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6 Unique Attractions in Maldives - Top Attractions to Make your Trip Even Better!

Maldives is blessed with incredible beauty, and with over a 1000 islands to see, choosing where to go is tough. Here's a quick guide to 6 must see unique attractions in the Maldives.


Male - the largest city in Maldives

Situated in the Kaafu Atoll, Malé is the largest city and the capital of the island nation. While it is often dismissed by many as a destination with little to offer, nothing could be further from the truth. Generally the first stop for all travellers, due to its close proximity to the international airport, Male is the best place to soak up Maldivian culture and learn about its magnificent history. Once known as 'Mahal', the home of the 'Royal Dynasties', Male has plenty to offer in terms of culture and entertainment. Spend a day exploring the local fish markets and national museums, or discover the ancient mosque, made entirely from coral blocks before heading back to your luxurious Maldives bungalow.


Banana Reef – an internationally renowned diving site

Situated in the North Malé Atoll, Banana Reef is internationally recognised as one of the top diving sites in world. In fact, it was the first diving spot in Maldives to earn approval for licensed diving and training. the reef, which is curved like a banana, is bursting with marine life, colourful corals, fascinating caves, cliffs and overhangs. Thanks to all the activities on offer here, it is one of the most popular places in the Maldives for adventure enthusiasts. Activities here include scuba diving, snorkelling among the corals, and even jet skiiing near the reef, to name a few.


Artificial Beach – enjoy the carnival atmosphere

In a country which is famous for its amazing natural beaches, you wouldn't expect to find a fake one, but that's exactly what this is. Located in the North Malé Atoll, Artificial Beach is surprisingly a favourite destination for swimming enthusiasts who visit Maldives. Aside from the clear and calm waters, perfect for a relaxing swim, the beach also hosts several carnivals throughout the year, with many musical groups performing alongside the water daily. Do note, the beach is a public area, and certain dress codes are in place as per the local law.


HP Reef – amazing corals and abundant marine life

Located near the north Male atolls, HP Reef is rated as one of the top tourist destinations in the Maldives. A protected marine area, the reef is home to several coral reefs, in an array of stunning colours, giving rise to its other name, the rainbow reef. The soft, blue corals support an abundance of marine life which includes schools of barracudas, large tunas, and rainbow runners. Eagle rays are commonly seen gliding through the waters looking for food, while grey reef sharks swim in these waters as well. The unique formations here include caves, overhangs, massive blocks of coral, and a 25m vertical, swim-through chimney.


Biyadhoo Island

Another top-rated island, Biyadhoo Island is situated in the South Malé Atoll, close to the international airport and several resort islands, such as the Anantara Veli Maldives Resort. Covering over 10 acres of land, the island has an abundance of lush greenery, including vegetation like bananas, mangoes and coconuts as well as cucumbers and tomatoes. It's a popular spot for diving thanks to its crystal clear waters.


Utheemu Ganduvaru – the home of the first Sultan

Located in the Northern Maldives, Utheemu Ganduvaru is a small island with major historical significance in the Maldives; it is here that the first Sultan, Mohamed Thakurufaanu, was born and raised. Revered in history for chasing away Portuguese invaders, the Sultan's home is now a tourist attraction.