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Updated by Mike Smith on Oct 25, 2015
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The Maldives Travel Guide and Things to Do – A Guide on the Must-See and Must-Do Things

Maldives is one of the most tranquil tropical tourist destinations in the world. Known for its pristine white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and iconic tourist attractions, Maldives is a great location for a quiet and peaceful vacation. Although people visit the Maldives mostly to get away from the burdens of day to day life and bask in its relaxing ambience, the islands actually have many great attractions, sights and surprises that you simply must experience.


Explore the Waters

Being an archipelago which is home to some of the world's most pristine coral reefs in the world, it is no surprise that Maldives is one of the world's most premier diving destinations. Beneath the surface of the waters are some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world, which sustain entire underwater eco-systems. Thus, the waters are inhabited by many amazing species of fish. There are numerous PADI certified diving centers and which offer both diving and snorkeling equipment, so strap on your goggles and take the plunge!


Visit the Islamic Centre

The Islamic Centre, located in Malé, is one of the nation's most culturally significant landmarks. Known for its awe-inspiring architecture and for being the largest mosque in the Maldives, the Islamic Centre is a symbol of the Islamic heritage of the Maldives. With is iconic golden domed roof, amazing prayer halls, beautiful design and spiritual aura, the Islamic Centre is one landmark that you have to visit.


Stay at a Resort

If there is one thing about the Maldivian tourism industry that is simply outstanding it has to its resorts. Maldives boasts of being home to some of the most stylish and luxurious resorts in the region. Almost always located on a private island with its own beaches, spas, and restaurants, these resorts are sure to give you an exotic tropical vacation experience that is sure to be tranquil and memorable. A hotel group that has a great luxury resort collection, including two outstanding resorts in the Maldives, is PER AQUUM Hotels & Resorts.


Enjoy the Traditional Maldivian Cuisine

Maldivian cuisine, much like most of the cuisines in the region, is known for its rich flavors and great use of spices. Promising some truly zesty and mouth watering dishes, the traditional cuisine of Maldives is definitely worth trying out. Of course you can get some Maldivian dishes in your hotel or resort, but if you want the authentic thing, head over to Malé or Hulhumale and try out the food at the smaller restaurants along the streets. Dishes to lookout for are Mas Huni, Bambukeylu Hiti, Dhon Riha, and Dhonkeyo Kajuru.


Check out the Beaches

This one is almost obvious, given that the Maldives is home to some of the most breathtakingly gorgeous beaches in the world. But there are so many beaches in the Maldives that people often miss out on the best beaches of the islands. These are some the beaches are sure to leave you breathless with amazement; Nalaguraidhoo Beach in the South Ari Atoll, Reethi Beach on the Baa Atoll, the Cocoa Island beach, almost all the beaches on the Haa Alif Atoll, Banyan Tree Island beach, and the Nika Island beach.


Check out the Arts and Crafts

A fact that not many tourists know of is that Maldivians possess remarkable skills with arts and crafts. If you get in touch with some of the locals, they will point out to you the best places to learn more about the amazing culture of arts and crafts of the Maldives. Some of the most notable crafts are the lacquer works, woven mats, and of course the legendary handcrafted dhonis. The National Museum of Maldives is also a great place to learn more about the arts and crafts of the islands.