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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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05 Pristine Places to Visit in Maldives – Archipelago of a 1000 Islands

Blessed with stunning natural environs the 1200 islands and 26 coral atolls of Maldives are home to glistening seas, sun-bleached fine sand beaches and tropical islands endowed with nature's best.


Explore Male - Most Vibrant and Entertaining Island

North Male is the largest atoll found at the south edge of Kaafu Atoll. Known as the 'Kings Island' Male was called Mahal in the past years as it was home to the countries monarchy. A tropical monsoon climate prevails on the capital island. Some of the nation's best attractions too are located on Male; not to be missed are the Male Fish Market, Grand Friday Mosque, and Male National Museum. Look forward to experiencing underwater scooters, scuba diving and snorkeling. Shopping too is fabulous on Male home to many local handicraft markets, fashion boutiques, and retail shops. A moderate climate and exciting atmosphere makes this a must-visit destination from any one of the plush Maldives resorts.


Banana Reef – One of the World's Best Dive Spots

Banana Reef was the first dive spot to throw Maldives into the limelight as an A-class dive destination. Located in the North Male Atoll the reef is shaped like a banana, hence the name. A myriad of marine life thrives around the reef which attracts both professional and amateur divers. Dive experiences there are fabulous amongst cliffs, overhangs, underwater caves and lush coral clusters. The right spot for adventure-hungry tourists the reef offers a variety of water sports action such as scuba diving, snorkelling, and jet skiing.


The Artificial Beach of Male – Carnival Centre

Located in the North Male Atoll the artificial beach is just that. Compensating for the capital's lack of beach space this one is a favoured swim hole. A variety of entertainment options are available there with a regular carnival creating a fun holiday atmosphere. Just one and a half hours from Kaafu Atoll home to Maafushivaru Maldives the artificial beach and its precinct offers a relaxed ambiance for leisurely walks and loads of evening entertainment in the form of music and dining at inviting restaurants.


H.P Reef – Best Corals and Marine Life in Maldives

Located in the North Male Atoll this is one of the archipelagos most attractive reefs. The reef is a protected area home to a huge collection of marine life. Witness all manner of marine animals consisting of small coral fish and both harmful and harmless varieties of fish. H.P Reef attracts a lot of photo enthusiastic divers who swim away with gorgeous pictures of the thriving specimens.


Utheema Ganduvaru – An Insight to Maldivian History

Utheema Island is located to the north of the archipelago. Historically revered the island was the birthplace of Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu; national hero responsible for driving away the Portuguese colonists. The place is home to Utheema Ganduvaru Heritage House. This was the home of the sultan; made of wood the beautiful vintage building is a treat to explore. In order to experience all these attractions you may want to consider a Maldives all inclusive hotel; choose one that caters to all tastes and needs in terms of visiting and experiencing the best of the archipelago.

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