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Updated by Joanna James on Apr 22, 2018
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5 Things to do in the Maldives – For a Vacation of Sandy Beaches and More

A Maldives vacation is a dream come true for many and for the perfect vacation in the Maldives; do include a few other activities, and not just lounge at the beach as the country has so much more to offer.

1

Thoondu Beach

You might be staying at some of the best hotels in the Maldives the likes of Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives with your own private beach views, but a visit to the Thoondu Beach is mandatory when in the country. Located in the northern part of Fuvahmulah, this beach is a sparse land of shiny white sands that is enhanced by the palms swaying in the wind. Being one of the only beaches in the Maldives that has coral pebbles instead of coral grains, this is a unique view for any beach lover. The beach is known for having strong currents, therefore, swimming here is forbidden. Surfers seem to love the waves here and you can see them flock at this beach during the months of July and August.

2

Newport

This is a popular hub that is located in a seafront region in Male. The whole place has a minimalistic and chic vibe to it, making it a very pleasant place to hang out at. Also, this is a great place to take a few great Instagram pictures if your feed features minimalistic photographs. This restaurant serves great food and their menus are displayed on iPads. From tuna cubes to falafel and burgers, anything you might crave can be found here. For the coffee-loving travellers, this eatery serves great coffee, if reviews are anything to go by, so check it out!

3

Utheemu Gandavaru

Once a palace, this building is now a museum. A national hero in the Maldives, Mohammed Thakurufaanu was brought up in this palace back in the days. You can take a look around the palace; see the 500-year-old decorations, wooden interiors and the unique swing beds that were used to keep the person sleeping on it cool during the warmest summer days.

4

National Museum

The Maldives National Museum was gifted by the Chinese, and though it is nothing to look at from the outside, venturing into this building will be a good idea if you want to learn more about the history of the Maldives and how it came to be.

5

Old Friday Mosque

Easily one of the most photographed places after the beaches the Maldives has to offer the Old Friday Mosque has amazing architecture and intricate designs on its walls that date back to the days when the Muslims first came to the Maldives and settled there. Being the oldest mosque in the Maldives, the building is made of coral stones and in many places; you can find verses and lines from the Quran carved into these stones. The whole place has a beautiful, ethereal feeling, and if you can make it to the mosque during the sunset, you'd see some of the best sunset views of your life here.