The Maldives

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Asia’s smallest country by area and population, the Maldives is a chain of nearly one thousand two hundred coral islands perched on a vast underwater mountain range. Whiter-than-white sand, warm, luminous water and great seafood, all make the Maldives a destination for a bucket-list holiday.

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National Museum
Open :9:00 am-5:00 pm
This museum houses treasures that include weaponry and royal and religious relics from the ancient and medieval periods of Maldivian history. The remnants of house-hold items and the clothing of those times are particularly intriguing, as are the intricately-carved pieces of wood that showcase the country’s conversion to Islam in the 12th century.
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Buy Diving and Surfing Stuff
If you plan to go diving in the Maldives, good shops to buy your gear at include Dive Shop and Water World on Chandanee Magu in Male, which carries a full range of equipment from big-name brands. Surf boards, accessories and surf wear are available at Atoll Surf on Boduthakurufaanu Magu.
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Shop Hop in Male
Wander down Majeedhee Magu, lined with shops selling accessories, electronics, groceries and clothing. Find souvenirs like local fibre mats and miniature dhonis (local boats) on Chandhanee Magu and Orchid Magu near Republic Square. Orchid Magu also has the STO Trade Centre, the city’s biggest supermarket.
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Go Snorkelling in Maldives water
Discover the fascinating variety of fish, marine creatures and corals that populate the reefs surrounding the islands. Even if you don’t swim well, or have never snorkelled before, this provides an easy-to-access window into this underwater wonderland.
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Old Friday Mosque
Open :9:00 am-5:00 pm
The oldest mosque in the Maldives, Old Friday Mosque dates back to 1656. The structure is made of coral stone, into which Quranic inscriptions have been chiselled, and the interiors feature stunning lacquer-work and fine wood-carvings. As it is a religious structure, be sensitive to local sensibilities while visiting.
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Immerse Yourself in Marine Magic
Sign up for an introductory dive and explore the underwater caves, coral gardens and pinnacles at the popular dive sites around the Maldives. There are over a hundred sites to choose from, with sharks, wrasses, rays, eels and plenty more. The waters are so warm that you don't usually need a wetsuit.
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