The Maldives, formally known as the Republic of Maldives, is an island republic located southwest of the Indian subcontinent in the Indian Ocean. Male Maldives is the capital of Maldives and the most significant commercial hub. With 1190 islands scattered across 26 atolls, Maldives is among the most popular beach destinations worldwide since it has some of the most breathtaking beaches on the planet, and it is also a perfect honeymoon spot around the globe.
Maldives Tourism is renowned for its deep blue waters and vibrant coral reefs, a tropical paradise on the planet. It is also known for its white beaches, luxurious resorts, and an array of plants. It’s also a fantastic location for snorkelling, diving, or simply exploring the water with various species of fish that swim around corals. Apart from that, Maldives Islands also has plenty more to offer tourists with the rich history and culture.
Malé, the Maldives’ capital, is the country’s largest city and one of the most popular tourist attractions of Maldives tour package from Kochi. It is the seat of Maldives’ Government of Maldives and is the centre of commerce.It has a total size of 5.8 square kilometres. It is among the islands with the highest population density of the Maldives, which is also a shoppers’ paradise as it offers an extensive range of products.
Malé is a popular tourist destination that was once known as Sultan’s Island. The Grand Friday Mosque, Malé Fish Market, Male’s National Museum, Tsunami Monument, Hukuru Miskiiy, and Mulee Aage Palace are among the most popular tourist destinations in Malé during Maldives vacation packages.
One of Malé’s most outstanding architectural features is the Grand Friday Mosque, which was made using coral stone. Its majestic golden dome, which dominates the capital’s skyline, can be viewed from every angle. Every year, thousands of people come to see it. Malé does not have any beaches. As a result, artificial beaches were built on top of it.
2. Banana Reef
Located in North Male Atoll, Banana Reef was the first dive spot to be discovered in the Maldives and remains one of the top diving destinations around the globe. Also known by the name of Gaathugiri, Banana Reef gets its name because of its shape from the top of.
The protected area is known for its fantastic diving possibilities and abundance in marine species, striking corals, incredible cliffs, overhangs, and caves. Divers may go diving in Banana Reef, which is one of the most popular activities in the Maldives.
This dive spans depths ranging from 5-30 m and offers a variety of exciting areas to explore, including at the western part of the dive, caves of a huge size can be located between 1 m and 15 meters below. Large caves, interesting overhangs, and deep gutters stretch over the rock face in the northern half of the reef.
Coral formations in this area are plentiful and vibrant, drawing an extensive range of fish species, including squirrel fishing, bannerfish grouper, oriental sweetlips, sharks, jacks, and blue-striped snappers and barracudas.
3. Alimatha Island
Alimatha is an Island located in the Maldives at the northernmost point of Felidhu Atoll or Vaavu Atoll, which is just a two-hour boat ride away from the International Airport located in Hulhule. It is one of the most stunning honeymoon resorts in the Maldives, with crystal blue seas and white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and spa facilities. It is also one of the most popular places on the Maldives Tour.
Alimatha is an ideal place to visit in the Maldives for all visitors because it offers a world-class diving site for novices and experienced divers as well as aquarium-like snorkeling spots and emerald waters that are shallow to swim. The island has abundant vegetation and is surrounded by stunning sites like Myaru Kandu, one of the most well-known channels in the world.
TGI Maldives Alimatha Diving Center provides daily diving tours to the beautiful spots around the islands, including the national park in Deewana Kandu, which is only 10 minutes away by boat from Alimatha. Its Alimatha Aquatic Resort on the island has beautiful options for staying with beach bungalows and cottages over water.
4. Maafushi Island
Maafushi Island is a populated island in the Maldives’ South Male atoll. It is one of the Maldives’ largest and most popular islands among the natives. The sparkling waters, the white sandy beaches, stunning resorts, and thrilling activities create Maafushi among the most popular islands in the Maldives for your honeymoon. It’s tranquil and peaceful, which allows you to forget your worries and lay back and relax.
The town is situated 27 km from Male. The northern portion of Maldives is an island tourism zone with bikini beaches, public beaches, Guesthouses, souvenir shops, and eateries. The Maldives’ only prison, Maafushi, is well-known. Scuba diving and snorkelling, boat rides, and sunbathing are among the most well-known activities in this area. There is also the option of fishing, and there’s no better spot than Maafushi in which you could experience an enjoyable night fishing.
5. Biyadhoo Island
Biyadhoo is another well-known island in the tropical paradise and one of the top Maldives tourist destinations. With a total area of 10 acres of land, it is approximately 18 miles from South Male International Airport and is home to Makunufushi Island nearby. The Taj group owns and operates the island, which is a part of India. The island is surrounded by its turquoise folds in the Indian Ocean and offers a fantastic glimpse into Maldives’ simple, beautiful, yet breathtaking nature.
It is flanked by white beaches and a crystal clean lagoon. Biyadhoo is home to beautiful tropical flora and the Maldives’ best residence reefs. It is often described as an island that scuba divers can dive on; Biyadhoo is popular among snorkelers and divers.
Kandooma Thila, Kandooma Caves, and the Protected Marine Area of Guraidhoo Kandu are the most well-known scuba diving spots in the area. The Nautico Watersports Center offers scuba diving tours on each of the islands of Villvaru and Biyadhoo. Snorkelling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, and canoe paddling are some of the other popular water sports activities on the island.
6. Utheemu Island
Utheemu is one of the Maldives’ inhabited islands, located in the Haa Alif Atoll in the north. Sultan Mohamed Thakurfaanu is said to have been born in Utheemu. It is a sacred site for the locals, as Mohamed Thakurufaanu is revered as a hero who defended his country against Portuguese invaders. Thakurufaanu and his siblings are famous for fighting a 15-year campaign to force the Portuguese out of the Maldives.
Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu was nurtured at Utheemu Ganduvaru, a timber palace. It has been properly cared for over the years and is a vivid representation of an affluent lifestyle from a bygone era.Visitors can view the fantastic 500-year-old wooden interiors, including lighting fixtures, swings, intricate wooden carvings, and a massive palm-thatch shed used to sleep for guests staying at Utheemu Ganduvaru.