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1. Diving in Maldives

Diving in Maldives
4.5 /5

195 km
from city center
1 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Diving is one of the most popular things to do in Maldives. Some dive sites in Maldives are Fish Head, HP Reef, Banana Reef and Maanta Point. Summer or Dry Season is the best time for diving and there are many PADI dive centres. Stingrays, whale shark migration, reef sharks and sea turtles can be spotted here.

2. Snorkelling in Maldives

Snorkelling in Maldives
4.3 /5

2 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

The Maldives is one of the most popular destinations for snorkelling. You can snorkel almost anywhere, from your hotel or a snorkelling trip closer to the nearby reef. The visibility is fantastic the water temperature remains 20 to 30 degrees Celcius year-round. Beautiful coral plates, striped Snappers, bannerfish, manta rays, dolphins, reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, Napoleons, and squids can be spotted here.

3. Surfing in Maldives

Surfing in Maldives
4.3 /5

3 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Owing to its location in the Indian Ocean, Maldives has waves that are best suited for surfing adventures. The swell reaches up to head to shoulder, hence it is safe for for both advanced and intermediate surfers. Thulusdhoo and Himmafushi are the most popular surfing islands in Maldives. For a unique experience, luxury surf charters are also available but they cost a lot.

4. Dolphin & Whale Watching with Sunset Cruises

Dolphin & Whale Watching with Sunset Cruises
4.2 /5

267 km
from city center
4 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Experience the pristine beauty of Maldives on a sunset cruise. It is an absolute spectacle as you watch the brilliant vista of the scarlet skies changing shades, while the sun sinks in the endless waters. Sometimes, dolphins and whales can also be spotted.

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5. Banana Reef

Banana Reef

249 km
from city center
5 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Banana Reef is one of the world's most popular dive sites which is located in Maldives. It is also one of the oldest reefs and is adorned with stunning caves, majestic cliffs, beautiful coral growths and powerful overhangs. It is ideal for beginners as well as advanced and expert divers.

6. Water Sports

Water Sports
4.3 /5

267 km
from city center
6 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

For all those wishing to keep their heads above water, Maldives won't disappoint. The natural environment of the islands bejeweled with crystal clear lagoons and turquoise blue waters is the perfect combination for a natural water sports arena. With technological advancement water sports centres have advanced equipment which will make your experience a thrilling one.

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7. Vaadhoo Island

Vaadhoo Island

436 km
from city center
7 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

The Vadhoo Island is a spectacular island in Maldives which is famous for its bioluminescent phenomenon known as the Sea of Stars. It is located in the Raa Atoll. The Sea of Stars phenomenon is the name given to the mesmerising waters of Vaadhoo Island when they glow a brilliant blue under the moonlight. The best time to see the Sea of Stars is June and October. You can also swim in the glowing water.

8. Relax at a Spa in Maldives

Relax at a Spa in Maldives
4.0 /5

8 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Maldives has been an epitome in exotic spa treatments and wellness programs. Exclusive spa packages are offered by the resorts, some aimed for individuals, some specially curated for couples. From blissful settings to spa professionals, each intricate detail is meticulously looked after.

9. Island Hopping

Island Hopping
3.8 /5

397 km
from city center
9 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Maldives is comprised several islands, each quite set apart from the other. The more commercial and known ones include Alimantha, Mirihi, Kudahuvadhoo, Gan and Hulhule. You can get from one island to other by seaplanes or Dhonis, local boats with diesel engines - you will definitely be spoilt for the choice whether you opt for the aerial views in a seaplane or drifting in the cool blue waters on a boat.

10. Dive with Whale Sharks in Maldives

Dive with Whale Sharks in Maldives
4.2 /5

10 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Maldives is one of the top hotspots of whale sharks where these can be spotted all year round. Whale Sharks can be best seen in the South Ari Atoll Marine Protected Area. Diving excursions, swimming tours and snorkelling tours are the best way to spot them.

11. Manta Point Maldives

Manta Point Maldives

11 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Manta Point, located on the south-east coast of the Northern Male Atoll in the Maldives, is a seasonal dive site. Also known as the Lankan Point, this part of Maldives is well known for its gentle slopes underwater and colourful coral reefs. It is the place to go to during the South Western Monsoon season when the Mantas gather at this point.

12. Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo

267 km
from city center
12 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Thulusdhoo Island lies in the Kaafu Atoll and is the capital of the same. The island's location makes it one of the best surf spots in the Indian Ocean. The waves that break at Thulusdhoo due to the coral reef surrounding the island is the reason why so many people are attracted to this place.

13. Diving With Hammerhead Sharks

Diving With Hammerhead Sharks

141 km
from city center
13 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

 Maldives is home to more than 20 species of sharks, including the king-sized Hammerhead shark. Felidhoo Atoll, Veligandu Island, Kuredu Island, Sun Island and Fuvahmulah Atoll are some top sites for diving with hammerhead sharks. November to May is the best time.

14. Boduberu Show

Boduberu Show

141 km
from city center
14 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

The Boduberu is a music form that was founded in Maldives as early as the 11th century. The Boduberu Show is extremely famous here. The show is performed during many festivals and gatherings. Almost all of the resorts in the Maldives play the Boduberu tunes or hold the show at least once a week.

15. Male

Male

244 km
from city center
15 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

One of the world's smallest national capital, Male is known for its ancient mosque and colourful buildings. With its beauty and progressiveness being talked about the island today has grown into one of the most visited places in the Maldives. It is a casual town best for wandering without pre-planned itineraries. With heritage buildings on the one hand and trees and waters with welcoming shades on the other, Male is a must-visit.

16. Maldive Victory

Maldive Victory

141 km
from city center
16 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

If one were to describe the Maldive Victory in a single sentence, it would be "there is always something destructive in something beautiful". The Maldive Victory is a famed wreck diving spot with picturesque resorts encompassing it.

17. HP Reef

HP Reef

141 km
from city center
17 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

One of the most beautiful diving sites in the Maldives, the HP Reef, located at the North Male Atoll, is also referred to as the 'Girifushi Thila' and the 'Rainbow Reef', the latter owing to the plethora of brightly coloured corals that adorn the seabed. The resplendent reef is full of astonishing formations, which include crevices, splendid caves, huge blocks, and a whopping vertical swim-through chimney which reaches up to a height of 25 metres.

18. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

203 km
from city center
18 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Ithaa is an underwater restaurant located 5 meters beneath the sea level at Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island of Alif Dhaal Atoll. It is an acrylic structure, capable of holding 14 persons at a time. The glass rooftop offers a panaromic view of the brilliant coral gardens making it one of the most beautiful restaurants across the world.

19. Artificial Beach

Artificial Beach

244 km
from city center
19 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Artificial Beach, Male is one of the most beautiful and only man-made beaches in the Maldives. With breathtaking views and a pleasant climate, this beach, shaped like a crescent, has earned its spot as one of the most popular and liked tourist destinations. At first glance, the beach does not appear to be an artificial one at all. In fact, even though the water is not as deep as is on the natural beaches, it is a famed swimming spot for the locals and visitors alike. Also, the view of the China Maldives Friendship bridge from the beach is magnificent.

20. Dhigurah Island

Dhigurah Island

186 km
from city center
20 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

One of the least populated islands in Maldives, Dhigurah Island is located on the Alif Dhaal Atoll. Situated 96 km away from Male, the island is best suited for the ones wishing to escape the bustling city crowd. Dhigurah Island is popular for the whale shark tours (which can be spotted at any time of the year) and snorkelling trips. It has 30 diving spots and a dive centre.

21. Male Local Market

Male Local Market

21 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

One of the most happening and renowned shopping destinations in the Maldives is the Male Local Market. Famous for souvenirs that are authentic and exclusive to this island, the market has the hearts of both the locals and the tourists.

22. Kudahuvadhoo Island

Kudahuvadhoo Island

105 km
from city center
22 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Kudahavadhoo Island is the capital island of Dhaalu Atoll. Despite a population of around 3,000, there isn’t much to do on the island but it is best known for its architectural importance due to the presence of mysterious mounds called ‘hawittas’. These mounds are believed to pre-date the Islamic period and are actually ruins of unexcavated Buddhist temples. There are also the preserved remains of an ancient mosque with coral-stone carvings and signs of excellent ancient masonry.

