Top reasons why you should visit the Maldives

Are you a traveler who is looking to jump into an island paradise, where you can experience different cultures, places, cuisines, and astonishing sights? If yes, then the Maldives is what you're looking for. With its sapphire waters, 26 atolls, world-renowned diving sites, and luxury resorts, this country becomes the ultimate answer for-'What is so great about the Maldives?' The Maldives is the smallest country in Asia comprising more than a thousand islands over 90 thousand square kilometers. And because of the climate change and rising sea levels, Maldives has high chances of disappearing into the sea forever, which makes it a must-visit destination before it's gone.

  • 07-Nov-2019
  • Written By: Naila Arif
Places and things to do

Places to Visit and Things to do in the Maldives-

Whether you're a budget traveler or someone who travels in style, Maldives offers a broader horizon for both. In the island paradise, you will find a plethora of places to visit and things to do. And here are some of those places and activities which you can add to your itinerary while visiting the Maldives.

Male

Explore Male-

The saying-"Less is more" fits right with this six square kilometers capital of the Maldives. Male is one of the world's smallest national capitals with a population of about 1, 50,000 citizens. The Male town got designed on a grid pattern, and it hosts a blend of apartment blocks (both new and old), shops, office buildings, and motorcycle jams on its narrow streets. 

As the Maldives is a 100 percent Muslim country, the law would expect you to get dressed in casual-conservative style (which includes covering your shoulders, elbows, and knees). For things to do in Male, you can wander in the Sultan Park, National Museum, and Golden-domed Grand Friday Mosque. The non-Muslims may enter the mosque if they have prior permission. You can also admire the President's Palace-Mulee Aage from a distance as it is not open to visitors.

luminescent waters

Bioluminescent Phytoplankton in the waters-

From one of the 26 atolls in the Maldives, Raa Atoll in Vaadhoo Island will remind you of a fairy tale. Here you can enjoy the bioluminescent Phytoplankton in the waters, which emit an otherworldly blue glow. These luminescent toxins make it one of the best things to do in Maldives at night. We also know this glowing beach as the 'Sea of stars.' It is an ideal place for all the honeymooners to make their trip more romantic. 

Maafushi

Maafushi- Country's Biggest Island-

Maafushi is a local name where 'Maa' means 'Big,' and 'Fushi' means 'The Island.' So basically, this 'Big Island' is an ideal destination compared to convenience and lifestyle. It is just about 40-45 minutes' speedboat ride away from Male Airport, which makes it an easily accessible location to visit. Maafushi is famous for its food and beaches. It has four main beaches, which include Public Beach, Bikini Beach, Water sports Beach, and Coral Beach. 

The first guesthouse of Maafushi built-in 2009 only, but since then, the accommodation for tourist are pacing up all across the island. And as for the biggest island of the country, Maafushi offers an exciting insight into the local culture, colorful shopping streets, and picture-perfect places. But you might want to visit it as soon as possible because climate change have washed away 180 meters of the beach in the last 15 years. So it's better to admire its beauty before there's nothing left of it. 

Maaya Thila

Maaya Thila-

A haven for all the severe divers across the globe, Maaya Thila is one of the best Maldives highlights that you must visit. With a distance of around 8 kilometers, Maaya Thila has become a well-established Protected Marine Area. Maaya Thila is a notable site, known for its beautiful reef made of both soft and hard colorful corals, algae, fans, and a full spectrum of reef life. The site also includes bright nudibranchs, scorpionfish, mysterious stonefish, butterflyfish, batfish, and octopi, among many other species. The frequent guests in the deeper areas are Gray Reef Sharks and Whitetip Sharks. 

Maaya Thila is good to visit all year round but to experience the best of it, visit between December and May. During this time of the year, you'll experience the seas in the region are at their calmest. The temperature of the water remains constant at 26-29C throughout the year. Maaya Thila is easily reachable from Kuramathi Island, Maayafushi Island, Ukulhas, Halavali, Bathala, Nika Island, and Bodufolhudhoo

Long jetty

The Long Jetties-

The long jetties are one of those things that explains why the Maldives is so necessary to visit. It is a place where seaplanes drop passengers off to begin their tour. One such example has to be Constance Halaveli's water villa jetty. It appears to be the longest jetty in the Maldives at 850 meters. It is even longer than the two-thirds of the Maldives resort islands. 

Spa

Spa Treatments-

After all the spectacular sightseeing and day-excursions, you'll need a place to relax and rejuvenate. And the Maldives knows how to make you feel better with its expansive range of Spa treatments that will pamper you properly. Some top revitalizing spas in the Maldives that you must visit are- Huvafen Fushi, Velassaru, Kuramathi Spa, and one and only spa by Espa.

Dining

Sumptuous Cuisine-

There are many unique things to do in Maldives, but relishing on its mouth-watering seafood is another thing. It is a perfect place to visit for all those who think seafood is love. Here, you get to taste the most delicious Maldivian Fish curry made up of Tuna, coconut milk, and Pandan leaves. But there's not only the seafood, but you can also try Starches, which is the staple food of the islands. Along with it, you get a wide variety of dishes, both local and continental, to enjoy the gourmet of the Maldives.

Beaches

Relax on the best beaches in the Maldives-

There are 1,192 coral islands set within 26 atolls across 35,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean, and some of them are the ones you cannot miss. These are Reethi Beach, Hulhumale Beach, Bikini Beach, Cocoa Island Beaches, Nika Island Beaches, and Veligandu Island Beaches, among many others. 

Best time to visit

Best time to visit the Maldives-

The Maldives have this exceptional beauty that even if some people don't like the sound of a beach holiday, they will give in easily under the Maldivian charms. The Maldives is hot and sunny throughout the year, with an average temperature of 23-31C.

The best time and weather to visit the Maldives falls between November and April, where the high seasons are between December and March. If you want to ignore the monsoon which runs from May to November, the month’s in-between would be the best time to visit. Though these months can be pricy, it is worth visiting in the dry season.

Resort and Spa

Best Luxury Resorts to stay in the Maldives-

The best part about visiting the Maldives is the breath-taking luxury resorts that you get to stay. Some of the best luxury resorts to stay in the Maldives are- Constance Moofushi Maldives, Kuredu Island Resorts and Spa, and Komandoo Island Resort. They are surely not cheap in prices, but they will enhance your Maldivian experience in a way that you will cherish forever.