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Best Tourist Places in Maldives – Diving Sites, Landmarks, and Cultural Attractions

The islands of Maldives are known for being among the most scenic tourist destinations in the world. The islands also have several great attractions and places that tourists should definitely consider visiting.

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HP Reef

HP Reef

It's a well known fact that the Maldives is home to some the world's most well renowned coral reefs, and one of the top reefs is HP Reef. Regarded as being a top diving and snorkeling site, HP Reef is located off the North Male Atoll coast. The chief highlight of this mesmerizing reef are the many coral formations which are of different colors, shapes and sizes, and are of such beauty that you are sure to dazzled. The reef is also a thriving breeding ground for marine life, so you are bound to see many species of fish too!

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The Old Friday Mosque

The Old Friday Mosque

Don't let the term "old" deter you from visiting the Old Friday Mosque, as this mosque is one of the most iconic landmarks in Male. The mosque is a testament to traditional Arabic and Maldivian architecture, and the architectural features of the mosque – walls made of coral, wall carvings, and intricately decorated pillars and stairs – are simply breathtaking. The statues of Maldivian noblemen and folk-heroes, the ornately carved Arabic phrases on the walls, and the minimalistic gardens of this mosque make the mosque a spiritual haven that is well worth visiting.

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Utheemu Ganduvaru

Utheemu Ganduvaru

Utheemu Ganduvaru is one of the most historically significant places in Maldives as it was once the residence of Maldivian national hero Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam. Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam was the ruler of the Maldives during the 16th Century and is hailed as the hero who led the offensive to drive the Portuguese colonizers from the Maldivian islands. Utheemu Ganduvaru is thus considered to be a place of great historic value and is visited annually by locals and tourists alike.

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Manta Point

Manta Point

Manta Point is one of the most famous diving sites in the Maldives. What sets Manta Point apart from the rest of the diving sites in the Maldives is the fact that at Manta Point you will have the opportunity if witnessing shoals of manta rays in the process of being cleaned. How are they cleaned you asked? Well, certain types of fish feed off the algae that grow on the backs of manta rays. The manta rays swim up to these fish, and the fish gleefully "clean" off the manta ray! It is one of the most amazing natural phenomenons you will witness, which is why it is one of the tourist places that you must visit. A great way to figure out how to engage in all these things to do in Maldives is to hire the services of a tour agency such as Vacation Maldives.

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National Museum of Maldives

National Museum of Maldives

The National Museum of Maldives is the best place to visit to learn about the culture and heritage of the Maldives and its people. The museum is housed in a former Royal Palace located in Sultan Park, and a newer section was built as a gift from the Chinese Government recently. The museum tells the story of the Maldives – from its simple origins, to the rise and growth of Islam and the Sultans, to being one of the top tourist destinations in the world. At the museum you can find artifacts including ancient armaments, items belonging to Sultans, ancient documents and priceless manuscripts.

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Bluetribe Moofushi

Bluetribe Moofushi

Maldives is a hub of water sports, and if you want to get the full Maldives water sports experience head over to Bluetribe Moofushi. The diving and water sports center here gives you the opportunity of engaging all the water sports Maldives has to offer as well being able to dive into the ocean and check out the awe-inspiring beauty of beneath the surface in the Maldives.

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