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6 Best attractions in the Maldives - Culture, exploration and adventure!

The Maldives has a great number of things to do, scattered around its multiple islands. Let's check out some amazing things to see.

1

Banana Reef

Banana Reef lies to the west of Farukolhufushi Island in the North Male Atoll and is a magnificent gathering spot for all divers, swimmers and snorkelers. This reef gets its name from being shaped like a banana and makes for a sublime spot for both new and advanced divers. You'll be able to witness small canyons, soft coral and overhangs. There is a large overhang towards the centre of the reef where you'll see large schools of snappers, fusiliers and oriental sweet lips. On towards the south of the reef, you'll find a wall with small caves that are filled with red tooth triggerfish.

2

Male Fish Market

The Male Fish Market is located on the north side of the island along the inner harbour, towards the west of Republic Square. It is an exceptional way to connect and get close to the locals as you get to observe how the Maldivians go about on their daily business. Since there are no set hours for the market, it's best to check it out during the afternoon or early in the evening as you'll get to see the fishermen haul their catch for the day. Tuna is one of the most popular fish that is sold at the market, while you'll also be able to find fresh fruit to make an authentic and delicious Maldivian dinner. If you're looking for any Maldives island resorts to relax in before or after you complete this list, you'll find a great many places to choose from, like the Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives for example.

3

Mulee'aage Palace

Located in the historic centre of Male, the Mulee'aage Palace is a gorgeous colonial style building. Built-in 1906 by Sultan Mohammed Shamsuddeen, it was intended to be the residence for his son, however, the Sultan was overthrown before it happened. The building has since been the private residence for the President of the Republic of the Maldives and is therefore not open to the public. You'll also find the tomb of Abul Barakat Yousef Al-Berberi, the person who brought Islam to Male here on this property. While you may not be able to see the inside it is a definite must-see even for its exterior which features beautiful white carvings and a well-maintained landscape.

4

National Museum

The National Museum of Maldives lies inside the Sultan Park which used to be a part of the Sultan's Palace on the island of Male. The Museum, however, was opened to the public in 1952 and has since seen a large number of visitors, both locals and tourists alike. The museum features a large collection of historical artefacts that once belonged to the Sultans. These include dresses worn by the kings and queens, armour, photographs, arms, anthropological objects from the pre-Islamic times and paper & cloth manuscripts as well. The upper level of the museum displays objects from the modern era, while the lower level is dedicated to medieval times.

5

Tsunami Monument

Another interesting attraction is the Tsunami Monument located towards the south-east of the Male Island. This monument is dedicated to all the lives lost during the 2004 tsunami caused by the earthquake in the Indian Ocean. You'll also find all the names of the victims engraved in the monument. This proves to be one of the most personal and significant things to see in all of the Maldives.

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