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Best tourist places in Maldives - Top Tourist Attractions in the Maldives

As one of the world's most scenic holiday hubs the Maldivian archipelago is home to a variety of engaging attractions. From cultural hot spots to natural wonders the country's top highlights are below.

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Jumhoreee Maidan

Jumhoreee Maidan

Tipped to be one of the Maldivian capital's most photographed landmarks Jumhoreee Maidan is the national Republic Square of the holiday archipelago. Hosting Independence Day celebrations and other red letter events this public square with ocean vistas is also one of the country's most popular recreational hubs. Complete with rolling lawns and lush landscapes visitors and locals frequent this national landmark declared open in 1989 to enjoy an evening stroll or quiet time with family and friends.

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The National Museum

The National Museum

Another renowned institution in the capital Male, the National Museum of the Maldives serves as the country's primary cultural institution. Offering visitors an in-depth look at the cultural and socio-economical legacy of the Maldivian people the venue educated the masses on the nation's illustrious past and its march towards progress. Home to a wide variety of artifacts, photographic displays and relics the three floor building contained within a section of a former royal dwelling is another must-visit highlight for visitors.

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The Old Friday Mosque

The Old Friday Mosque

Regarded as the Maldivian archipelago's religious epicentre the Old Friday Mosque is more than an iconic landmark in the beach holiday capital. Also known as Hukuru Miskiiy this monumental spiritual institution is an architectural marvel for the ages which also serves as a functioning religious centre of worship and learning. Open to visitors of all faiths some of the key highlights of a tour of the Old Friday Mosque is of course its stunning interiors which feature coral stone carving and other decorative elements etching out ancient scripture in Arabic. Home to the tombs of several noteworthy sultans and prominent Maldivian leaders this towering edifice is a must-visit highlight for all first time visitors to the archipelago.

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HP Reef

HP Reef

Ranked among the country's top coral reef heartlands the HP Reef has been welcoming divers from around the world for decades. Containing a verdant underwater garden that is a protected reserve under Maldivian law the venue's top attraction is of course the countless vibrant marine life inhabiting its coral infested confines. A veritable treasure trove for marine life enthusiasts and diving fanatics visitors based in Naladhu Maldives or any other reputable Maldives luxury hotel can book a diving expedition to the reef via the hotel.

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Bluetribe Moofushi Dive Center

Bluetribe Moofushi Dive Center

Often described as the best diving hub in the paradise island collective the Bluetribe Moofushi Dive Center is a haven for water sports enthusiasts the world over. Offering visitors comprehensive lessons, courses and practice sessions with the aid of experienced instructors and state-of-the-art facilities the Bluetribe Moofushi Dive Center provides diving, snorkeling windsurfing, kayaking and catamaran sailing facilities in one venue.

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Utheemu Ganduvaru

Utheemu Ganduvaru

Having served as the resplendent household of former ruler Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan Utheemu Ganduvaru is another cultural highlight located in the country's bustling capital. As the former residence of the national icon that famously saved the country from Portuguese invasion this breathtaking landmark contains artifacts and other showcases relating to the proud legacy of Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan.