvaru. It is a historical residence where Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan lived. This historical site is located in Utheemu, which is an inhabited island in the north of Maldives.