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List of Best Attractions in the Maldives - Top Highlights in the Maldives

As one of the globe's most stunning beach hubs, the Maldives is a dream holiday hotspot for the masses. Here are some of the country's main points of interest.



As the nation's capital, no vacation in the Maldives would be complete without spending a day in Male. Regarded as the cultural and economic heart of the country, Male is also home to the best retail outlets and cultural institutions as well. From Chandanee Magu and other shopping venues to the finest restaurants in the country, Male offers travellers a slice of cosmopolitan Maldives.


National Museum of Maldives

Documenting the illustrious history of the Maldives, the National Museum of Maldives is a must experience highlight that's not just reserved for culture buffs. Housing ancient relics dating back to the country's Buddhist era, the institution explores the various aspects of community life in the paradise isles while offering glimpses of royal regalia and other ancient relics of significance.


Banana Reef

Tipped to be one of the country's best loved scuba diving spots, Banana Reef is also among the first reefs to have been discovered in the Maldives. With captivating underwater caves, large overhands and cliffs among its natural attributes, Banana Reef is teeming with countless marine species including barracudas, sharks and groupers. The water clarity and excellent visibility also make Banana Reef the prime location for beginner divers as well as seasoned experts. Those based at Milaidhoo Island Maldives or any other Maldives luxury resort can book a diving expedition to Banana Reef through their accommodation provider.


Artificial Beach

This crescent shaped beach in Male may be manmade but it is no less impressive than the plethora of breathtaking beaches found elsewhere on the archipelago. In fact, most travellers will hardly believe that the beach is anything but a natural attribute due to its resemblance to countless other beaches in the country. Ideal for swimming, the Artificial Beach allows those who dwell in Male to experience the feel of holidaying in a resort island in the outer atolls without leaving the confines o the capital.


Hanifaru Bay

Occupying pride of place within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Hanifaru Bay is a captivating part of the archipelago for its unbelievable beauty and marine life heritage. As a prime location for both snorkelling and scuba diving activities, the waters off the coast of Hanifaru Bay is teeming with countless marine species of myriad hues.


Mulee'age Palace

As a cultural institution of truly mammoth proportions, the Presidential Palace locally known as Mulee'age Palace serves as the residence of the country's ruling president. Located across the street from Hukuru Miskiiy, the resplendent palace complex has served as the home of four presidents while the structure which now houses the Supreme Court of the Maldives named Theemuge served as the first presidential palace in the country.


Islamic Centre

Revered for its stunning architecture, the Islamic Centre remains one of the most celebrated religious institutions in the Maldives. Ideally situated near Jumhooree Maidan, the venue serves as a classic example of the island's unique architectural style and Islamic identity.

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