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Written by Akshaya Devi on February 13, 2020 Share on

57 Places to visit in the Maldives in 2022

The 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, water sport 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 in 2022.

  1. Malé Island
  2. Banana Reef
  3. Baros Island
  4. Veligandu Island Beach
  5. Maafushi Island
  6. Meradhoo Island
  7. Mirihi Island
  8. Huraa Island
  9. Sun Island
  10. Alimatha Island
  11. Artificial Beach
  12. HP Reef
  13. Fihalhohi Island
  14. Utheemu Ganduvaru
  15. Biyadhoo Island
  16. Emboodhu Finolhu Island
  17. COMO Cocoa Island
  18. Huvahendhoo Island
  19. Dhigu Island
  20. Majeedhee Magu
  21. National Museum
  22. Bioluminescent Beach
  23. Kudadoo Island
  24. Maldive Victory
  25. Fulhadhoo
  26. Vaadhoo Island
  27. Hulhumale
  28. Kanuhura Island
  29. Rangali Island
  30. Gan Island
  31. Thulusdhoo
  32. Fuvahmulah
  33. Hanifaru Bay
  34. Kudahuvadhoo Island
  35. Ukulhas Island
  36. Whale Submarine
  37. Dhadimagi Kilhi
  38. Bikini Beach
  39. Addu Atoll
  40. Addu City
  41. Halaveli Islands
  42. Guraidhoo Island
  43. Kurumba Beach
  44. Grand Friday Mosque
  45. Muleeaage (Palace)
  46. Male Friday Mosque
  47. Sinamale Bridge – China Maldives Friendship Bridge
  48. Tsunami Monument
  49. National Art Gallery
  50. The Muraka – Conrad
  51. Rasfannu Artificial Beach
  52. Republic Square
  53. Sultan Park
  54. Fish Market
  55. Central Park Hulhumale
  56. Bandaara Kilhi
  57. Gulhi Beach

57 Best Places To Visit In Maldives In 2022

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
 

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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 resorts. 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
 

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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

8. Huraa Island

Huraa Island is located on the Kaafu Atoll and has a small population. It is a perfect place for those who are seeking an authentic Maldivian holiday.

9. Alimatha Island

Alimatha Island has crystal clear water which is perfect for diving, snorkelling and boating. The island is a perfect spot for a family vacation and for a honeymoon too.

10. Sun Island

For stunning beaches, beautiful tropical flowers, and lavish greenery, extremely charming blue waters, and fabulous resorts visit Sun Island.

11. Artificial Beach

A small stretch of sand called “Artificial Beach” is on the east side of Male, Maldives.

The Artificial Beach is the best place to go in the Maldives, especially for youngsters. It is an open area and also hosts several carnivals, water sports, and peaceful walks.

12. HP Reef

In HP Reef, the marine beings are protected while making sure that ardent swimmers and divers enjoy their time in the water too as it is very famous for diving.

13. Fihalhohi Island

Fihalhohi Island is situated at the South Kaafu Atoll. It is one of the most attractive and gorgeous places in the Maldives to spend your holidays.

14. Utheemu Ganduvaru

Utheemu is located in the Northern part of Maldives and is one of the historical significant tourist places in the Maldives as it is the birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu. 

15. Biyadhoo Island

Biyadhoo Island is stationed in South Mal- Atoll and has abundant vegetation. The vegetation includes bananas, coconuts, and mangoes along with cucumbers, cabbage, and tomatoes. It is also popular for its adventurous water sports.

16. Emboodhu Finolhu Island

It features around 55 water villas along with luxury accommodation and hospitality services. The guests enjoy themselves here and have always given positive feedback.

17. COMO Cocoa Island

It stands out as it is the most sought-after island in the Maldives and is a slice of tropical heaven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

18. Huvahendhoo Island

Huvahendhoo Island is where you can relax and detox yourself from boring daily city life. Whether you are travelling with family or your pack of friends this is a perfect place to visit.

19. Dhigu Island

You can enjoy ferry rides, scuba diving, snorkelling, and other water sports on Dhigu Island and have a luxurious vacation.

20. Majeedhee Magu

Walk down the main road of the capital city of Male and enjoy the street shopping where you can find the latest fashion wear, local delicacies, and locally handcrafted items.

21. National Museum

The national museum is located in Male where you can learn a little about the history of the place you are staying in. It holds a large collection of artifacts which is fun to explore.

22. Bioluminescent Beach

Located on Vaadhoo Island, this sea of stars attracts a lot of visitors with its glowing phytoplanktons that the waves keep tossing over the sands at night. It is the perfect spot for couples who are sure to remember the mesmerizing and surreal sights for a lifetime!

23. Kudadoo Island

If you fancy vacation with the fact that it’s still unexplored and pristine, then Kudadoo Island is a good option to visit.

24. Maldive Victory

This place is situated between Male and Hulhule. It is frequently visited by travellers hopping between the two islands and is a perfect place to have a unique diving experience.

25. Fulhadhoo

With very little population, it is one of the secluded islands in the Maldives. Enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean and have a great holiday.

26. Vaadhoo Island

Vaadhoo Island is in Raa Atoll, which is the most well-known atoll around the world. It is home to beautiful beach resorts and stunning sites, and the famous sea of stars.

 27. Hulhumale

Hulhumale is located in the south of the North Male Atoll and is a famous place to go in the Maldives. Enjoy the stunning water sports activities here.

28. Kanuhura Island

With elaborate villa settings and five-star luxurious amenities and services, Kanuhura Island does not disappoint its visitors.

