The Maldives have been moulded and formed by the soft and lapping Indian Ocean, and are certainly one of the most quintessentially gorgeous tropical locales on the planet.
The entire nation may be found strewn across the turquoise oceans some distance from the Indian subcontinent, from the powdery beaches of the northern atolls to the earthy sea shacks and fishing hamlets of the southern isles.
The majority of travellers will arrive in Male, a bustling, pulsing city squeezed onto its own pinprick of an isle with spice-scented markets and massive mosques.
Most don’t stay long before boarding seaplanes or boats to fly to their preferred resort’s glistening private beaches, where infinity pools and over-water cabanas are the norm.
New local guesthouses and the discovery of rolling waves have just begun to convert the Maldives from a honeymoon hotspot to a surfing, adventure, and backpacking destination – paradise appears to be available to everybody. Let’s check the 10 Best Things To Do In Maldives.
1: Visit Male
The capital of the Maldives atolls – has the frenzied feel of a place squeezed into a slot that’s too small for it, throbbing with scooters and automobiles and Indian bazaars heaped with coconuts and spice.
The town is jammed onto a pint-sized islet in the North Male Atoll, despite being rarely visited (most guests bypass the city on seaplanes flying straight to their resort).
It does, however, manage to squeeze in some remarkable sights, such as the 17th-century Friday Mosque and the gold-tipped Islamic Centre, between its streets. Another must-see is the Male Market; just make sure you brush up on your haggling skills first.
Maafushi may lack the enormous luxury resorts and luxurious 5-star hotels of its adjacent brothers, but it’s not without charm.
The area has been actively reconstructing its salt-washed fishing jetties and industrious sailor houses in the last decade, after being sadly decimated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
The availability of rights to local guesthouses has aided in the transformation of Maafushi into one of the best off-the-beaten-path island escapes for budget travellers.
Beautiful beaches with palm trees, lapping waves, and a slew of cosy small coffee shops along the shore, of course.
3: Hulhumale Island
Hulhumale Island, located just across the gorgeous waters from Male’s capital, is continually growing and growing as more and more land is reclaimed to house the city’s sprawling urban tentacles.
It’s also home to the Velana International Airport, which serves as the principal entry point for most visitors to these idyllic islands.
Don’t be scared off by the sound of it all; Hulhumale is truly a lovely spot. It has a beautiful – albeit man-made – beach on its eastern outskirts, as well as a slew of lush homes, a glass-topped mosque, and planned promenade walkways above the Indian Ocean.
Utheemu is a magnificent spot on the far northern reaches of the Haa Alif Atoll, which is the northernmost of all the Maldivian island chains. It occupies a particular place in the Maldivian archipelago nation’s history.
It was previously the palace of the famous Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, who is credited with driving Portuguese invaders from the islands in the late 16th century.
The traditional brilliant white dunes and lapping Indian Ocean waves are present, but heritage monuments such as the Utheemu Ganduvaru, a beautiful timber-built palace where the revered king grew up, stand out.
Feydhoo Residents of nearby Gan island lived between the green streets and tight-knit house complexes here in the nineteenth century (more on that one later). When the British arrived in the run-up to WWII, Gan was converted into an airbase, and the residents were relocated to the Seenu Atoll’s next island.
Feydhoo was then, as it is now a lovely image of Maldivian life. Come wander the winding paths with the locals and enjoy seafood curries — the welcome is always warm.
Maradhoo is a major link in the island chain that starts with Gan to the east and ends with Feydhoo. Maradhoo is connected to Feydhoo by a beachfront causeway that runs just above the coral-fringed coastlines of the Seenu Atoll.
It juts out into the Indian Ocean like a finger, surrounded by tiny beachfronts and swaying coconut palm trees.
The people are as laid-back and wonderful as they are in Feydhoo, and the cuisine is spicy and rich in seafood.
Take a stroll down Link Road and flit between the coffee shops and sandwich carts that line the street between the palm palms.
7: Veligandu Island
Veligandu Island Romantic sunsets glisten crimson and yellow over the Indian Ocean’s lapping seas, while cocktails clink in the resort’s opulent bar, sea kayaks bob on the turquoise shoreline, and crystal-clear waves roll in softly from the inland lagoon.
Welcome to the opulent Veligandu Island, which has long been hailed as one of the Maldives’ most romantic places.
On this long, thin finger of land on the western end of the North Ari Atoll, honeymooners and newlyweds are common, and there are plenty of magnificent coastal homes and suites to match.
8: Banana Reef
Banana Reef Many visitors to the Maldives’ islands are there for one reason and one reason only: to dive.
And there’s no better site in the country to don your SCUBA gear and wetsuits than the Banana Reef.
Underwater between the North Male Atoll’s isles is a fruit-shaped splash of multi-colored corals and seaweed-covered sandbanks.
Numerous outfitters serve there, leading excursions to see the striped snappers and bulbous sponges, reef sharks, and barracudas that congregate here.
Fuvahmulah promises to be a bit different from the other Maldivian atolls. For begin, tiny blip on the Indian Ocean map has no close neighbours and is located on its own atoll. It also has the odd inland lake, which is a rare sight in this flat terrain.
Meanwhile, the sandbanks that surround famed Banging Beach provide smashing waves and refreshing salt spray (a welcome change from the normal peaceful lapping lagoons), and the beach’s proximity to the equator ensures hot weather all year.
10: Alimatha Island
Alimatha Island is a beautiful tourist island that offers luxury cabanas, unspoilt stretches of immaculate sandy beach, and – most importantly – some of the most celebrated SCUBA diving places around. It is located on the eastern side of the Maldives, in the famous Felidhe Atoll.
The island’s resort is frequently busy with eager divers looking to explore the beautiful coral forests and sea walls that encircle the shoreline.
These are noted for their excellent visibility and popular night diving packages, and are teeming with jackfish, morays, and eels.