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FUVAHMULAH

LOCATION:- Southern province of the Maldivian archipelago

FuaMulaku is located in the southern province of the Maldivian archipelago. While it is the smallest of the atolls with just one island, FuaMulaku has the largest island in Maldives.  This solitary island is exceptionally fertile, producing fruits and vegetables that are not grown elsewhere in the country, like mangoes, oranges and pineapples.

 

Fuvahmulah

KUDAHUVADHOO

LOCATION:- South Nilande Atoll in Maldives

In South Nilandhoo Atoll, the island of Kudahuvadhoo has mysterious mounds known as hawittas. They are probably ruins of Buddhist temples before the Islamic era, though the validity of this is yet to be established. This island also has an old mosque built out of coral-stone, which is said to have some of the finest masonry you’ll ever see. 

 

Kudahuvadhoo

MIRIHI ISLANDS

LOCATION:- South Ari Atoll, Alifu Atoll

A secluded island which owes its name to a local flower, Mirihi Island boasts of an exclusive house reef and a pristine beach. The island has a resort, which offers 36 tourist bungalows. One of the most popular tourist beaches in Maldives, Mirihi Island is perfect for honeymooners and solace seekers. The entire island is covered with palm trees and lined with snow-white sands and the water bungalows here are an added attraction.

 

Mirihi Islands

NALAGURAIDHOO BEACH

LOCATION:- South Ari Atoll, Alifu Atoll

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 must be a part of your itinerary. 

Nalaguraidhoo Beach

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MALDIVES

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: MVR 100; Children: MVR 20

OPENING HOURS:- Sunday-Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday): 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- South Ari Atoll, Alifu Atoll

The National Museum of Maldives is located at Sultan Park in Male, which was the former palace of the Sultan of Maldives. It houses several well-kept artefacts of Maldivian culture, including coins, royal antiques, furniture, items of clothing, coins, embellishments and armaments. A visit to this museum is a must for the lovers of history and culture while touring Male.

National Museum of Maldives

GRAND FRIDAY MOSQUE

ENTRY FEE:- Free

OPENING HOURS:- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Jumhooree Maidan, Malé, Maldives

The Islamic Centre and a distinct work of architecture in Maldives, The Grand Friday Mosque is a major attraction in Male. Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam as it is formally called, is the largest mosque in Maldives and draws several pilgrims as well as architecture lovers throughout the year.

Grand Friday Mosque

MULIAAGE

OPENING HOURS:- 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m; closed on Fridays and Saturdays

LOCATION:- Medhuziyaaraiy Magu, Male' City 20115, Maldives

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 and the Grand Minaret of Male, also known as Munnaru. 
Construction of the Muliaage was started in 1914 and was completed in 1919. The architecture of the Muliaage is highly reminiscent of the kind of buildings built during 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.

 

Muliaage

ALIMANTHA ISLAND

LOCATION:- Vaavu Atoll, Maldives

One of the most beautiful diving spots in Maldives, Alimantha Island is located on the eastern edge of Maldives and has been included within the government-sanctioned list of protected dive sites. 
Maldives Alimantha Diving Centre organises half and full day diving excursions, night dives and day and night snorkelling trips, for both experienced and beginners, to the best sites of the Atoll. The emerald shallow waters of Alimantha Island are great for swimming and playing with kids.
Other activities that can be enjoyed here include wind surfing, canoeing and cat sailing, or you can sit back and enjoy an Ayurvedic massage at the Ayurvedic Massage Centre.

  • To book a dive, contact:

Alimatha Diving Center

Location: Alimatha Resort, Vaavu Atoll

Website: http://www.tgimaldives.com/

Tel: +960 6700575

 

Alimantha Island

UTHEEMUGANDUVARU

ENTRY FEE:- MVR: 25

OPENING HOURS:- Sun-Thu: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION:- Northern Atolls, Maldives

Located on the Utheemu Island, one of the inhabited islands of the HaaAlif Atoll, UtheemuGanduvaru is popular as the birthplace of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu. Thakurfaanu and his brothers are remembered for having fought a war that lasted fifteen years to evict the Portuguese from Maldives. The UtheemuGanduvaru is essentially the wooden palace in which Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu grew up and has been very well maintained over the years and portrays the lives of the affluent many years ago.

