Things to see
Most visitors come to enjoy the countless plush resorts, excellent beaches and stunningly colourful under water life. Due to the isolated position of the island, the number of animals on land is limited, but just under the surface of the beautiful blue ocean there's a wealth of wildlife to see. Over 2000 species of fish in all colours of the rainbow roam the clear waters around the islands. You will likely see plenty of anemones, different kinds of rays, octopus, squid and even giant clams. Whales, dolphins and turtles are spotted often. The The Baa Atoll, named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011 and one of the richest coral reefs in the world, is becoming a main tourist draw while also becoming an example of sustainable tourism in a protected area. In short; snorkeling or diving is an absolute must, so make sure to see the Do-section below for more information on that. The gorgeous and ubiquitous white sand beaches are a sight by themselves, especially with the tropical island setting they are in. A flight to one of the many resort islands gives spectacular aerial views of these picture-perfect islets, defined by rims of white sand and wide strokes of cobalt blue water.
Yet, if you can pull yourself away from your luxury holiday spot, the capital Malé is a pleasant diversion. The bustling financial and political centre of the country has a few sights. Try the National Museum for a touch of history. While the building may not look too promising, the museum's fine collection includes beautiful Arabic- and Thaana-engraved wood works, religious pieces, weaponry and other historic artefacts. The town also has a number of worthwhile mosques. The 17th century Old Friday Mosque is the oldest one in the country, and officials are often willing to let polite and properly dressed visitors in. The Grand Friday Mosque & Islamic Centre is its 1984 modern counterpart, and dominates the city's skyline. While simply in design, the large, white marble structure and shining gold dome is an attractive sight.