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Amongst some of the most beautiful places to visit in the world, the Maldives have an unrivaled aura of luxury that keeps on attracting all lovers of nature in all its calm and peace and beauty and of course, lovers. With so many safe beaches and awesome diving spots waiting to be explored, there are many beautiful places to visit in the Maldives for vacation that promises excellent entertainment and adventures that we will explore in this article. 

The Maldivian Islands have been a perfect choice for those looking to kick back and enjoy life. It’s a perfect destination for those who want to bask under in sun on the beach and take in the view of the nature all around them, food fanatics who love to keep their mouths busy by experiencing new tastes and flavors, and also art and history aficionados who always love to learn something new and live adventurously. 

20 Best Places to Visit in Maldives for Vacation

In this article you will find, in alphabetical order, twenty (20) best places to visit in the Maldives and things to do while on your visit to these places in the Maldives.

Artificial Beach

Artificial beach in Maldives, one of the places to visit in Maldives

Located on the island of Malé which happens to be the capital and the most populous city of the Republic of Maldives; as the name suggests, the artificial beach is a man-made beach that was constructed in Malé.  Although being so popular and very well visited by global tourists, it does not have any natural beaches of its own. If staying in luxurious holiday resorts or hopping from one island to the other does not seem appealing, there are several other exciting and entertaining things to do including Water Sports, etc., that could interest you. And when your tummy begins to rumble, you can visit the Oxygen Café or Dinemore located in the vicinity of the Artificial Beach.

Baros Island

Baros Island beach in Maldives, one of the places to visit in Maldives

This island is famous for its beautiful corals and all-around natural elegance. It is one of the best places to visit in the Maldives for vacation. It’s got some water villas, lovely sunny beaches, luxury holiday resorts; you can go relaxing at the spa, boutique-shopping, alongside a few restaurants and a few bars in the vicinity. Baros is a highly rated and popular island in the Maldives; so, if you’re looking for a place away from the crowd, Baros is the place to be. 

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COMO Cocoa Island

Amongst the most sought-after places to visit in the island country of Maldives, COMO Cocoa Island is right up there at the top of the list. It’s home to a large number of resorts and has around 33 water villas (basically buildings that are supported by stilts constructed right on top of the water), each offering only the best facilities. They have also got diving and snorkeling services that can be enjoyed at the house reef – money worthy experience if you ask me. 

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Dhigu Island

beach in Maldives, one of the places to visit in Maldives

This island houses the 5-star Anantara Dhigu Resort and Spa which has 36 water villas that offer an awe-inspiring view of the calm-blue lagoon below. There are four restaurants in this resort and also a Dhoni Kid’s club for the younger ones to keep them entertained all day. On the island of Dhigu, you will always be surrounded by a sense of peace no matter where you look as you relax on the white sandy beaches.  

Dive Club in Male Island

Remember how Malé island had that artificial beach at the beginning of this article, well that’s not the only weapon the capital city has got up its fun-slinging sleeves. The island has got a club for adventure or recreational activities that can be enjoyed by all sorts of tourists and holidaymakers including the Dive club. They’ve got activities such as underwater scooter trips, scuba diving, and fishing.

Emboodhu Finolhu Island

Male Island beach in Maldives, one of the places to visit in Maldives

55 water villas, revitalizing spa retreats, and the 5-star Taj Exotic Resort, that’s what is on offer for all and sundry heading for the Emboodhu Finolhu island. One of the best attractions about this island is perhaps the arrangement of some of the water villas in the shape of a flower bud. 

Grand Friday Mosque

Dominating the skyline of Malé is the Grand Friday Mosque – the biggest in the country, the Grand Friday is one of the popular places to visit in the Maldives during vacation. Built with help from gulf states Pakistan, Brunei, and Malaysia in the 1980s, the Grand Friday Mosque is made up of white marble and virtually free from fancy decorations save for the Golden Dome at the top. Consider traveling with cheap vlogging cameras to help document all the events and activities during your vacation in Maldives. 

If you want to visit the place, you have to go there between 9 am and 5 pm, but the best times are before noon and between 2-3 pm. Since this is a religious sight, dressing is keenly scrutinized by staff members. Men must wear long trousers, while Women put on a dress or a long skirt. Inside the mosque, you will see the main prayer hall which can accommodate up to 5000 worshippers decorated with a specially woven carpet and impressive chandeliers. 

Halaveli Island

Halaveli island  beach in Maldives, one of the places to visit in Maldives

In Halaveli Island you can expect to have the feeling of never wanting to go back to wherever your actual home is. 57 water villas, rooms intact with satellite television, and even an iMac entertainment system will do that for you here at the Constance Halaveli Resort. They’ve got a kids club offering the kids activities like paddling and swimming. After having all that fun and spending all the energy, you can fill up at the Jahaz Restaurant and Bar and have yourself a good ole time with family and friends.

Huvahendhoo Island

Huvahendhoo island has the best facilities in Lily Beach Resort and Spa that are perfect for those who visit in packs. This resort is significantly family-friendly as it houses luxe rooms and restaurants that serve special delicacies for the little ones. While the adults and senior citizens go to a spa, the kids can spend time in the ‘Kids’ Clubs’ swimming pool, play on the tennis courts, and enjoy some beach volleyball. There’s a bit of fun for everyone.  It is one of the best places to visit in the Maldives for family vacations. 

Kanuhura Island

A beach in Kanuhura Island, one of the places to visit in Maldives for vacation

Expect to get pampered on this exceptionally beautiful island with their luxurious 5-star hotel resort which bears the same name. Here, you can rejuvenate in the spa, the private outdoor shower, all the while being attended by a personal villa host. Family time is also made fun here by activities such as diving and snorkeling. 

