Maldives: Paradise for Every Traveler

Alec Hills - May 01, 2012
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Maldives is a fascinating archipelago. This nation is made up of 1190 islands and islets. Two hundred of these are inhabited, whereas, the rest are considered as pristine or virgin locations. Luxury resorts are found in at least 88 of these islands hence there is a range of accommodation options for tourists. These hotels are world-renowned in terms of the kind of service and amenities they offer to tourists. But of course, Maldives is not just about five star hotels or topnotch accommodations, the best this country has to offer lies beyond the bounds of a private resort.

Here are some of the best attractions you should not miss when you are in the magical land of the Maldives.

Male

Around 2 kilometers wide and 1 kilometer long, this small island is the capital of Maldives. Typical to any nation's business center, Male is known for its vibrant and highly dynamic setting. It is equipped with fascinating architecture such as mosques, and has some of the country's best roads and most interesting leisure parks. One of Male's landmark sites is the National Museum - which previously served as the Sultan's Palace - located at the heart of the Sultan's Park. The things to look forward to in one's visit to this museum are its collection of rarefied items such as palanquins, thrones, and statues that best capture the thriving cultural past of the Maldives people. Another must-see attraction in Male is the Huskuru Miskiiy also known as the Friday mosque. With its imposing golden dome and sheer space, it is indeed one of the striking Islamic centers in the world.

Seenu Atoll

Considered as Maldive's second city next to Male, this place previously served as an air force hub. With its picturesque topography comprised of 23 islands, it has become one of Maldive's most famous tourist attractions. The Seenu Atoll gives tourists the chance to indulge in the beautiful site of the Indian Ocean. Moreover, professional divers have raved about the exquisite diving adventure in these islands. With its thriving underwater ecosystem, the Seenu Atoll never fails to satisfy divers' thirst for under-the-sea charms and wonders.

Naifaru

With its sand mountains, pristine beaches, and clear blue ocean, Naifaru has been deemed as Maldive's quintessential romantic spot. If you are into a more relaxing or laid-back location, this is your ideal place. The absolute opposite of the hustle and bustle that is characteristic of larger cities like Male and the Seenu Atoll, Naifaru allows tourists to indulge in calm and beauty like no other. Furthermore, with the place's vibrant mixture of various cultures including Islam, Buddhist, Indian, Sri Lankan, and British, it is truly one of the interesting locations in Maldives.

Thinadhoo

This Maldives location also known as the Emerald Island is located some 78 kilometers away from the capital city of Male. Thinadhoo has everything a tourist could want for his or her ideal vacation. It is gifted with an awe-inspiring landscape that is unlike any other. Also with its lush environment and zero pollution, it is truly the best spot for one to get that much needed mind and body relaxation and rejuvenation. Thinadhoo is also great for snorkeling, swimming, and strolling with its tree-lined and well-shaded areas.

Fuamulaku

If food is one of your biggest considerations when it comes to your travels, then this island is your ideal destination. Aside from its incredible sites, it is also home to the freshest and most mouth-watering fruits and vegetables in the Maldives archipelago. Enjoy these natural delights while lounging around Fuamulaku's pristine white beaches for the ultimate sensory satisfaction.

Kudahuvadhoo

Found at the heart of the South Nilandhoo Atoll, here you will have the chance to indulge in the sight of Buddhist Temple and Islamic Mosque ruins from the ancient times. If culture and tradition is something you wish to explore, then this is the destination for you.

Kulhudhuffushi

Experience the thrill of close encounters with the shark kind. The seas that surround these islands are famous for its shark population hence this place has become a favorite among scientists and adrenaline-thirsty travelers.

Maldives is definitely a gem worth experiencing. At least once in your life, you must visit this island nation and immerse yourself in the many sights and attractions it offers. And while you are in Maldives, be sure not to miss the places listed above.

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