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Updated by Lucie Aurore on Feb 25, 2015
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The Top 10 Places To Visit In Maldives - Ten Must-Visit Highlights in Paradise Archipelago Maldives

As Asia's beach hub the island paradise of Maldives is home to a wealth of attractions apart from its pristine beaches. Littered with historic and leisure attractions the country's top 10 highlights are as follows.


Banana Reef

Tipped to be the most coveted diving venue in the country banana reef is a diver's haven spread out across 300m. Littered with colourful marine life diving enthusiasts will catch a glimpse of Bannerfish, Napoleon Wrasses and Moray Eels among countless other marine creatures.


Utheemu Ganduvaru

As the former residence of Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan Utheemu Ganduvaru is no ordinary palatial residence in the Maldives. Occupying pride of place in Utheemu Island the iconic landmark now serves as a living memorial to one of the country's most beloved leaders. Having saves the Maldives from Portuguese invasion the historic home of Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan is a must-visit highlight for all first time visitors to the archipelago.


Hukuru Miskiiy or Old Friday Mosque

Tipped to be the country's most ancient Islamic religious institution Hukuru Miskiiy which is also dubbed the Old Friday Mosque is one of Male's top attractions. Famed for its coral store interiors and exquisite carvings of Arabic scripture the venue also houses the tombs of the country's most noted leaders. Sutans and noblemen.


Manta Point

Another hotspot for diving enthusiasts Manta Point is the best venue to find large groups of manta rays in Maldivian waters. Frequented by seasoned divers the coral rocks littering the area are used by wrasses to feed and cleanse manta rays. After a thorough cleaning the mantas return to the shallow waters to feed on plankton. Ideal for diving activities for most of the year Manta Point is also accessible to novice divers as well


Bluetribe Moofushi Diving Center

Renowned as the country's finest diving school the Bluetribe Moofushi Diving Center is an all encompassing water sports hub for the masses. Offering visitors a wide range of activities including kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling and catamaran or pedal boat excursions Bluetribe Moofushi also organizers tours to spot marine life including whale sharks and manta rays.


National Museum

Documenting the rich cultural and historic legacy of the Maldivian people the National Museum in Male offers visitors an in-depth look at the Maldivian story. Housed within a former palace the museum is set to move to purpose built structure in the near future. Home to countless artefacts, relics, photographs and other exhibits the venue is a cultural institution of sorts in the capital.


HP Reef

Situated in the North Male Atoll HP Reef is another must-explore dive site in the Maldives. Revered by deep sea explorers the world over the protected marine reserve is home to breathtaking coral reefs and vibrant marine life.


Alimatha Island

Situated in the Vaavu Atoll Alimatha Island is another hotspot for water sports enthusiasts touring the Maldives. With excellent snorkelling, diving and beach sports facilities this pristine island is a holidaymaker's dream.


Cocoa Island by COMO

As an award winning establishment in the Maldives island resorts landscape, private beach holidays don't get any better than this. Home to 33 stunning overwater villas Cocoa Island by COMO offers the quintessential Maldivian resort experience with its coveted COMO Shambhala Retreat providing soothing spa treatments for a holistic and rejuvenating vacation experience.


Jumhooree Maidan

Set up in 1989 Jumhooree Maidan or the Republic Square is another highlight in the capital Male. Located on the capital's northernmost waterfront this lush, green space is a premier recreational hub in the city for locals and tourists alike.