Maldives is an archipelago known as the paradise for the travelers. Pristine nature, clean air and the sea you can enjoy on white-sand beaches are together attracting masses of leisure-loving tourists.
The Maldives are well known for their spa resorts, each with its own unique world, surrounded by pristine golden sands. This is the place 'on the edge of the world,' where there is no noise of cities and of European civilization, where one faces just the exotic nature and endless expanses of the ocean. Numerous underwater coral caves extend around the Maldives archipelago, and lush tropical vegetation creates a pristine and unique beauty of the islands. A tour around the islands offers morning and evening fishing, rowing in the glass bottom boat, helicopter flights, scuba diving, water safari and various ways of entertainment.
The standard list of excursions offered in every hotel here includes a tour to the capital, where one will probably pay a visit to historical monuments, the Islamic Center, the National Museum and some other places.
The nature has given the Maldives surprising charm. The coral atolls, that make up the Maldives archipelago, are one of the most beautiful places on earth and attract travelers from around the world. The Maldives are admired for unusually clean white sandy beaches, green mangroves and coconut palms, the azure blue ocean, sparkling in the sun. It is an unforgettable world of coral islands, many of which are uninhabited. The dream of visiting such islands captivates tourists and gives them a chance to feel like the hero of Daniel Defoe's novel.
The Maldives are respected for their cozy hotels, which leave the most indelible romantic impressions. The islands are among the few resorts, where tourists can fully forget about the civilization. There are no cities with a long history, there are no grand monuments of the past centuries, and the attractions, of which there are many, are mostly of natural origin. First of all, this is the unique underwater world of coral reefs, beautiful lagoons, tiny fairy-tale islands, and villages with a calm lifestyle.
The capital of the Maldives, is the world's smallest capital city. Its main attraction is the Good Friday mosque, adorned with a golden dome. This is the biggest mosque of the Maldives, which admits more than 5,000 people at a time. Nearby there is the unique minaret of the old mosque, the graves of the national heroes and of the members of ruling families. Other attractions of the capital, that deserve attention, are the Presidential Palace, the National Museum, located in Sultan Park, the graves of legendary Maldivian saints. When in Male, be sure to visit the local market, the Singapore market, where tourists can buy a lot of interesting and unique handmade souvenirs.
The Maldives is a stunning archipelago for lovers of active fun. One can go windsurfing, snorkeling, water skiing, canoeing, water skiing on bananas, do some water sports etc. For those, who treat water recreation seriously, there is a diving club. The Maldives are open for diving enthusiasts. Numerous coral caves are fascinating places for underwater exploration. Coral reefs protect coastal waters from predators, so fans of diving should not be afraid for their lives.
Addu atoll is located about 300 miles from the international Hulule airport and the capital Malé. Gan Island is the largest island of the atoll, which probably has some of the most delightful landscapes in the Maldives. Baa atoll includes 41 uninhabited islands. Until recently, there had been very few resorts, but the island eventually began to fill with tourist buildings. Lavyani atoll is composed by 63 islands and is probably one of the most beautiful places for diving. The waters of the atoll contain many species of tropical reef fish and the corals of extraordinary beauty. Daala atoll is known for the 'Turtle Island' with wonderful scenery, tall palm trees, clean beaches and beautiful lagoons.