23. National Museum, Maldives

National Museum, Maldives
3.7 /5

245 km
from city center
23 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

The National Museum of Maldives is an ancient building containing a well-maintained collection of artefacts that help in tracing unusual historical events of this archipelago. It aims at instilling patriotic feelings in the citizens of Maldives. The museum has a massive assemblage of royal antiquities ranging from the Buddhist and Islamic era making it a paradise for the lovers of history and crafts.

24. Hulhumale

Hulhumale

248 km
from city center
24 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Hulhumale is an artificial island in Maldives located south of the North Male Atoll and connected to the airport by a causeway. It houses the popular Hulhumale Beach located on the sunrise side of the island. The beachfront road is ideal for a walk and houses some resorts and cafes. Other attractions here are Central Park, Fruit & Vegetable Market, and some mosques.

25. Maafushi Island

Maafushi Island

218 km
from city center
25 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Nestled in the Kaafu Atoll, the Maafushi Island is located at a distance from 26km from Male. It is a large island when compared to the rest of the islands situated in the atoll. Every year, this vacation spot welcomes a larger number of tourists, and to cater to their needs, Maafushi is dotted with cosy guesthouses and hostels which are not only affordable but are also extremely comfortable. From historical monuments to sandbars, from diving agencies to restaurants, the island invites you to embark on a smorgasbord of activities.

26. Fulhadhoo

Fulhadhoo

330 km
from city center
26 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

The small island of Fulhadhoo located in the southern Maalhosmadulhu Atoll and two hours away from the capital city of Male is fairly uninhabited and is one of the most stunning islands in the Indian Ocean. The island is everything you would hope to see and experience when booking a trip to the Maldives. With less than 250 people residing in a small village on the west side of this island, the place is basically uninhabited and nothing short of a paradise.

27. Grand Friday Mosque

Grand Friday Mosque

249 km
from city center
27 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

The Grand Friday Mosque in Male is one attraction that, with its towering golden dome, gathers the attention of all visitors. The mosque is part of the Islamic Centre which is at the Male's centre and is located right next to the main jetty of Male, thus making it easy to spot, even from the sea.

28. Male Friday Mosque

Male Friday Mosque
3.8 /5

245 km
from city center
28 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

One of the oldest surviving mosques of Male in Kaafu Atoll is the Male Friday Mosque, also known as the Malé Hukuru Miskiy. With every corner ornate from inside out, the mosque dates back to the year 1658. Its unique architecture and intricate carvings on the walls became the reason for why it was listed in UNESCO tentative World Heritage Cultural List 2008.

29. Islamic Centre

Islamic Centre

245 km
from city center
29 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Being the state religion of the Maldives, the Islamic Center in Male is one of the country's most famous and beautiful marvels of architecture. Situated in the northern fringes of the capital city, close to the Hulhule ferry point and neighbouring the Republic Square (Jumhooree Maidan), the grand building is the perfect example of Islamic architecture.

30. Mulee'age Palace

Mulee'age Palace
3.7 /5

245 km
from city center
30 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Mulee'age or the Presidential Palace is the residence of the President of the Maldivian republic. Situated right opposite to the Hukuru Miskiiy, in the capital city of Male, Muleeage has been home to 4 presidents till now. Earlier the Theemuge (now the Supreme Court) used to be the Presidential Residence.

31. Utheemu Island

Utheemu Island

542 km
from city center
31 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

A place steeped in rich historical significance, the Utheemu Island in the Haa Alif Atoll is a slice of paradise for the nature lovers and history buffs. With a pleasant climate dominating the island for a major portion of the year, it is an ideal place for a vacation for solo and group travellers alike. The natural beauty of Utheemu Island is unmatchable.

32. Gan Island

Gan Island

149 km
from city center
32 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Gan Island is the southernmost island that forms a part of the Addu Atoll, making it the southernmost island of Maldives. It is popular for water sports, snorkelling and diving and is home to some of the best luxury resorts in Maldives.

33. China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

244 km
from city center
33 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

The China Maldives Friendship Bridge or the Sinamale Bridge is a 2-kilometre long bridge connecting the capital city Male to the airport island of Hulhule and by extension, Hulhumale Island. The bridge was made as a part of the Belt and Road Initiative and is largely funded by China, strengthening the ties between both the nations. 

