The Maldives On a Budget
Top Tourist AttractionsThe Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world; they're on almost every one of the country's nearly 1200 islands and are so consistently perfect that it's hard to pick the best. While some beaches may boast softer granules than others, the basic fact remains: you'll find consistently whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water like this almost nowhere else on earth. This fact alone is enough to bring well over a million people a year to this tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise. One of the most frequented beaches in Maldives, Nalaguraidhoo Beach boasts of clear azure waters, shimmering white sand, and pristine surroundings. A visit to Nalaguraidhoo Beach won't disappoint, as the beauty of this attraction is bound to leave you speechless and create memories that you can cherish for years to come.
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) is the oldest mosque in Maldives, dating back to 1656. The walls of the mosque are intricately carved with coral stone and Arabic script. The interiors have beautiful lacquer work and fine woodcarvings.
Muliaage is the official residence of the President of the Maldives. Located in the heart of Male, Muliaage lies in close proximity to the Friday Mosque Construction of the Muliaage began in 1914 and was completed in 1919. The architecture of the Muliaage is highly reminiscent of the colonial era in Sri Lanka. The Muliaage is very grand and spectacular in appearance and has been home to four Presidents of the Maldives till date. Unfortunately, entry to the Muliaage is not allowed for visitors and one can only admire the building from outside.
Islands and Regional InformationMale Island
The compact capital island is the best island in Maldives for luxury-seekers. It is on this island that the major international airport of Maldives is located and you should ideally visit this island at the very beginning or the end of your trip in Maldives. Though it is often dismissed as a destination with little sightseeing options, it must not be missed. For it is here that you experience the true Maldivian culture. Major attractions at Male: Grand Friday Mosque, Male Fish Market, Male's National Museum, Tsunami Monument, and Sultan Mosque.
Located very close to Maldivian capital, Hulhumale is a reclaimed artificial island that was planned in order to decongest the population of Male. It might not be the most beautiful settlement, but its pretty coastline and lack of tourists makes it a decent destination in Maldives.
Stationed in the South Male Atoll, Biyadhoo has an abundance of vegetation growth; including bananas, coconuts, mangoes, cucumbers, cabbage, and tomatoes. However, its sparkling waters and wide range of watersports are what make the island so popular.
Situated in the Kaafu Atoll of South Male, this is among the most beautiful places to visit in Maldives. The Fihalhohi Island Resort here has a number of overwater bungalows to stay in. Its Palm Groove, Dive Centre, and Anggerik Spa make the Fihalhohi Island Resort a splendid stay option. And the pristine beaches on the island shaded by coconut palm trees are a spectacular experience.
Another tropical paradise in the Kaafu Atoll of South Male is the Maafushi Island. Thanks to its sparkling ocean waters, splendid resorts, and thrilling activities, the island ranks among the best islands to visit in Maldives.
This island sits on the eastern edge of Maldives in the Vaavu Atoll. Its crystal clear waters, sun-kissed beaches, aquamarine lagoons, and spa centers make it one of the best destinations in Maldives. The Alimatha Aquatic Resort on the island offers exquisite stay options in the form of beach bungalows and overwaters properties, in addition to the wide array of watersports.
This is the prime attraction of the South Ari Atoll in Maldives. The island is known for its picturesque setting and natural beauty. It is dotted with white-sand beaches and beautiful, crystal waters
ActivitiesGo Diving and snorkeling. With some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world, the clear waters of Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing; dazzling coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly colored tropical fish await you when you get down to the reef. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world's largest fish, the whale shark. The best bit? The water is so warm many people don't even wear a wetsuit.
Try some surfing! The Maldives is becoming an increasingly popular surfing destination. Turquoise water and perfect waves makes it an ideal and uncrowded destination for surfers looking for smooth surfing conditions. The best period for surfing in the Maldives is between March and October; the biggest waves occurring in June, July and August. Specialized companies organize tailored multi-day boat trips in the region, allowing surfers to move easily from one point to another and maximizing the surfing time.
If you aren't into surfing, paddle boarding is another great option. The Maldives is great for stand up paddle boarding (SUP), because most islands are surrounded by calm shallow waters that only ebb and flow with the rising tides. You can paddle along in safe bays with water so clear you can see fish swimming right below your boards.