Maldives is truly an island of all islands – a small nation surrounded by emerald seas which hold the glory and luxuries of the world are what truly defines the roots of this nation. If you’ve ever heard stories of the ocean, mermaids and the marine life comes alive in a sensational scene, those stories were perhaps most definitely set in the Maldives.
The heart of Maldives surely belongs to its capital, Malé, a bustling trade centre, with gorgeous mosques and a captivating population – when in Malé you will experience an escape from the traditional views of a typical Maldivian holiday. A fusion of high rise buildings and narrow streets, it is the hub of Maldives’ economic and political discourse where the real life of day to day Maldivians can be witnessed in its sheer reality.
Across most parts of South East Asia, the sprawling temples and statues of Buddha ignite the spiritual side of visitors, Maldives, however, is much more distinct and different in this regard. The architectural specimens which will enchant you in this country are its magnificent mosques. The first structure to support this statement is the nation’s Old Friday Mosque. Built in 1665, it is an amazing and inspiring piece of Islamic architecture which is much more distinct and distinguishable from its Buddhist counterparts. As it is forbidden in Islam to paint living things, Islamic architecture boosts of astonishing calligraphy and abstract art – the intricate carvings on the walls of the mosque are pleasing to the eyes. If you’re interested to dive deep into the history of what Maldives is now, you will be fascinated to visit and look around this place which provides an introduction to the beginnings of Islam in the Maldives.
Being an island nation, Maldives takes pride in its exotic seafood. While the global popularity of its cuisine is not comparable to Japanese or Thai food, it is truly fresh and scrumptious. A short trip to the capital’s fish market can be fun if you’ve not seen something similar before, octopus or tuna, you name it and freshly caught finds are available in this lively market. For a perfect wrap up to your tour of the city, why not visit National Museum and the National Art Gallery, both spaces have insightful experiences and can your truly open your eyes to the country and how it came to be.
You cannot expect to come to Maldives and not swim with the sharks! Plan a trip to Hammerhead Point, the divers’ paradise and witness the majesty of the ocean’s deadliest yet most fascinating creatures. This experience of a lifetime coupled with a trip to meet the whale sharks in Ari Atoll is the highlight of the Maldivian experience, where else can you swim with sharks and live to tell the tale!
The white sandy beaches of the nation strewn with gold have been highly rated across the globe as some of the best-preserved shorelines in the world, in the midst of the capital’s bustling streets and the rush of adrenaline as you swim with the mighty sharks, don’t forget to soak in the sun as you lie on the golden shores.
Here’s a 5-day itinerary for Maldives for the perfect trip!
The Magnificent Maldives Tour
Day 1 – Arrival in the capital city of Male
Day 2 – Tour of Male (museums, markets and mosques)
Day 3 – Excursion trip at Kuda Huraa
Day 4 – Visit Hammerhead Point
Day 5 – Ari Atoll and Departure