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Best Things To Do in Maldives

With 1,190 islands (only 200 are inhabited), you've got plenty of territory to explore. But, despite the numerous options, most visitors simply lounge on the palatial resort island of their choice. While we completely understand the need to unwind poolside, we recommend you take a few excursions. For one, the capital city of Male' (one of the smallest capitals in the world) bustles with activity from the fishing docks to the National Museum. If you are scuba diver, you can't miss the riveting Maldives Victory shipwreck and the terrifying shark-filled Fish Head area. And don't forget about the beaches! The soft sands fade into turquoise reefs beneath blue waters—the sight is priceless.

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Male' Fish Market Free attraction
Shopping, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you wish to catch a glimpse of Maldivians' daily lives, look no further than the Male' Fish Market. This ... read more»

Hukuru Miskiiy Free attraction
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Hukuru Miskiiy, or "Old Friday Mosque," has sat in Male' since 1656. When you stand outside of it and look ... read more»

Male' Free attraction
Shopping, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Male' is one of the world's smallest capital cities—a wee one square mile. But, believe us, it packs ... read more»

National Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: After the Maldives became a republic, the country established the National Museum. Located in the former Sultan's Palace, the ... read more»

Maldives Victory
Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: First, the title is very misleading. The Maldives Victory sunk in 1981 after hitting a reef—not exactly a successful ... read more»

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