29. Rangali Island

If you wish to travel to the Maldives with your family then Rangali island is the perfect place to visit. Explore the cyan blue water, spas, delicious food and so on.

30. Gan Island

Gan island is located in the southernmost atoll in the Maldives, where you can enjoy water activities, relax at spas and so on.

31. Thulusdhoo

Thulusdhoo is known as the ‘surf land’ and is nestled in the Kaafu Atoll. It is a less crowded place with pristine marine life and colourful coral reefs.

32. Fuvahmulah

On the southernmost tip of the Maldives, Fuvahmulah is known for its natural beauty and serenity.

33. Hanifaru Bay

It is located in the Marine protected area and also in a vast UNESCO Biosphere Reserve called Baa Atoll. 

34. Kudahuvadhoo Island

It is the capital island of Dhaalu Atoll which is best known for its architectural significance. It is due to the presence of mysterious mounds called ‘hawattis’ and is believed to be prehistoric which is believed to date back to ruins of excavated Buddhist temples.

35. Ukulhas Island

It is located on the Alif Alif Atoll and is the first environment-friendly and sparsely populated isle of the island nation. It is famous for its cleanliness and waste management system and has amazing marine animals including giant turtles, zebra sharks and reef sharks.

36. Whale Submarine

It is not a place but a 45-minute underwater tour of the Indian Ocean. It is an excitingly new and elaborate experience of underwater life, which a visitor must experience.

37. Dhadimagi Kilhi

With the second-largest freshwater lake in the country and surrounded by greenery on all sides. Dhadimagi Kilhi is a must to visit!

38. Bikini Beach

Located on the Rasdhoo Island, Maldives where you can soak in the warm sun rays and enjoy water sports activities at the beach like snorkelling, swimming and more. 

39. Addu Atoll

It is a spectacular island in the southernmost atoll of Maldives. You can visit Meedhoo Island, Hulhudhoo Island, Maradhoo Island and Feydhoo Islands on Addu Atoll.

40. Addu City

Addu is known as the second-largest city in the Maldives. It Is famous for its unique shape of a heart where you will see tall coconut trees and fascinating views.

41. Halaveli Islands

The Halaveli Islands are a perfect spot to get away from the real world. You can enjoy the enormous scenic beauty and relax.

42. Guraidhoo Island

Guraidhoo Island is located in Kaafu Atoll and is a paradise for the ones who want to escape the crowd and want to be bathed in the lap of nature.

43. Kurumba Beach

Escape from the hustle and bustle of life and have a serene and beautiful time. It is located 7km away from Male and you can reach here with the help of a speedboat. 

44. Grand Friday Mosque

Popular mosque in Male, Maldives which lures travellers with its magnificent infrastructure. It is open 24 hours and you can visit here to have some peace.

45. Muleeaage (Palace)

Mulee Aage (Palace), the residence of the President of the Maldives is located in front of the Hukuru Miskiiy. It represents the unique colonial architecture and you can have a glance at the outer beauty of this marvellous building.

46. Male Friday Mosque

It is the oldest surviving mosque in the Maldives and is also known as Male Hukuru Miskiy. It was built in the year 1658 and its distinct architecture and detailed carvings on the walls are worth exploring. 

47. Sinamale Bridge – China Maldives Friendship Bridge

It is a 2-kilometre long bridge that connects Maldives’ capital city, Male to Hulhule, an airport island. The bridge was funded by China and is hence known as the China Maldives friendship bridge.

48. Tsunami Monument

This monument is located in Boduthakurufaanu Magu in southeast Male. It was made in the memories of victims of the devastating 2004 tsunami which claimed 74 lives.

A platform for showcasing some breathtaking and amazing local and international artworks is located in Male. You can explore the amazing collections of Islamic items, local, royal and traditional Maldivian dresses.

50. The Muraka – Conrad

If you wish to experience an exquisite style of dining, living and sleeping underwater then definitely visit the Muraka which is housed in the Conrad Maldives resort which is an undersea villa.

51. Rasfannu Artificial Beach

The Rasfannu beach is an artificial beach located in Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male and offers you with jogging track, swimming & fishing areas, barbecues, swings & showers and lots of fun and adventure. 

52. Republic Square

The Republic Square is also known as “Jumhooree Maidhaan” and has witnessed landmark events in Maldivian politics and history. This little park is Male’s centre point on the north coast, has a giant Maldivian flag and is a good tourist spot.

53. Sultan Park

Sultan Park was built around the late 16th century and is a beautiful park to visit. The place is rich in history and known for its lush greenery, top-notch maintenance, and peaceful atmosphere.

54. Fish Market

Want to have perfect, huge and fresh fish for your dinner in the Maldives? No place is better than buying a fish from the Male fish market. It is located across the road from the fishing boats, where you can find fish of all sizes and various colours. However, It’s a small market and it won’t take much time so, plan out for here.

55. Central Park Hulhumale

Central Park in Hulhumale is a very well-maintained park and is just in the middle of the island. You can have a really different experience in the Maldives other than beaches, water, and food!

The major highlight of the park is the water fountain.

56. Bandaara Kilhi

Bandaara Kilhi is one of the two freshwater lakes in Fuvahmulah, Maldives and is located mainly in the Maalegan ward of the island. The literal translation of the name is “State Lake” and is the largest lake by volume in the Fuvahmulah.

57. Gulhi Beach

Gulhi bikini beach is the most beautiful bikini beach one can witness on a local island. White sand, crystal-clear water, serenity and love is in the air. There are no broken coral or seaweed and there is plenty of marine life.


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

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