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 km
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 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.

2. Banana Reef

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

Banana Reef, one of the oldest reefs discovered in the Maldives is adorned with stunning caves, majestic cliffs, beautiful coral growths and powerful overhangs. Banana Reef is also populated by sharks, barracudas, and groupers, making Banana Reef one of the world's most popular dive sites. The calm and friendly currents coupled with great visibility prove to work really well for first-time divers, learners and novices to get their feet wet with. It is also quite a convenient option for expert and experienced divers because it allows them to go deeper and explore the vivid world beneath the surface of the waters better.

3. Diving in Maldives

4.5 /5

195 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
from city center
6 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

Artificial Beach, Male is one of the most beautiful and only human-made beach in the Maldives and for a 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.

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7. National Museum, Maldives

3.7 /5

245 km
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 km
from city center
8 out of 57
places to visit in Maldives

Just south of the North Male Atoll and connected to the airport lays a gem of an island called the Hulhumale. 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. It is a great place to visit a day before leaving from the Maldives or after arriving.

9. Maldive Victory

141 km
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 wreck diving spot with picturesque resorts encompassing it.

10. Maafushi Island

218 km
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 km
from city center
11 out of 57
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.

12. Dolphin & Whale Watching with Sunset Cruises

4.2 /5

267 km
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 km
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 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.

14. Grand Friday Mosque

249 km
from city center
14 out of 57
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.

15. Male Friday Mosque

3.8 /5

245 km
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 km
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 neighbouring the Republic Square (Jumhooree Maidan), the grand building is the perfect example of Islamic architecture.

17. Mulee'age Palace

3.7 /5

245 km
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 km
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 spectacular island may have roughly 500 inhabitants but the natural phenomenon occurring here - known as Sea of Stars - 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 sights.

19. Utheemu Island

542 km
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. The natural beauty of Utheemu Island is unmatchable.

20. Boduberu Show

141 km
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 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 nation's heritage and have a truly wholesome experience of the Maldives.

21. Gan Island

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

The southernmost atoll in 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 glorious island is home to many activities ranging from water sports, snorkelling and diving to local heritage and cultural experiences as well as high-end resorts. Gan 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.

22. China-Maldives Friendship Bridge

244 km
from city center
22 out of 57
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. 

23. Thulusdhoo

267 km
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 island's 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 km
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. 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.

25. Hanifaru Bay

358 km
from city center
25 out of 57
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.

26. Diving With Hammerhead Sharks

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

There are few things in the world that can be as adventuresome and exhilarating as diving with creatures that measure up to 20 feet in length, with flat and laterally extended heads, shaped in the form of a hammer. Hammerhead sharks are particularly known for their unique, bizarre shaped heads with eyes on either end. Their massive size coupled with their peculiar appearance seems 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. Maldives is a scuba diver's dream destination as the rich wealth of aquatic life under the vast blue is truly immense.

27. Majeedhee Magu

244 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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 km
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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