 

UtheemuGanduvaru

MANTA POINT

LOCATION:- North Malé Atoll , Maldives

One of the best experiences for divers coming to Maldives is to be able to snorkel or scuba dive with Manta rays. Weighing up to 5,000 pounds and with a wingspan of 25 feet, these species can be found in large numbers in Manta Point. One of the best places to find them is at one of the many manta ray cleaning stations, where the mantas gather to have the plankton removed by smaller fish.

 

Manta Point

HUKURUMISKIIY (OLD FRIDAY MOSQUE)

LOCATION:- Medhuziyaarai Magu, Malé, Maldives

HukuruMiskiiy 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.
The mosque was originally an old temple that faced west to the setting sun, and not northwest towards Mecca, hence worshippers face the corner of the mosque when they pray.

 

HukuruMiskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

BANANA REEF

LOCATION:- North Male Atoll, Maldives

One of the oldest dive sites in Maldives to become internationally known, Banana Reef gets its name from the shape of the island when viewed from above.
The area has some of the most beautiful caves, cliffs and coral growths. A popular spot with divers, the caves at Banana Reef contain several species of exotic fish, and other marine life like the squirrelfish, soldierfish and Maldivian grubfish.

 

Banana Reef

HULHUMALE

LOCATION:- Maldives Island Group

This exquisitely designed mosque is located at the borders of the reclaimed island of Hulhumale. The mosque has a massive golden dome that is supported by trusses and its unique design is what sets it apart from other traditionally constructed mosques.B uilt in the year 2006, the mosque can accommodate over 900 worshippers at one time!

Hulhumale

HP REEF

LOCATION:- North Malé Atoll , Maldives

Not meant for the faint-hearted, HP Reef is great for those looking to explore the underwater world. Very often referred to as Rainbow Reef, because of its array of colours, HP Reef is a great dive site with strong currents. 
This year-round dive site features soft corals of different colours and gorgonians or sea whips. With dives of up to 10 to 40 metres deep, the reef is great for spotting various reef fish, manta rays, dog tooth tunas and other marine life. Out here, you will also get to see crevices and caves, including large caves.

 

HP Reef

FISH HEAD

LOCATION:- North Malé Atoll , Maldives

Fish head, also known as Mushimasmingili Reef, is arguably one of the world’s best dive spots. Fish Head is situated in North Ari Atoll and offers divers the opportunity to see a large school of grey reef sharks, along with other marine life like fusiliers, large Napoleons and hungry barracuda. This dive site also features stunning caves, black corals and undersea rock formations.

Fish Head

NATIONAL ART GALLERY

ENTRY FEE:- Adults: MVR 50; Children: MVR 15

PHONE NUMBER:- +960 334-3832

OPENING HOURS:- Sunday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (closed on Friday and Saturday)

LOCATION:- Male 20131, Maldives

The National Art Gallery of Maldives was established by the Government of Maldives in 1999 to showcase regular displays of Maldivian and international art works. 
From photography to paintings and conceptual works, the gallery has regular exhibitions, along with other promotional events like presentations and workshops.

 

National Art Gallery

GAN

LOCATION:- Addu Atoll , Maldives

Offering one of the best independent diving experiences in Maldives, Gan is part of the southernmost Addu atoll in Maldives. Addu atoll lies just south of the equator, and was one of the few underwater areas in Maldives to be spared the effects of coral bleaching that the rest of the Maldivian islands suffered from in 1998. Giant manta rays, shark species and green turtles are found here. 
One can also take cycling tours on the island on rented bikes to explore the island better and interact with the friendly locals here. The largest shipwreck in Maldives, “British Loyalty” is also off the coast of Gan. 

 

Gan

MUDDHHOO ISLAND

LOCATION:- Baa Atoll, Maldives

Every once in a while, the Maldivian beach at Muddhhoo Island experiences a phenomenon known as bioluminescence. Organisms known as ostracod crustaceans, light up the beach and the water. The white sands of the serene Muddhhoo Island against the midnight blue of the sky, speckled with the glowing crustaceans on the ocean surface make for a delightful sight on the islands.

