What to see in Maldives
One of the world’s smallest capitals in the world, Male is known for its colorful buildings and ancient mosque. It is one of the most visited places in the Maldives. With heritage sites on one side and trees and water on the other, it is a must-visit. One of the oldest reefs discovered in the Maldives, Banana Reef is adorned with beautiful caves, stunning coral growths, majestic cliffs, and is populated with sharks and barracudas.
Artificial Beach is the most beautiful beach in the Maldives. Shaped like a crescent, the beach offers breath-taking views and has a pleasant climate. It is filled with cultural activities like live music concerts, colourful carnivals, etc.
What to do in Maldives
The Maldives has an abundance of marine life for its whale shark migration, stingrays, sea turtles, and reef sharks, making it one of the premier scuba diving destinations on the planet. The crystal-clear blue waters offer invisibility and are warm and inviting. If diving is not your thing, then go snorkelling.
Maldives is an ideal place for observing dolphins and whales over the day and soak in the vivid hues while watching the sunset. The island has a wide array of species of whales and dolphins.
Where to eat in Maldives
The Iberry Cafe is a small, boutique-style eatery in the residential part of Maldives. The service is swift and the atmosphere is always alive with patrons’ chatter. This cafe serves a huge variety of dishes typical of the area, the most popular being fish curry and shrimp fried rice. Jazz Cafe serves a mix of Maldivian and international dishes in a low-key, trendy setting. It holds live music gigs and is known for its yellow chicken curry and roast chicken with barbeque sauce.
Muraka, Kitchen, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, and Palace Sichuan are some more of the restaurants worth visiting.
Where to shop in Maldives
Majeedhee Magu is primarily popular for clothes, but you can also find electronics, bags, cosmetics, accessories, watches, shoes, and perfumes here. Male Local Market is located on the northern side of the island and is ideal for fruits and vegetables, coconut milk, dry fruits, pickles, and local snacks.
The Maldives does not have many luxurious and large malls. Centro Mall in Hulhumale Island is a great place for international brands.
Getting around Maldives
The easiest way to explore Maldives is by walking. All of the resort islands, including Male, are easily manageable on foot. The local ferry network is quite limited, and ferries are often late. Since this mode of transit is quite unreliable, it is not recommended.
If you want to reach somewhere in a hurry, take a seaplane. This will allow you to enjoy a scenic bird’s-eye view of the reefs and islands.