Maldives is a tropical country in the Indian Ocean which has 26 atolls (coral island, usually ring-shaped). You can explore the largest fish market in the capital, Malé, with restaurants and unique shops, Majeedhee Magu, see the grandeur Hukuru Miskiiy (or Old Friday Mosque), the historic mosque that was built by using coral in the 17th century.
Undoubtedly, Maldives is a dream holiday destination for many romantic honeymooners in the world. The spectacular view of white sandy beaches, lagoons, turquoise blue sea and beautiful coral. The country became one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. Here are 10 holiday destinations in Maldives which should be present in your bucket list.
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Mirihi Island, South Ari Atoll
Located around 85 KM south of Male that can be reached by 30 minutes seaplane ride. Mirihi is a secluded tropical island with a palm fringed beach of white sand, turquoise sea, flourishing house reef and romantic water bungalow over the blue lagoon by Mirihi Island Resort.
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Alimatha Island, Vaavu Atoll
Located 20 minutes by seaplane or 90 minutes by speedboat from airport in Male, this island offers a haven of world-class diving and snorkeling. The house reef is located at one of the most famous channel dives in the world, one of the protected dive sites in Maldives. Another protected dive site is Fotteyo Kandu, a 90 minutes boat ride from Alimatha.
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Grand Friday Mosque, Male
See the architectural grandeur of this Islamic Centre that also known as Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Al Auzam Thakurufaanu in Maldives. One of the famous attractions in Malé, each year, this mosque draws thousands of devotees and architecture enthusiasts.
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In this dive spot, you can see dozens of manta ray foraging and get "cleaned up" by the wrasse, as they feed on parasites from the mantas’ wings. The manta rays are lining up in a circle around coral, waiting for their turn. Afterwards, they will swim gracefully to the surface. The best time to see the mantas is May - Nov.
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A must-visit in the Maldives with sparkling white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise sea. The scenery is beautifully decorated with palm trees, and the beauty you will never forget for years, before you come back again.
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Historical location where Sultan Mohamed Thankurufaan, the leader and hero of the country ever lived is in Utheemu, Haa Alif Atoll, an uninhabited island in the northern Maldives. Sultan Mohamed meritoriously fought against the Portuguese colonialists.
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An island in Nilandhoo Atoll has many unknown mysterious mounds known as hawittas, that resembles like graves or ruins of Buddhist temples from the pre-Islamic period. There is also a famous historical coral-stone mosque known to possess some of the finest masonry ever seen in the world.
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One of the oldest mosque in Maldives with marvelous interiors. The walls were built of coral stone was carved with different patterns, and beautiful Arabic calligraphy. Old Friday Mosque that reflects the quiet life of muslim in Maldives.
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The smallest atoll is the largest island in the Maldives. This fertile island has a plantation of mango, citrus, pineapple, and vegetables, also has beautiful beaches of white sand, clear blue sea, decorated with rows of palm trees swaying gracefully.
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This beautiful and rich coral reef is located in North Male Atoll. It is the most popular diving site in the Maldives. You can also see the Napoleon Wrasse, Moray Eels and rare Bannerfish in the cluster of banana-shaped coral.