34. Fuvahmulah

Fuvahmulah

187 km
from city center
34 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Situated at the southernmost tip of the Maldivian archipelago is the largest island of the nation, Fuvahmulah. The scenic, natural beauty of this place is bound to take your breath away. With lush green mingling with the yellow of the dried leaves and the brown of the barks blending with the golden sand, Fuvamulah appears to be a place out of a picture that one painted in their imagination.

35. Hanifaru Bay

Hanifaru Bay

358 km
from city center
35 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Located in a vast UNESCO Biosphere Reserve called Baa Atoll, an administrative division within one of the world's most geographically dispersed countries, Hanifaru Bay is paradise, to say the least. Hanifaru Bay is known to etch an unforgettable memory in the minds of its visitors, providing one of Maldives' best known underwater adventures such as scuba diving and snorkelling.

36. Majeedhee Magu

Majeedhee Magu

244 km
from city center
36 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Maldives busiest street and a paradise for shopaholics, Majeedhee Magu, is the most famous street markets in the Male. Crossing the city from the east to the west, it has shops providing everything from cosmetics, handlooms, and jewellery to electronic items. Within the cluster of local crafts and Islamic perfumes is the textile, which is the star product of this Maldivian market.

37. Dhadimagi Kilhi

Dhadimagi Kilhi

188 km
from city center
37 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

One of the two freshwater lakes, the Dhadimagi Kilhi finds itself in the Fuvahmulah Atoll of Maldives. Covering an area of 6.37 hectares, the pictureque lake is the island nation's second largest lake in terms of volume. Surrounded by lush green vegetation of ferns and reeds, Dhadimagi Kilhi is the most visited lake for swimming because of the calm water.

38. Sultan Park

Sultan Park

245 km
from city center
38 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Sultan Park is a famous public park in Maldives located opposite the Islamic Centre in Male. Also known as Rasrani Bageecha, it was formed after transforming the palace's royal gardens built in the 16th century. Sultan Park is known for its lush greenery and quiet surroundings which makes it ideal for picnics and walking. Best time to visit is early morning or late evening.

39. Medhu Ziyaaraiy Shrine

Medhu Ziyaaraiy Shrine

39 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Situated near the great Hukuru Miskiiy in Maldives, Medhu Ziyaaraiy is the tomb of the famous Morocco scholar Abdul Barakat Yoosuf Al Barbary who is credited for the advent of Islam in the Maldives during 1153 AD. The tomb is a symbol of peace which prevails among the Maldivian population.

40. Maradhoo Island

Maradhoo Island

153 km
from city center
40 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Located in the beautiful Addu Atoll of Maldives, Maradhoo Island is best described as an authentic Maldivian experience merged with a mindblowing diving getaway. A holiday in this southern tip means plunging into the most serene and untouched parts of Maldives.

41. Ukulhas Island

Ukulhas Island

260 km
from city center
41 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

A uniquely featured, environmentally friendly and sparsely populated island, Ukulhas finds itself on the Alif Alif Atoll of the Maldives. Like a pearl surrounded by coral reefs and blue lagoons, it is located 70 km east from Male. One of the best islands, when one talks about natural beauty, Ukulhas Island is the very first eco-friendly isle of the island nation. It houses one of the best bikini beaches among the local islands.

42. Huraa Island

Huraa Island

262 km
from city center
42 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Just 35 minutes away from Male, Huraa Island is located on the Kaafu Atoll of the Maldives. With a population of around 600 people, this island is perfect for those looking for an authentic Maldivian beach holiday. Not as heavily populated with beach resorts and private beaches as other Maldivian islands, Huraa Island gives visitors the chance to mingle with locals and get a taste for traditional Maldivian culture. Bikini Beach, one of the Maldives' most popular attractions, where tourists are allowed to wear bikinis and more revealing swimwear, is also found on Huraa Island.

43. Guraidhoo Island

Guraidhoo Island

214 km
from city center
43 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Guraidhoo Island in the Kafu Atoll is a bliss for the ones escaping the crowd into the serenity of nature. Inhabited only since 1970, the island, its colourful houses occupying around 1700 people and coral chunks make it a beautiful place to be at. Walking the sandy streets of the island one can find a fantastical semi-bikini beach and an adventurous seasonal surf beach.

