Places To Visit In Maldives

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Sub-Region: South of India, Indian Ocean

Here are the top 57 tourist attractions to see in Maldives:

1. Male

244 kms
from city center
1 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

One of the world's smallest national capital, Male is known for its ancient mosque and colorful buildings. 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. This pint-sized Maldivian capital is a mercantile pulse of the nation which has a lot to offer to its tourists.

2. Banana Reef

249 kms
from city center
2 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

The Banana reef, one of the oldest reefs discovered in the Maldives, is adorned with breath-stealing caves, enormously majestic cliffs, magnanimously beautiful coral growths and dramatically powerful overhangs. The best part of Banana Reef is the elegant yet fiercely predatory sharks, stunningly beautiful barracudas and spectacularly remarkable groupers just swimming around you! Now you may think that there are too many adjectives in the last few sentences, but they are still not enough to convey the unadulterated and untouched natural beauty of the mesmerising Banana Reef!

3. Diving in Maldives

4.5 / 5

195 kms
from city center
3 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

The popular diving spots in Maldives are Fish Head, HP Reef, Banana Reef and Maanta Point. While there are several other diving spots , at least 2 out of the above 4 is a must.

4. Island Hopping

3.8 / 5

397 kms
from city center
4 out of 57
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.

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5. Water Sports

4.3 / 5

267 kms
from city center
5 out of 57
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.

6. Artificial Beach

244 kms
from city center
6 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

The Artificial Beach is one of the finest beaches in the Maldives and for good reason. 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. With a plethora of lounging areas, cafes and barbecues for the food connoisseurs, and a plethora of water sports for the adventurous, the Artificial Beach is amazing in every sphere! Moreover, it is an exciting hub for fun-filled cultural activities which include, but are not limited to, colourful carnivals, live music concerts, and parades.

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7. National Museum, Maldives

3.7 / 5

245 kms
from city center
7 out of 57
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.

8. Hulhumale

248 kms
from city center
8 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

Just south of the north Male atoll and connected to the airport island lays a gem of an island called the Hulhumale Island. The island sprawls across 188 hectares of palm trees and spectacular beaches and is a perfect fusion of urban life with the delights of island life. Hulhumale Island is also a big supporter of green architecture and maintaining the scenic beauty with a strict no littering policy. The island is a great place to visit a day before leaving from Maldives or after arriving. In fact the island is most famous amongst tourists who arrive at Maldives in the late evenings or have a day to spare before their flight departs, as it is connected to the airport island by road, which also makes it extremely convenient. Individuals stopping at this island are sure to get a cultural experience with several activities that will leave you wanting for more.

9. Maldive Victory

141 kms
from city center
9 out of 57
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 diving spot with picturesque resorts encompassing it. Situated between the gorgeous islands of Male and Hulhule, the position of the wreck is marked by a buoy, which acts as a reference point for the dive boats to moor at. The tragic shipwreck has given rise to a wonderful marvel of nature, where a plethora of aquatic animals, including spiny mackerels, fusiliers, turtles, batfish, groupers, and barracudas, have found their homes. With brightly coloured coral reefs ornate in the depths of the sea, the Maldive Victory is one of the most extraordinary diving sites in the entire nation. The area is now a marine reserve.

10. Maafushi Island

218 kms
from city center
10 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

It is not until one steps into the beautiful Maafushi Island in the Maldives does one know how it feels like to stay in a slice of paradise on earth. Maafushi is one of those local Maldivian islands where people go to rejuvenate their fatigued souls and bask in the tranquillity that envelopes this tourist destination. The sudden change of pace from the hectic hustle of the city to the utter sense of serenity is something that is sure to soothe the anxious nerves and help people relax.

11. HP Reef

141 kms
from city center
11 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

One of the most beautiful diving sites in this island nation, the HP 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. A large portion of the HP Reef is laden with bright blue, orange, and yellow corals, including gorgonians, sea fans, and sea whips, while hundreds of small fish, eagle rays, barracudas, grey reef sharks, and dog-toothed tunas throng the place on a frequent basis. The HP Reef is a year-round site for diving. With dives that reach up to the depths of 40 metres, this reef is an ideal spot for those who seek to uncover the fascinating mysteries of the world underwater. At present, the HP Reef is a Protected Marine Area in the island nation of the Maldives.

12. Dolphin & Whale Watching with Sunset Cruises

4.2 / 5

267 kms
from city center
12 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

A relatively more relaxed activity for the leisure lovers, Maldives is ideal for observing these spectacular creatures over the day and soak in the vivid hues while watching the sunset. The Maldives is home to a wide array of species of both dolphins and whales. The consistent tropical climate, moderate sea currents and clear oceans make the Maldives one of the best places for dolphin and whale watching.

13. Fulhadhoo

330 kms
from city center
13 out of 57
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 Maldives. With less than 250 people residing in a small village at the west side of this island, the place is basically uninhabited and nothing short of a paradise. Fulhadhoo Island is every individuals dream with white sandy beaches, palm trees, crystal clear lagoons varying in shades of blue and several hidden and undiscovered treasures. For people looking for a day away from city life, the tranquil atmosphere of this island is the perfect place to kick back and relax.

14. Grand Friday Mosque

249 kms
from city center
14 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

The Grand Friday Mosque is one such 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.

15. Male Friday Mosque

3.8 / 5

245 kms
from city center
15 out of 57
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.

16. Islamic Centre

245 kms
from city center
16 out of 57
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 neighboring the Republic Square (Jumhooree Maidan), the grand building is the perfect example of Islamic architecture. The colossal structure is one of the most visited landmarks in the country and its remarkable presence dominates the city’s skyline, thanks to its massive golden dome and a graceful minaret as its companion. It is the spot of several conference halls and an Islamic library. The center also houses numerous offices, most importantly the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

17. Mulee'age Palace

3.7 / 5

245 kms
from city center
17 out of 57
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.

