Maldives is an Island nation in the Indian Ocean, which comprises of 1192 Islands with a stretch length of 871 kms. The mesmerising geography attracts the tourists from many countries throughout the world, and becomes one of the most popular destinations for Honeymooners. Only 200 Islands are inhabited. Maldives is only famous for its flora – fauna and beautiful beaches, but also for its coral reef around the islands and marine life. The reef is the home to thousands of fish species and marine animals like large pelagic fishes such as manta rays and whale sharks.
Maldives is not only the home for the exotic water species, but also for many water sports like water surfing, kayaking, water skiing and scuba diving.
Some of the famous tourist attractions for Maldives are Male, Banana Reef, Hulhumale, Maafushi Island, HP Reef, Utheemu Island, Vaadhoo Island, Gan Island.
- Male: Being one of the smallest National capital in the world, Male is popular for its ancient mosque, colourful buildings and beach. It is also the International Airport for the country and has connectivity with various countries of the world. One can savor the Male’s flavours in the local market and take some local items such as carved wooden dhonis, miniature replicas of the boats dotting area waters as a local souvenirs with some memorable experiences.
- Banana Reef: Banana Reef is the oldest reef discovered in Maldives. It is adorned with amazing and stunning caves, majestic cliffs, beautiful coral growths and powerful overhangs. It is also the home for many aquatic species like sharks, barracudas, and groupers.
- Hulhumale: To the south of North Male Atoll, Hulhumale is the gem of an island sprawls across an area of 188 Hectares of palm trees and astonishing beaches. Along with its beautiful and amzing beaches, Hulhumale is the home for several hidden treasures to see and thrilling activities to do.
- Maafushi Island: Nested in the southern Male Atoll, Maafushi is a large island synonymously “A Slice of Paradise”. Its tranquilizing environment attracts tourists to rejuvenate their fatigued souls and get peace of mind. Like other islands in Maldives it also allows tourists to enjoy the nature and various water sports.
- HP Reef: Unquestionably the one of the most exotic and beautiful diving sites in Maldives, HP reef is the home for the most colourful corals. This attribute earned it the name of ‘Girifushi Thila’or the ‘Rainbow Reef’. This reef is full of astonishing formations, like crevices, splendid caves, huge blocks, and a whopping vertical swim-through chimney which reaches up to a height of 25 metres. HP reef attracts the lovers of diving round the year who loves to seek to uncover the fascinating mysteries of the world underwater. A large portion of the HP Reef is encumbered with varieties of corals like bright blue, orange, and yellow, namely 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.
- Utheemu Islands: Utheemu Islands in the Haa Alif Atoll is significant for its history with scenic beauty and the picturesque sunrises and sunsets, along with the tall trees swaying in the gentle breeze, are absolutely breathtaking. The major tourist attraction of the Utheemu Islands is the grand Utheemu Ganduvaru, which is a historical monument, once the abode of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu. It has been now transformed into a museum, which is embellished with a variety of beautiful trinkets. Elaborate woodcarvings, splendid swing beds, and antique oil lamps adorn the palace, and a sizable shed made of palm thatch.
- Vaadhoo Island: Vaadhoo Island is the part of one of the famous Atoll of Maldives namely Raa Atoll. It has a picturesque natural phenomena namely “The Sea of Stars” due to its brilliant blue water under the moonlight. The sea water glitters and glow in such a manner that it reflects the stars beneath which the waves lap. It also allows tourists for various water activities like Scuba Diving and Kayaking.
- Gan Island: Situated at the southernmost atoll Addu Atoll, Gan Island is known for its amalgam of luxury and island culture. Gan Island is home to many activities including water sports, snorkelling and diving to local heritage and cultural experiences as well as high-end resorts. This is another International Airport besides Male to connect with rest of the world.
Delicacy: Like its culture and natural beauty, Maldivian cuisine is also unique to give you the essence of its exotic and cultural history. Fish is one of the major food used in Maldivian cuisine. Some of the famous local dishes one can try are Boshi Mashuni, Bis Keemiya, Masroshi, Mas Huni, Maldivian Live Lobster, Saagu Bondibai, Reef Fish Cutlets, Aluvi Boakibaa.
How to reach: Maldives is easily connected through airways from many countries in the world. Male and Gan Island are two major airports in the country.