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Best places to visit in the Maldives – Discover an array of fascinating places and delights of nature as you go about in

Encounter a host of powdery beaches, gently lapping waves of the Indian Ocean, or gleaming private bays at a quintessentially scenic resort enticing you to bask in the lap of luxury or find the essence of the Maldives at the bustling markets and mosques of grandeur as you explore this archipelago.

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Do a day trip to Male

Although often bypassed by visitors since they are quickly whisked away by seaplane or by ferry to their luxury villas in Maldives the moment they arrive in Male, this capital city is the ideal place to visit to get a good feel of the local vibes. Indian bazaars filled with goods and spices, vegetable, and fruit markets to try out haggling skills, and streets filled with scooters and cars make you understand the fast-paced life. Don't fail to stroll down Majeedhee Magu which spreads from East to West with all kinds of shops selling apparel, trinkets, souvenirs and traditional Maldivian garb. The Grand Friday Mosque and the Islamic Centre are places worth exploring too.

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Visit historical Utheemu Island

Being the place of birth of a hero of the Maldives, Sultam Mohamed Thakurufaanu who along with his brothers defeated the Portuguese invaders in the 15th century, Utheemu holds a special place in the hearts of Maldivians. The childhood home of the Sultan, Utheemu Ganduvaru is a fascinating 500-year-old wooden palace which remains a heritage building. A visit to Utheemu in the north is well worth the visit to see the natural beauty of the island as well as this unique heritage site.

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Futuristic Hulhumale Island

Situated on the south of North Male atoll, Hulhumale Island is a profound blend of urban and island life. Built on reclaimed land to ease the congestion of the capital city Male, Hulhumale is also on an ambitious forward plan by the authorities to make way for future commercial development. Visit the man-made beach on the east of the island, which is a spectacular one though not natural, enjoy a hang-out at one of the cafes before you complete the tour of Hulhumale as enjoyed by visitors from Nova Maldives.

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Explore the charm of Maafushi

Re-built over the last decade since the ravages of the Tsunami in 2004, the former fishing villages which lost their fishing jetties and sailor huts have embraced the new directive opening of rights for local guesthouses. Counting on the charm of the island with powdery white sand, gorgeous beaches, and outstanding coral reefs Maafushi has become a sought-after off-beat getaway island for budget travellers providing value for money.

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Maamigili for whale sharks

Home to two huge harbours which provide shelter to whale sharks and a community of nearly 2000 inhabitants, Maamigili is often visited by guests to get the unique opportunity to see these whale sharks as they are familiar with the locals and are friendly. You can also enjoy a budget stay during your visit at one of the guesthouses and partake of the authentic Maldivian dishes made by the locals.

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