Maldives Sights & Attractions

The Maldives offers a range of sights and attractions – the widely spaced islands are widely regarded as having some of the best snorkelling and diving grounds in the world.


Maldives marine life
Marine life at Fish Head (Mushimasmingali Thila) – Image courtesy of Maldives Tourism

Maldives Sightseeing

The Maldives offers a choice of must-see attractions for active couples, including…

Mushimasmingali Thila

(Fish Head) – Explore one of the world's most famous dive sites, located off Ari Atoll. Plunge down cliffs past ledges, overhangs and caves to the atoll plate at 42m.

The reef is about 100m long, 60m wide and the reef top just 10m from the surface. Discover anemones, sea fans, black corals, grey reef shark, blue-lined snappers, napoleon wrasse and schools of fusiliers and yellow grunts.

Banana Reef, Maldives

Banana Reef

Located on the eastern side of North Malé Atoll inside the barrier reef, Banana Reef is a protected marine park around 300m long.

Banana Reef is ideal for scuba divers and snorkellers alike. See colourful coral, sharks, barracuda and groper. Dive deep past plunging cliffs, caves and overhangs or snorkel the reef top to watch jackfish, morays and blue-striped snapper.

Male, Maldives


Stroll the narrow lanes of the old quarter or along the sea wall, or head into the shady tree-lined streets of the residential area.

The small but busy capital of Maldives, Malé has a laid-back charm with great shopping in the busy markets.

Check out Hukuru Miskiy (Old Friday Mosque) – the country's oldest mosque (dating from 1656) is a masterpiece of coral carved with exquisite filigree designs. Inside are lamps and wooden prayer panels intricately carved with Arabic script.

And don't miss the National Museum, where you can admire the former possessions of the sultan, including rich brocades and weapons, as well as pre-Islamic stone carvings collected from sites all over the country.

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