Tropical nation ‘Maldives‘ is an island located in the Indian Ocean, composed of 26 atolls and 1,000 coral islands it is renowned honeymoon destination in the world. It is famous for its blue lagoons, beaches, white sand, coral reefs, and extensive vegetation. It is a heaven for those who look for a peaceful holiday to relax and unwind. Apart from that, tourists visit this island for water adventure activities like snorkelling and scuba diving as its lucid and clean water is best for exploring the distinct corals and marine animals.
Here is a rundown of the “places to visit in Maldives” during your stay:
1. National Museum
The national museum located in the capital city Male which reflects the history of the country. The various kinds of historical artefacts placed inside the museum. The museum actually built by the Chinese government and declared as official national museum in 2010. The ground floor of the museum devoted to the ancient history of the nation. Things on display in National Museum; Weapons, Religious Paraphernalia, Household Wares and many more. Upstairs assigned for the modern period and displays various antique pieces of technology like country’s first gramophone, a computer and telephone. It also cover the marine life collection, i.e. 6m long ‘skeleton’ of Longman’s beaked whale.
2. Utheemu Ganduvaru
The historical place where “Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan” used to live. Utheemu located in the inhabited island. The palace was the childhood home of Maldivian hero Mohamed Thakurufaanu. Who earned high respect from the ‘Maldivians’ for his heroic deeds of saving the people from Portuguese conquerors.
Staff members of the complex escort the visitors around the palace and tourists get glimpse of an astonishing 500 year old wooden interior, swing beds, lamps, wooden carvings and other artefacts.
3. Old Friday Mosque
This mosque is the oldest mosque on the island and it dates from 1675. This calm and serene place is perfect for the peace lovers and those who want to discover the Islamic culture of the Maldivians. The interiors of this mosque are magnificent. There are coral stone walls and carvings of different Arabic patterns and scripts which enhance the beauty of the monument.
On one of the side of the mosque there is a cemetery with superbly carved tombstones. Though you do not need permission to enter and walk around the graveyard but for the museum you need to have permission from the ministry of Islamic affairs. However, if you are well-dressed you can straight away get the permission to enter the mosque.
4. Alimatha Island
The Vaavu Atoll famous for dive locatio. The government included ‘Alimatha Island‘ into the list of protected dive sites. It is the perfect location for tourists who want to experience the world-class diving and snorkelling. The island surrounded by stunning beaches, amidst the thick cover of green vegetation, making a perfect spot for nature lovers. The environment just so tranquil that you might get lost in the vibes of this island.
This place is a complete destination for every age group as it has something to offer to everyone. Whether you are an expert diver or just a beginner Alimatha will satisfy your desire for diving with quality services and serenity of underwater. Children can also play around the beaches and swim in the clean waters. So, coming for a honeymoon or travelling with your family, this place is not going to disappoint you in any way.
5. Biyadhoo Island Resort
The Biyadhoo Island Resort is one of calm beach of Maldives. The Island resort considered as one of the best reef houses in Maldives. It has PADI Dive centre and offers a variety of water sports like snorkelling, diving and many other. In total there are more than 35 diving spots in the area. Whether you want to indulge in the adventurous activities or just want to sit down and relax, this would be the perfect place for you. Accommodations, food and dining, and other services are all worth experiencing.
6. HP Reef
Another best site for diving, this place is for the explorers of the underwater. The north Male Atoll a marine protected area with different kinds of colourful coral reef formations, plethora of vivid fishes, aquatic life in the deep blue sea that will surely blow your mind.