The Maldives is made up of numerous islands so it stands to reason that tourists will be spending lots of time on them! Here are some of the most popular options.
Private Island Resorts
Did you know that in the Maldives, island resort properties are each on a private island? Such islands can be found in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; here, resorts like The Nautilus Maldives provide the ideal escape in which to enjoy beachside bliss and unique experiences including snorkelling with manta rays!
Also in the Baa Atoll, the inhabited island of Kudarikilu draws tourists looking to experience some local culture. Certain private resorts will often offer excursions here; it can include an informative tour and a visit to the island’s museum where one can enjoy glimpses into the nation’s history, traditions and the age of sultans.
More insights into the rich heritage of the Maldives await in Male, the country’s capital. Key local attractions include the ancient Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), Grand Friday Mosque and National Museum. The Male Fish Market is also of interest, while Majeedhee Magu and Chaandanee Magu are ideal spots for shopping.
Located in the Raa Atoll, Vaadhoo is another of the inhabited islands, well-known for being home to a beach that glows in the dark! There’s nothing artificial about this phenomenon either; during certain periods, bioluminescent plankton by the shore emit light causing the beach to seemingly sparkle amidst the darkness.