Muddhhoo Island

SEA DIVING

The Maldives is the perfect destinations for you if you are a sea diving enthusiast. Surrounded by the ocean on all sides, the enchanting atolls of Maldives are the perfect place for you to explore marine life in the Indian Ocean. Explore the beautyof coral reefs and as you splash into the azure waters you’ll know why the Maldives is one of the best diving and snorkelling destinations in the world. 
At the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Baa Atoll you can enjoy diving and snorkelling under the supervision of multilingual dive professionals. 

Best sea diving locations in Maldives:

  • Ari Atoll:

Broken Rock, GangehiKandu, HukrueliFaru (RangaliMadivaru), KudarahThila, MaalhosThila, MaayaThila, Mushi Mas MingiliThila (Fish Head), Pannettone (KalhahandiKandu)

  • South Male Atoll:

Cocoa Corner (Cocoa Thila), GuraidhooKandu South

  • North Male Atoll:

Banana Reef, KudaHaa

 

Companies that offer sea diving courses in Maldives:

  • Diverland

Website: http://www.diverland-maldives.com/
Address and Telephone:
•    Diverland Embudu: Embudu Village +960 7771157
•    Diverland Gan: Equator Island Village +960 7771157
•    Diverland Summer Island: Summer Isalnd Village +960 7771157

  • Dive Club Maldives

Website: http://diveclubmaldives.com/
Address: Nirolhu Magu - 11 Goalhi, Malé, Maldives
Telephone: +9603320344

  • Sea Explorers 

Website: http://sea-explorer.net/
Address: H. Asfaam, Bodhufungadhu Magu, 20008, Maldives
Phone: +960 331-0101

  • Dive The World Maldives:

Website: http://www.dive-the-world.com/diving-sites-maldives.php
Address: 3rd Floor, G Nafaa, Male, Maldives 
Telephone: +(960)7740749

 

 

Sea Diving

WATER SPORTS

PHONE NUMBER:- +960-6647414

LOCATION:- Vihamanaafushi, 08340, Republic of Maldives

Being one of the most sought after beach destinations in the world, Maldives offers plenty of water sports opportunities. You can indulge in activities like canoeing, knee boarding, kite surfing, wake boarding, wind surfing, water skiing, parasailing and banana boat rides.

 

 

Water Sports

WHALE/DOLPHIN WATCHING

Maldives is one of the top five whale and dolphin watching destinations across the globe. The country is home to over twenty species of whales and dolphins, including the Spinner Dolphin, the Melon-headed Whale, the mighty Blue Whale and the Pilot Whale. 

Whale/Dolphin Watching

SPA AND RELAXATION

OPENING HOURS:- 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Maldives is synonymous with sheer indulgence and is the perfect place to enjoy relaxing spa therapies and massages. Most of the resorts in Madives offer complete wellness experience and have excellent sauna and spa facilities to help you rejuvenate. 

Some of the recommended spas in Maldives are:

  • Veli Spa, Kurumba: 

Website: http://www.kurumba.com/maldives-resort-spa
Address: Kurumba Maldives, North Male' Atoll Maldives, 08340
Telephone: +960 664-2324

 

  • Duniye Spa

Website: http://duniyespas.com/
Address: Champa Building, 3rd Floor, Male 20187, Maldives 
Telephone: +96 07776024

  • Azmaara Spa

Website: http://azmaaraspa.com/
Address: Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, North Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives 
Telephone: + 9603308838

 

Spa and Relaxation

SUBMARINE TOUR

This excursion is specially recommended for non-divers who wish to explore the beauty of the underwater world of Maldives. Enjoy magnificent views of the reef and see rare species of fish, turtles and shark rays in their natural habitat. This is a popular excursion, especially for families travelling with kids, as it is an absolutely safe, yet fun to enjoy marine life. The tours are conducted in the state-of-the-art Whale Submarine, which currently holds the record for the largest tourist submarine in existence.

