Explore Maldives
Maldives
Tropical Paradise for Rejuvenation

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. 


Popular cities/villages: 

  • Malé 

  • Addu City 

  • Felidhoo

  • Gan

Climate
Maldives’ Climate is predominantly tropical with year-round warm weather. The best time to visit the country is from November to April.

  • January — Warm
  • February — Warm
  • March — Warm
  • April — Warm
  • May — Wet
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Wet
  • November — Warm
  • December — Warm
Things to do
City Life

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. 


Heritage/Historical Places
Grand Friday Mosque, located in Malé , is an important part of the Islamic Center. This famous religious place attracts spirituality seekers and architectural lovers alike. Completely made of pure white marble with a gigantic golden dome resting atop the main square, this shrine is a stunning sight to behold. National Art Gallery in Malé conducts regular exhibitions to showcase an impressive collection of Maldivian and global artworks, as well as Islamic items, regal artifacts and Maldivian attires. Malé  Friday Mosque, National Museum, and Islamic Center are also worth visiting for their architectural brilliance and historical importance.
Islands

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. 


Beaches

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.


How to spend time / how long will it take?

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. 


Cuisine
  • The traditional Maldivian cuisine, also known as Dhivehi cuisine, is based on three main items and their derivatives with the items being fish, coconut and starches. The food is a scrumptious fusion of Sri Lanka's and India's cuisines. Some of the must-try dishes are Mas huni, Kulhi boakiba, Garudhiya, Garudhiya, Banbukeyo harissa, Bis Keemiya, Reef Fish Cutlets, and Handulu Bondibai.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Maldives can vary, the average cost of food is MVR 70 (USD 4.54) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians can get Visa on arrival
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 5 - 7 days

Known For
  • Islands
  • Beaches
  • Marine Life
  • Coral Reefs
  • Watersports
Areas to Visit
  • Northern Atolls for Hanifaru Bay, underwater caves, coral reefs & shipwrecks
  • Central Atolls for urban delights of Malé , beaches, culture, marine life & water-sports
  • Southern Atolls for Manta Point, marine biodiversity & islands of Addu City

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