The Maldives is an island nation in South Asia. It is located in the Arabian Sea in the Indian Ocean and lies southwest of India and Sri Lanka, about 1,000 kilometers from the Asian continent. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 sq. km, the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia by land area and population (only 515,696 inhabitants). The Maldives captivates tourists with its white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and soothing villas. If you want adventure, romance, and water sports, these 10 best places to visit in Maldives are for you.
Best Places to Visit in Maldives
1. Male Island
Male is the capital of the Maldives so might as well explore this city before heading out to other islands. Indulge in delicious foods from a wide variety of restaurants and see local tourist attractions. The most popular spots to visit here are the Male National Museum, Male Market, Tsunami Monument, and the Artificial Beach.
2. Kunfunadhoo Island
If you want luxury and romance, choose the opulent resort on Kunfunadhoo Island. It is considered as one of the most indulgent places to stay in the Maldives. Tourists enter through a timber great hall situated between groves of coconut palms. From there, it’s onto the cocktail decks which soar on stilts in the jungle, or on beaches where candles flicker in the sea breeze. Add in infinity pools, swim-up bars, and dining on a private sandbank with the Indian Ocean waves as a backdrop, and it’s easy to see why this island is so popular.
3. COMO Cocoa Island
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The COMO Cocoa Island houses 34 overwater suites and villas. Wooden walkways built above the lagoon connect them, forming a boardwalk pathway. Some villas have private pools, and each one has its own private terrace. Views from the windows look across the water and horizon as if you are floating on the ocean. On this island, you and your loved one can take a stroll on the white powder sand and indulge in a spa retreat. The restaurant and food are top-notch and so are the water activities such as diving and snorkeling.
4. Rangali Island
Owned by Hilton Hotels, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is one of the best places to visit in the Maldives if you’re vacationing with your family. This luxury resort is pristine, peaceful, and completely unforgettable. Nestled in the South Ari Atoll, Conrad Maldives is close to 42 dive sites and is ideal for seeking out marine animals such as whale sharks, turtles, and manta rays. Aside from diving and snorkeling, you can enjoy family-oriented activities such as island hopping, fishing, and dolphin sighting. The resort also has a Kids’ Club, wherein an infinity pool, spa, and indoor sports are provided.
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5. Baros Island
Baros is another popular island in the Maldives. With its sun-kissed beaches and boutique luxury resorts, Baros Island is famous for its natural elegance and beautiful corals. It has a number of water villas, island resorts, restaurants, and bars. You can also relax your mind and body in the spa. For adventure-spirited couples, there are a number of watersports available.
6. Veligandu Island
Romantic sunsets, cocktails in the resort’s luxurious bar; sea kayaks on the turquoise shoreline, and crystal-clear waves – welcome to the beautiful Veligandu Island, considered as one of the top tourist spots in the Maldives for couples. Newlyweds and honeymooners are a common sight on this island located at the western edge of the North Ari Atoll. You and your special someone can stay at a suite or a seaside villa.
7. Banana Reef
So named because of its banana-like shape, there’s no better place in the Maldives to don SCUBA gear than at the Banana Reef. The multi-colored corals and seaweed-clad sandbanks lie between the isles of the North Male Atoll. Here, you will see striped snappers, bulbous sponges, barracudas, reef sharks, among others.
8. Mihiri Island
The resort in Mihiri Island is for those who want a complete detoxing environment. No television sets here. Why would you even need one? Mihiri Island Resort offers rooms that are ideal for honeymooners (don’t forget to try the Adam and Eve spa treatments). The restaurants here offer exquisite food over romantic dinner. If you want to have some fun in the water, you can also try diving and snorkeling.
9. Alimatha Island
Located in the famous Felidhe Atoll, Alimatha is an island that offers luxury cabanas, pristine sandy beach, and some of the best SCUBA diving spots around. The island resort is often packed with divers who come to seek out the coral groves and sea walls which surround the shores. It is packed with jackfish, morays, and eels, and is popular for its night diving packages.
10. Emboodhu Finolhu Island
One remarkable thing you’ll notice about this island is how the water villas are arranged in the shape of a flower bud. Emboodhu Finolhu has around 55 water villas and houses the luxurious Taj Exotica Resort. Here, you’ll get pampered with 5-star accommodation, amenities, as well as a revitalizing spa retreat. Since it is close to the Maldives International Airport, this island can be accessed via speedboat (if you so prefer).
The islands of the Maldives have emerged to be one of the most beautiful tropical places on the globe. From the beaches of the northern atolls to the sea shacks of the southern isles, this country can be found across the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Tourists can choose from a number of resorts, many of which feature water villas and infinity pools. In recent years, the Maldives has become one of the most popular adventure and honeymoon destinations in the world. Now that you know the best places to visit in Maldives, what are you waiting for? Come and visit this beautiful island nation!
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