The Maldives archipelago is a premier tropical getaway situated in the Indian Ocean southwest of India. The country is known for three this: its bustling tourism, fabulous beaches, and sunny climate. No wonder Maldives is one of the most popular beach gateways in the world. The Maldives has dozens of tourist spots and we are listing down five of the best destinations in the island:
Malé is a tiny, 1-kilometer long island that combines island and urban living. This island is the capital of the Maldives and is the party central of the island! Because the majority of locals are Muslim, Malé features several mosques as well as museums, art centers, parks and other attractions.
This is the best place to start for visitors who love the arts or the nightlife! Malé is home to the grand National Museum, which is a landmark spot in the Sultan’s Park. The museum features hundreds of ancient relics that present the cultural heritage of Maldives. Another Malé landmark is the Huskuru Miskiiy, a golden-domed mosque built in the 17th century.
Seenu Atoll is deemed as the “Second City” of the Maldives. It’s located 41 kilometers south of Malé and is one of the most tourist-dense spots in the archipelago. Seenu Atoll boasts of gorgeous white sand beaches and a breathtaking view of the sparkling Indian Ocean.
Seenu Atoll is best for those who love water sports. The region is renowned for its teeming marine wildlife so it is a diver and snorkelers’ paradise! For those who love water sports, we highly recommend making a beeline to Makunda and Muduka! These spots are teeming with rare green turtles, manta rays, gray reef shark, and white tip reef sharks!
Naifaru is part of a group of islands 142 kilometers north of Malé. The region is the most popular spot among honeymooners and vacationing families. Naifaru is surrounded by crystal clear waters and powder-fine white sand beaches. Five-star hotels, shopping centers, and restaurants also dot the Naifaru shores.
Unlike Malé, Naifaru has a rather slow, relaxed vibe so it is the perfect spot for beach bunnies, families with young children as well as newlyweds and couples.
Also known as the “Emerald City,” Thinadhoo is located 78 kilometers from Malé. This region prides itself for its mesmerizing verdant landscapes, fabulous beaches and dive spots. The entire area is unspoiled so nature lovers and adventure seekers love Thinadhoo. Rare trees and exotic fruit-bearing plants and trees grow in abundance throughout the region. Thinadhoo happens to be free from pollution and the climate is often balmy. Activities you can enjoy in Thinadhoo include snorkeling, diving, trekking, and swimming!
Alimatha is located on the eastern side of the Maldives. It is loved for its colorful marine wildlife. The waters are teeming with tropical fish, miles of coral reefs and exotic marine animals. The laidback vibe and perpetual summer-y climate makes Alimatha a beloved spot among divers, backpackers, nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Though remote, Alimatha Island does have several hotels and restaurants.