44. Isdhoo Island

Isdhoo Island

16 km
from city center
44 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Home to a 300-year-old mosque, Isdhoo Island is situated on the northern tip of Laamu Atoll. Apart from being an epitome of natural beauty, the island also bears historical importance as it houses important ruins from Maldivian Buddhist era.

45. Nilandhoo Island

Nilandhoo Island

140 km
from city center
45 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Taking the lead among the five islands of Faafu Atoll, Nilandhoo Island is the capital of the former. The isle remains high in importance for it has Foah'mathi, a historical place, which is believed to have a Buddhist temple beneath it.

46. National Art Gallery Maldives

National Art Gallery Maldives

245 km
from city center
46 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Established in 1999, the National Gallery of the Maldives, located in Male, is a platform for showcasing the local and international artworks. From conceptual works to paintings, the gallery conducts regular exhibitions and promotional events for the people of artistic niche. It is an attraction worth dropping for the artists and art lovers visiting this side of Maldives.

47. Landhoo

Landhoo

434 km
from city center
47 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Having the largest Mangrove vegetation, Landhoo island finds itself on the Southern Miladhunmadulhu Atoll. It is yet another island which boasts of being a centre of Buddhist History in the Maldives. Landhoo Island is a blend of interesting stories and a bundle full of cultural knowledge.

48. Tomb of Muhammad Thakurufaanu

Tomb of Muhammad Thakurufaanu

48 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Located in the backstreets of the Male town is the tomb of Maldives' national hero, Mohammed Thakurufaanu Al-Auzam who liberated the nation from the Portuguese colonial rule. The tomb is visited by many to pay respect to one of the greatest rulers of Maldivian islands.

49. Mahibadhoo

Mahibadhoo

208 km
from city center
49 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Located in the central Maldives, Mahibadhoo is the capital of Alif Dhaal Atoll. It is one of the country’s smaller islands at 8 hectares and has a population of around 2,000 people. Despite this, it remains a beautiful island off the beaten path to visit for water sports opportunities like swimming, diving, snorkelling, canoeing, and surfing.

50. Dhiffushi Island

Dhiffushi Island

275 km
from city center
50 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Dhiffushi Island in Kaafu Atoll is the easternmost inhabited island in the Maldives which is popular for its breathtaking sunrises before the rest of the country. Just 36 kilometres northeast of the capital city Male, the island is just 0.2 kilometres wide with a population of fewer than 1,500 people.

51. Felidhu Atoll

Felidhu Atoll

158 km
from city center
51 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Located in Vaavu Atoll, Felidhu is an inhabited island in central Maldives that is popular for water sports like diving, snorkelling, and dive safaris. There are 26 deep current channels called ‘kundus’ to the east of the island that make it suitable all year round for diving and spotting sharks, turtles, and manta rays.

52. Bandaara Kilhi

Bandaara Kilhi

187 km
from city center
52 out of 99
places to visit in Maldives

Translating to ‘State Lake’, Bandaara Kilhi is one of two fresh water lakes in Fuvahmulah Island. With an average depth of 12 feet and an area of around 0.5 square kilometres, the lake is actually one of the largest in the Maldives. Not only are the waters here crystal clear, but the bottom of the lake is formed by decayed corals that are enticing to see. Completing the perfect scenery are beautiful vegetation like banana trees, coconut palms, mango trees, and fern surrounding the lake.

FAQs on Maldives

How can I commute within Maldives?

Sea Planes are the fastest way of travel from one island to another. While promising a breath-taking aerial view, sea planes are however more expensive and operate only in the day time. The local boats, Dhoni, powered with diesel engines are the relatively cheaper options. However these are charter boats and need be to be arranged for beforehand. The price depends on the distance of travel, duration and your ability to negotiate. Speed boats are also available for transfers, ranging from USD 80 - USD 400, based on distance. Another convenient option is the charter launches, which can be hired from Male for a 10 hour journey equipped with a captain and crew members. These are arranged by the travel agencies and are quite expensive. Budget travellers, look out for the public ferry which connects the inhabited islands, though be prepared to keep time in hand. Moving around in the capital city, Male, is fairly easy. Though metered taxis are not available, taxis with fixed prices operate for local sightseeing and travel.
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The top sightseeing places in Maldives are Male, Banana Reef, Diving in Maldives, Island Hopping, Water Sports, Artificial Beach.
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