Strung upon the soft and lapping Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives have been formed into one of the most beautiful tropical destinations in the world. The 26 natural atolls of the Maldives offer surreal beauty that can only be experienced by visiting the place. So what makes the Maldives the ultimate tropical destination?
The northern atolls consist of powdered beaches; the best place to play volleyball with your family and friends. The southern atolls are earthy sea shacks with fishing hamlets for everyone to enjoy. If water is part of your perfect vacation then the Maldives is definitely for you; the entire place is surrounded by luminous blue waters that are crystal clear and sure to warm your soul. The destination also offers fun activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, kite surfing, and even catamaran sailing.
Male is the rarely visited capital buzzing with scooters and bazaars that are stacked with spices and coconuts. Though many tourists pass through it, it does offer intriguing sights such as the 17th-century Friday Mosque and the gold-tipped Islamic Centre. The male market is another great sight especially if you are looking to brush up on your haggling skills.
If you are looking for those white sandy beaches accompanied by a little history, the northernmost atoll of Utheemu is the place for you. The island was once the home of the revered Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, a leader who is credited with driving out Portuguese invaders from the isles in the late 16th century. Utheemu offers white sandy beaches that seem to sparkle, soft ocean waves, and heritage sites such as the Utheemu Ganduvaru; the gorgeous timber-built palace where the respected leader grew up.
Maradhoo is a major link in the island chain that starts with Gan to the east; it is long and thin with narrow beachfront and saying grooves of palm trees. From the charming locals to the spicy cuisine rich in seafood, Maradhoo is a great place to visit in the Maldives.
The most visited place in the Maldives is the Vadhoo island and with good reason. The island is known for a magic-like effect of glowing beaches at night; an attraction that had come to be branded as “the sea of stars.” This is because, at night, the sand and the waves appear blue giving an impression of the sky and its stars sitting on the beach; like being in a real-life Disney movie.