Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a gorgeous archipelagic state in South Asia situated in the Indian Ocean. Maldives is adorned with a myriad of magical tropical islands fringed with postcard-perfect beaches, swaying tropical palms, as well as crystal clear waters embellished with coral reefs and exotic marine life. Its scenic atolls including Kaafu Atoll, Addu Atoll and Baa Atoll offer breathtaking views of the ocean, as well as a plethora of interesting water sports.
Malé is the capital city of Maldives and is located at the southern rim of North Malé Atoll. Its lush island canopy and picture-perfect sceneries make it an ideal destination for couples, water-sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. You'll find different types of attractions ranging from Palm fringed beaches to heritage museums. Malé is also home to vibrant cafés, bars and restaurants. Malé Local Market is the shopping hub of the city where you can stock up souvenirs. Majeedhee Magu is a street famous for selling a myriad variety of goods ranging from handlooms to jewelry.
Addu Atoll, located in the Addu city, is home to some beautiful islands including Gan Island, Feydhoo Island, Maradhoo Island, Meedhoo Island, Hithadhoo Island, and Hulhudhoo Island. Each of these islands is lined with tall coconut trees and covered with clean local villages. You can interact with the locals to learn about the beautiful Maldivian culture. Addu Atoll also boasts the second largest wetlands area in the Maldives. A nature tour to Addu Nature Park is filled with amazing landscapes and exotic flora and fauna. You can also indulge in fishing, canoeing, diving and snorkeling. For a memorable scuba diving and night snorkeling experience visit the Hanifaru Bay located in Baa Atoll. It is the major highlight when it comes to Baa Atoll's biodiversity. The Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve is ornated with beautiful blue lagoons and bountiful marine life which includes 250 species of soft and stony corals, whale sharks, manta rays, stingrays, tawny nurse shark, marine turtles, and sea birds. Maafushi Island, located in Kaafu Atoll, is one of the most popular Maldives tourist spots. It offers the best beach experience and a broad spectrum of exhilarating water sports.
The Malé Atoll is divided into North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll. The Northern Atoll is one of the most popular Maldives tourist places among the visitors. The Banana Reef is embellished with colorful coral reefs and tropical marine life. Counted among the most ancient reefs in Maldives, this place propels divers from across the globe. Its calm currents make Banana Reef ideal for beginners as well as seasoned divers. Baros Island, Nassimo Thila, HP Reef, and Manta Point are other important attractions. Emboodhu Finolhu Island and Cocoa Island are famous islands in the South Malé Atoll. Fihalhohi Island, located at the South Kaafu Atoll, is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Maldives. Its affectionate aura, clear waters, and a spectacular reef sheltering many beautiful marine creatures will steal your heart away. Kite surfing, windsurfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides and catamaran sailing are quite popular activities here. Just two hours away from the capital city is the picturesque Fulhadhoo Island in southern Maalhosmadulu Atoll. Fairly uninhabited, this island is nothing short of a paradise for solitude seekers.
Artificial Beach, located in the North Malé Atoll, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Maldives. The beach offers a plethora of thrilling water sports and also organises many carnivals. There are several private beach resorts and spas in the North Malé Atoll. Public Beach, Water Sports Beach, Coral Beach, Bikini Beach are famous beaches in Maafushi.
You can cover a major chunk of Maldives in 5 to 7 days. Starting off in Kaafu Atolls, spend a day in Malé City exploring the cultural sites and markets. Go to Banana Reef to enjoy some quality time snorkeling or scuba diving. Take a day trip to Maafushi to enjoy its picturesque beaches. Moving upwards, go to Milaidhoo Island to explore the breathtaking Hanifaru Bay and nearby attractions for a day or two. When you’re back to Malé, go to Addu Atoll for two days and have a great time exploring its islands, beaches and nature park.