5 Submarine Tours you can take in Maldives:

  • Adaaran

Website: http://www.adaaran.com/prestigevadoo/excursions/whale-submarine-adventure.html
Address: Adaaran Resorts,
7th Floor, STO Aifaanu Building,
Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male,
Republic of Maldives.Telephone+960-6640375

  • Conrad Maldives Hotel

Website: http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maldives/conrad-maldives-rangali-island-MLEHICI/index.html
Address: Rangali Island, Rangali 20077, Maldives
Telehone: +960 668-0629

  • Maldives Offer

Website: https://www.maldivesoffer.com/en/hotel/details/ho11003/Whale+Submarine+
Address: Maldivesoffer-Capital Travel & Tours Pvt Ltd,M. Banff Villa (4th Floor),Majeedhee Magu Male’,Republic of Maldives
Telephone: 0090 530 1512 091

  • Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Website: http://www.meeru.com/activities-excursions
Address: North Male' Atoll, Maldives
Telephone: +960 664 3157

  • Lucido Travels

Website: http://lucidotravels.com/
Address: Kudheenaa Hingun
HDH Kulhudhuffushi 02110
Telephone : +960 914 46 27

Submarine Tour

CRUISE

One of the best ways to explore the Maldives and its many beautiful islands is by taking a half day, full day or long stay cruise. You can also opt for a snorkelling trip, visit coral islands, go fishing, explore the beaches, or just kick back and relax on a sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Some of the recommended cruise operators in Maldives are:

  • Cruise Maldives

Website: http://www.cruise-maldives.com/ 
Address: Plot 10099, Halavelimagu, Hulhumale
Telephone: + (960)009607702444 

  • Lucido Travels

Website: http://lucidotravels.com/
Address: Kudheenaa Hingun
HDH Kulhudhuffushi 02110
Telephone : +960 914 46 27

  • Four Seasons

Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/maldivesfse/
Address: North Male Atoll  Maldives 
Telephone: +(960) 66 00 888

  • Kuredu

Website: http://www.kuredu.com/
Address: Kuredu Resort & Spa, Maldives, Lhaviyani Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Telephone: +960 662-0337

  • Cosmos Tours and Cruises

Website: http://www.cosmostoursandcruises.co.uk/maldives-holidays
Telephone: 0800 668 1365

Cruise

PRIVATE FISHING (FOR COUPLES)

The Maldives is an ideal destinationto go fishing. Embark on a fishing expedition with your loved one, or simply relax in a traditional boat and take in thestunning views around. Maldives is home to a variety of fish, right from marlin to sailfish.You are sure to enjoy a day out fishing!

Private Fishing (For Couples)

LOVER'S DHONI RIDE

Witness the beauty of early morning skies on a lover’s dhoni (a multi-purpose sailboat) ride. Organized by many hotels, this ride is a great way to enjoy the sunrise above the turquoise 

Lover's Dhoni Ride

CATAMARAN SAILING

A luxurious way to discover the many atolls of Maldives, sailing in a catamaran is an experience like none other. Cruise the high seas surrounded by azure waters and picturesque vistas. The catamaran cruise is spacious and offers modern comforts and luxury to those on board.

Catamaran Sailing

VIRGIN ISLANDS EXCURSION

A visit to one of the many secluded islands in Maldives is a great way to aquaint yourself with the culture of this island nation. Take out some time and visit locals in their homes, you can also choose to visit a local school and mosque in the area as well. A unique experience indeed. 

Virgin Islands Excursion

FISHING

Fishing is an essential part of Maldivian life, so much so that there are celebrations when a good catch is hauled in. Experience the joy of catching and cooking your own fish on a night reef fishing trip. Available at many resorts, these boats leave before sunset to find a good spot near a reef. If you’re a fishing novice, don’t worry since the boat crew will teach you to how to use the fishing equipment.

 
Some of the recommended places to go fishing in Maldives are: 

 

  • Maakeyolhu Fishing Charters

Website: http://maakeyolhu.com/
Address: Sonee Building, BoduthakurufaanuMagu, Male
Telephone: + 960 7774000 

 

Fishing

MALE CITY TOUR

The capital of Maldives has lots to offer. From Sultan Park and National Museum to Grand Friday Mosque, Male has plenty of attractions for everyone to enjoy. For shopping, Majeedhee and ChaandaneeMagu have souvenirs and imported goods. You can also head to the fish market for a sneak peek into the lifestyle of the locals. The city, with its artificial beach and tranquil environs, is beautiful and is best explored by an extensive city tour. 

Male City Tour