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Best places to visit in the Maldives

By Akshaya Devi - February 13, 2020

Maldives is a place everyone dreams of visiting someday in their lives. Capturing the laidback island life across its gorgeous landscapes and complementing seafront villas, Maldives is one of the hot spot destinations preferred by travellers.

Another catch? The “travelability” of Maldives all-year-round! The Maldives can be visited at any time of the year, as the weather stays sunny and pleasant through all the seasons. The Maldives does have something to explore in every corner, but in a massive atoll of 1200 islands and countless beaches and suspended villas, it is difficult to come up with an itinerary for a week-long holiday or more. For a start, let us split the Maldives into North Male atoll and South Male atoll. Each in a league of its own, with a multitude of resorts, guesthouses, restaurants, watersport spots and diving points. The North Male atoll is the largest of the two with 50 islands and several small coves. The South atoll is a string of 30 islands out of which 17 are private resorts. Both atolls have no shortage of natural wealth and postcard-perfect sceneries, with one more suitable than the other for a specific type of holiday.

And if a Maldives vacation is on your mind, take a look at this list of best places to visit in the Maldives.

Best places to visit in the Maldives

1. Male Island

Nightlife | Sightseeing

Male, the throbbing Maldivian capital is a striking contrast to an otherwise laid-back and relaxed destination. The happening city is dotted with vibrant pubs, countless restaurants, and quirky souvenir shops and there is not even one dull moment in this city bustling with things to do 24*7. There are a lot of places to visit here including the artificial beach Hulhumale, a 16th-century mosque Hukuru Miskiy, and the popular National Museum.

Best time to visit: November to April

Major Attractions:

  • Old Friday Mosque or Hukuru Miskiy
  • Hulhumale Beach
  • National Museum

2. Banana Reef

Diving | Watersports

The first dive site discovered in the Maldives, Banana Reef is justly named after its banana-shaped region encompassing astonishing blue waters. One moment you will be indulging in a relaxing spa massage and the other, you will be snorkelling among the most exuberant whale sharks. The banana reef is more than just the turquoise lagoons, with incredible cliffs and caves adorning this small coral island. Best place to try watersports, to say the least. Enquire the resort concierge as to where the best surfing and marine watching points are at, you are in for a treat!

Best time to visit: November to April

Major Attractions:

  • Scuba diving
  • Spotting coral reefs
  • Watersports

3. Baros Island

Beach | Adventure

Baros Island is the best and only place in the Maldives to get up close with indoor and outdoor adventures alike. A jewel of nature, the place is filled with pristine sand beaches above and luscious coral reefs beneath the waters. What better way to admire all this than a posh private villa with rooftop infinity pools? Go scuba diving with a guide and learn about the incredible ecosystem of the island.

Best time to visit: November to April

Major Attractions:

  • Manta points
  • Old Lighthouse Lounge Bar
  • Shark-spotting

4. Veligandu Island

Nature| Sightseeing

Picture perfect palm trees, waterfront villas suspended over the emerald blue ocean, private and secluded beaches are what Veligandu is about. Get a jacuzzi bath with a view or hit the indoor gym. Indulge in a beach dinner to taste the exquisite Maldivian cuisine Island. Thriving with things to do, Veligandu Island clearly offers more than the sun, the sand and the sea. There’s a villa for all types of travellers, so decide beforehand what you want out of this vacation.

Best time to visit: December to April

Major Attractions:

  • Lagoon excursions
  • Surfing lessons
  • Guided diving

5. Maafushi Island

Luxury | Indoor activities

Maafushi is the most popular destination where travellers flock for an amazing island holiday. Maafushi Island is also the largest and hence sees more travellers than any other place in the Maldives. From bikini beaches to floating bars, diving spots to surfing schools, Maafushi has a plethora of fun attractions to resort to. Maafushi is one of the places where the major fun and frolic of a Maldives holiday resides at.

Best time to visit: January and February

Major Attractions:

  • Volunteering
  • Windsurfing
  • Speedboating

6. Meradhoo Island

Marine life | Snorkelling

Meradhoo Island shines bright during the day with rolling sand beaches and opulent resorts. The place comes alive at night, hosting electrifying music programs and beach parties. The idyllic island is the best place to go for a rejuvenating holiday far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Best time to visit: December to February

Major Attractions:

  • Thinadhoo beach
  • Kaadedhdhoo tour

7. Mirihi Island

Nature | Offbeat

Bustling with adventures and adventurers, Mirihi is a small island but a world unto itself. Situated in Alif Dhaal Atoll, Mirihi is privileged as the first island to get an overwater villa. Now the number of resorts has grown to 37, each unique and luxurious in its own way. If you are in the mood for adventure and feel like you have been relaxing all day long, come out and you will find the best watersport adventures from the comfort of your doorsteps.

Best time to visit: July to September

Major Attractions:

  • Whale shark points
  • Manta points
  • Scuba diving

If you are a first time traveller to the Maldives, read the best time to visit the Maldives or check these Maldives tour packages.

Also Read: Top 7 Places To Stay In Maldives