Maldives Travel Guide
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Maldives Travel Guide
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands (plus 80 islands with tourist resorts). The Maldives islands lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of South Asia. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu, and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) made of carved white coral.
The Maldives islands are popular for snorkeling and diving due to the warm water, high visibility and diverse marine life, including manta rays and spotted whale sharks, which can grow to 12m long. Other popular water activities include swimming, surfing, sea kayaking and jet-skiing. Travel by boat or seaplane is common on inter-island trips from Malé to uninhabited islands or small fishing villages, many of which offer guesthouses or homestays. The most typical travel accommodations are luxury spa resorts and overwater bungalows on wooden stilts.
Maldivians are almost entirely Sunni Muslim, and the local culture is a mixture of South Indian, Sinhalese and Arab influences. While alcohol, pork, dogs and public observance of non-Muslim religions are banned on the inhabited islands, the resort islands are allowed to exist in a bubble where anything goes.
Most visitors come to enjoy the countless plush resorts, excellent beaches and stunningly colourful underwater life. Due to the isolated position of The Maldives islands, the number of animals on land is limited, but just under the surface of the beautiful blue ocean there’s a wealth of wildlife to see. Over 2000 species of fish in all colours of the rainbow roam the clear waters around The Maldives islands. You will likely see plenty of anemones, different kinds of rays, octopus, squid and even giant clams. Whales, dolphins and turtles are spotted often. The Baa Atoll, named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011 and one of the richest coral reefs in the world, is becoming a main tourist draw while also becoming an example of sustainable tourism in a protected area. In short; snorkeling or diving is an absolute must, see the Do-section below for more information.
The gorgeous and ubiquitous white sand beaches are a sight by themselves, especially with the tropical island setting they are in. A flight to one of the many resort islands gives spectacular aerial views of these picture-perfect islets, defined by rims of white sand and wide strokes of cobalt blue water.
Yet, if you can pull yourself away from your luxury holiday spot, the capital Malé is a pleasant diversion. The bustling financial and political centre of the country has a few sights. Try the National Museum for a touch of history. While the building may not look too promising, the museum’s fine collection includes beautiful Arabic- and Thaana-engraved wood works, religious pieces, weaponry and other historic artefacts. The town also has a number of worthwhile mosques. The 17th century Old Friday Mosque is the oldest one in the country, and officials are often willing to let polite and properly dressed visitors in. The Grand Friday Mosque & Islamic Centre is its 1984 modern counterpart, and dominates the city’s skyline. While simple in design, the large, white marble structure and shining gold dome is an attractive sight.
Top Tourist Attractions in Maldives
- Kuredu — one of the inhabited islands of Lhaviyani Atoll.
- Mathiveri — island belonging to North Ari Atoll.
- Rasdhoo — smallish inhabited island and the capital of the North Ari Atoll.
- Thoddoo — an isolated inhabited island that administratively belongs to North Ari Atoll. It’s also the largest producer of watermelon in Maldives.
- Ukulhas — smallish 1 km long island of Alif Alif Atoll.
Best time to visit Maldives
Peak travel periods include the drier, less-humid season from Dec–Apr (particularly during Christmas–New Year and Easter), and Aug. Surf season runs from Mar–Oct. The rainy monsoon season is May–Oct. Major holidays include National Day (Jan 24), Ramadan (dates vary) and Independence Day (Jul 26).
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