Best known for its pristine white beaches, crystal clear water, exciting underwater scene and the best nature has to offer, Maldives is a popular holiday destination for all across the globe. This island nation in the Indian Ocean comprises of almost 1200 islands and is incredibly rich in culture, history and natural beauty.

Whether you are a couple yearning for a romantic escapade, a family looking to forge new memories and unforgettable experiences, traveling solo or with friends, Maldives has something to offer for everyone.

Here is a list of top 5 best places to visit in Maldives:

1. Malé

Most visitors to Maldives will land in Malé, a bustling capital city packed with people and traditional called the “King’s Island” as it was populated by the ancient royal dynasties for its central location. Often bypassed as visitors head straight to the beaches, we recommend that you first make a stop in Malé. Take some time to visit its 17th Century Friday Mosque, Malé Market, National Museum and Islamic Center. Explore the hustle of the busy streets, soak in the unique culture of the place, go shopping and enjoy the local food while you’re at it!

If you are staying at the Club Med Maldives, you can sign up for a half-day excursion to Malé which includes visiting all the popular spots. There will also be a local guide who will explain the interesting history of the capital city and will include free time for shopping in the lively markets too.

2. Maafushi

Maafushi is one of the most popular islands in Maldives, famed for its water sports offerings and scuba diving. While it was heavily damaged in the 2004 Tsunami, the local community has been working hard to rebuild the island which is now completely transformed. Here, you can also sign up for shark diving and visit the Bikini beach, where you will find charming little coffee shops and delicious food. There are also many souvenir shops available here if you are looking to shop!

3. Hulhumale

A reclaimed island located in the North Malé atoll, Hulhumale is close to the capital city and is where the airport is located. It is one of the best places to visit in Maldives – explore the beaches on its eastern front, visit the glass-topped mosque and take a stroll in the promenade walkways. Even though Hulhumale is architecturally planned, it maintains the green façade of nature and captures the beauty of Maldives perfectly.

4. Banana Reef

Located north of the Malé atoll, you will find Banana reef, named for its shape when seen from above. This is one of the most popular diving sites in Maldives, if not the world. It is home to beautiful reefs and multi-coloured corals, an exuberant marine life and is scattered with cliffs and caves.

This is the best diving spot in Maldives for those seeking exciting adventures as there are plenty of underwater activities offered. Banana Reef is also known to be a reef sharks and barracudas spot so you do not want to miss this diving spot out! Fret not if you do not have a diving license, as the corals and reefs here are also one of the best snorkeling sites in Maldives. Alternatively, learn diving at Club Med Kani and get your diving license while on holiday!

5. Kanifinolhu

If you are looking for an all-in-one destination, the island of Kanifinolhu is the place to be. It is a secluded island located north of the Malé atoll, home to Club Med Maldives resort. Sandy white beaches, great food, snorkeling trips and night entertainment can be conveniently found here.

This is the perfect spot for those looking for a mixture of relaxation and adventure given the abundance of activities available. There is a variety of water sports, land sports, excursions and unforgettable experiences offered to visitors, along with a lively atmosphere all day. For those looking to visit Maldives with children, this resort is the ideal vacation destination with activities such as the one and only flying trapeze in Maldives and catamaran sailing!

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