Top 10 Points of Interest in the Maldives
June 01 2018
June 01 2018
For those seeking a remote and sensational romantic destination imbued with a magnificent sense of tranquillity, there are few places in the world that can rival the Maldives. This fascinating archipelago is by far one of the most beautiful places on earth, with its islands dotted with luxury resorts, lined by pristine powder-white beaches and lapped by topaz-blue tropical waters. It’s the perfect place for honeymooners, romantic escapes and family holidays. And beyond its crystalline waters and idyllic palm-lined beaches, the Maldives offers a plethora of activities for art-enthusiasts, gourmets and history lovers—it literally has something for every type of traveller.
If you are looking for a little bit of all the above, then here are ten of the top points of interest in the Maldives to help you make the most of this extraordinary, and totally unparalleled, destination:
If you love exploring interesting and new destinations, then it would be a tragedy to head to the Maldives for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday and not visit the bustling capital city (capital city island, really) of Male. This fascinating and relatively small city holds a wealth of interesting museums and beautiful mosques. The majority of the museums found here hold beautiful artefacts that were found by Thor Heyerdahl, the fabled explorer, or items that were owned by the sultans.
Apart from these sites, visitors to Male can explore the local markets (the Singapore Bazaar is especially worth a visit as there are beautiful local crafts on offer) and just off the capital city island, visitors have the opportunity to discover sublime reefs by submarine. From magical local restaurants to places that give visitors a glimpse into Male’s unbelievable past, this capital city is certainly one of the best points of interest in the Maldives.
2. Esjehi Art Gallery
This lesser known point of interest is one for the art lovers! This stunning gallery borders the Sultan Park in Male and is well worth a visit if you enjoy art. It’s situated in an old, famous building in the capital city but might be quite a lot smaller than the galleries you may be used to in say, Europe. Having said that, it’s a great place to see some of the local Maldivian art and is sure to give visitors insight into this eclectic and unusual country.
3. Grand Friday Mosque
Looking to discover some stunning mosques while in Male? Then this is certainly one for your must-see list. The gorgeous Grand Friday Mosque is a famous point of interest in the Maldives largely because of its architecture and intricate design elements. It’s also stood the test of time (it was constructed by a sultan in 1656) and can hold up to 5000 people.
4. Maldives fish market
An unusual point of interest in the Maldives for the adventurous (but not so much the faint of heart), the Maldives fish market—which is actually one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Maldives—is another attraction that you can experience while exploring Male. Here you can see the host of fresh catches of the day which often include massive tunas, groper and octopus among many others. It also affords visitors a rare glimpse into the daily life of many Maldivians.
5. Banana Reef
There’s no doubt that the Maldives is a water baby’s dream destination, with tropical crystal-clear waters that boast a wealth of varied marine life. Stunning opportunities for both snorkelling and diving exist for those wanting to explore the underwater world of this paradisiacal island, but one of the top (underwater) points of interest in the Maldives is undoubtedly Banana Reef.
This sensational site lies to the west of Farukolhufushi Island in the North Male Atoll and is equally good for snorkelling as it is for swimming and diving. Shaped, unsurprisingly, in the form of a banana, at this site underwater explorers can find soft corals, overhangs and canyons that are home to a plethora of stunning creatures, with some of the common sightings being of triggerfish, snappers and sweetlips. Known as one of the best dive sites in the world, it’s totally unmissable on a trip to the Maldives.
Another of the best, albeit different, points of interest in the Maldives, is the incredible man-made island of Hulhumale. This island is connected to the airport and sits just to the north of Male. It was, in fact, created as an extension of the capital city island. Built in 1997, Hulhumale was made to help with space for the growing population on Male and provides visitors with an exceptional place for sublime local food, snorkelling experiences, or an opportunity to indulge in some of the wonderful Maldivian tea.
7. Tsunami memorial
This special sea-facing memorial is dedicated to the 100 victims of the tsunami that hit the Maldives in a devastating fashion in 2004—an event that will be in the memory of many Maldivians for a very long time. This memorial, while tragic, is very important and an integral part of the history of this stunning archipelago. While this might not be the top point of interest on the island, it’s definitely one of the most crucial. It’s a serene spot to stop and spare a thought for all those who were affected by such a tragic event in this dreamlike destination.
8. National Museum
History buffs should definitely make a stop at the National Museum which is also located near the Sultan Park (and which used to form a part of the Sultan’s Palace). This captivating Museum offers visitors a host of historical artefacts that once belonged to the sultans themselves. Here you will be able to find a collection of manuscripts (both paper and cloth), clothing that was once owned and worn by kings and queens, items of armour on show, old photographs and much more. The museum is broken up into different levels which are dedicated to different eras in Maldives’ history.
9. Manta Point
Another pretty phenomenal underwater site for divers and snorkellers alike, Manta Point is by far one of the underwater sites in the Maldives for those who enjoy witnessing the grace of these majestic creatures. At this site, visitors stand a chance to witness three different types of mantas, especially impressive when seen in huge numbers at the cleaning stations where they are ‘cleaned’ by smaller fish.
10. Discover the pristine islands
The Maldives is home to over 1000 islands, so it’s hard to choose which one exactly should make the 10th top point of interest in the Maldives. However, if you have the time to island hop, go on a “castaway” picnic or are able to stay at one of the superb luxury resorts then any and all of these experiences are definitely worth doing. The Maldives offers everything you could possibly want for the ultimate holiday in this tropical haven.
Looking for the best possible place to stay while in the Maldives? Look no further than Kanuhura. This five-star resort is the perfect hideaway for wild-hearted travellers looking to indulge in life’s best offerings in paradise.