Although Maldives consists of over a thousand islands, most of its major attractions can be found in one place – Male, the country’s capital. This makes sightseeing easy and convenient. The Hukuru Miskiiy, or Grand Friday Mosque, is a good place to start an exploration of Maldives. After all, Islam does play a large role in the country’s culture and traditions. The mosque, which was constructed in 1656, is the country’s oldest and has a gorgeous interior. To visit the place non-Muslims have to obtain prior permission, but it is worth it.
Travellers can enjoy a slice of local life at the Maldives Fish Market. The market really comes to life towards afternoon, with many fishermen bringing their day’s haul for inspection and sale. The fish market is usually the first stop of the day for many restaurants and households, so one is sure to meet an interesting mix of people. A trip to the Maldives National Museum should not be missed when visiting the country’s capital. The museum is home to many national treasures. On display here are items belonging to former sultans, coins, statues and even furniture. It is an interesting place to visit and one can learn a lot about the island’s colourful history.
Moving away from Male, there are a number of natural attractions to visit. The Naifaru Island is one of the most popular islands in the country and one can try out a variety of water sports here. When visiting the country’s various islands, one should not miss the Seenu Atoll. This unique atoll is surrounded by other atolls and is ‘landlocked’ in a sense. It is protected from bad weather and has a rich aquatic fauna. It is a terrific spot to observe dolphins and whales.
Tourists looking for good luxury hotel resorts can try Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas found in Maldives. They have several luxury hotels in Maldives, each enjoying an excellent location and having facilities for a variety of water sports. These hotels are sure to match expectations, whether one is looking for a relaxing vacation spent lounging in the sun or a vacation full of adventure and excitement, offering an unforgettable holiday in paradise.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+