Have you ever answered the question – if you were stuck on an island, what would you bring? Books, people, food, some form of entertainment. Well, luckily, the island we’re going to describe today needs none of the above. You only step onto the soft, warm sand of the beaches, feel the blue green waves slip under your feet and in between your toes, hear the beat of the music, smell the lime, coconut and chilly of a tangy fish soup to understand that this island nation needs nothing to make it better.
So, if there was ever an island to be stuck on (or visit) the Maldives it is. Today, we’re going to give you a small insight into this ocean bound treasure. We’ll dive under the water, we’ll walk the streets, learn about the history and explore the best of Maldives Tourism. Let’s dive in!
Maldives Tourism- A Quick Overview
Capital City Male
Official Language Dhivehi
Dial Code +960
Population 530, 953
Currency Maldivian rufiyaa
Time Zone (GMT+5)
Area 297.8 sq. km
Highlights Of Maldives
Cities And Islands In Maldives
The Maldives island nation is a cluster of precious jewels – discovering each of them is a pleasure and delight. Start with Malé – the capital city. Thrumming with energy, this is a city filled with beautiful buildings, like the 17th century Friday Mosque, energetic markets like Male Market and the lovely Mulee aage Palace. Cross the sparkling waters that surround Male and you’ll arrive at the Hulhumale Island, with its spectacular beaches, glass topped mosque, a beautiful promenade and serene, green neighbourhoods. If you’re going slightly off the well-trodden path, then Maafushi is the destination to visit. Once ravaged by the tsunami, this island is climbing back on its feet, with a variety of beautiful resorts springing up. This is a quiet, beautiful pocket of the world to tuck yourself into. Stroll on the beaches, laze at the guesthouse and enjoy coffee at its small coffeehouses. For a little history, head to the northernmost of the Maldivian island chains to the island of Utheemu – once the home of Sultan Mohammed Thakurufaanu, the leader who drove the Portuguese invaders from the islands in the 16th century. Other places to visit are Feydhoo, Maradhoo, Veligandu Island, Banana Reef, Thulusdhoo Island and more.
Shopping At Maldives
The Maldives isn’t the shopping hub of the world, but there are beautiful souvenirs to buy from the many markets that crowd the islands. The first place to visit is the Male Local Market. This exciting bazaar sells gorgeous handicrafts, mementos and more. Pick up packaged sweetmeats, boat souvenirs, seashell home décor and silky coconut milk. The next market on your list should be Majeedhee Magu, where local cosmetics, dried fish chips, canned smoked fish, jewellery, electronics, clothes are all yours for the choosing. Forgotten your toiletries at home? Then wander over to Le Cute – the Maldivess most famous beauty and cosmetics shop. Healthcare, herbal, perfumes and more – you’ll find them all here. For a more curated shopping experience, visit Island Bazaar – classy, elegant and expensive, you’ll find intricate handicrafts, bags, décor, handmade jewellery, scarves and handmade dishes.
Nature And Wildlife In Maldives
The blue and green of Maldives conceal worlds of wildlife and marine life. Fruit bats, lizards of every colour, slinky snakes, turtles swirling their way under the water, beautiful pelagic birds, whales and dolphins twisting in the water, hammerhead sharks shyly slipping through the massive coral reefs, sting rays gliding across the ocean floor, thousands and thousands of schools of colourful fish. You need to plunge into the wonder of this environment to see them all. Explore the underwater kingdom from popular dive sites like Sun Island, Broken Rock, Maaya Thila, Banana Reef and Alimatha Jetty.