18. Vaadhoo Island

436 kms
from city center
18 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

Raa Atoll is one of the famous atolls in the Maldives, housing some of the best resorts and bucket list worthy sites. One of the islands that form a part of this atoll is the Vaadhoo Island. This island may have roughly 500 inhabitants but the natural phenomenon occurring on this island is one that captures the attention of people all around the world and leads them straight to the shores of Vaadhoo which delightfully serves them with one of the most memorable sight.

19. Utheemu Island

542 kms
from city center
19 out of 57
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.

20. Boduberu Show

141 kms
from city center
20 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

The Boduberu is a music form that was founded in Maldives as early as the 11th century. The music of Maldives, Boduberu’s art has been passed on from generation to generation in order to retain the culture of Maldives, of which the music forms a large part. Boduberu is often called and commonly known by the locals as Baburu Lava and is almost always accompanied by dancing and clapping of the hands. The unique dance form is one of the few things individuals must see for themselves to understand the island nations heritage and have a truly wholesome experience of the Maldives.

21. Gan Island

149 kms
from city center
21 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

The southernmost atoll in the Maldives, Addu Atoll is a beautiful yet secluded place that is famous amongst tourists. Gan Island in turn is the southernmost island that forms a part of the Addu Atoll, making it the southernmost island of Maldives as well. The island is home to a number of activities ranging from water sports, snorkelling and diving to local heritage and cultural experiences as well as high end resorts. The island is one of the few places in Maldives that brings forth a perfect fusion of luxury and the island culture it is known for. Although the Island is as far 541 kilometres from the capital of Male, the Gan International Airport has made it easily accessible. This is one of the charms of the island as reaching it is no hassle and yet it is miles away from other islands in the Maldives, giving it is a private, isolated feel.

22. China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

244 kms
from city center
22 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

The China Maldives Friendship Bridge or the Sinamale Bridge is a project that was launched in 2014 and has reached its completion in July 2018. 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. The 2 kilometre long bridge connects the capital city Male to the airport island of Hulhule and by extension, Hulhumale Island. This 200 million USD project is said to be one of the most progressive projects of Maldives with around 6 lanes to the bridge, of which 2 are car lanes while the others are devoted to bicycles, pedestrians, motorcycles etc.

23. Thulusdhoo

267 kms
from city center
23 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

28 kilometres north of the coast of Male, Thulusdhoo Island lies in the Kaafu Atoll and is the capital of the same. The islands location makes it ones of the best surf spots in the Indian Ocean, so much so that it is often known as the “surf island”. The waves that break at Thulusdhoo due to the coral reef which almost surrounds the island is the reason why so many people are attracted to this place and travel here from all over the world. Thulusdhoo’s surfing as well as the snorkelling and diving opportunities is what makes the island a delightful spot through which to enjoy Maldives and all it offers.

24. Fuvahmulah

187 kms
from city center
24 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

Situated at the southernmost tip of the Maldivian archipelago is the largest island of the nation, Fuvahmulah . Perfect for everyone who wishes to explore a paradisiacal place on earth, this island pulls people towards it just as the moon pulls the waves to its direction, and away from the white, sandy shore of the beach. With a beautiful blend of serenity and beauty, the picturesque Fuvahmulah Island casts a spell on its tourists and makes them want to stay there forever. For people who want to dive into a world full of activities, as well as for those who just want to laze around and relax, Fuvahmulah is the right place to be!

25. Hanifaru Bay

358 kms
from city center
25 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

Untouched white sand beaches, breathtaking abundance of marine life, pristine blue lagoons, and of course who can ignore the artful blend of the navy blue ocean waters with turquoise fringed bays of the shallow reefs. If there is a place known to provide unparalleled aesthetically pleasing views, this is it.

26. Diving With Hammerhead Sharks

141 kms
from city center
26 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

Hammerhead sharks are particularly known for their unique, bizarre shaped heads with eyes on either end. Their massive size coupled with their peculiar appearance seem to be something out of a science fiction movie and diving with them in the depths of the seas is a surefire way to get an adrenaline rush.

27. Majeedhee Magu

244 kms
from city center
27 out of 57
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.

28. Dhadimagi Kilhi

188 kms
from city center
28 out of 57
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.

29. Sultan Park

245 kms
from city center
29 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

Built beside the demolished Royal Palace in Maldives' capital city Male, Sultan Park, also known as the Rasrani Bageecha, is a public park formed after transforming the palace's royal gardens. The giant iron gate at the entrance of the park is the only piece that speaks of the palace's former glory.

30. Medhu Ziyaaraiy Shrine

30 out of 57
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.

31. Maradhoo Island

153 kms
from city center
31 out of 57
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.

32. Kudahuvadhoo Island

105 kms
from city center
32 out of 57
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.

33. Dhigurah Island

186 kms
from city center
33 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

One of the least populated islands in the whole Maldivian nation, 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.

34. Male Local Market

34 out of 57
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.

35. Ukulhas Island

260 kms
from city center
35 out of 57
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.

36. Huraa Island

262 kms
from city center
36 out of 57
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.

37. Guraidhoo Island

214 kms
from city center
37 out of 57
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.

38. Isdhoo Island

16 kms
from city center
38 out of 57
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.

39. Nilandhoo Island

140 kms
from city center
39 out of 57
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.

40. National Art Gallery Maldives

245 kms
from city center
40 out of 57
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.

41. Landhoo

434 kms
from city center
41 out of 57
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.

42. Tomb of Muhammad Thakurufaanu

42 out of 57
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.

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