Majeedhee Magu

No this is not an island, it’s a street – I know you didn’t guess that right. It’s the busiest street in the country and a paradise for shopaholics. Located on the capital city island of Malé, it has shops providing everything from cosmetics, handlooms, and jewelry to electronic items and every other thing a traveler might look for. The market features a vast collection of local crafts and gives visitors a glimpse of the authentic Maldivian lifestyle with traditional Maldivian dresses called ‘Libaas’ on display everywhere. 

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Maldivian Wildlife

A tigress and her cub viewed by those who visited Maldivian Wildlife in Maldives

With all the adventure and fun-seeking, don’t forget about the wildlife the Maldives have got on offer. Many atolls and beautiful coral reefs house a wide range of oceanic species like Moorish idols, unicornfish, blue-stripe snapper, dolphins, stingrays, manta rays, and even sharks. All these and many more can be seen during activities such as diving, snorkeling and even chilling on porches of the water villas. They’ve also got birds such as seagulls, cranes, and fruit bats. 

Malé Island

And here we are, the capital city in all its splendor. Brilliantly lit buildings, restaurants and bars, and various other tourist attractions will keep your eyes peeled and your legs moving, all day. There are so many places to go to with major inclusions like the Artificial beach, right? The Tsunami Monument, Grand Friday Mosque, the Fish Market, and the Malé National Museum. So put on your Dora the Explorer persona and seize the day because it’s going to be a busy fun time in Malé. 

Mihiri Island

Now for the newlyweds, honeymooners, romantic escapades, this one’s for you. The resorts here are for those who would love to have a completely detoxifying environment as no television is provided – none. The rooms are excellent for ‘Just the Two of Us’ with Adam and Eve spa treatment. The resort has 30 water villas, island restaurants offering exquisite food for a romantic dinner, and of course; you won’t be cheated out of some diving and snorkeling if you ask. If you’re considering Europe on your next vacation, here is a compilation of cheap places to visit in Europe

National Museum

National museum, one of the popular places to visit in Maldives

Once again, we are back in Malé to check out the National Museum. The three-story building is part of the 17th Century Maldivian Royal Palace compound and houses a collection of well-preserved galleries, weaponry, historic artifacts, and religious paraphernalia. The major highlights however include an 11th-century piece from Alifu Thoddoo, a coral stone head of Lord Buddha, and a 13th Century engraved wooden plank from Hukuru Miskiiy and Feyli Kolhu of Sultan Ghaazee Mohamed. The national museum opens every day from 10 am to 4 pm except on Fridays. 

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Rangali Island

Rangali Island has one of the best places to stay when on a vacation with family in the Conrad Maldives. Here, you can participate in various family-oriented activities like snorkeling and diving, as well as fishing, dolphin sightings, and island hopping (depending on the weather). The island’s resort also has a Kids’ Club, where swimming, and all other indoor sports are available. You can also check out these Caribbean Islands for couples on your next visit to the Caribbeans. 

Seagull Cafe House, Malé

Seagull Cafe House, Malé, one of the popular places to visit in Maldives

While in the Maldives, you eat like the Maldivians; okay at least give it a try at the seagull café house in Malé. Its charming garden and trees and impressive décor make it one of the best places in the city to eat and have a good time. Its menu consists of a wide range of delicacies from sandwiches to curries, burgers, wraps, pasta, grills, and of course, fish. Open from 8 am to 11 pm in the midst of the city center, it’s impossible to miss – check it out. It is one of the popular places to visit in male, Maldives.

Thai Wok Restaurant, Malé

If you have ever had Thai cuisine and loved it, then Thai Wok will appeal to you. Located in Hithaffiinivaa Magu, they’ve got a charming ambiance, and serve some savory and authentic Thai goodness that would have you come back for more. While on a family trip, do check out the weekly buffet where you can get all you can. Here is a list of the best all-inclusive hotel resorts in Maldives to help you settle in faster. 

Tsunami Monument    

Tsunami Monument  where people visit in Maldives

This monument was erected to memorialize those who lost their lives in the tsunami disaster that struck the island in 2004; it’s quite a beautiful structure located on the coastline of the capital city of Malé. The monument’s architectural design sees it adorned with spheres encircled with ring-like structures; you can get a beautiful sunset view from here.

Whale Submarine

Unlike the name, this submarine does not take you whale sightseeing. Rather, it takes on an underwater tour where you get to see the colorful corals and beautiful marine life. You’ll get to see species like the reef fish, yellow boxfish (you read that right), lionfish, and turtles. It’s one of the most exciting and educative 45 minutes you and your marine-loving family and friends could spend while in Malé.

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Searching for places to visit in the Maldives for vacation? The Maldives must have made it to the top of your bucket list of places to visit because, why not. Its white sandy beaches, clear blue shiny waters beneath the luxuriously lavish villas, and the scrumptious food; the water sports, and the underwater wildlife are enough to get anyone saving up for a trip of a lifetime. Calling all bros, queen bees, sweethearts, Mom, Dad, and the kids, hop on aboard the Maldivian Express and thank me later. Traveling for the first time? Here are travel tips for first time travelers to help you make the most of your vacation. 

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Hi there! I'm Enema OJ, a travel enthusiast who loves exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. Through my blog and social media, I share travel tips and experiences with a focus on responsible and sustainable tourism. Apart from traveling for the most part of the year, I enjoy doing search engine optimization and other digital marketing activities like content writing and blogging. Let's connect and inspire each other to have our own adventures!

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